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Pumpsie Green: The Last of the Firsts

Posted July 18, 2019 by

Elijah ‘‘Pumpsie’’ Green was first black player on the last major league team to put a black man on its roster.  Some baseball aficionados have called him “the last of the firsts.” He died on Wednesday at age 85. Everybody
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SF Turns Tenderloin Into Encampment Free Zone

Posted July 16, 2019 by

Tents Dominate Tenderloin Sidewalks San Francisco’s residential Tenderloin neighborhood has been converted into an encampment free zone. Tents  block sidewalks morning, noon and night. Pedestrians blocked by tents are forced to walk in the street,  with wheelchair users blocked from
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Reviews From The 39th S.F. Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 16, 2019 by

Festival Opening Night Film Max Lewkowicz’ “Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles” may be more a triumph of subject goodwill and entertaining anecdotes.  This still charming documentary shows classic dark musical “Fiddler On The Roof”’s creation and how its tale of
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A Plant Closing War, Viewed From Inside

Posted July 16, 2019 by

Last winter, protestors wearing yellow vests commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron drew on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue
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Tech Has No Impact on SF Politics

Posted July 9, 2019 by

Election Results Disprove Myth of Tech’s Clout Tech has completely changed San Francisco politics, right?  Well, actually wrong. While many claim that San Francisco’s two tech booms (1997 and 2012) had such an impact election results say otherwise. In fact,
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Winning Boomers Over on Housing

Posted July 9, 2019 by

4 Arguments to Influence Progressive Boomers In Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America I describe how boomer homeowners in over a dozen progressive cities have worsened the urban housing crisis. Boomers have stopped neighborhoods
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Mark Janus Wants His Union Dues Back

Posted July 9, 2019 by

This piece first appeared in Capital and Main. A year after Janus v. AFSCME, right-to-work forces organize against organized labor in California. MARK JANUS GOT THE SUPERHERO TREATMENT during a June 27 gathering of the conservative faithful at a meeting
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