Peter Lawrence Kane

17 Jan 2020

California’s $220 Billion Budget is Doing What Trump Refuses to Do

As recently as 2009, California was virtually broke. Facing a $24 billion deficit on a budget of approximately $100 million, the state furloughed employees, paid I.O.U.’s instead of tax refunds, and used every type of financial chicanery to move stuff around. At one point, the deficit was feared to be

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14 Jan 2020

Giant East Bay Ranch May Become California’s Next State Park

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled California’s $220 budget for 2020-21, and among the many line items is $65 million to expand the state’s state park system. CalMatters noted that that figure includes $20 million toward the purchase of an unspecified parcel of land, whose specific identity the governor declined to mention

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07 Jan 2020

Donald Trump Is Tweeting Us into WWIII. But Is It Even Him?

“There’s always a tweet” has been the axiom of the Trump era, the definitive proof that almost any ridiculous thing the president says or does will have been preceded by an accusation that someone else was doing it. It’s as true as “There’s always a bigger fish” or “There’s always

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30 Dec 2019

The New York Times Is Trolling SF and California Again and it’s Garbage

The New York Times positively lives to troll San Francisco. Sometimes, it’s a prurient examination of the lives of people who rummage through trash for a living, as if that yields valuable insights about us. Other times, it’s about how dirty streets are apparently unique to this city. Still other times,

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26 Dec 2019

Don’t Let Mike Bloomberg Use California to Win the Nomination

While a lot of the online left has trained its ire on Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the biggest revelation of the Democratic primary pertains to a different mayor. It turns out that Michael Bloomberg, who only apologized in November for his mayoral administration’s 12-year history of favoring invasive and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk

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19 Dec 2019

S.F.’s Saddest Closures of 2019

2019 was known for a lot of disappointments, from the Mueller Report to Days of Our Lives firing its cast en masse, but in San Francisco, a lot of beloved places closed.  There are stirrings of hope, such as how The Punch Line got saved to the return of Blowfish

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17 Dec 2019

Planned Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon Biopic of Pete Buttigieg Goes Awry

Following swiftly on the heels of their disastrous would-be CBS series about the Ghost Ship fire, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have reportedly spiked another project, a planned biopic of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg called Treacliest Way Home. Criticized for lacking any real connection to the East Bay artistic

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