Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Keith Jackson Saga

Former San Francisco School Board president, Keith Jackson, in 2014 pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and corruption, gun-running, and conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Yesterday, Jackson was additionally hit with four counts of bribery, money-laundering, and grand theft of public money.

In 2007, Jackson -- a consultant hired by New College of California president Martin Hamilton -- threatened former San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, when Britt called for a criminal investigation of the New College board of trustees. As editor of the New College independent alumni association website, I immediately phoned the San Francisco District Attorney's office.

Soon after, I published an account of the incident, and sent word to Jackson he was being watched.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Make SFBG History

Help digitize the San Francisco Bay Guardian archives. Together we can make SFBG history!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Schooner Zaca

Schooner Zaca on San Francisco Bay.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Bailout and Speculation

Seven years down the road from the 2008-2009 Wall Street bailout -- that in real dollars totaled more than the New Deal programs, World War II and the Marshall Plan combined -- this massive transfer of public wealth to the private finance sector is now putting another wave of people out of their homes due to real estate speculation.

The problem is that there are not enough alternatives for investing that much money, which explains why rents are spiraling out of control in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle--compelling the governors of Oregon and Washington to declare a homeless state of emergency.