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News + PoliticsThe Bay Guardian is back -- with endorsements

The Bay Guardian is back — with endorsements

The alt-weekly, now under a new organization, is able to bring back Guardian endorsements


By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 19, 2015 — We announced last week that the assets of the Bay Guardian have been transferred to a new nonprofit organization, one that (unlike 48hills) is able to do election endorsements. I can report now that the sfbg.com website is working and hasn’t crashed, and while the new organization is seeking to raise the money for a permanent home for the site, the good folks at the Examiner (the former owners) are doing their best to keep it live.

You can read Bay Guardian endorsements here.

If you want to see a guide to who else is endorsing what and whom, you can go here for the 48hills rundown.


Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.
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  1. 5,000 units of housing would not have been politically possible. Even with the 40% concession, the Giants still didn’t get their original height of 398′.

  2. According to GarySFBCN, Developers can’t build affordable housing in San Francisco because Ron Conway won’t allow it.

  3. And actually, as the editor of a major local newspaper, he sort of did have resources as big as Ron Conway, if by resources you include the value of the platform he was paid to sit on.

  4. It’s also not significant in the context of the entire development, which is 11,000 jobs but only 1500 units of housing. 30% of 3000, or even 25% of 5000 units of housing would be much better, as that would start to have a dampening effect on housing price increases. Mission Rock in it’s current form pours fuel on the housing flame, which is why Jane Kim shouldn’t be lauded for this particular bargain. You should still probably vote for Mission Rock, because its a good development, and waterfront height limits are silly in a paved area when you are actually adding a park, but we could have done much better for housing.

  5. Oh, I can give you the Redmond take:

    Maybe its all perfectly legal, I don’t know how the details were carved out. But it certainly isn’t why we have laws regulating the political options available to companies that have petitioned for and are given certain privileges under non-profit status.

  6. You guys crack me up. No matter what happens, no matter what the situation is, the go-to, easy thing is to blame the bogeyman Ron Conway.


  7. Close…48 Hills can’t make endorsements because of it’s advantaged tax status. So the SFBG deal allows Tim to make endorsements while still running 48 Hills where he can continue to complain about people who game the system to avoid paying their fair share.

  8. Congrats on being for housing for the first time I can ever recall. I expect that caused some amount of hand wringing.

  9. Is the Guardian back on the same schedule as before or is the new Guardian just for the specialized purpose of this election and just trading on the prior good will of the Bay Guardian name? What’s the truth here?

  10. I don’t understand the support for D and K, which look like they trade a minute bit of questionably affordable housing for a lot of developer giveaway.

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