Willie's shady role in Tim's San Francisco

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Willie Brown, big developers, and fat payouts -- it's the American way, right?

The Guardian’s longtime but recently ousted editor Tim Redmond continues to do excellent, important work through his Tim’s San Francisco blog, including stories today on the Chronicle’s blackout of yesterday’s big City College protest and the invasive tactics of online marketers.

But it was a story that he wrote yesterday that really should get wider play in the local media: a recent court case showed how Willie Brown received a whopping $750,000 to lobby for a local developer involved in the politically uber-juiced Transbay real estate deal. Tim builds off of the San Francisco Business Times article that broke the story and his own reporting for the Guardian questioning why Brown isn’t registered as a lobbyist.

“Nobody else is looking at the story, but it's actually pretty big news. It sheds light on the huge amounts of money that get thrown around when someone's trying to build a commercial office tower in San Francisco. It shows how much of a player Brown is and how much influence he's seen to have under the Lee Administration,” Tim wrote.

Indeed, particularly given the huge and ethically question platform that the Chronicle hands Brown with his Sunday column, and the role that Brown played installing Lee into Room 200, where he’s carried water for Brown’s clients, this is a story that deserves far more attention and scrutiny.

Keep it up, Tim.

Comments

"big city college protest" ? less than 400 people in a city >850k is big?

Posted by Rhinna Sante on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

For Steve citizens protesting new parking meters in their neighborhood are a mob, while people protesting soccer fields are noble persecuted environmentalist citizen activists.

To Steve a Tea party event is a riot while a Occupation riot is a calming protest, if there is any violence the state has driven them to it.

The Topsy Turvy world of the bay Guardian left.

Posted by matlock on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

The protest wasn't big, but it impacted thousands of others, who could not catch MUNI buses stuck on Davis Street, or AC Transit commuters who were stuck in the Main Street mess caused by the police allowing a small group to close down the main access to the Bay Bridge during the evening commute. The impact was almost as bad as the BART strike - so thanks to all involved!

Posted by Richmondman on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

I'm sure lots of people read a Blogger blog that no one has heard of.

Foreign Corporate Owned Guardian still can't even report the news! When do the Corporate Masters realize that SF no longer cares about the BG and retires it to the recyclebin of history????

Posted by Guest on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

JK Dineen did the reporting for the SF Business Times.

Steven is reporting on TIm reporting on JK.

Posted by anon on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

I bet Tim misses his troll friends as he sits in his own little echo-chamber with only room for one, with nobody listening to him.

Posted by Anony on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

the funny part about Tim's blog is he has nice, friendly people commenting on it. Silly trolls.

Posted by Joe Fitzgerald on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

There are no Trolls when Amanda Witherell gathers facts and presents them in a clear manner encouraging the readers to make up their own minds.

When Steven writes a piece praising Tim Redmond's recounting of a piece from the SF Business Times then yes...he does get ridiculed. Which is a good thing because otherwise he might never grow up.

Adding cheap shots to pieces written by someone else and calling it journalism is something that gets you laughed at, sorry.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 12:09 am

Um, how smart are you? Comments on tims blog need to be approved by tim.
Maybe that's why only the positive ones get on there.

Posted by Rhinna Sante on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

union lobbyists are counted out?

Posted by matlock on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 8:43 pm
Posted by Glest on Jul. 10, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

when a paper publishes a blog about a blog about a story reported by someone else, it's safe to say it's not very relevant as a news source. and really, posting this at all just feels weird, it's like "liking" your ex-wife's FB pics of her last date with a new beau. will we continue to get breathless updates on stories the Guardian's former managing editor is now doing on his own, since, you know... that thing happened? Or will the Guardian step up its own game and actually do some first-hand reporting?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 9:47 am

In just the last two weeks, we've done better and more original reporting on the America's Cup, the City College loss of accreditation, the BART labor standoff, and the hunger strike in the California prison system than any newspaper in town, a common refrain that we've been getting in feedback from those other than our three most bilious trolls. This post was just a quickie amplification of a telling issue that Tim and JK raised which, as I wrote, deserved more attention. We will continue to do both original reporting and quick takes on important news, so keep reading.

Posted by steven on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 10:07 am

the paper is thinner than toilet paper, and you have no ads and an aging demographic readership.

I am counting the days until you clowns are fired and the leftovers merged with the weekly. Then you and Tim's conspiracy to sell out to a Canadian Corporate chain will be the final dance on Bruce and Tim's legacy.

So long! Hope you can get a job at CCSF.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

try a walk through the arboreteum. Lots of the California native plants are in bloom. That might help raise your spirits!

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Posted by rebecca on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

Please, SFBG, install a commenting management system.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

We're working on that and other improvements, stay tuned...

Posted by steven on Jul. 11, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

pay off city officials?

The city has always had a policy of extorting those who wish to invest here, and to get around all the obstacles, you need people who know how the system works and who to bribe.

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