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Overheard in Fog City

Luke Thomas
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp

By Luke Thomas


May 22, 2007

Caveat Emptor

San Francisco Chronicle gossip spin doctors Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross (M&R) couldn't resist a jab at Supervisor Chris Daly after duping him into a coffee for a column they penned entitled,"'He's a fraud' -- supervisor knocks Newsom'."

This time around, the less than dynamic duo have been caught out in what can only be described as, at the minimum, sloppy fact checking, much to the detriment of the Chronicle's credibility and diminishing readership.

And we have the exclusive photos to prove it.

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Attorney: Ed Jew a victim of misunderstanding

District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew is the subject of a federal investigation
into alleged corruption and tax evasion.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Tamara Barak

May 21, 2007

The attorney for a San Francisco supervisor under investigation by the FBI said this morning that his client is the victim of a misunderstanding.

A search warrant executed on Ed Jew's home and city hall office Friday is not evidence of the supervisor's guilt, San Francisco attorney Steven Gruel said today.

"A search warrant is a common investigative technique to determine if there has been any wrongdoing - it is not a barometer of guilt," Gruel said in a statement released this morning. "Ed Jew has not been charged, nor has he been accused - I caution everyone against drawing conclusions based on a search warrant. My client is cooperating fully to clear up this apparent misunderstanding."

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MacArthur Maze to re-open Friday

Governor Schwarzenegger announced today final repairs to the MacArthur Maze will be completed Thursday night. The freeway interchange complex will be fully functional
and reopened to traffic Friday.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

From the Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

May 21, 2007

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the repairs to the MacArthur Maze will be completed Thursday night and the freeway will reopen for the Friday morning commute.

"Thanks to hard, around-the-clock work of Caltrans and C.C. Myers, our local partners and businesses, Bay Area motorists can once again travel through this busy interchange," said Gov. Schwarzenegger. "Just in time for the holiday weekend, this roadway will be open in 26 days from when the accident occurred."

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Renewable energy bill clears California senate

By Ari Barak

May 19, 2007

A bill that would require California utilities to receive a third of their electricity from renewable resources has passed one hurdle in the state legislature, State Sen. Joe Simitian's office reported.

The bill, SB 411, introduced by Simitian, D-Palo Alto, was approved by a margin of 21 to 15 on Thursday and will now move to the state assembly for a hearing in June or July, according to Simitian's office.

Full story, click here.

Hennessey announces candidacy for Sheriff

Seeks unprecedented eighth term

Sherrif Michael Hennessey today officially announced his candidacy for re-election. Hennessey is San Francisco's and California's longest serving elected sheriff.
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From the campaign to re-elect Sheriff Michael Hennessey

May 21, 2007

Sheriff Michael Henneseey announced today his candidacy for an unprecedented eighth term in the November 6, 2007 election. He is San Francisco’s and California’s longest serving elected Sheriff, and heads the nation’s twentieth largest Sheriff ’s Department.

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