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When It Comes to Best Picture, Academy Votes Oakland-Style

February 25, 2011 | 4:09 pm

When It Comes to Best Picture, Academy Votes Oakland-Style

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The California Report’s Scott Shafer recently interviewed blogger Steve Pond, who writes extensively about The Academy Awards for The Wrap. Among other things, Pond talked about the ranked-choice voting system that the expanded best-picture category now employs. Who knew! Some studio should have put Jean Quan on the payroll. Boy, it’s one thing to institute […]

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Scott Shafer Recaps Yesterday’s Same-Sex Marriage Developments

February 24, 2011 | 8:21 am

Scott Shafer Recaps Yesterday’s Same-Sex Marriage Developments

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Prop 8 Opponents to Court: Hurry Up! In some ways the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) is the biggest federal barrier to equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It prevents same sex couples who get married in states where it’s legal from getting federal rights bestowed on other married couples, like tax breaks and Social Security […]

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Who is Ed Lee? Scott Shafer Elucidates

January 5, 2011 | 12:09 pm

Who is Ed Lee? Scott Shafer Elucidates

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Ed Lee, on the verge of winning San Francisco’s interim mayor sweepstakes, has a long and interesting history in city government. Mayor Art Agnos brought Lee into his administration in 1989, where he eventually became director of the Human Rights Commission. (Full disclosure: I worked for Mayor Agnos as press secretary). Ed Lee is a decent […]

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December 31, 2010 | 9:01 am

SF Rock Critic Joel Selvin Talks Beach Boys, Tom Waits, the Dead

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On today’s California Report Magazine, Scott Shafer interviews rock music critic Joel Selvin, familiar to Bay Area fans as the Chronicle’s longtime music critic, who retired in 2009. In discussing his new book, Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin, a compilation of pieces from the Chronicle and other publications, Selvin touched on California […]

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November 18, 2010 | 10:32 am

Proposition 8 Lawsuit: Unintended Legal Consequences?

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Backers and opponents of Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, will have their day in court December 6th. The hearing will be televised on C-SPAN. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week outlined the issues they want both sides to address in the two-hour hearing (expanded from the original one hour). The […]

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November 17, 2010 | 1:05 pm

Scott Shafer and John Myers on Props 25/26

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It was a very busy election season, you may recall. Not only did you need to ready for Act II of that age-old political drama, titled “President Loses House,” but for your average California voter, proposition preparation was particularly laborious. Most of the pre-election focus centered on Proposition 19, marijuana legalization; and Proposition 23, an […]

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November 15, 2010 | 1:34 pm

For a Politician, What’s a Tight Election Like?

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In 2002, Steve Westly beat Tom McClintock in the California State Controller election by roughly 17,000 votes out of 6.5 million cast. That’s a margin of .3 percent, resulting in the closest California election that anyone can remember. But in the Kamala Harris-Steve Cooley Attorney General marathon, we may be heading for an even tighter […]

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Newsom’s “Fear the Beard” Comment Aimed at Peskin?

November 3, 2010 | 1:45 pm

Newsom’s “Fear the Beard” Comment Aimed at Peskin?

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At the Giants’ ceremony a few minutes ago, Gavin Newsom just said something like, “The city’s going to need a new mayor soon, and I only have one thing to say: Fear the beard.” KQED’s Scott Shafer has interpreted the comment as a shot at Aaron Peskin, the former President of the San Francisco Board […]

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Scott Shafer Demystifies Important Proposition 26

October 29, 2010 | 12:41 pm

Scott Shafer Demystifies Important Proposition 26

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Last week we asked John Myers, KQED’s Sacramento Bureau Chief, to enlighten us on Proposition 25. This week, we turn to The California Report’s Scott Shafer for the skinny on Proposition 26. QUESTION In a nutshell, what exactly is Prop 26? SCOTT SHAFER Prop. 26 sounds like eye-glazing government minutia – and it kind of […]

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October 29, 2010 | 11:58 am

Talking Politics With the Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci

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Scott Shafer talked with the San Francisco Chronicle political analyst and intrepid blogger Carla Marinucci for tonight’s California Report. Here’s the full interview, which covered the political dynamics affecting the Boxer – Fiorina race, the “wheels coming off” the Whitman campaign, the latest Field Poll showing Boxer and Jerry Brown with a lot of momentum, […]

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