Category Archives: Local politics

VICTOR ARNAUTOFF

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, June 24, 2019 Detail from The Life of George Washington mural by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Don’t whitewash history by Matt Gonzalez A controversy over murals painted

VICTOR ARNAUTOFF

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, June 24, 2019 Detail from The Life of George Washington mural by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School in San Francisco. Don’t whitewash history by Matt Gonzalez A controversy over murals painted

SF Mayoral Race Vote Totals Since 1939

“City Hall @ Fulton #7” (San Francisco City Hall from the Western Addition neighborhood) by Nicholas Coley, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, 2013. San Francisco Mayoral Race Vote Totals Since 1939 by Matt Gonzalez Below are the top

SF Mayoral Race Vote Totals Since 1939

“City Hall @ Fulton #7” (San Francisco City Hall from the Western Addition neighborhood) by Nicholas Coley, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, 2013. San Francisco Mayoral Race Vote Totals Since 1939 by Matt Gonzalez Below are the top

NONCITIZEN VOTING

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2016 Collage over a photograph by Tina Modotti by Matt Gonzalez, 2010. Prop. N: Allows noncitizens to vote for school board by Matt Gonzalez Proposition N seeks to achieve two things:

NONCITIZEN VOTING

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2016 Collage over a photograph by Tina Modotti by Matt Gonzalez, 2010. Prop. N: Allows noncitizens to vote for school board by Matt Gonzalez Proposition N seeks to achieve two things:

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Cover of Steven Hill’s book Fixing Elections published by Routledge in 2003. RCV IS GOOD FOR PROGRESSIVES by Steven Hill & Matt Gonzalez Since San Francisco began using ranked choice voting in 2004 and public financing of campaigns in 2002,

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Cover of Steven Hill’s book Fixing Elections published by Routledge in 2003. RCV IS GOOD FOR PROGRESSIVES by Steven Hill & Matt Gonzalez Since San Francisco began using ranked choice voting in 2004 and public financing of campaigns in 2002,

SF MAYOR’S RACE, 2011

Compare and Decide, SF Mayoral Race 2011, first released on YOUTUBE, October 31, 2011 COMPARE AND DECIDE by Matt Gonzalez & Isiah Flores Jeff Adachi filing papers to run for Mayor of San Francisco, 2011. SF Chronicle photo by Lance

SF MAYOR’S RACE, 2011

Compare and Decide, SF Mayoral Race 2011, first released on YOUTUBE, October 31, 2011 COMPARE AND DECIDE by Matt Gonzalez & Isiah Flores Jeff Adachi filing papers to run for Mayor of San Francisco, 2011. SF Chronicle photo by Lance

DAVID WAGGONER

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, June 1, 2011 Photograph of David Waggoner by Geoff King, 2010. DAVID WAGGONER: A Community Watchdog for Police Commission by Harry Britt, Matt Gonzalez, & Aaron Peskin Given the escalating rash of

DAVID WAGGONER

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, June 1, 2011 Photograph of David Waggoner by Geoff King, 2010. DAVID WAGGONER: A Community Watchdog for Police Commission by Harry Britt, Matt Gonzalez, & Aaron Peskin Given the escalating rash of

PUBLIC CONTRACTING

first published in BeyondChron.org, July 27, 2010 WHY BOTHER BIDDING? by Matt Gonzalez How Fred Bekele won a parking garage contract in San Francisco, only to have it taken away In the summer of 2007, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation

PUBLIC CONTRACTING

first published in BeyondChron.org, July 27, 2010 WHY BOTHER BIDDING? by Matt Gonzalez How Fred Bekele won a parking garage contract in San Francisco, only to have it taken away In the summer of 2007, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation

PETER CAMEJO on the Matt Gonzalez campaign for Mayor of San Francisco

Peter Camejo speaking at the June 1970 national anti-war conference in Cleveland which voted to establish the Peace Action Coalition. Photograph is taken from Peter’s Pathfinder pamphlet Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action, 1970. _________________________________________________________ The following is the unedited version

PETER CAMEJO on the Matt Gonzalez campaign for Mayor of San Francisco

Peter Camejo speaking at the June 1970 national anti-war conference in Cleveland which voted to establish the Peace Action Coalition. Photograph is taken from Peter’s Pathfinder pamphlet Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action, 1970. _________________________________________________________ The following is the unedited version

THE PUBLIC DEFENDER

first published in Fog City Journal, July 8, 2009 Jeff Adachi conferring with a client, photo by Robert Gumpert DEFENDING THE PUBLIC DEFENDER by Matt Gonzalez & G. Whitney Leigh SAN FRANCISCO’S PUBLIC DEFENDER, Jeff Adachi, is facing a $1.9

THE PUBLIC DEFENDER

first published in Fog City Journal, July 8, 2009 Jeff Adachi conferring with a client, photo by Robert Gumpert DEFENDING THE PUBLIC DEFENDER by Matt Gonzalez & G. Whitney Leigh SAN FRANCISCO’S PUBLIC DEFENDER, Jeff Adachi, is facing a $1.9

TRANSBAY AUTHORITY

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2009; an edited version appears below Event poster by Chuck Sperry A BLACK BART LESSON FOR TRANSBAY AUTHORITY by Warren Hinckle, Matt Gonzalez & Jello Biafra IF WE CAN LEARN FROM

TRANSBAY AUTHORITY

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2009; an edited version appears below Event poster by Chuck Sperry A BLACK BART LESSON FOR TRANSBAY AUTHORITY by Warren Hinckle, Matt Gonzalez & Jello Biafra IF WE CAN LEARN FROM

TAXI-MEDALLION SYSTEM

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, June 10, 2009 STOP ROMANTICIZING BROKEN TAXI-MEDALLION SYSTEM by Matt Gonzalez RECENT SUGGESTIONS BY Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration that San Francisco should consider selling taxi medallions to raise revenue have been greeted with

TAXI-MEDALLION SYSTEM

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, June 10, 2009 STOP ROMANTICIZING BROKEN TAXI-MEDALLION SYSTEM by Matt Gonzalez RECENT SUGGESTIONS BY Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration that San Francisco should consider selling taxi medallions to raise revenue have been greeted with

DEBIT CARD PROGRAM

first published in BeyondChron.org, February 14, 2007 THE MAKING OF A DEBIT CARD MONOPOLY by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCO’S TAXI PARATRANSIT program has long been a blessing for our disabled citizens. Since 1979—more than a decade before the federal ADA

DEBIT CARD PROGRAM

first published in BeyondChron.org, February 14, 2007 THE MAKING OF A DEBIT CARD MONOPOLY by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCO’S TAXI PARATRANSIT program has long been a blessing for our disabled citizens. Since 1979—more than a decade before the federal ADA

WILL OF THE VOTERS

first published in BeyondChron.org, May 19, 2006 Two women cycling in Golden Gate Park, 1930s INVOKING THE “WILL OF THE VOTERS” BUT ONLY IF CONVENIENT by Matt Gonzalez SIX YEARS AGO SAN FRANCISCO voters went to the polls to decide

WILL OF THE VOTERS

first published in BeyondChron.org, May 19, 2006 Two women cycling in Golden Gate Park, 1930s INVOKING THE “WILL OF THE VOTERS” BUT ONLY IF CONVENIENT by Matt Gonzalez SIX YEARS AGO SAN FRANCISCO voters went to the polls to decide

ARLENE ACKERMAN

first published in San Francisco Frontlines, October 2005 A detail of a sculpture by Sargent Johnson at George Washington H.S., San Francisco DEBUNKING ACKERMAN’S NUMBERS by Matt Gonzalez A FEW DAYS BEFORE HER September 6, 2005 public announcement that she

ARLENE ACKERMAN

first published in San Francisco Frontlines, October 2005 A detail of a sculpture by Sargent Johnson at George Washington H.S., San Francisco DEBUNKING ACKERMAN’S NUMBERS by Matt Gonzalez A FEW DAYS BEFORE HER September 6, 2005 public announcement that she

GERARDO SANDOVAL vs DON FISHER

first published in San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, June 29, 2005 Gerardo Sandoval A NEW ERA IN SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS? by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS GENERALLY has avoided the nasty mudslinging that political contests in other major cities often

GERARDO SANDOVAL vs DON FISHER

first published in San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, June 29, 2005 Gerardo Sandoval A NEW ERA IN SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS? by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS GENERALLY has avoided the nasty mudslinging that political contests in other major cities often

HOMELESS COUNT IN SAN FRANCISCO

first published in the San Francisco Bay View, February 23, 2005; reprinted in New California Media, March 3, 2005 Homeless encampment in Golden Gate Park, SF Chronicle photograph by Paul Chinn GREEN & RED APPLES: THE 2,392 DISAPPEARED HOMELESS IN

HOMELESS COUNT IN SAN FRANCISCO

first published in the San Francisco Bay View, February 23, 2005; reprinted in New California Media, March 3, 2005 Homeless encampment in Golden Gate Park, SF Chronicle photograph by Paul Chinn GREEN & RED APPLES: THE 2,392 DISAPPEARED HOMELESS IN

CONCESSION SPEECH, 2003 SF MAYOR’S RACE

first published in the San Francisco Call, May 10, 2005 FOR THE HISTORICAL RECORD CONCESSION SPEECH by Matt Gonzalez San Francisco Mayor’s Race, December 9, 2003 THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [crowd noise, applause] Thank you very much. You’ve been a

CONCESSION SPEECH, 2003 SF MAYOR’S RACE

first published in the San Francisco Call, May 10, 2005 FOR THE HISTORICAL RECORD CONCESSION SPEECH by Matt Gonzalez San Francisco Mayor’s Race, December 9, 2003 THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [crowd noise, applause] Thank you very much. You’ve been a