Can the local GOP come back?

By PETE GOLIS Peter Behr was a Yale-educated lawyer who represented the North Bay in the state Senate from 1970 to 1978. Among the Legislature’s most passionate advocates for the environment, Behr, who died in 1997, led the campaign to create the Point Reyes National Seashore, and he authored legislation [...]

By | March 12th, 2013|0 Comments

And the Oscar goes to . . .

If you read my February 10 column - here - you know I've been eating a lot of popcorn lately. I wrote about six Oscar-nominated movies and what they tell us about the time in which we live. Shameless dilettante that I am, I've actually seen eight of the nine [...]

By | February 19th, 2013|0 Comments

A community takes care of its own

Lori A. Carter reports this morning that more than 1,000 people attended Sunday afternoon's benefit for Cristina Garcia, 16, and Alexis Vargas, 17. If you were there, you know this was an extraordinary event, combining the best of what a community can offer - compassion, energy, generosity and pride. Whether [...]

By | January 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Enjoy California, but keep your clothes on

By PETE GOLIS I drove through San Francisco last week and saw absolutely no one in a state of undress. It may be that folks otherwise tempted to disrobe anticipated the next day’s headline in The Press Democrat. “Bare majority for nudity ban,” it said. (At times like this, newspaper [...]

By | November 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Making politics fun again

Even if you don’t live in Cotati or Rohnert Park, even if you know absolutely nothing about Karyn Pulley, you may want to vote for her. Pulley is the school board member targeted last week by a pair of robo-calls from an anonymous detractor. In the meanness and pettiness that [...]

By | October 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Will you buy a new iPad?

Anyone who pays attention to the tech world knows that a second-generation iPad will be unveiled on Wednesday. In the blogosphere, the rumor mill has it that the new device will boast a camera and a faster processor. It will also be thinner and smaller, the bloggers say, and it [...]

By | February 28th, 2011|6 Comments

What will happen to the Huffington Post?

On Sunday, I wrote - here - about the challenges and uncertainties of journalism in the digital age. Now comes the news that AOL will purchase The Huffington Post - a site that combines liberal politics with celebrity gossip - for $315 million. The announcement said that HuffPo’s founder, liberal [...]

By | February 7th, 2011|10 Comments

Nuts, fruit baskets and Tuesday’s election

I spent the morning contemplating the deeper meanings of Tuesday's election -  just me and a zillion other orange-clad fanatics lined up on the streets of San Francisco. For the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory parade, people went nuts. The buzz of vuvuzelas, horns, sirens, costumes, cheering, chanting. (Oo-ree-bay! [...]

By | November 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

Jerry Brown’s second act

Thirty years ago, as a member of the Capitol Press Corps, I covered the administration of a governor named Jerry Brown. A.P. just projected that the next governor of California has the same name. What a coincidence. Yes, it's the same guy I first wrote about in 1974. Click here [...]

By | November 2nd, 2010|0 Comments

Will GOP rout reach to California?

Pundits today are calling it by all kinds of names - rout, tsunami, massacre, earthquake. Whatever they call it, it seems clear that Republicans across the country will score a massive victory on Tuesday. The influential Web site, Politico, predicts Republicans will gain 60-plus seats in the House of Representatives, [...]

By | November 1st, 2010|3 Comments