Want to learn about the San Francisco political scene? The best place to start is http://sfusualsuspects.com, which provides a daily listing of the political articles in all of the Bay Area media outlets, including the chronicle, examiner, bay guardian, bay area reporter, and some of the local television station sites.
sfusualsuspects also have a listing of the candidates for the upcoming 2006 races. The Bay Guardian supplements this with a set of candidate interviews for your podcast listening pleasure, and my site, opencampaigns.com, also provides some information on the races, e.g., see the interesting stuff going on in the supervisor district 6 race involving incumbent Chris Daly.
Alex Clemens is the founder of sfusualsuspects. He is a consultant for Barbary Coast Consulting and worked in the Clinton administration.