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High court affirms constitutionality
of California stem cell research program

Photo courtesy Harvard University Gazette

By Julia Cheever

May 17, 2007

The California Supreme Court yesterday affirmed the constitutionality of the state's $3 billion voter-approved stem cell research program.

The court, in an order issued at its San Francisco headquarters, refused to take up several groups' appeals of a lower court ruling that upheld the program.

The action means the decision by the Court of Appeal in February is the final state court ruling in the case and that the $3 billion in bonds approved by voters for a 10-year period can now be issued.

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Report claims rampant abuse at homeless shelters

By Tamara Barak

May 16, 2007

Homeless advocates in San Francisco today released a report claiming rampant abuse in city-funded shelters.

The report, called Shelter Shock, was put out by the Coalition on Homelessness organization. It is the result of interviews with 215 shelter residents documenting human rights abuses, said organizing director Jennifer Friedenbach.

According to the survey, 55 percent of respondents said they have experienced some form of abuse while staying at a San Francisco homeless shelter. Verbal abuse was most common, with 44 percent citing it as something they had endured. However, 14 percent said they were victims of physical violence, and 4 percent claimed to have experienced sexual abuse in a city shelter.

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Treasure Island fire guts warehouse

Fire crews battle a three-alarm fire at an abandoned warehouse on Treasure Island.
Photos by Mark Grissom, special to Fog City Journal

By Caitlin Cassady

May 17, 2007

A three-alarm fire in a Treasure Island warehouse was contained around 1 a.m., San Francisco Fire Lt. Ken Smith said this morning.

Fire crews battled the flames for around an hour and 40 minutes, according to Smith, and 130 fire personnel were at the warehouse to help fight the fire. The one-story wood-framed building is located at the intersection of Avenue H and Fifth Avenue.

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Police Commission prepares for historic leadership

Reformist Theresa Sparks made history May 9 when she was elevated by a 4-3 vote to head the San Francsico's Police Commission. Sparks' elevation marks the first time in U.S. history a transgendered woman will head a big city police commission.
Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Tamara Barak

May 17, 2007

As they heard routine reports and cleaned up language in taxi regulations at tonight's meeting, the San Francisco Police Commission showed little hint that it was about to embark on an historic journey.

On June 6, Commissioner Theresa Sparks will take over as president of the civilian oversight body - making her the first transgendered woman to head a city commission in San Francisco.

Sparks, a reformer who is working for more transparency in police matters, was elected 4-3 at the May 9 commission meeting. Sitting President Louise Renne promptly resigned following the vote.

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Fog City I-Team takes on right-wing radio

May 17, 2007

Today at 5:30 p.m, Fog City Journal I-Team bloodhound Kepa Askenasy will be interviewed about FCJ's investigation into how Pelosi and other political figures use their public office to personally enrich themselves using Pay-to-Play land grab schemes.

To view the latest Pay-to-Play chart, click here.

If you would like to call in and voice your opinions on the matter, the call-in number is
(800) 449-8255.

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- Bay to Breakers race offers costumes, contest and more

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