• America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
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  • California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
  • Are those who choose to ignore history destined to repeat it?

America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities.

America is an Oligarchy, University Study Finds

April 22, 2014 | No Comments

America is no longer a democracy, according to a new university study. Instead, it has evolved into an oligarchy dominated by moneyed special interests

Posted in News, Politics

An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.

More Troubles for Criminally Indicted PG&E

April 06, 2014 | No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) was recently criminally indicted for twelve violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act. No executives of PG&E were indicted.

Posted in Business, Crime, Energy, Law

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Pacifica Radio: Don’t Slay the Messenger

April 02, 2014 | 4 Comments

Here’s the scene:Two children are fighting. They are fighting because the elder child has taken a toy from the younger one. The younger one protests and insists: “I want my toy. This isn’t fair!” And as this child yells, he is subject to the jeers and possible abuse of the elder child.

Posted in Media, Opinion

California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Senator Leno, Mayor Lee Announce Legislation to Arrest Speculative Evictions in San Francisco

February 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Senator Mark Leno today joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, other elected officials, tenant advocates, labor groups and business leaders to introduce legislation closing a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to buy rent-controlled buildings in San Francisco and immediately begin the process of evicting long-term renters.

An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.

City of San Bruno Sues CPUC Over Refusal to Release Public Records

February 06, 2014 | 2 Comments

The City of San Bruno filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday demanding the release of public records related to the September 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno. CPUC’s refusal to release the records is indicative of a cover up of its “cozy relationship” with the the utility, the lawsuit states.

Posted in Energy, Law, News, Politics

Are those who choose to ignore history destined to repeat it?

It’s Ok to Hate the Super Rich

January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

There are times when hatred is a needed, logical and moral stance to take. Evil, injustice and corruption, are fine examples of what to appropriately hate.

Posted in Economy, Opinion, Politics

A musical play produced and performed by Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade at Dance Mission Theater Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, racism and the continued attack on the rights of women. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair is Keefer’s Magnum Opus

January 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

Two years off hip-replacement surgery and just beginning her 7th decade, Dance Brigade’s Krissy Keefer has reached a pinnacle with her latest tour de force: Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair.

Lawmakers are working to introduce laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Keeping Firearms from the Mentally Ill

January 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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Spike in San Francisco Pedestrian Fatalities Sparks City Response

January 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

A special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission was held Thursday at City Hall to address an alarming spike in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in San Francisco.

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Youth and Beauty are not Synonyms

January 18, 2014 | No Comments

If you were a fan of George Carlin, you will recall his take on aging as we travel through each decade and how we change our answer to the question, How old are you?

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Judi Iranyi Photography

January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

For the past 46 years, I have been seeking simplicity, directness, and purity in my photographs by attempting to capture the dignity and substance of ordinary people in their natural environment.

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel announced today he will kickoff his campaign for Mayor of Oakland on Thursday, January 9, at 14th and Broadway.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Dan Siegel Challenges Mayor Jean Quan, Campaign Kickoff Thursday

January 08, 2014 | No Comments

On Thursday, January 9th at 10:30 am, Dan Siegel will join supporters at 14th and Broadway to announce his candidacy for Mayor.

Posted in Events, Politics

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Crisis in the California Courts

January 04, 2014 | No Comments

Last year, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi made statements on the importance of adequate funding for the California courts. Why? Because the California state court system — the largest in the world – is in crisis.

Posted in Economy, Law, Opinion, Politics

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Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility

December 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

Posted in Economy, Opinion, Politics

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U.S. Must Suspend Aid to Anti-Gay Uganda

December 22, 2013 | 17 Comments

The U.S. should cut off aid to Uganda over its anti-gay crackdown.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Environmental Groups Laud City Action to Resume Work on CleanPower SF Program

December 16, 2013 | No Comments

Local environmental and community organizations today lauded the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (SF LAFCo) decision last Friday to complete the unfinished clean energy build-out plan for the city’s CleanPowerSF program.

Scores of seniors enjoy a hearty holiday meal at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.  Photos by Ginny Cummings.

Glide Treats Seniors to Hearty Holiday Social

December 10, 2013 | No Comments

Glide Memorial Church held its ‘Senior Holiday Social’ in Freedom Hall Tuesday, providing seniors in the community an opportunity to join together for a free turkey lunch, live music, raffles, prizes and more.