• San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi held a press conference, 7/10/15, to "set the record straight" over the shooting death of Kate Steinle by convicted, undocumented felon, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1. Photos by Luke Thomas.
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  • Mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church, June 18.(ABCnews.go.com)
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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi held a press conference, 7/10/15, to "set the record straight" over the shooting death of Kate Steinle by convicted, undocumented felon, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Body Politic: Tragedy and Blame

July 12, 2015 | 19 Comments

Random violence captures our social conscience like nothing else, and random violence in liberal San Francisco is especially attractive when it allows pundits and Republican presidential candidates to attack immigrants and progressive lawmakers.

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Body Politic: San Francisco Social Voter Insights

July 08, 2015 | No Comments

Voter file analysis enabled by the NationBuilder community building software shows that few voters wear their politics in their Twitter bios. They do, however, love to talk tech. And for every voter who identifies as an attorney or lawyer, five are CEOs or founders.

Posted in Media, News, Politics, Technology

Oil on canvass illustration courtesy Michael D'Antuono.

Will We Learn From the Charleston Killings?

June 28, 2015 | 12 Comments

In this violent nation of ours, there seems to be a disconnect between our Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms” and the number of mass killings in this country.

Posted in Crime, Opinion, Politics

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Study: Shocking Racial Disparities in San Francisco Courts

June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

African Americans in San Francisco are more likely to await trial behind bars than their white counterparts and face harsher punishment once convicted, according to a new study commissioned by the San Francisco Reentry Council.

Posted in Crime, News

Mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church, June 18.(ABCnews.go.com)

Comment on the Charleston Massacre

June 21, 2015 | No Comments

When African-Americans demonstrated against police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland, California, they were called “thugs,” “rioters,” and “hoodlums.” But 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, is being referred to as a “lone wolf” and of course, he must be mentally ill.

Posted in News

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Eliana Lopez’s Voice No Longer Silent in ‘What is the Scandal?’

May 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Eliana Lopez, the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, presented her new play ‘What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?’ to an ovation-standing audience of media professionals Thursday.

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Body Politic: Amy Farah Weiss’ ‘What If …’ Campaign for SF Mayor

May 29, 2015 | 12 Comments

The San Francisco mayor’s race is turning out to be something of a cake walk for Mayor Ed Lee, with folks like former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Mark Leno deferring from the race.

Posted in News, Politics

The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.

Iranyi Publishes Book of Pre-Earthquake Arg-E-Bam Photos

May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

The ruined, historic city of Bam is located in southeastern Iran. It is made entirely of mud bricks, clay, straw, and the trunks of palm trees. The city was originally founded during the Sassanian period (224-637) and while some of the surviving structures date from before the 12th century, most of what remains today dates to the Safavid period (1502-1722).

Ed Lee schwag handed out at the Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim. Photo by Adriel Hampton.

The Body Politic is Back!

May 21, 2015 | No Comments

Kamala Harris operatives at the Anaheim Convention Center were practically giddy on Saturday as video clips of U.S. Senate campaign rival Loretta Sanchez’s “war cry” gaffe began to flit from phone to phone.

Posted in Politics

Women gathered for a photo to express their support for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign for Sheriff

May 17, 2015 | 22 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi officially kicked off his campaign for re-election Wednesday, vowing to build upon the progressive reforms of his predecessor while continuing to advance a progressive criminal justice vision of his own.

Posted in News, Politics

Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced Monday his second candidacy for District 3 Supervisor.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Political Shock Wave: Peskin Announces D3 Candidacy

March 31, 2015 | 8 Comments

Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin sent a shock wave through the San Francisco political establishment when he announced yesterday his candidacy to retake the District 3 supervisorial seat he previously held for two terms beginning in 2000.

Posted in News, Politics

Merriment and celebration on St. Patrick's Day.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

A Toast to Saint Patrick

March 17, 2015 | No Comments

Today, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

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Measles – the Outbreak and the Outrage

February 21, 2015 | 11 Comments

It’s curious why Americans feel so threatened when the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reveals no deaths from measles in more than ten years; however, there were at least 108 deaths linked to the measles vaccine.

Posted in Healthcare, Opinion

Twenty-four states have enacted right-to-work laws.

Right–To-Work Laws Contributing to Vanishing Middle Class, Wealth Inequality

February 15, 2015 | 16 Comments

Much has been made about the shrinking middle class in the United States where the wealthiest 160,000 families own as much as the poorest 145 million families.

Glide Memorial HIV/Hep-C Service Manager Paul Harkin.

Tenderloin Police Recognize Glide Memorial’s Hep-C, HIV Program Manager Paul Harkin

February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Each month Tenderloin Police Station features a citizen who represents the unique flavor of the Tenderloin. This month we interviewed Paul Harkin. Paul has been working at Glide Memorial Church for the last five years.