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    The Defeat of Prop 37 – Californians Defending Their Right NOT to Know

    Sometimes you have to wonder why otherwise intelligent citizens vote against their own best interests. Proposition 37 was simply about our right to know when foods have been genetically engineered. It’s about the label, not the food.

  • Proposition F, which was rejected by San Francisco voters on Tuesday, would have allocated $8 million to evaluate the feasibility of dismantling the ohhhh dam in Yosemite National Park and restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural pristine state.

    Drain Hetch Hetchy? Voters Say, No Dam Way

    Voters roundly rejected Proposition F, Tuesday, an initiative on the San Francisco ballot that would have allocated $8 million to study the impacts of dismantling the O’Shaughnessy Dam and draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a valuable source of hydro-electric power and water for San Francisco and the Bay Area.

  • Euphoria erupted when it was known Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney.

    SF Election Night Photos

    A selection of photos from various election parties last eve, beginning at Obama SF campaign headquarters in the Castro and ending at London Breed’s presumed election victory party in the lower Haight neighborhood of District 5. All photos by Luke Thomas.

  • Francis Xavier Crowley, who is endorsed by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, is leading the field in the ranked choice race for District 7 Supervisor.  Photo via Facebook.

    SF Election Update: D7 too Close to Call

    With over 93,000 citywide ballots yet to be processed and counted, the District 7 race for Supervisor is looking more and more like a nail biter between the race current leader, Francis Crowley, and Norman Yee.

  • The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in arresting and detaining Solomon Sooho and Curtis Leong in connection with a September 17 assault and robbery in Chinatown.  Mug shots courtesy SFPD.

    Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Nabbing Chinatown Robbery/Assault Suspects

    San Francisco Police seek the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted for a robbery, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault case.

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    Video: Lopez Chides Olague “Bullies”

    Eliana Lopez, the wife of reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, today released a video in support of District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague while condemning the exploitation of domestic violence by billionaire backers of Mayor Ed Lee for political gain.

  • A mailer funded by an independent expenditure committee controlled by SEIU 1021 depicts former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed as being in the pockets of real estate interests.

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    Breed Responds to SEIU 1021 “Hit Piece”

    London Breed, a leading candidate in the race for District 5 Supervisor, pledged Friday in an interview with Fog City Journal to protect tenant’s rights and to oppose any attacks on rent control if she were to be elected to the most progressive and tenant-heavy seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

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    Consumer Action Launches “Know Your Card” Website to Help Consumers

    Consumer Action ( launched its new website ( to help consumers understand the new laws and other changes regarding credit, debit, prepaid, and gift cards.

  • A controversial measure on the November ballot in the City of Berkeley aims to make it illegal to for homeless persons sit or lie on the sidewalk in "business zones."

    City of Berkeley Seeks to Criminalize Homelessness

    Nearly half of America is poor or “near-poor,” government statistics show—below or near the poverty line, barely making ends meet. Anywhere from 1.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless, and one in six children go hungry. Yet here in Berkeley, California, one of the country’s most famously liberal cities, business leaders aim to fine homeless people $75 for sitting on the sidewalk in commercial strips.

  • A failure by the top-tier District 5 progressive candidates to employ a ranked choice strategy made it possible for a well-financed moderate candidate to win.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Olague, Rizzo Endorse Eachother in D5 Ranked Choice Race

    Supervisor candidates Christina Olague and John Rizzo announced today that they are placing their support behind one another in the competitive race to be the next District 5 supervisor. Both candidates agreed it is important that District 5 continue to be represented by a progressive policy maker, and that this election provides an opportunity for building progressive unity.

  • With a death toll rising to as many as 56 and a $20 billion trail of destruction left in its wake, questions are being raised as whether Hurricane Sandy owes its ferocity and power to man-caused climate change and global warming.  Photo courtesy Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

    Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    Mother Nature must have really wanted to get our attention, and She sure did by sending in Her messenger Sandy to give us the lowdown on what to expect with future encounters with Her tempestuous friends.

  • Candidates Andrew Resignato and Hope Johnson today announced a People's Bill of Rights for the residents of District 5. Photo by Clayton Mitchell.

    D5 Candidates Johnson, Resignato Announce People’s Bill of Rights

    Committees to Elect Johnson & Resignato – District 5 supervisorial candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew “Ellard” Resignato today released a Bill of Rights for the People of District 5. The Bill outlines underlying economic and social rights the District 5 community can expect both candidates to stand for at City Hall.

  • San Francisco Giants fans celebrate the clinching of the 2010 Baseball World Series at Civic Center, 10/31/10. File photo by Luke Thomas.

    SF Mayor Announces Civic Center Broadcast of Giants Game Four

    San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that Sunday’s Game Four of 2012 World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the San Francisco Giants onto a potential World Championship against the Detroit Tigers.

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    Pacific Media Workers Guild to Hold Health Care Rally, Thursday

    After five months trying to negotiate a contract for workers at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Pacific Media Workers Guild said it is appealing for public and labor support to win a fair settlement with the Hearst Corp., the Chronicle’s New York-based corporate owner.

  • Candidate for District 5 Supervisor Julian Davis.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    New Details Emerge in Smear Campaign Against Davis

    New details have emerged in the effort to derail the Julian Davis campaign for District 5 Supervisor, details that shed light on why Kay Vasilyeva, the woman who has accused Davis of sexual assault, went public with her claim six years later, and three weeks before Election Day.