Articles Posted in the News Category

  • FCJ Interview with Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

    FCJ Interview with Mayoral Candidate Tony Hall

    My contract as director was not renewed when I refused to sign the sweetheart contracts for the development of Treasure Island that were being illegally pushed by Gavin Newsom to placate his political donors. It was a sad day for San Francisco because it thwarted the only realistic plan for the future of Treasure Island that I had been working on with the Navy. What they are doing there right now is a travesty. There are at least a billion dollars in pre-development costs that will never be financed in this environment by any bank. They want to build skyscrapers on landfills on a seismic fault. They want to plant organic gardens on toxic soil. To put people’s lives in such danger, and mislead the public is so wrong. But anyway, I have made my case over and over, and the decision-making process regarding Treasure Island appears to be closed as the current Board of Supervisors and the interim mayor are all for it.

  • As many as five people were shot including an elderly man during a gang related shooting at Jones and Market streets. Photos by Robert Livingstone.

    Multiple Victims in TL “Gang Related” Shooting

    Police and emergency crews were called to the scene at approximately 6:14 pm. The suspected gang members fled the scene in all directions following the shooting. As many as 7 shots were fired, according to witnesses. Several bullet casings were observed at the scene.

  • Tourk Confirms Saturday Voting Dead

    Tourk Confirms Saturday Voting Dead

    Tourk needed to raise $2.4 million from private donors by July 7 to fund the cost of adding Saturday, November 5, 2011 as an alternate day for voters to cast their ballots. As of Friday, the Saturday voting fund had a zero balance.

  • A voting initiative sponsored by GroundFloor Public Affairs founder Alex Tourk appears to have failed for a luck of funding. Image courtesy WhyTuesdaySF.org.

    Saturday Voting Initiative Dead? Herrera Downplays Connection to Consultant and Contributor

    The WhyTuesdaySF initiative was the brainchild of political consultant Alex Tourk, who successfully tapped private venture capital from Silicon Valley angel investor Ronald C. Conway, tech maven David Jeske, Morgan Stanley partner Robert Lesko and other wealthy interests (some of whom, like Lesko, were from out of state) to fund the campaign to place Proposition I on the November 2010 ballot. Despite being drowned out by the hubbub of pension reform and hotly contested supervisorial races, voters overwhelmingly approved the WhyTuesdaySF initiative by almost 20 percentage points.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Campos to Vote Against His Conscience?

    Overheard in Fog City: Campos to Vote Against His Conscience?

    Apparently the progressive supe is uncomfortable with his support for Turman, according to a reliable source, but remains committed to Turman despite damaging reports of Turman’s record absenteeism on the Human Rights Commission.

  • Fallen San Francisco Firefighters Memorialized, Laid to Rest

    Fallen San Francisco Firefighters Memorialized,
    Laid to Rest

    San Francisco firefighter Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, both from Engine Company 26, were fatally injured June 2 while battling a house blaze in Diamond Heights.

  • Sunday Streets Updates Bayview Route this Sunday

    Sunday Streets Updates Bayview Route this Sunday

    For the second year in a row, The Third Street Corridor Project, the Bayview Merchant Association and the Renaissance Entrepreneur Center will host the Bayview Music Festival in conjunction with Sunday Streets. This festival, which will feature live music, arts and local merchant exhibits and two cook-off contests, will take place on Galvez Avenue off 3rd Street near the Bayview Plaza.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Will Adachi Run?

    Overheard in Fog City: Will Adachi Run?

    That potential candidate is Public Defender Jeff Adachi who is singularly responsible for making this year’s mayor’s race a referendum on pension reform, the Care Not Cash, if you like, of 2003 that helped to elect then Supervisor Gavin Newsom over former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez to Room 200.

  • Mayor Lee Presents Budget Proposal

    Mayor Lee Presents Budget Proposal

    To help balance the budget, Lee’s proposed budget includes $106 million in reductions to city departments, including $32 million from the Department of Public Health, $26 million in salary increase deferrals and $14 million in cuts to Human Services.

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    2011 Justice Summit: An Ode to Criminal Defense

    In his opening remarks at his annual summit on criminal justice on May 18, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi assured the audience that this year’s conference was to be “by far, the most exciting” of the seven he has organized and hosted.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

    This is currently a hot topic

    Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

    “I am absolutely opposed to the killing of sharks,” Yee said. “I think that the finning of sharks is not something I support. I’ve always said that and I continue to say that. We ought to not allow that to happen. I am very supportive of banning the finning of any sharks whatsoever.”

  • Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce
    Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    After months of working with labor leaders, business leaders, community-based organizations and the City family, the consensus reform measure would restructure San Francisco’s pension and health benefits. The proposed Charter amendment is co-sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener.

  • Avalos Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor

    Avalos Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor

    It was the mother of all mayoral campaign kickoffs, attracting as many as 400 San Franciscans of all stripes and colors to Victoria Manalo Draves Park, named after the Filipina San Franciscan and Olympic gold medalist.

  • Group Calls on Herrera to Recuse Himself from Pension Reform

    Group Calls on Herrera to Recuse Himself
    from Pension Reform

    Citing a “conflict of interest,” San Franciscans for Pension Reform contend Herrera cannot impartially discharge the duties of his office given his involvement in developing competing pension reform proposals and using that involvement to muster support for his mayoral bid.

  • Parody: Why George Gascón Kicked Off His Campaign in the Castro

    Parody: Why George Gascón Kicked Off His Campaign
    in the Castro

    In the skit, Gascón, a former Republican turned independent turned Democrat, is dressed in a police uniform asks his campaign consultant to “remind me again why we are having my campaign kickoff at Harvey Milk Plaza.