Articles Posted in the News Category

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    Matt Gonzalez Interview: Races for Mayor,
    District Attorney and Sheriff Discussed

    I like Ross (Mirkarimi) obviously. I supported him in his race to replace me as District 5 supervisor, but I will not be supporting him in this race. I don’t like the idea that the mayor would get to appoint a replacement to his seat. And if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be someone who would get elected in an open race. No progressives are talking about this. If Ross is elected sheriff, we will likely have a moderate in the Dist. 5 seat and will lose what should be the most progressive seat in San Francisco. So, I believe Ross should serve out his term. He should run for assembly or some other post, but not sheriff. Not now. And as someone who was once the District 5 supervisor, I believe I am allowed to say this. Incumbency is powerful, as Ed Lee is demonstrating, and Mirkarimi’s appointed replacement could end up serving for the next 9 years.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Daly in D5?

    Overheard in Fog City: Daly in D5?

    According to Daly, who resides a stone’s throw away from the District 6/5 border at the intersection of Stevenson and McCoppin streets, he will consider a run for the D5 seat next year should Ross Mirkarimi and Ed Lee, who is expected to declare his candidacy tomorrow, win their respective races for Sheriff and Mayor in November.

  • Adachi Pension Reform Measure Qualifies for Ballot

    Adachi Pension Reform Measure Qualifies for Ballot

    Voters will be asked to consider Adachi’s proposal and a “consensus” proposal sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee and backed by financier Warren Hellman, as well as police and firefighter unions. The consensus proposal includes pension and healthcare costs reforms. Adachi’s proposal is singularly focused on reforming pension contributions. The city’s largest union, SEIU Local 21, has not, to date, endorsed either proposals.

  • Candidates Weigh In On Possible Ed Lee Candidacy

    Candidates Weigh In On Possible Ed Lee Candidacy

    The Board of Supervisors appointed Lee to the post of interim mayor in January to complete Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s term as mayor on the condition and explicit understanding that an appointed “caretaker” mayor would not use the position to run for a full-term. Lee acquiesced to the Board’s proviso, publicly and privately, before being sworn into office.

  • Arntz: Adachi Pension Reform Measure Qualifying With “Comfortable Margin”

    Arntz: Adachi Pension Reform Measure
    Qualifying With “Comfortable Margin”

    Expectations are that Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure, dubbed “Son of Prop B,” will qualify for the November ballot. Adachi said he pre-qualified the signatures before submission to the Department of Elections for qualification.

  • Excluded From SFPOA Mayoral Forum, Tony Hall Releases Statement

    Excluded From SFPOA Mayoral Forum,
    Tony Hall Releases Statement

    Tomorrow there is to be a mayoral ‘forum’ held by the San Francisco Police Officers Association and moderated by a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. I inquired of the SFPOA’s leadership why I was not invited, and I was told specifically that it was because of my stance calling for stronger pension reform. I asked them to reconsider their position and I have not yet heard back. That is answer enough for me to issue this statement.

  • Tom Ammiano Discusses San Francisco Mayor’s Race

    Tom Ammiano Discusses San Francisco Mayor’s Race

    Never the one to shy away from a press interview, Ammiano discussed several topics of interest with FCJ, including this year’s mayor’s race.

  • Chiu, Mirkarimi, Bock Lead in Contributions

    Chiu, Mirkarimi, Bock Lead in Contributions

    The following table data was summarized from the latest required campaign filings covering January 1 through July 31. Detailed contribution data is available at the San Francisco Department of Ethics website.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Kim Confirms Lee Endorsement

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    Overheard in Fog City: Kim Confirms Lee Endorsement

    The development is significant in that it may answer the question of why Kim declined to endorse former roommate and political simpatico, David Chiu, when Chiu came knocking for Kim’s endorsement in February. It also suggests that Kim has known all along that Lee is going to run for mayor.

  • Candidates Call Mayor Ed Lee’s Integrity into Question

    Candidates Call Mayor Ed Lee’s Integrity into Question

    The question of Lee’s integrity is being raised following Lee’s recent comments suggesting he is now considering going against his word and entering the mayor’s race.

  • Board to Vote Today on Wiener Ballot Measure Reform Proposal

    Board to Vote Today
    on Wiener Ballot Measure Reform Proposal

    “San Francisco’s ballot measure system, like California’s as a whole, is broken,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, the measure’s sponsor. “Currently, we have too many ballot measures. And, once the voters pass these measures, they effectively become frozen and almost impossible to change even when it makes sense to do so. This good-government measure is a first step in making our system of ballot propositions more balanced.”

  • Cunnie Enters Race for Sheriff

    Cunnie Enters Race for Sheriff

    With California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Supervisor Scott Weiner by his side, Cunnie said he is running for sheriff because he “feels he is the best candidate right now to come to the table” to address the myriad problems facing the California prison system.

  • The Civic Center Residence located at 44 McAllister in the Tenderloin celebrated its grand reopening Thursday following a $30 million makeover.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

    Civic Center Residence Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

    The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) upgrade to the Civic Center Residence, located at 44 McAllister, included the construction of additional units of low-income housing, a seismic retrofit, plumbing and electrical overhauls, two new elevators, new shower rooms on each of the eight floors, and upgraded common room facilities including three community kitchens.

  • Herrera Moves to Sue CPUC, Feds Over San Bruno Tragedy

    Herrera Moves to Sue CPUC, Feds Over San Bruno Tragedy

    “In the aftermath of the San Bruno tragedy, it has become increasingly obvious that blame must be shared by regulators who were either asleep at the switch or too cozy with the industry they’re supposed to regulate,” said Herrera. “The potential threat to human life and safety demands the strictest enforcement of federal pipeline standards. Yet while PG&E was flouting federal law, regulators did little to hold the company accountable. Congress enacted the Pipeline Safety Act to allow for legal actions like the one I am initiating to protect public safety, and I am confident a federal court order will help accomplish that. The potential risks to San Franciscans and others from further gas pipeline failures can no longer be ignored.”

  • BART Protest Delays Evening Commute

    BART Protest Delays Evening Commute

    Chanting “Cops, Pigs, Murderers,” “No justice, no peace, disband the BART police,” the demonstrators were able to prevent an eastbound train from leaving the Civic Center station for 15 minutes forcing BART managers to halt services in both directions.