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    America’s Tea Party Phenomenon

    Promoted as grassroots activism, the party gained national recognition in media-hyped mid-2009 congressional town hall protests against Obamacare, banker and other bailouts, fiscal excess, and bogus claims about Obama’s socialist agenda.

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    U.S. Admits to Infecting Guatemalans
    with Venereal Disease

    In an Oct. 1, statement, the U.S. government acknowledged that between 1946 and 1948, U.S. Public Health Service physicians deliberately infected at least 696 Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea without their knowledge or consent to study the effect of venereal disease.

  • Hall to Declare Mayoral Candidacy

    Hall joins termed out Supervisor Bevan Dufty and City Attorney Dennis Herrera as the only electeds so far to have declared candidacies for the open seat. State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno; District Attorney Kamala Harris; Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Michela Alioto-Pier; and former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez; are also rumored to be considering candidacies.

  • Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells was arrested this evening while attempting to attend a debate between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown.

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    Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested

    Green Party candidate for California governor, Laura Wells, was arrested this evening and prevented from attending the final debate between gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown.

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    Gonzalez Pens Open Letter to Pelosi

    As Speaker of the House, and representative of California’s 8th Congressional District, you have failed to offer a satisfactory explanation for many of the political choices you have made. Even your most ardent supporters are at a loss to defend your escalation of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan after you became Speaker (despite your promises to end the war), and for your support for the Patriot Act, its subsequent reauthorization, and for your support for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, among other things.

  • Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D6, D8 Races

    Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D6, D8 Races

    In District 6, the Individual Expenditure Ceiling (IEC) of a publicly financed candidate, Theresa Sparks, was raised to $153,000. The IEC for this candidate was raised because on October 7, 2010, the Total Supportive Funds of Jane Kim in District 6 totaled $154,300. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of this publicly financed candidate in District 6.

  • Peskin Makes Case for Kelly in D10, Bashes Moss and Sweet

    Peskin Makes Case for Kelly in D10,
    Bashes Moss and Sweet

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  • Candidate for D6 Supervisor Jim Meko.

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    SFBG to Post Meko Sit/Lie Correction

    In the this week’s long-anticipated endorsements issue, the SFBG states, “Jim Meko, a longtime neighborhood and community activist, has good credentials and some solid ideas. He was a key player in the western SoMa planning project and helped come up with a truly progressive land-use program for the neighborhood. But he supports sit-lie and is awfully cranky about local bars and nightlife.”

  • Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D8 Race

    Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D8 Race

    The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling (IEC) of all four publicly financed candidates in District 8: the IEC of William Hemenger, Rebecca Prozan, and Rafael Mandelman, was raised to $203,000 and the IEC of Scott Wiener, was raised to $193,000. The IEC for these candidates was raised because on October 5, 2010, the Total Supportive Funds of Scott Wiener in District 8 totaled $209,212 and the Total Supportive Funds of Rafael Mandelman in District 8 totaled $198,591. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of publicly financed candidates in District 8.

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    Ethics Commission Raises Supe Races Spending Caps

    A candidate running for the Board of Supervisors who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $143,000, and may be raised in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents. A candidate is required to file Form SFEC- 152(a)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors is required to file the Third Party Disclosure form within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.

  • Photo courtesy Gilles Martin-Raget, Americascup.com

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    Leading D6 Candidates Weigh In on America’s Cup Bid

    The event, which is projected to generate as many as 9,000 jobs and much as $1.2 billion in economic activity, according to the mayor’s office, would require significant investment in construction repairs to piers 30-32 and pier 50.

  • Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was aboard the Mavi Marmara when he was killed by Israeli commandos. (Photo: freegazaorg; Edited: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

    UN Fact-Finding Mission:
    Israeli Killing of US Citizen Was “Execution”

    The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates. File photo courtesy Oklahoma State University.

    Gates Foundation Donates $12 Million
    to Boost College Completion Rates

    From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation September 27, 2010 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities today announced $12 million in grants to fund innovative proposals to boost college…

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    Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation
    to Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Road

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed AB 1601 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), which authorizes judges to revoke, for up to ten years, the license of any person convicted of three or more DUIs in a 10-year period. Current law only allows for a license revocation period of three years for someone with three or more DUIs. Hundreds of thousands of Californians are arrested and convicted of driving under the influence every year in California, and many of them are repeat offenders.

  • Candidate for District Supervisor Jane Kim. Photos by Luke Thomas.

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    Overheard in Fog City: Kim Co-Endorses in D6

    Of the leading progressive candidates in the ranked choice race, a list that includes Keys, Kim, Jim Meko and Debra Walker, Walker is so far the only candidate to not endorse a fellow progressive candidate. She was the only D6 candidate to receive the powerful San Francisco Democratic Party endorsement.

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    SF Police Patrol Organization
    Expresses Commitment to Work with New Board

    San Francisco Patrol Special Police are the only private neighborhood safety service in the city that is legally permitted to patrol San Francisco’s streets as well as private locations under the city’s Municipal Police Code Sec. 1750 and is on police radio frequencies.

  • Candidate for District 6 Supervisor James Keys and Supervisor Chris Daly. File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Keys Co-Endorses in D6

    Asked whether discussions between Keys and the Kim and Walker campaigns has resulted in Kim or Walker committing to a ranked choice endorsement, Keys said Walker told Keys she “is not interested in making deals with multiple candidates,” but is willing to talk to Keys.