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.
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.
The comments by Herrera, the mayoral candidate, reveal a bias towards the unions in their opposition of Proposition B, a controversial pension reform measure sponsored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi on last year’s November ballot, and raises questions about whether Herrera, the duly elected City Attorney, is able to maintain objectivity and neutrality in writing ballot measure questions related to pension reform.
Gascón made the comment yesterday following his appearance at the 2011 Justice Summit organized by Public Defender Jeff Adachi where he was one of four panelists discussing the future of the death penalty. Sixteen states have so far abolished the death penalty.
In the video, Herrera asks for Tourk’s resignation over alleged campaign ethics law violations.
This year’s Bike to Work Day had 12 different commuter convoys from around the City organized by the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) with Mayor Lee, Supervisors, City Departments, and key business leaders participating.
The footage, the latest in a string of videos revealing serious police misconduct, prompted Adachi to renew his call for police to employ a zero tolerance policy for officers who commit perjury.
A 2009 amendment, sponsored by Campos, to the city’s voter-approved 1989 Sanctuary City Ordinance, explicitly mandates undocumented youth first be convicted of their alleged crime in a court of law before being referred to Federal immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.
But, as in most races for political office, in the early stages candidates are feeling each other out, testing their brand messaging, shaking hands and holding babies, dialing for dollars and waiting for polls to be published to provide the candidates the necessary intelligence to make informed and strategic campaign decisions and, yes, if necessary, to go negative.
According to a story first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Herrera’s mayoral campaign consultant, Alex Tourk, reported in required ethics filings that he has lobbied Mr. Herrera on behalf of several of his clients including California Pacific Medical Center, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, and a Stow Lake boathouse vendor.
Elected Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco in 1979, Hennessey bears the distinction of being the longest tenured sheriff in the State of California, as well as holding public office in San Francisco longer than any other elected official. Hennessey, 63, is retiring in January after 32 years of public service serving alongside 5 mayors and 13 police chiefs.
The event drew as many as 100 volunteers, activists and partisans committed to electing Avalos to Room 200 in November. As much as $25 thousand has been raised since Avalos filed to run for the open seat on April 18, according to the campaign.
“San Francisco offers Mozilla the ideal location for bringing together their global software development community to collaborate and innovate on big ideas,” said Mayor Lee. “Mozilla joins San Francisco’s robust and growing tech industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Mozilla to San Francisco.”
The man, aged 50, fell while traveling repeatedly up and down the escalator, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. After the man fell, articles of his clothing became entangled at the base of the mechanized conveyance, a witness said. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Though it is early to have locked in official endorsements, Avalos said he expects to be endorsed by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisors Eric Mar and David Campos, former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin and former Supervisor Chris Daly. He also expects to garner labor union endorsements.