Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee testified under oath Friday that he never discussed the case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with members of the Board of Supervisors.  Photos by Luke Thomas

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    SF Democrats Call for Criminal Probe into Alleged Mayoral Perjury

    A chartered Democratic Party club in San Francisco is calling for a criminal investigation into allegations of felony perjury committed by Mayor Ed Lee during an Ethics Commission inquest into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi committed official misconduct.

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    Mar Campaign Releases Statement, Requests Respect for Privacy

    The campaign to re-elect Eric Mar to the office of District 1 Supervisor released a short statement yesterday to announce Mr. Mar and his wife, Sandra Chin-Mar, are “finalizing the end of their 25-year marriage.”

  • California Senator Leland Yee. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Yee Blasts “Offensive” Republican Party Platform

    Calling its platform “offensive”, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to the Republican Party platform approved this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

  • A robo-poll of 500 San Franciscans commissioned by anti-domestic violence advocates has been released.  The poll claims 61 percent of San Franciscans think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office.

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    Anti-Domestic Violence Advocates Release Mirkarimi Robo-Poll

    For anyone interested in dissecting the latest poll commissioned by a group of anti-domestic violence advocates, which claims 61 percent of San Francisco registered voters think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office, you can find it here.

  • Community organizer and former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed. Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Overheard in Fog City: Breed Tells It Like It Is; Avalos to Campaign for Davis

    There’s something special about London Breed, the born and bred Western Addition native and former Redevelopment Commissioner who’s vying to be the next District 5 Supervisor. She’s a fiery scrapper, someone who speaks passionately and eloquently without mincing her words. She’s also leading the field in campaign contributions having amassed more than $85,000 to date. She could be the next Chris Daly on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Proposition 37 on the California ballot in November requires all genetically modified foods to be labeled as such.

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    Prop 37: David vs. Goliath

    Some of the biggest corporations are spending millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37, a controversial initiative on the California November ballot calling for the labeling of food and beverages that contain GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms.

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    The GOP and the John Galt Factor

    Vice President candidate Paul Ryan once remarked, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. And at the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand’s writings when he told his audience, “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill… is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict – individualism versus collectivism.”

  • The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to sustain two of six charges of official misconduct filed by Mayor Ed Lee against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Photos by Luke Thomas.

    A “Guinea Pig” in the “Twilight Zone”: Commission Sustains Reduced Charges Against Suspended Sheriff

    The San Francisco Ethics Commission Thursday sustained two of six charges of official misconduct lodged against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi by Mayor Ed Lee, a decision reached after the quasi-judicial body struggled to interpret and apply an untested definition of official misconduct as defined in the City Charter.

  • San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee announced today its endorsements of candidates and ballot measures in the November election.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    SF Democratic Party Endorses Candidates, Ballot Measures

    The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot. The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following:

  • The San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters penned the following letter to Ethics Commission in support of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his wife, Eliana Lopez, and the couple's three-year old son, Theo.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    League of Pissed Off Voters Calls for Sheriff Mirkarimi to be Reinstated

    Over a couple weeks of discussion among our steering committee members, we wrote this letter which we sent to the SF Ethics Commission asking them to reinstate Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff.

  • Alamo Drafthouse could make use of California's Mills Act, which can reduce property taxes through agreed renovations and preservation of the existing historic New Mission Theater.  Photo by Andy Sweet.

    Creative Historic Reuse Inspires Urban Planning

    An image of historic art deco buildings, not too unlike San Francisco’s mid-Market in its prime, illuminated a slideshow introduction to a long-running revitalization effort that has transformed a once-blighted downtown Los Angeles into a bustling and desirable housing market.

  • The League of Women Voters says it is "Making Democracy Work," but its candidate selection policy for upcoming League-sponsored forums appears to contradict its creed.  Screenshot courtesy League of Women Voters.

    Is the League of Women Voters Disenfranchising Candidates?

    The 150,000-member strong League of Women Voters – whose motto is “Making Democracy Work” – sent an email Friday to candidates running for elected office in San Francisco telling them they are not welcome to participate in their upcoming forums unless they can demonstrate they are “waging a formal campaign.”

  • San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Gascón Outlines Plan to Ramp Up Neighborhood Prosecutor Initiative

    At his quarterly neighborhood newspaper briefing Friday, District Attorney George Gascón announced plans to ramp up the Neighborhood Prosecutor Initiative as part of his vision to make San Francisco the safest large city in the country.

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    Candidates Square Off in D5 Debate

    Eight of 10 candidates vying to replace suspended-elect Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on the most progressive seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, engaged in a relatively low-key debate Wednesday, testing their campaign messaging while seeking the endorsement of the District 5 Democratic Club.

  • Occupy CCSF demonstrators attended a "board retreat" meeting Monday with the Board of Trustees and State Chancellor Jack Scott to protest the decimation of public education in California.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

    Occupy CCSF Protesters Decry Decimation of Public Education; Revenue Measures Essential for Survival

    Occupy City College protesters took to the podium at the beleaguered school Monday, decrying the loss of open access and the decimation of public education across the state, at a retreat attended by the Board of Trustees and state community college officials.