Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Eliana Lopez video.

    Video: Lopez Chides Olague “Bullies”

    Eliana Lopez, the wife of reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, today released a video in support of District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague while condemning the exploitation of domestic violence by billionaire backers of Mayor Ed Lee for political gain.

  • A mailer funded by an independent expenditure committee controlled by SEIU 1021 depicts former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed as being in the pockets of real estate interests.

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    Breed Responds to SEIU 1021 “Hit Piece”

    London Breed, a leading candidate in the race for District 5 Supervisor, pledged Friday in an interview with Fog City Journal to protect tenant’s rights and to oppose any attacks on rent control if she were to be elected to the most progressive and tenant-heavy seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

  • A controversial measure on the November ballot in the City of Berkeley aims to make it illegal to for homeless persons sit or lie on the sidewalk in "business zones."

    City of Berkeley Seeks to Criminalize Homelessness

    Nearly half of America is poor or “near-poor,” government statistics show—below or near the poverty line, barely making ends meet. Anywhere from 1.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless, and one in six children go hungry. Yet here in Berkeley, California, one of the country’s most famously liberal cities, business leaders aim to fine homeless people $75 for sitting on the sidewalk in commercial strips.

  • A failure by the top-tier District 5 progressive candidates to employ a ranked choice strategy made it possible for a well-financed moderate candidate to win.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Olague, Rizzo Endorse Eachother in D5 Ranked Choice Race

    Supervisor candidates Christina Olague and John Rizzo announced today that they are placing their support behind one another in the competitive race to be the next District 5 supervisor. Both candidates agreed it is important that District 5 continue to be represented by a progressive policy maker, and that this election provides an opportunity for building progressive unity.

  • Candidates Andrew Resignato and Hope Johnson today announced a People's Bill of Rights for the residents of District 5. Photo by Clayton Mitchell.

    D5 Candidates Johnson, Resignato Announce People’s Bill of Rights

    Committees to Elect Johnson & Resignato – District 5 supervisorial candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew “Ellard” Resignato today released a Bill of Rights for the People of District 5. The Bill outlines underlying economic and social rights the District 5 community can expect both candidates to stand for at City Hall.

  • President Barack Obama.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Fifty Shades of Loving Your Candidate

    After carefully listening to many formerly rabid 2008 Obama supporters, the most common thread of disenchantment seems to be that they no longer feel the passion and ardor of those glory days of instant palpitations over their new beau.

  • Candidate for District 5 Supervisor Julian Davis.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    New Details Emerge in Smear Campaign Against Davis

    New details have emerged in the effort to derail the Julian Davis campaign for District 5 Supervisor, details that shed light on why Kay Vasilyeva, the woman who has accused Davis of sexual assault, went public with her claim six years later, and three weeks before Election Day.

  • District 11 Supervisor John Avalos. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Avalos Explains Endorsement Revocation, Calls for Davis to “Consider” Withdrawing Candidacy

    District 11 Supervisor John Avalos posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday denouncing “tactics of marginalization and disenfranchisement,” a reference to a cease-and-desist letter sent by District 5 candidate Julian Davis to Kay Vasilyeva, the woman who has publicly accused Davis of sexual assault, an allegation Davis refutes.

  • Candidates for District 5 Supervisor, Hope Johnson and Andrew Resignato, have joined forces on "The People's Ticket" in the ranked choice race that will be decided by voters on November 6.  Photo by Clayton Mitchell.

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    D5 Candidates Johnson and Resignato Join Forces on “The People’s Ticket”

    District 5 supervisorial candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew “Ellard” Resignato announced Thursday that they have joined forces in the highly contentious District 5 race. They will officially launch what they are calling The People’s Ticket on Wednesday, October 24, at Madrone Art Bar (500 Divisadero) in District 5.

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    Davis Releases Statement, “Sets the Record Straight”

    Julian Davis, a leading progressive candidate running in the race for District 5 Supervisor, today released a statement that, in his words, “sets the record straight.”

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

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    D.A. Gascón, Department of Elections Announce Creation of Elections Fraud Hotline

    Following on the heels of a fruitless criminal investigation by the district attorney’s office into alleged vote fraud during last year’s race for mayor, District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Department of Elections Director John Arntz announced today the creation of an election fraud hotline.

  • During the Tenderloin Neighborhood Corporation's twentieth annual Celebrity Pool Toss last eve, Michael Walker, Market President of US Bank’s Northern California Commercial Banking Group, generated $30,000 for his dunk.

    TNDC Celebrates Wet and Wild 20th Annual Celebrity Pool Toss

    A banker, a model, a former mayoral candidate, Miss Yvonne from the Pee-Wee Herman show, and a guy in a Lou Seal costume – what could these folks have in common? They all participated in last night’s 20th annual Celebrity Pool Toss, an only-in-San Francisco fundraising tradition started by the Tenderloin Housing Development Corporation with proceeds benefiting after school programs for low-income families.

  • File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Rally for Ross Mirkarimi at Noon Today at City Hall

    Join Sheriff Michael Hennessey; Mayor Art Agnos; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the UFW & Medal of Freedom Recipient; Supervisors Sophie Maxwell, Harry Britt, Doris Ward, Willie Kennedy and Carol Ruth Silver; Public Defender Geoff Brown and others in calling for the reinstatement of Sheriff Mirkarimi this Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors Vote.

  • Journalist Evelyn Nieves is a former girlfriend of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.  Nieves lived with Mirkarimi for eight years.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Former Mirkarimi Girlfriend, Evelyn Nieves, Speaks Out

    For months, I’ve watched as Ross Mirkarimi has been slandered as a “wife beater”—by the Mayor of San Francisco, no less—and vilified in the press based on lies, half-truths and innuendo. It has been heart-breaking, nauseating, to witness.

  • Nopa+/Divisadero Merchants Association

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    NoPa+/Divisadero Merchants Association Release D5 Debate Video

    NoPa+ and Divisadero Merchants Association today released video of their spirited public debate between candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor.