Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Losing Constitutional Competition

    Losing Constitutional Competition

    The new study examined the provisions of 729 constitutions adopted by 188 countries from 1946 to 2006, and they considered 237 variables regarding various rights and ways to enforce them. This is what they found: “Among the world’s democracies constitutional similarity to the United States has clearly gone into free fall. Over the 1960s and 1970s, democratic constitutions as a whole became more similar to the U.S. Constitution, only to reverse course in the 1980s and 1990s. … the constitutions of the world’s democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II.”

  • Student Protests Boiling Over
    as Marchers Head to Sacramento

    In Oakland, after marchers from other schools arrived, demonstrators left the plaza together before splitting into two. A majority went to demonstrate elsewhere, while a few dozen going to Sacramento continued north to Berkeley where the teachers union was holding its own rally outside the school district offices. Passing cars gave honks of approval to the group, which held signs and was led by a large, inverted American flag as the members walked through major streets.

  • Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    The Delegates resolution also draws attention to the critical public safety efforts Mayor Quan is leading and highlights her success in building Oakland’s first public safety plan that unites law enforcement and schools to combine community policing efforts and targeted work with youth and families.

  • OccupySF Prepares for Direct Action Rally to Restore Education, Social Services Funding

    OccupySF Prepares for Direct Action Rally
    to Restore Education, Social Services Funding

    Local organizers declare that public education is a social good, and the cornerstone of a democratic society, a vibrant economy, and the social and intellectual development of every individual. Unwilling to rob Peter to pay Paul, the organizers believe that essential social services provide a crucial safety net for the most vulnerable members of society, and therefore serve as a measure of society’s moral standard. The broad-based coalition of members of the 99% demand that decision-makers in Sacramento tax the rich, pass the Millionaires Tax, pass the Oil Tax to Fund Education, and reject regressive taxes. Additionally, Occupy San Francisco is picking up the rising national call to forgive the student loan debt that threatens this country’s future.

  • Corporation Pleads Guilty in Procurement Scam to Defraud City

    Corporation Pleads Guilty in Procurement Scam to Defraud City

    According to court documents, Cole Hardware is one of two city vendors and one of ten co-defendants to have engaged in a conspiracy to bilk the city out of at least $100,000 between 2003 and 2007. It is alleged that Donnie Alan Thomas, a former SFPUC supervisor who pled guilty last year for his role in the scam, worked in conjunction with Cole Hardware employee Elizabeth Bradford – who has not pled in the case and awaits a preliminary hearing – knowingly submitted fraudulent invoices to the SFPUC with false descriptions of items purchased. The false descriptions allowed Thomas to conceal that he was purchasing items for personal benefit.

  • Sheriff Mirkarimi Files Motion to Exclude Hearsay Evidence

    Sheriff Mirkarimi Files Motion
    to Exclude Hearsay Evidence

    The opposition brief, filed by Mirkarimi defense attorney Lidia Stiglich, argues statements made to police by neighbors, Ivory Madison and Callie Williams, are inadmissible under rules of evidence because they are considered “hearsay” statements.

  • SWIFT Pressured to Ban Iran Over Nuclear Ambitions

    SWIFT is the financial equivalent of the United Nations. It facilitates the bulk of the world’s cross-border payments. The member-owned cooperative has been described as the ‘glue’ of the global banking system with the value of daily payments using SWIFT estimated at more than $6 trillion. SWIFT is vital to international money flows, exchanging an average 18 million payment messages per day between banks and other financial institutions in 210 countries.

  • Activist Young Workers Refuel Labor Movement

    “Young people are being told that they just have to suck it up and live in a world without jobs. We’re being told that America can’t afford teachers, but we can afford CEO tax cuts. We’re being asked to accept a society that rewards wealth and punishes work. A society that makes it harder for young people to go to college. A society where hate is growing … It’s shameful,” said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, in her keynote address during the Next Up conference held last fall. “The economic and social problems, the hate and the fear we see around us this day can only be solved by a fresh generation of committed, smart, tireless and creative activists.”

  • Occupy Groups Converge on San Quentin
    in Support of Prisoners, Protest Prison Conditions

    Speakers, including some who have been incarcerated, talked about reform of the California’s three-strikes sentencing law, the mental punishment of solitary confinement and support for prisoners undertaking hunger strikes to protest conditions inside prisons. They included members of the San Quentin Six, prisoners who faced charges after the 1971 shootings that killed Black Panther George Jackson along with guards and other prisoners. Shane Bauer, one of the three Americans captured in Iran in 2009, talked about the hunger strikes and denial of family letters in his time there.

  • Gascón Won’t Seek Death Penalty, Nor Prosecute Eliana Lopez

    Gascón Won’t Seek Death Penalty,
    Nor Prosecute Eliana Lopez

    Gascón also stated that he will not seek the death penalty “in any case” when discussing a previously-cold 1983 murder case.

  • Time to Protect Kid’s Privacy Online

    COPPA, effective April 21, 2000, was passed before browser cookies and other tracking technologies were being used, and doesn’t cover teens, who frequently use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. COPPA applies to the online collection of personal information from children under 13. COPPA spells out what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children’s privacy and safety online. COPPA is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has promulgated regulations to enforce COPPA. (For more information on COPPA, see the FTC’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule).

  • This is currently a hot topic

    Lackluster Finish to Case that Made Serious Political Charges

    In CCSF vs. Cobra Solutions, the jury found that both the city and Cobra Solutions failed in their responsibilities to prevent a former Department of Building Inspection information technology manager, Marcus Armstrong, from fraudulently bilking the city out of at least $482,000 between 1999 and 2001.

  • Carolyn Tyler Honored by Board of Supervisors

    Carolyn Tyler Honored by Board of Supervisors

    District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell stated that he was “honored to recognize a great district 2 resident who has been part of our lives for many years at ABC.” Farrell presented Tyler with a commendation signed by the Board.

  • ‘Round the Rotunda: Bennett’s “Heart” Song Wins Key to San Francisco

    ‘Round the Rotunda: Bennett’s “Heart” Song
    Wins Key to San Francisco

    The rotunda was festooned with pink balloons and red roses. Citizen guests excitedly took seats under the dome and gathered at all the balcony rails. Dignitaries were ushered to their reserved seating at the foot of the grand staircase.

  • Gascón Charges Lee Campaign Donors

    Gascón Charges Lee Campaign Donors

    Go Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., better known as GO Lorrie’s, is charged with making $11,500 in illegal contributions last September to the Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 campaign committee. Also charged are Jason Perez, age 40, of San Mateo, the company’s general manager, and Hanan Qutami, 56, of South San Francisco, the company’s chief financial officer.