Allegations of Central Subway financial improprieties were first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. A Civil Grand Jury report entitled “Central Subway: Too Much Money for Too Little Benefit” concluded the Central Subway project “should be redesigned.”
As Fog City Journal reported last eve, the DCCC failed by a close 14-16 vote to vote for a third-place candidate endorsement. According to Stearns, the vote was derailed by Lee’s “operatives” on the DCCC, namely Arlo Hale Smith (brother of Ace Smith, Lee’s campaign consultant), Mary Jung, and Leslie Katz.
In September 2010, Shourd was released after $500,000 was paid. Bower and Fattal were convicted of illegally entering Iran and spying for the United States. We only have the word of the Iranian border guards that these hikers actually entered into Iran, and the world has yet to see the evidence supporting a spying conviction. On September 21, Bauer and Fattal were freed after $1 million was paid. Their release after cash was paid smacks of kidnapping for ransom, rather than an example of Islamic mercy.
At its August 17 endorsements meeting, the DCCC voted to endorse former Supervisor John Avalos (first) and City Attorney Dennis Herrera (second). The influential 32-member body could not muster enough votes for a third-place endorsement.
Judge Ware agreed with Plaintiffs, stating, “Foremost among the aspects of the federal judicial system that foster public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process are public access to trials and public access to the record of judicial proceedings. Consequently, once an item is placed in the record of judicial proceedings, there must be compelling reasons for keeping that item secret. In the course of the non-jury trial of this case, at the direction of the presiding judge, court staff made a digital recording of the trial. After the close of the evidence, the judge ordered the clerk of court to file that digital recording under seal. The trial record is closed and the case is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.”
With a star-studded line up of guest speakers that included former State Senator Quentin Kopp, Public Defender Chief Attorney and former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, Chinese for Affirmative Action chair and former California Department of Education Superintendent Henry Der, Deputy Public Defender Anne Irwin and SF Bayview publisher Willie Ratcliff, Adachi told an audience of as many as 300 supporters at the Verdi Club, “Where I want this campaign to be different is that we have to make the case that it’s time to elect a person who isn’t afraid to stand up against special interests.”
With a membership of 12,000 and growing, the SFBC endorsement is considered significant, especially to Avalos who has been an active SFBC member for at least a decade and who is currently sponsoring legislation to increase indoor bike parking in the City.
Davis, who was instrumental in Adachi’s campaign for Public Defender in 2002, is a win at all costs consultant credited with orchestrating former Mayor Willie Brown’s election and re-election to Room 200 in 1995 and 1999; Sheriff Michael Hennessey’s election in 1979; Quentin Kopp’s defeat of Democrat Lou Papan for State Senate in 1986; Frank Jordon’s defeat of incumbent Mayor Art Agnos in 1991; as well as winning voter approval for a new Giants ballpark in 1996 and Candlestick Park in 1997.
Prior to 9/11, the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organized force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, was a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries – particularly by American neo-conservatives in the Bush inner circle – in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.
Citing design flaws, ballooning construction costs, anticipated cost overruns and impacts to an overstretched Muni budget, Herrera concludes, “On the basis of compelling evidence – and after discussions with project proponents and opponents alike – I have concluded that the Civil Grand Jury is correct in its assessment that the Central Subway should be redesigned.”
In a letter sent to Lee, Adachi, the sponsor of Prop D, states, “I request you to join me in a public debate regarding the relative merits of our two pension proposals this month. As the two principals behind the competing ballot measures, I hope that we can work together to increase awareness of this important issue and work towards a better future for our city.”
Determined at an early age to work toward improving the justice system, Adachi earned his degrees through the University of California system. He worked up the ladder in San Francisco’s Public Defender’s Office, becoming chief attorney. Adachi was elected San Francisco’s Public Defender in 2002, inheriting an underfunded, short-staffed department overseeing over 20,000 cases a year. He reorganized the department and developed programs within the juvenile justice system to help wayward youth turn their lives around. Four years later, Adachi was recognized by the American Bar Association winning its award for the best public law office in the country.
What is Darwinian evolution? Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution set forth in his “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life,” and subsequent writings, is considered the foundation of biology. But even after 152 years, his theory supported by information which has been tested again and again over time is obviously still anathema to Perry, Bachmann, Paul, and The Tea Party.
Avalos leads with 90 percent of his contributions sourced to contributors residing in San Francisco, closely followed by Hall (82 percent), Dufty (73 percent) and Alioto-Pier (72 percent).
The HMDC’s political action committee in July voted to sole endorse Avalos, but a subsequent complaint lodged by Debra Walker forced last eve’s membership vote.
The coalition is filing the lawsuit to compel The City to conduct and environmental review as required by CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA requires that an environmental impact report (EIR) be prepared before the City considers any project that may have significant environmental impacts, including cumulative effects on aesthetics. The lawsuit seeks to immediately halt the installation of any utility boxes while the case is pending.
Infuriated by the blatant abuse of election campaign laws by Pak and Progress for All, Kopp wrote to Gascón and the US Attorney’s office, August 1, requesting them to investigate potential violations of election laws and other improprieties related to the Run, Ed, Run campaign. Gascón said Friday his office would not proceed with an investigation, one day after Victor Hwang, an assistant district attorney and co-chair for the Run, Ed, Run campaign, claimed, “I am confident that any neutral fact-finder will conclude that there is no basis to these false allegations.”