Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Mirkarimi Pleads Not Guilty, Court Extends Protective Order

    Mirkarimi Pleads Not Guilty,
    Court Extends Protective Order

    Prosecutors allege Mirkarimi hurt his wife during an argument in the presence of their two-year old son and told her not to discuss it with anybody.

  • Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

    Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

    A Guatemala-born immigrant first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, Campos was joined on the steps of City Hall by as many as 100 supporters including several colleagues on the Board as well as several labor leaders.

  • Labor Council Honors Martin Luther King, Celebrates Poor People’s Campaign

    Labor Council Honors Martin Luther King,
    Celebrates Poor People’s Campaign

    A place was symbolically set for beloved labor leader, Walter Johnson, who passed away on January 12 following a heart attack. An enlarged photo of Johnson (taken by Linda Post) “sat” at the head table along with Mayor Ed Lee, newly-appointed D5 Supervisor Christina Olague, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, and SFLC Executive Director Tim Paulson. Various speakers recalled the Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. King’s last project, that highlighted our nation’s economic disparities while continuing to confront racism, militarism, and a self-centered society.

  • Mayor Preparing to Pull Trigger on Sheriff?

    Mayor Preparing to Pull Trigger on Sheriff?

    Mirkarimi was formally charged with alleged domestic violence, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness, stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve involving Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.

  • Mirkarimi Faces Three Charges Over New Year’s Eve Incident

    Mirkarimi Faces Three Charges
    Over New Year’s Eve Incident

    It is unknown what exactly transpired at the couple’s residence on December 31st. The incident was first reported to police by the couple’s neighbor, Ivory Madison, on January 4th. According to evidence documented by Madison, and later seized by police, Lopez received a bruise on her right arm during the alleged incident.

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    Everyone is Expendable

    The world community is forming, the borders that stand between nations are dissolving as the evolutionary forces of human consciousness awaken to the possibility of sustainable communities. Corporations are the usurpers who cross borders to exploit labor and the environment, buying off corrupt politicians to reap their profits, while families are being ripped apart by deportations that stop people from exercising their rights to a decent living.

  • Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

    Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

    Lopez, who denies domestic violence occurred, was spotted in attendance at the press conference wearing dark sunglasses. It is unclear why she was in attendance, but her attorney, Robert Waggener, told the SFApeal that Lopez “was on her way to see her husband and saw the press conference, protest, whatever you want to call it, and stopped to sit and watch it for a minute or two. That’s what happened.”

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    Occupy Groups Move to End Corporate Personhood, Restore US Democracy

    What underlies the Citizens United decision is the assumption that corporations are natural persons within the meaning of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and therefore, have First Amendment rights. Corporate personhood dates back to the controversial 1886 Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. Although the Supreme Court supposedly did not make a direct ruling on the question of “corporate personhood,” the misleading notes of a clerk finding corporate personhood were incorporated in the Court’s decision. Whether this is myth or reality doesn’t matter at this point. This result was a Supreme Court precedent finding that a corporation is a “natural person.”

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    SF Occupy Protesters Target Bank of America
    Over Foreclosure Crisis

    About 100 demonstrators blocked access to a Bank of America branch in the Excelsior District to call attention to unfair lending practices.

  • Mirkarimi Inauguration Celebratory Despite Cloud

    Mirkarimi Inauguration Celebratory Despite Cloud

    Judge Katherine Feinstein, daughter of US Senator Dianne Feinstein, was originally slated to administer the oath of office to Mirkarimi, Sunday, but declined last week citing a potential conflict of interest resulting from an ongoing investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident on New Year’s eve involving Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.

  • Lee Sworn In, Vows to Embrace Innovation to “Get Things Done”

    Lee Sworn In, Vows to Embrace Innovation
    to “Get Things Done”

    The well-choreographed proceedings were undertaken below the majestic City Hall rotunda, emceed by Lee’s former boss, Willie Brown, and attended by who’s who list of luminaries and dignitaries.

  • San Francisco Planning Commissioner Christina Olague was today sworin as District 5 Supervisor by Mayor Ed Lee. Photo by Debra Walker.

    Mayor Lee Appoints Olague as D5 Supe

    “Christina Olague is my appointment for District 5 Supervisor,” said Mayor Lee. “As a low-income tenant and immigration advocate, she shares my values in making government more fair and responsive for San Francisco residents. She has been a voice for our neighborhoods and has proven through her voting record on the Planning Commission that what San Francisco needs most right now is job creation and revitalizing our local economy.”

  • Olague to be Sworn In as D5 Supe

    Olague to be Sworn In as D5 Supe

    Olague, who co-chaired the controversial “Run, Ed, Run” campaign, will serve out the remainder of Sheriff-elect and former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s term on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Mar Douses Re-Election Rumor, Elsbernd Early Endorses in D7?

    Overheard in Fog City: Mar Douses Re-Election Rumor,
    Elsbernd Early Endorses in D7?

    As chair of the Ethics Commission in 2004, Garcia was instrumental in fast-tracking Elsbernd’s appointment to the Board of Supervisors by then Mayor Gavin Newsom following Newsom’s appointment of former Supervisor Tony Hall to head the Treasure Island Development Authority.

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    Obama’s Broken Promise on Gitmo’s Tenth Anniversary

    After the US Department of Justice advised that Guantanamo prison could be considered outside US legal jurisdiction, the first twenty captives arrived at Guantanamo on January 11, 2002. Guantanamo has become a place of prisoner mistreatment, torture and indefinite detention. It is an international embarrassment.