Articles Posted in the Politics Category

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    Senator Yee Alleges Central Subway
    Waste, Fraud and Abuse

    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.”

  • Lee Blocked Yee from Garnering
    DCCC Third-Place Mayoral Endorsement?

    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.

  • U.S. hikers Shane Bauer, right, and Josh Fattal, sat in Tehran's Mehrabad airport before leaving for Oman. (Photo courtesy Reuters)

    Iran Releases U.S. Hikers

    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.

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    DCCC to Consider Third-Place
    Ranked-Choice Mayoral Endorsement

    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.

  • Court Rules Prop. 8 Trial Tapes Should Be Released to Public

    Court Rules Prop. 8 Trial Tapes
    Should Be Released to Public

    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.”

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    Adachi Kick Off Tunes Message
    of Integrity and Political Independence

    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.”

  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
    Announces Mayoral Endorsements

    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.

  • Political consultant Jack Davis and Public Defender Jeff Adachi met earlier today to discuss Adachi's mayoral campaign.

    Overheard in Fog City: Adachi and Davis
    Reunited for Mayoral Campaign

    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.

  • 9/11 Ten-Year Anniversary and The Power of Nightmares

    9/11 Ten-Year Anniversary and The Power of Nightmares

    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.

  • Herrera Releases Analysis
    of Central Subway Project Efficacy

    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.”

  • Public Defender Jeff Adachi.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Adachi Challenges Lee to Pension Reform Debate

    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.”

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    Adachi Makes Case for Mayoralty

    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.

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    Is the GOP the Anti-Science Party?

    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.

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    Avalos, Hall, Dufty, Alioto-Pier Lead Field in SF Contributor Support

    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).

  • Avalos Wins Harvey Milk Club Sole Endorsement

    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.

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    Community Groups File Lawsuit
    Over AT&T Utility Box Installations

    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.

  • Candidates Slam Gascón
    Over Refusal to Investigate Run, Ed, Run Campaign

    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.”