Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Mirkarimi Names Command Staff Appointments

    Mirkarimi Names Command Staff Appointments

    Mirkarimi named Chief Deputy Ellen Brin to the position of Undersheriff; Captain Paul Miyamoto to the position of Assistant Sheriff; and Assistant Legal Counsel Freya Horne to the position Chief Legal Counsel.

  • Police cleared away most of the tents but the protesters stayed Sunday at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. About 100 gathered for the daily general assembly to discuss ongoing projects involving housing, worker rights and women's issues. A police raid Saturday ended a four-month encampment by Occupy DC. Photos by Carl Hall, Media Workers Guild.

    No Surrender: Occupy DC Protesters
    Return to McPherson Square

    Authorities cleared out what had been a sea of tents and blue tarps located just a few blocks from the White House. A muddy vacant lot was about all that remained in most sections of the square as protesters mingled on the sidewalks with gawkers and news reporters.

    Occupiers spent part of the day scouting for emergency shelter to accommodate those evicted from the public park. McPherson Square had served as a gathering spot for protesters from around the country, many of whom already had been chased away from protest camps in their hometowns.

  • Judge Denies Mirkarimi Request to Lift Stay Away Order, Expedites Hearing

    Judge Denies Mirkarimi Request to Lift Stay Away Order, Expedites Hearing

    Mirkarmi is facing three criminal misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife, Eliana Lopez, on New Year’s Eve. He was ordered separated from his wife and the couple’s two-year old son, Theo, when charges of domestic violence, dissuading a witness and child endangerment were first filed, January 13. The “stay away” order remains in effect until there’s a resolution in his criminal trial, or is lifted by Judge Albers. Mirkarimi’s criminal trial is set to begin February 24.

  • Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

    Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

    Section by section, park police spent the day removing camping gear and shelters that showed evidence of overnight sleeping. A large blue tarp that had been draped over the pedestal of the General James McPherson statue at the center of the park was removed as police in riot gear formed a protective circle.

  • A Texas protester brought a downhome message to Occupy DC in McPherson Square, a public park in the nation's capital just a few blocks from the White House. Photos by Kat Anderson.

    Occupy DC: A Warm Place for Protest
    in the Heart of Wintertime Washington

    Except for a single taser incident, protesters interviewed Friday by Fog City Journal couldn’t recall any clashes with the authorities. One Dallas protester brought some Texas twang to the scene, located in McPherson Square, a park a few blocks from the White House. Volunteers run a small library. On Friday there was a free dinner of donated stew and raspberry cheesecake. A couple of denizens smoked dope in a pipe fashioned from a whole red apple.

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    Doomsday Clock: Five Minutes to Midnight

    Obama taught constitutional law. As President, he has ordered the assassination of at least two US citizens. Not only is this unconstitutional, there was no public discussion of whether or not it was justified. Like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, it is the sudden “Off with their heads!” The Founding Fathers could not imagine such disregard for their craft of openness and free argument.

  • Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen.

    Collection Agency Picked On the Wrong Lou Correa

    Collection agencies and their attorneys file hundreds of thousands of lawsuits every year in California, many of which are filed against debt-free individuals such as Senator Correa with no connection to the original creditor. Incredibly, these lawsuits rarely include the information needed to prove the claim is legitimate, because current law doesn’t require it. Consequently, innocent Californians wind up with a judgment on their record or have their wages garnished because they were sued for someone else’s debt.

  • Group Seeks Condo Lottery Bypass, Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

    Group Seeks Condo Lottery Bypass,
    Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

    The City instituted a curb on condo conversions in response to increases in “no fault” tenant evictions, limiting conversions via a lottery to 200 per year. Currently there are 2,391 homeowners waiting in line for their chance to convert their tenancy-in-common mortgages into less costly and restrictive joint tenancy instruments.

  • Bill Would End Journalist Lockout at State Prisons

    Bill Would End Journalist Lockout at State Prisons

    This month, the Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously passed AB 1270, also known as the “California Prisons: Media Access” bill, and it is expected to sail through the Senate in March.

    Of course, lawmakers have repeatedly approved nearly identical legislation in the past, only to see it fall victim to vigorous lobbying by the Department of Corrections and victim rights groups.

    But neither opposes the current bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

  • Michael Goldstein Remembered

    Michael Goldstein Remembered

    Eileen Hanson, mistress of ceremonies, painted a sensitive and authentic picture of a “complicated person,” who could be “sweet,” but also “really bitchy.” According to Hanson, Michael loved gossip and the “blood sport that is San Francisco politics.”

  • Violent Clashes with Police Mar Occupy Oakland Move-In Day

    Violent Clashes with Police Mar Occupy Oakland Move-In Day

    Before it was over early Sunday, demonstrators had broken into City Hall, pelted police with rocks, and were thrice turned back from establishing a new headquarters. Police responded with tear gas, flash grenades, bean bag bullets and, at times, excessive force. By days end, more than 300 people were arrested. Several injuries were reported, involving both police and protesters.

  • Judge Refuses Change to Mirkarimi Stay Away Order, Prosecutor Reveals Lopez Messages

    Judge Refuses Change to Mirkarimi Stay Away Order, Prosecutor Reveals Lopez Messages

    Judge Breall refused to modify the order, stating that she found no change in circumstances in the week since the order was first imposed; that she saw no reason to depart from the usual domestic violence court procedures of separating alleged abusers from their alleged victims.

  • Sheriff Mirkarimi’s Trial Date Set, Attorney Says Case “Overblown”, Second Woman Files Complaint

    Sheriff Mirkarimi’s Trial Date Set,
    Attorney Says Case “Overblown”,
    Second Woman Files Complaint

    When asked how Mirkarimi’s family is doing, McElroy said, “Every night his son, Theo, asks for ‘Daddy.’ This is tearing the family apart, doing more damage than good. Isn’t it supposed to be the exact opposite of what family court is about?”

  • Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

    Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

    The ceremony was simple, but the celebrants were remarkable. No less than the Episcopal Bishop of California, Marc Andrus, and the Dean of Grace Cathedral, Jane Shaw, presided over the service. In attendance included Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and former Mayor Art Agnos.

  • Occupy Wall Street West protester NTanya Lee chained herself to

    Occupy West Protesters Decry Bank Foreclosures, Corporate Personhood

    The day was organized by Occupy SF and numerous other groups. It started before sunrise, with sometimes overlapping demonstrations focusing on corporate greed, foreclosures, war and immigration crackdowns. Demonstrators noted their connections, such as profits from building incarceration facilities. There were a few breaks, but for the most part the rain was constant.