Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Overheard in Fog City: Pearce, Ho, 86ed from Buck Tavern

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    Overheard in Fog City: Pearce, Ho, 86ed from Buck Tavern

    It all started off around 11:30 pm when Ho and Pearce arrived at the city’s favorite political watering hole following a successful, well attended No on E and F campaign fundraiser organized by founder Larry Bush and Democratic Party chair Aaron Peskin.

  • Public Defender Jeff Adachi and interim Mayor Ed Lee.

    Adachi Renews Debate Challenge
    to Lee Over Pension Reform

    Sponsored by Lee and backed by public employee unions, Prop C was placed on the ballot by Lee and the Board of Supervisors. Sponsored by Adachi, Prop D is a voter-approved ballot initiative qualified with over 70,000 signatures.

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    Ron Conway: Buying Our Democracy
    and Squashing San Franciscans Like Ants

    October 13, 2011
    Last year, Conway gave $35 thousand to the Yes on L campaign to criminalize sitting on a sidewalk. This year, Ethics Commission filings show that Conway has already spent $218,500 in San Francisco to support various conservative causes. A San Francisco Bay Guardian article notes Conway has given more than $320 thousand to Republicans since 1999. Like the Gettys, Warren Hellman, Dede Wilsey, Michael Moritz and the late Donald Fisher, Conway appears to be the latest member of the “1%” class who is spending exorbitant gobs of cash on a San Francisco election. All this is very interesting, of course, given that Conway is a Palo Alto venture capitalist.

  • Chronicle Endorses Chiu Over Lee

    The much coveted Chronicle endorsement is expected to provide Chiu a significant boost to a flagging campaign while diminishing confidence in the frontrunner status previously attributed to Lee. In addition to throwing the ranked-choice race wide open, the development may be seen as an unsaid repudiation of Lee, whose candidacy was tainted when he broke his promise of not seeking a full term. The Board of Supervisors appointed Lee in January to complete then Mayor Gavin Newsom’s final term on the expressed condition Lee would not exploit his interim “caretaker” status and seek a full term.

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    Defend Democracy, Attend No on Prop E and F Fundraiser

    “We must take our city back. This is about survival.”
    – Ron Conway, Republican and $10,000 contributor to Proposition E to allow the Board of Supervisors to amend and even repeal voter-approved laws.

    Ron Conway made that statement last October before a business-friendly group at the Bay Area Council, according to the San Francisco Business Times. And according to that same paper, his call to “take our city back” was met with strong applause.

  • Everywhere for Avalos Day Adds Momentum,
    Visibility in Run up to Election Day

    Dubbed “Everywhere for Avalos Day,” dozens of eye-catching and head-turning spectacles were simultaneously coordinated across the city in an effort to garner increased support for Avalos, a staunch progressive whose endorsements include the Democratic Party, San Francisco Tenants Union, California Nurses Association, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the largest public employee union, SEIU 102, Coleman Action Fund, United Educators of San Francisco, American Federation of Teachers, Sierra Club and the League of Young Voters, among others.

  • Herrera Calls for Criminal Investigation
    into Lee Campaign Donations

    In a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, Herrera alleges donors to interim Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign conspired to exceed contribution limits by laundering money through business associates of Go Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle.

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    Police Raid OccupySF Encampment

    Calling themselves the “99 percenters,” the protesters had convened on the San Francisco Federal Reserve in solidarity with similar protests that began on Wall Street in New York City, September 17. Their collective aims include drawing attention to the growing disparities in wealth, corporate greed, auditing the Federal Reserve, taxing the rich, the Obama administration’s bailout of banks and resultant rising unemployment and foreclosures, as well as cuts to public services.

  • Highest Paid Unions Go Wisconsin on Adachi

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    Highest Paid Unions Go Wisconsin on Adachi

    The fact is, only the highest paid public employees – cops, firefighters, nurses, and those who can afford silk-lined suits (including Adachi) – have anything to really quibble about with Prop D. Why? Because Adachi’s pension reform measure is a progressive solution to a financial math problem no sane taxpayer, city employee, mayor, Board of Supervisors, Civil Grand Jury or union boss no longer denies exists.

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    Class War Winners and Losers

    There are official data over time called the Gini index or coefficient between zero and one that is a statistical measure of economic inequality. When it is zero national income is evenly distributed among all citizens, and when it is one all the income goes to one person. Obviously the Gini figure will be somewhere between zero and one. Some nations have very low values and others very high ones. In the high category is the US. But more important is that the index has changed over time, rising from about 1980 to current times, after it had remained fairly stable over several decades. That significant rise from about .37 to .45 shows unequivocally that the rich got richer as most of the population in the middle class and below lost ground.

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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.