Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • City Attorney Reveals Partiality to Union Interests Over Pension Reform

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    City Attorney Reveals Partiality to Union Interests
    Over Pension Reform

    The comments by Herrera, the mayoral candidate, reveal a bias towards the unions in their opposition of Proposition B, a controversial pension reform measure sponsored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi on last year’s November ballot, and raises questions about whether Herrera, the duly elected City Attorney, is able to maintain objectivity and neutrality in writing ballot measure questions related to pension reform.

  • Gascón “personally opposed” to the Death Penalty

    Gascón “personally opposed” to the Death Penalty

    Gascón made the comment yesterday following his appearance at the 2011 Justice Summit organized by Public Defender Jeff Adachi where he was one of four panelists discussing the future of the death penalty. Sixteen states have so far abolished the death penalty.

  • The 2009 Publid Defender Justice Summit attracted a large audience at the Koret

    2011 Justice Summit: Justice By The Book

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Police Chief Greg Suhr and DA George Gascón will join bestselling authors, law professors, prominent defense attorneys and civil rights experts on Wednesday, May 18 for the free forum, which is open to the public. The 2011 Justice Summit will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium in San Francisco Main Library. Seating is limited and all attendees must register at sfpublicdefender.org.

  • Lobbygate: Dennis Herrera Fires Alex Tourk

    Lobbygate: Dennis Herrera Fires Alex Tourk

    In the video, Herrera asks for Tourk’s resignation over alleged campaign ethics law violations.

  • Campos Calls on Mayor Lee to Uphold Sanctuary City Law

    Campos Calls on Mayor Lee to Uphold Sanctuary City Law

    A 2009 amendment, sponsored by Campos, to the city’s voter-approved 1989 Sanctuary City Ordinance, explicitly mandates undocumented youth first be convicted of their alleged crime in a court of law before being referred to Federal immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.

  • USF Mayoral Debate Produces No Winners or Losers

    USF Mayoral Debate Produces No Winners or Losers

    But, as in most races for political office, in the early stages candidates are feeling each other out, testing their brand messaging, shaking hands and holding babies, dialing for dollars and waiting for polls to be published to provide the candidates the necessary intelligence to make informed and strategic campaign decisions and, yes, if necessary, to go negative.

  • Video: Dennis Herrera and Alex Tourk Discuss Inappropriate Lobbying

    Video: Dennis Herrera and Alex Tourk Discuss Inappropriate Lobbying

    According to a story first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Herrera’s mayoral campaign consultant, Alex Tourk, reported in required ethics filings that he has lobbied Mr. Herrera on behalf of several of his clients including California Pacific Medical Center, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, and a Stow Lake boathouse vendor.

  • Hennessey Endorses Mirkarimi for Sheriff

    Hennessey Endorses Mirkarimi for Sheriff

    Elected Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco in 1979, Hennessey bears the distinction of being the longest tenured sheriff in the State of California, as well as holding public office in San Francisco longer than any other elected official. Hennessey, 63, is retiring in January after 32 years of public service serving alongside 5 mayors and 13 police chiefs.

  • Overheard in Fog City: The People Have a Candidate

    Overheard in Fog City: The People Have a Candidate

    The event drew as many as 100 volunteers, activists and partisans committed to electing Avalos to Room 200 in November. As much as $25 thousand has been raised since Avalos filed to run for the open seat on April 18, according to the campaign.

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    Mayor Lee Welcomes Mozilla to San Francisco

    “San Francisco offers Mozilla the ideal location for bringing together their global software development community to collaborate and innovate on big ideas,” said Mayor Lee. “Mozilla joins San Francisco’s robust and growing tech industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Mozilla to San Francisco.”

  • Avalos Candidacy Shakes Up Mayor’s Race

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    Avalos Candidacy Shakes Up Mayor’s Race

    Though it is early to have locked in official endorsements, Avalos said he expects to be endorsed by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisors Eric Mar and David Campos, former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin and former Supervisor Chris Daly. He also expects to garner labor union endorsements.

  • Avalos Confirms Bid for Mayor

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    Avalos Confirms Bid for Mayor

    It is the first time Ranked Choice Voting will be employed to decide a mayor’s race in San Francisco, an instant runoff voting system that can be used to tip the scales in favor of those candidates who employ a ranked choice strategy with other like-minded candidates.

  • BOS Photo Caption Action

    BOS Photo Caption Action

    Several Foggers have asked that I post more photos on FCJ. Apparently Foggers appreciate my photos more than anything else published on FCJ. So without further ado, the following photos were shot during yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the first meeting, I should add, when a Mayor of this great city attended a Board of Supervisors meeting (thanks to former Supervisor Chris Daly) to engage in formal policy discussions, as mandated by Measure C on last November’s ballot, with the legislative body.

  • Mayor Lee and Supervisors Form Technology Advisory Council

    Mayor Lee and Supervisors
    Form Technology Advisory Council

    Mayor Lee helped convene the group to evaluate how San Francisco’s current tax structure impacts companies’ ability to successfully grow jobs in San Francisco and to propose improvements to the current tax structure, while still ensuring everyone pays their fair share for City services.

  • Peskin Makes Plea for Fee-Less Entrance to Golden Gate Park Arboretum

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    Peskin Makes Plea for Fee-Less Entrance
    to Golden Gate Park Arboretum

    The ordinance, sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee, seeks to close a funding shortfall due to a mandated 20 percent budget cut to the Department of Parks and Recreation