Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Activists Rally for EIR: No Free Ride for AT&T Utility Boxes

    Activists Rally for EIR: No Free Ride for AT&T Utility Boxes

    Representatives from Walk SF, Sierra Club, and the Duboce Neighborhood Association spoke of the need for an EIR. At the center of the debate is a key decision related to how we use our public sidewalks—a topic several speakers emphasized. As background, voters approved a Sit/Lie measure in the November 2010 election that makes it illegal for individuals to sit or lie on public sidewalks in certain commercial corridors in San Francisco.

  • Avalos Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor

    Avalos Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor

    It was the mother of all mayoral campaign kickoffs, attracting as many as 400 San Franciscans of all stripes and colors to Victoria Manalo Draves Park, named after the Filipina San Franciscan and Olympic gold medalist.

  • Group Calls on Herrera to Recuse Himself from Pension Reform

    Group Calls on Herrera to Recuse Himself
    from Pension Reform

    Citing a “conflict of interest,” San Franciscans for Pension Reform contend Herrera cannot impartially discharge the duties of his office given his involvement in developing competing pension reform proposals and using that involvement to muster support for his mayoral bid.

  • The Sierra Club is calling on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to authorize an environment impact report before granting AT&T the right to install their U-Verse VRAD boxes.

    Sierra Club Calls for Environmental Impact Report
    on AT&T Utility Boxes

    This issue is up for a final vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Up to this point, neither AT&T nor Planning Commission have offered any objective and transparent review process to ensure that the installation would not block our sidewalks and increase “tagging” right where we walk.

  • Parody: Why George Gascón Kicked Off His Campaign in the Castro

    Parody: Why George Gascón Kicked Off His Campaign
    in the Castro

    In the skit, Gascón, a former Republican turned independent turned Democrat, is dressed in a police uniform asks his campaign consultant to “remind me again why we are having my campaign kickoff at Harvey Milk Plaza.

  • 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.”