Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Court Jester Surveys Political Field on Memorial Day

    Court Jester Surveys Political Field on Memorial Day

    Same for Leland Yee whose one great ability is to raise money and hide its source in piles of litter. Ed Jew has a better chance of being elected Mayor than Phil Ting does and Dennis Herrera has more arrows in him than General Custer. Face it, unless Chicken John declares again, this is as exciting as this field is gonna get.

  • Cartoon by Monte Wolverton.

    Are For-Profit Prisons the Answer
    to California Prison Overcrowding?

    Why is the prison system overcrowded? California’s tough-on-crime policies have led to the passage of hundreds of laws that increased prison terms. One of the most significant was the 1977 policy mandating that every prisoner leaving the system get paroled resulting in thousands of ex-convicts being sent back to jail each year for minor parole violations. Last year’s change in parole laws, which allows some non-violent offenders to avoid parole and others to avoid getting sent back to jail for minor violations, was a step in the right direction.

  • Documentary of the Year: Lifting the Veil

    Documentary of the Year: Lifting the Veil

    Lifting the Veil is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies, even as it imbues the viewer with a sense of urgency and an actualized hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet.

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    Charleston: A Hodgepodge of Impressions,
    Trivia and History

    The Sesquicentennial did go out of its way to point out that Charleston’s economic and political power were attained on the backs of thousands and thousands of slaves. As of 1860 the percentage of Southern families that owned slaves has been estimated to be 43 percent in the lower South, including South Carolina. Half the owners had one to four slaves. A total of 8000 planters owned 50 or more slaves in 1850. According to the 1860 U.S. census, 393,975 individuals, representing 8 percent of all U.S. families, owned 3,950,528 slaves.

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    2011 Justice Summit: An Ode to Criminal Defense

    In his opening remarks at his annual summit on criminal justice on May 18, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi assured the audience that this year’s conference was to be “by far, the most exciting” of the seven he has organized and hosted.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

    This is currently a hot topic

    Overheard in Fog City: Yee Opposes Shark Finning?

    “I am absolutely opposed to the killing of sharks,” Yee said. “I think that the finning of sharks is not something I support. I’ve always said that and I continue to say that. We ought to not allow that to happen. I am very supportive of banning the finning of any sharks whatsoever.”

  • Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    Mayor Lee, Elsbernd Introduce
    Consensus Pension Reform Measure

    After months of working with labor leaders, business leaders, community-based organizations and the City family, the consensus reform measure would restructure San Francisco’s pension and health benefits. The proposed Charter amendment is co-sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener.

  • 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.