Articles Posted on November 1st, 2012

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    Consumer Action Launches “Know Your Card” Website to Help Consumers

    Consumer Action ( launched its new website ( to help consumers understand the new laws and other changes regarding credit, debit, prepaid, and gift cards.

  • A controversial measure on the November ballot in the City of Berkeley aims to make it illegal to for homeless persons sit or lie on the sidewalk in "business zones."

    City of Berkeley Seeks to Criminalize Homelessness

    Nearly half of America is poor or “near-poor,” government statistics show—below or near the poverty line, barely making ends meet. Anywhere from 1.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless, and one in six children go hungry. Yet here in Berkeley, California, one of the country’s most famously liberal cities, business leaders aim to fine homeless people $75 for sitting on the sidewalk in commercial strips.

  • A failure by the top-tier District 5 progressive candidates to employ a ranked choice strategy made it possible for a well-financed moderate candidate to win.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Olague, Rizzo Endorse Eachother in D5 Ranked Choice Race

    Supervisor candidates Christina Olague and John Rizzo announced today that they are placing their support behind one another in the competitive race to be the next District 5 supervisor. Both candidates agreed it is important that District 5 continue to be represented by a progressive policy maker, and that this election provides an opportunity for building progressive unity.

  • With a death toll rising to as many as 56 and a $20 billion trail of destruction left in its wake, questions are being raised as whether Hurricane Sandy owes its ferocity and power to man-caused climate change and global warming.  Photo courtesy Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

    Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    Mother Nature must have really wanted to get our attention, and She sure did by sending in Her messenger Sandy to give us the lowdown on what to expect with future encounters with Her tempestuous friends.