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Following the one of the worst tragedies in US history, America faces an opportunity to address gun ownership laws.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

America Faces Gun Culture Crossroads

December 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Our nation stands challenged by yet one more horrific, violent act at the hands of another deranged, damaged soul who had access to weapons of mass destruction that should not have been available to him under any circumstances. When, at long last, is enough enough?

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

Evelyn Luluquisen, executive director of Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts

December 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

A fiery crowd of as many as 50 seniors and their supporters including green-clad, Doctor Seuss-styled grinches, rallied this afternoon in front of Wells Fargo Bank at the intersection of Market and Grant streets, calling on the national bank to halt its evictions of struggling homeowners and to change its foreclosure practices.

Artist Gregorio De Masi.

Fog City Artist Brings Fog to Canvas

December 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

Bay Area artist Gregorio De Masi blows away the San Francisco art scene with a unique punk style and bringing true craftsmanship to each of his pieces.

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A Women’s Place is in Combat Too

December 13, 2012 | 7 Comments

The ban on women in combat in ground combat units is one of the last vestiges of sexism. Under the guise of protecting the “weaker” or “fairer” sex, the armed forces discriminate against women by denying them the perks of serving in combat positions.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

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Gun Patriotism or Hypocrisy?

December 11, 2012 | 7 Comments

Puzzling me for a long time is the inconsistency between two claims by gun and Second Amendment supporters. One is that what they worship is critically needed to defend themselves against a government that they would view as oppressive and unacceptable.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics

Scott Wiener

Why Wiener’s Nudity Ban Is Bad for Everybody

December 02, 2012 | 47 Comments

The final vote on San Francisco’s nudity ban is this upcoming Tuesday, December 4. This draconian law represents a serious failure of leadership on the part of Supervisor Scott Wiener and brings up many interesting questions about this issue and the direction of our city.

Posted in Culture, Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Speaking Truth to Power: Adachi Wins Prestigious Defense of Poor National Award

November 29, 2012 | 10 Comments

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has selected San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as its 2012 Reginald Heber Smith Award winner.

Posted in Law, News, Politics

Illustration by Alan Dye (The New York Times).

Ending the U.S. Senate Filibuster Rule

November 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

There is increasing sentiment in the U.S. Senate to end or reform the filibuster. As we have seen in the last sessions of Congress, a 41-vote minority of Republican senators has effectively bottled up or killed legislation.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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KPFA Is More Than a Radio Station

November 22, 2012 | 17 Comments

According to the mission statement of Pacifica, we would be wrong to base all of our programming decisions on who makes the most money during the morning drive time or which show raises the most money. We actually have a mission; to give voice to the voiceless.

Posted in Media, Opinion, Politics

Former CIA Director General Patraeus.

What Did the President Know About the Benghazi Attack, Petraeus Affair?

November 20, 2012 | 10 Comments

(Updated, 12/2/12) Two coincidences are swirling around former CIA Director Petraeus: that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with the anniversary of 9/11 and Al Qaeda, and that knowledge of his affair with his biographer and his subsequent resignation, did not reach President Obama until after his re-election.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Why I’m Supporting SaveKPFA in KPFA’s Board Election

November 19, 2012 | 72 Comments

This month, KPFA is going through what will probably prove to be one of the most important elections of its 10-year experiment with democracy.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion, Politics

SF Department of Elections 2010 Census Ethnic Breakdown by Supervisorial District. (Click for larger view).

Race and Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco

November 19, 2012 | 30 Comments

San Francisco’s ranked choice voting system produced surprising results in the Nov. 6 election when voters in District 5, the City’s most progressive district, elected moderate London Breed, and in District 7, the City’s second most conservative district, elected progressive Norman Yee.

Posted in News, Politics

Proportional Representation is an electoral system that results in the representation of all parties in a legislature in proportion to their popular vote.

Is Proportional Representation and Other Reforms Key to Democratizing US Electoral System?

November 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

After well over a year campaigning and an estimated $6 billion spent (including by SuperPacs), we ended up with the same president and roughly the same Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-controlled House. The status-quo prevailed, ultimately, so it looks like we can look forward to two more years of stalemate.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Norman Yee is the presumed victor in the race for District 7 Supervisor. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Yee Declares Victory in D7 Race

November 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

In a contest that may go down as one of the closest in San Francisco political history, School Board President Norman Yee today declared victory in the race for District 7 Supervisor.

Posted in News, Politics

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Time to Re-Examine Prop 13

November 13, 2012 | 28 Comments

In his November 11 “Willie’s World” column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Willie Brown suggests Gov. Jerry Brown’s next “bold move be to enlist Warren Buffett for a joint effort to reform Proposition 13.” No matter what you think of Willie Brown, he is politically savvy.

Posted in Housing, Opinion, Politics