• America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities.
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  • California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
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Attorneys for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (pictured with his wife, Eliana Lopez at a 'Stand with Ross' rally on Sunday) today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting a postponement of a vote that will decide whether Mirkarimi will keep his job. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Suspended Sheriff Requests Postponement of “Highly Charged” Board Vote

September 10, 2012 | 12 Comments

Citing due process protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, attorneys representing suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting the quasi-judicial body to postpone its submission of its findings of fact to the Board of Supervisors, the eleven-member legislative body that will decide if Mirkarimi will be reinstated or be permanently removed from office.

Posted in News, Politics

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Restrictive Voting Laws: Making it Harder for Some to Vote

September 08, 2012 | 5 Comments

In the 2008 presidential election, approximately 5 million more Americans voted than in 2004. And the voters were the most racially diverse in American history, with African-Americans, Latino, and Asian-American citizens voting in record number. Since the 2008 election, however, more than 30 states have introduced laws that make it harder to vote.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Photo courtesy Ed Pfueller.

It’s Never Too Late

September 07, 2012 | 3 Comments

Sometimes we find that close family relatives seem to have been air-brushed out of our lives. Recollections of why we lost touch have long been erased from our memory banks, but a good guess as to why we no longer see them is likely due to a long-forgotten family feud.

Posted in Human Interest

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee testified under oath Friday that he never discussed the case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with members of the Board of Supervisors.  Photos by Luke Thomas

SF Democrats Call for Criminal Probe into Alleged Mayoral Perjury

September 06, 2012 | 20 Comments

A chartered Democratic Party club in San Francisco is calling for a criminal investigation into allegations of felony perjury committed by Mayor Ed Lee during an Ethics Commission inquest into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi committed official misconduct.

Posted in News, Politics

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Mar Campaign Releases Statement, Requests Respect for Privacy

September 01, 2012 | 9 Comments

The campaign to re-elect Eric Mar to the office of District 1 Supervisor released a short statement yesterday to announce Mr. Mar and his wife, Sandra Chin-Mar, are “finalizing the end of their 25-year marriage.”

Posted in News, Politics

California Senator Leland Yee. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Yee Blasts “Offensive” Republican Party Platform

August 29, 2012 | 12 Comments

Calling its platform “offensive”, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to the Republican Party platform approved this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Posted in News, Politics

Photo courtesy OccupyOakland.

Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Fire: Another Case of Environmental and Community Destruction

August 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

Chevron’s Richmond Refinery – the company’s second largest refinery – recently spewed toxic smoke over Richmond and San Pablo sending more than 14,000 people in the East Bay to medical facilities with smoke-related complaints. This is but the latest in Chevron’s legacy of environmental and community destruction.

A robo-poll of 500 San Franciscans commissioned by anti-domestic violence advocates has been released.  The poll claims 61 percent of San Franciscans think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office.

Anti-Domestic Violence Advocates Release Mirkarimi Robo-Poll

August 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

For anyone interested in dissecting the latest poll commissioned by a group of anti-domestic violence advocates, which claims 61 percent of San Francisco registered voters think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office, you can find it here.

Posted in News, Politics

Robbery suspect Harden Sandie.  SFPD mug photo.

SFPD Arrest One of Three Suspects in Bayview Robbery, Kidnapping of 79-Year-Old Woman

August 22, 2012 | No Comments

Police are asking for the public’s help in bringing to justice two of three suspects at large in the robbing, kidnapping and aggravated assault of a 79-year-old woman at her home in the Portola/Bayview neighborhood in May.

Posted in Crime, News

Terryl (Pac) Rucker completing the daily chore of watering the farm at Dig Deep Farms & Produce's Fire House urban farm site.  Photos by Rosie Linares.

East Bay Urban Farms Sprout Healthy Food Choices

August 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

In an age of genetically modified foods, spiraling obesity rates and food prices, communities are responding by converting empty plots of land into thriving and sustainable urban farms, producing healthy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Community organizer and former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed. Photo by Luke Thomas.

Overheard in Fog City: Breed Tells It Like It Is; Avalos to Campaign for Davis

August 20, 2012 | 36 Comments

There’s something special about London Breed, the born and bred Western Addition native and former Redevelopment Commissioner who’s vying to be the next District 5 Supervisor. She’s a fiery scrapper, someone who speaks passionately and eloquently without mincing her words. She’s also leading the field in campaign contributions having amassed more than $85,000 to date. She could be the next Chris Daly on the Board of Supervisors.

Posted in News, Politics

Proposition 37 on the California ballot in November requires all genetically modified foods to be labeled as such.

Prop 37: David vs. Goliath

August 19, 2012 | 30 Comments

Some of the biggest corporations are spending millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37, a controversial initiative on the California November ballot calling for the labeling of food and beverages that contain GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms.

Tea Party demonstration.

The GOP and the John Galt Factor

August 19, 2012 | 4 Comments

Vice President candidate Paul Ryan once remarked, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. And at the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand’s writings when he told his audience, “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill… is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict – individualism versus collectivism.”

Posted in Opinion, Politics

The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to sustain two of six charges of official misconduct filed by Mayor Ed Lee against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Photos by Luke Thomas.

A “Guinea Pig” in the “Twilight Zone”: Commission Sustains Reduced Charges Against Suspended Sheriff

August 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

The San Francisco Ethics Commission Thursday sustained two of six charges of official misconduct lodged against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi by Mayor Ed Lee, a decision reached after the quasi-judicial body struggled to interpret and apply an untested definition of official misconduct as defined in the City Charter.

Posted in News, Politics

San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee announced today its endorsements of candidates and ballot measures in the November election.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

SF Democratic Party Endorses Candidates, Ballot Measures

August 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot. The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following:

Posted in News, Politics

The San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters penned the following letter to Ethics Commission in support of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his wife, Eliana Lopez, and the couple's three-year old son, Theo.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

League of Pissed Off Voters Calls for Sheriff Mirkarimi to be Reinstated

August 15, 2012 | 6 Comments

Over a couple weeks of discussion among our steering committee members, we wrote this letter which we sent to the SF Ethics Commission asking them to reinstate Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Alamo Drafthouse could make use of California's Mills Act, which can reduce property taxes through agreed renovations and preservation of the existing historic New Mission Theater.  Photo by Andy Sweet.

Creative Historic Reuse Inspires Urban Planning

August 15, 2012 | No Comments

An image of historic art deco buildings, not too unlike San Francisco’s mid-Market in its prime, illuminated a slideshow introduction to a long-running revitalization effort that has transformed a once-blighted downtown Los Angeles into a bustling and desirable housing market.

Posted in Housing, Law, News, Politics