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  • As many as 6,000 marched from Justin Herman Plaza to San Francisco City Hall, 7/20/14, to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza and the West Bank which has resulted in as many as 900 deaths.  Photo by Gloria La Riva.

Facing an onslaught of negative attacks backed by downtown corporate special interest money, Supervisor Eric Mar needs all the help he can muster to stave off a takeover of District 1.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

A Call to Action for Eric Mar

October 03, 2012 | 18 Comments

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar is facing a difficult reelection bid. Having won his seat by a mere 347 votes in 2008, Eric’s challenges grew greater when redistricting made his District more conservative for the 2012 election. He needs your support.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

If Mitt Romney loses his bid to unseat President Obama, he will have the Tea Party infestation of the Republic Party to blame. Photo courtesy Paul Froggatt / PR Photos.

It’s Not the Candidate, Stupid

October 02, 2012 | 3 Comments

Watching Governor Romney speak to the extremist wing of his own party, it is remarkable how much he resembles a kidnapped man who must say what his captives want, at risk of being politically annihilated.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Overheard in Fog City: Olague Storms Off Stage During D5 Debate

October 01, 2012 | 33 Comments

Things got a little heated during a public debate last Wednesday prompting appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague to storm off stage, multiple sources have confirmed.

Posted in News, Politics

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Update on Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco

September 28, 2012 | 13 Comments

I am happy to report that we were able to beat back the attacks on Ranked Choice Voting in both San Francisco and Oakland. These were very serious and well-coordinated attacks by conservative forces.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

As many as 20 negative poster/bills have been posted in District 5 attacking candidate London Breed.  Photo via Facebook.

Breed Accuses “Desperate” Olague Campaign of Posting Attack Bills in D5

September 27, 2012 | 21 Comments

London Breed, a candidate running for the District 5 seat in November, today accused the campaign to elect appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague of posting negative attack bills in the District.

Posted in News, Politics

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Video: SEIU, Labor Council Rally for Reinstatement of Suspended Sheriff

September 24, 2012 | 13 Comments

Chanting “Shame on you,” a reference to Mayor Ed Lee and his effort to remove a political opponent from office, as many as 100 protesters attended a rally under the balcony of the mayor’s of office on September 17, calling for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to be reinstated.

Posted in Labor, News, Politics

Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Public Would Be Her Ally, Green Candidate Stein Says

September 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

Green Party candidate Jill Stein believes that as president she could overcome partisan differences with Congressional Democrats and Republicans by using the media to rally public pressure to her side.

Posted in News, Politics

The Arirang Games, perhaps the most spectacular part of any visit to the DPRK. It's a monumental choreographed tribute made up of 100,000 performers. The backdrop is an ever-changing picture formed by thousands of people holding cards. The 1912-2012 signifies the centennial of Kim Il-sung's birth. Photos by Greg Kamin.

You’re Going Where? A Glimpse of Life Inside the Hermit Kingdom

September 23, 2012 | 8 Comments

I tried to break the news to my father as casually as I could – almost as an afterthought. “I won’t be reachable for a while,” I said. “I’ll be out of town traveling through China and North Korea.” Dead silence on the other end of the line. Followed by, after a long pause, “I didn’t think I heard you correctly.”

Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague was taken to Wednesday during a contentious debate which allowed candidates to volley questions at each other.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Sparks Fly During Heated D5 Debate

September 21, 2012 | 14 Comments

Eight candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor squared off during a contentious debate Wednesday providing a packed house at the West Bay Conference Center with a sense that the hotly-contested race is turning in to an all out slug fest.

Posted in News, Politics

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Police Warn of “Latin Lotto Scam”

September 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

San Francisco Police are warning the community about the Latin Lotto Scam. In San Francisco there have been two reported “Latin Lotto Scam” incidents. In these incidents, both victims were female in their 50’s and are Spanish speaking.

Posted in Crime, News

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Event: Digital Security Tools for Working Journalists

September 17, 2012 | No Comments

Paying attention to digital security is no longer an option. Every reporter should know how to protect their digital communications and guard the information on their computers, to make sure nothing inadvertently falls into the wrong hands.

Posted in Events, Media

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At the Edge of the World

September 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

At the Edge of the World chronicles the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet. The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers.

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Thoughts on Killing of U.S. Ambassador Stevens

September 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

While anti-American feeling is strong in parts of the Middle East, the attacks in Egypt and Libya were really a case of political opportunism by the Salafist Islamic extremists who are unhappy with the success of the more moderate Islamist and secularist parties in Egypt and Libya.

Posted in Opinion, Religion, War

San Francisco Ethics Commission.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Ethics Commission Denies Mirkarimi Vote Postponement Request

September 14, 2012 | 3 Comments

The San Francisco Ethics Commission denied Thursday a request by suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to postpone until after the November election the Commission’s delivery of its findings of fact and non-binding recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Posted in News, Politics

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Planetary Pessimism

September 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

At the ending of his important new book, “The Social Conquest of Earth,” evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson writes: “Earth, by the twenty-second century, can be turned, if we so wish, into a permanent paradise for human beings, or at least the strong beginnings of one.

File photo by Luke Thomas.

Women Rally for Suspended Sheriff’s Reinstatement

September 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

As many as 150 women gathered Sunday on the steps of City Hall to demonstrate their support for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and to repudiate efforts by Mayor Ed Lee to remove a political opponent from office at the expense of democracy and taxpayer funds.

Posted in News, Politics

Police are seeking the public's help in solving the murder of Lawrence Richardson, 21, who was slain by several assailants on April 2 while leaving a grocery store on the corner of Eddy and Divasadero streets.  Photo courtesy SFPD.

Police Seek Assistance in Homicide Investigation

September 10, 2012 | No Comments

On April 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM, Lawrence Richardson was leaving a corner grocery store at Divisadero and Eddy Street when he was shot multiple times by several assailants. Lawrence was only 21 at the time of his death. He is survived by his father, mother, many close friends and relatives and a 1year old baby girl.

Posted in Crime