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  • The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.
  • Ed Lee schwag handed out at the Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim. Photo by Adriel Hampton.
  • Women gathered for a photo to express their support for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
  • Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced Monday his second candidacy for District 3 Supervisor.  Photos by Luke Thomas.
  • Merriment and celebration on St. Patrick's Day.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

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

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A Long Road for LGBT Youth

November 13, 2012 | No Comments

Mia Tu Mutch, 22, identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. Mutch was refused health care access after service providers discovered she is transgender. She is not alone.

High school drill teams and marching bands alight outside City Hall.

Leno, Lee, Mirkarimi Walk Parade to Honor Veterans

November 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Senator Mark Leno, Mayor Ed Lee and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi were the only elected officials to honor US veterans Sunday during San Francisco’s 93rd annual Veterans Day Parade.

Posted in Events, News, Politics, War

Department 15 of San Francisco Hall of Justice was the courtroom where 27 former felons were recognized and celebrated Thursday for redeeming themselves (photography was not permited inside the courtroom).  Photo by David Elliot Lewis.

Rebooting One’s Life: Graduating from San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court

November 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

Redemption and rehabilitation took center stage Thursday the San Francisco Hall of Justice where 27 former felons were officially recognized for graduating from San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court.

Posted in Crime, News, Opinion, Politics

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The Defeat of Prop 37 – Californians Defending Their Right NOT to Know

November 09, 2012 | 15 Comments

Sometimes you have to wonder why otherwise intelligent citizens vote against their own best interests. Proposition 37 was simply about our right to know when foods have been genetically engineered. It’s about the label, not the food.

Proposition F, which was rejected by San Francisco voters on Tuesday, would have allocated $8 million to evaluate the feasibility of dismantling the ohhhh dam in Yosemite National Park and restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural pristine state.

Drain Hetch Hetchy? Voters Say, No Dam Way

November 08, 2012 | 8 Comments

Voters roundly rejected Proposition F, Tuesday, an initiative on the San Francisco ballot that would have allocated $8 million to study the impacts of dismantling the O’Shaughnessy Dam and draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a valuable source of hydro-electric power and water for San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Posted in Environment, News, Politics

Euphoria erupted when it was known Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney.

SF Election Night Photos

November 07, 2012 | 3 Comments

A selection of photos from various election parties last eve, beginning at Obama SF campaign headquarters in the Castro and ending at London Breed’s presumed election victory party in the lower Haight neighborhood of District 5. All photos by Luke Thomas.

Posted in News, Politics