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Candidates for District 5 Supervisor, Hope Johnson and Andrew Resignato, have joined forces on "The People's Ticket" in the ranked choice race that will be decided by voters on November 6.  Photo by Clayton Mitchell.

D5 Candidates Johnson and Resignato Join Forces on “The People’s Ticket”

October 19, 2012 | 18 Comments

District 5 supervisorial candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew “Ellard” Resignato announced Thursday that they have joined forces in the highly contentious District 5 race. They will officially launch what they are calling The People’s Ticket on Wednesday, October 24, at Madrone Art Bar (500 Divisadero) in District 5.

Posted in News, Politics

Julian Davis

Davis Releases Statement, “Sets the Record Straight”

October 17, 2012 | 35 Comments

Julian Davis, a leading progressive candidate running in the race for District 5 Supervisor, today released a statement that, in his words, “sets the record straight.”

Posted in News, Politics

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

D.A. Gascón, Department of Elections Announce Creation of Elections Fraud Hotline

October 15, 2012 | 16 Comments

Following on the heels of a fruitless criminal investigation by the district attorney’s office into alleged vote fraud during last year’s race for mayor, District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Department of Elections Director John Arntz announced today the creation of an election fraud hotline.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics

During the Tenderloin Neighborhood Corporation's twentieth annual Celebrity Pool Toss last eve, Michael Walker, Market President of US Bank’s Northern California Commercial Banking Group, generated $30,000 for his dunk.

TNDC Celebrates Wet and Wild 20th Annual Celebrity Pool Toss

October 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

A banker, a model, a former mayoral candidate, Miss Yvonne from the Pee-Wee Herman show, and a guy in a Lou Seal costume – what could these folks have in common? They all participated in last night’s 20th annual Celebrity Pool Toss, an only-in-San Francisco fundraising tradition started by the Tenderloin Housing Development Corporation with proceeds benefiting after school programs for low-income families.

File photo by Luke Thomas.

Rally for Ross Mirkarimi at Noon Today at City Hall

October 09, 2012 | No Comments

Join Sheriff Michael Hennessey; Mayor Art Agnos; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the UFW & Medal of Freedom Recipient; Supervisors Sophie Maxwell, Harry Britt, Doris Ward, Willie Kennedy and Carol Ruth Silver; Public Defender Geoff Brown and others in calling for the reinstatement of Sheriff Mirkarimi this Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors Vote.

Posted in Events, Politics

Journalist Evelyn Nieves is a former girlfriend of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.  Nieves lived with Mirkarimi for eight years.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Former Mirkarimi Girlfriend, Evelyn Nieves, Speaks Out

October 08, 2012 | 12 Comments

For months, I’ve watched as Ross Mirkarimi has been slandered as a “wife beater”—by the Mayor of San Francisco, no less—and vilified in the press based on lies, half-truths and innuendo. It has been heart-breaking, nauseating, to witness.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Nopa+/Divisadero Merchants Association

NoPa+/Divisadero Merchants Association Release D5 Debate Video

October 05, 2012 | 11 Comments

NoPa+ and Divisadero Merchants Association today released video of their spirited public debate between candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor.

Posted in News, Politics

Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein.

Video: Third Party Candidates Break the Sound Barrier As Obama-Romney Spar

October 04, 2012 | 5 Comments

As President Obama and Mitt Romney squared off for the first time on Wednesday night, Democracy Now! broke the sound barrier by pausing Obama and Romney’s answers to get real-time responses from candidates Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

Eliana Lopez. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Eliana Lopez Speaks Out

October 03, 2012 | 26 Comments

Since this nightmare began nine months ago, my integrity, intelligence and independence have been attacked over and over again by individuals claiming to defend me. In every instance, I’ve been cast as an immigrant woman with limited English proficiency who is incapable of asserting her rights, understanding domestic violence, or speaking with her own voice

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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


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

Ross Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez

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.”