• San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi joined hundreds of public defenders across the Bay Area today in a coordinated protest against racial injustice and to stand in solidarity with protesters in New York, Ferguson and across the nation over a recent spate of controversial police killings of unarmed black men.  Photo by Richard Bui.
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  • Proposition E, San Francisco's effort to curb obesity, failed to pass due to a failure of imagination.
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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

A failure by the top-tier District 5 progressive candidates to employ a ranked choice strategy made it possible for a well-financed moderate candidate to win.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

The D5 Progressive “Coalition” Meltdown

November 07, 2012 | 89 Comments

A lot of people are wondering what happened in District 5. The story is pretty straightforward. The supporters of the three progressive candidates failed to support each other, and so the progressive vote split allowing London Breed to win.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Francis Xavier Crowley, who is endorsed by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, is leading the field in the ranked choice race for District 7 Supervisor.  Photo via Facebook.

SF Election Update: D7 too Close to Call

November 07, 2012 | 5 Comments

With over 93,000 citywide ballots yet to be processed and counted, the District 7 race for Supervisor is looking more and more like a nail biter between the race current leader, Francis Crowley, and Norman Yee.

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“It’s Morning Again in America”

November 07, 2012 | 4 Comments

Obama consistently posed the same question Ronald Reagan asked in a landmark television commercial from his winning re-election campaign in 1984, “Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?”

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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San Francisco Election Night Parties Listing

November 06, 2012 | 1 Comment

November 6, 2012 Courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Guardian: Mayor Ed Lee/DCCC/No on F/Yes on A, B, C, and E – Democratic Party HQ, 2278 Market League of Pissed Off Voters/Rafael Mandelman – El…

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The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in arresting and detaining Solomon Sooho and Curtis Leong in connection with a September 17 assault and robbery in Chinatown.  Mug shots courtesy SFPD.

Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Nabbing Chinatown Robbery/Assault Suspects

November 06, 2012 | No Comments

San Francisco Police seek the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted for a robbery, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault case.

Posted in Crime, News

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Video: Lopez Chides Olague “Bullies”

November 06, 2012 | 7 Comments

Eliana Lopez, the wife of reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, today released a video in support of District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague while condemning the exploitation of domestic violence by billionaire backers of Mayor Ed Lee for political gain.

Posted in News, Politics

A mailer funded by an independent expenditure committee controlled by SEIU 1021 depicts former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed as being in the pockets of real estate interests.

Breed Responds to SEIU 1021 “Hit Piece”

November 03, 2012 | 19 Comments

London Breed, a leading candidate in the race for District 5 Supervisor, pledged Friday in an interview with Fog City Journal to protect tenant’s rights and to oppose any attacks on rent control if she were to be elected to the most progressive and tenant-heavy seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Posted in Housing, Labor, News, Politics

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Consumer Action Launches “Know Your Card” Website to Help Consumers

November 01, 2012 | No Comments

Consumer Action (www.consumer-action.org) launched its new website (www.knowyourcard.org) to help consumers understand the new laws and other changes regarding credit, debit, prepaid, and gift cards.

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A controversial measure on the November ballot in the City of Berkeley aims to make it illegal to for homeless persons sit or lie on the sidewalk in "business zones."

City of Berkeley Seeks to Criminalize Homelessness

November 01, 2012 | 4 Comments

Nearly half of America is poor or “near-poor,” government statistics show—below or near the poverty line, barely making ends meet. Anywhere from 1.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless, and one in six children go hungry. Yet here in Berkeley, California, one of the country’s most famously liberal cities, business leaders aim to fine homeless people $75 for sitting on the sidewalk in commercial strips.

A failure by the top-tier District 5 progressive candidates to employ a ranked choice strategy made it possible for a well-financed moderate candidate to win.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Olague, Rizzo Endorse Eachother in D5 Ranked Choice Race

November 01, 2012 | 14 Comments

Supervisor candidates Christina Olague and John Rizzo announced today that they are placing their support behind one another in the competitive race to be the next District 5 supervisor. Both candidates agreed it is important that District 5 continue to be represented by a progressive policy maker, and that this election provides an opportunity for building progressive unity.

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With a death toll rising to as many as 56 and a $20 billion trail of destruction left in its wake, questions are being raised as whether Hurricane Sandy owes its ferocity and power to man-caused climate change and global warming.  Photo courtesy Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

November 01, 2012 | 5 Comments

Mother Nature must have really wanted to get our attention, and She sure did by sending in Her messenger Sandy to give us the lowdown on what to expect with future encounters with Her tempestuous friends.

Posted in Environment, Opinion

Candidates Andrew Resignato and Hope Johnson today announced a People's Bill of Rights for the residents of District 5. Photo by Clayton Mitchell.

D5 Candidates Johnson, Resignato Announce People’s Bill of Rights

October 30, 2012 | 5 Comments

Committees to Elect Johnson & Resignato – District 5 supervisorial candidates Hope Johnson and Andrew “Ellard” Resignato today released a Bill of Rights for the People of District 5. The Bill outlines underlying economic and social rights the District 5 community can expect both candidates to stand for at City Hall.

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