Why Progressives Should Support Pension Reform

March 14, 2011 | 10 Comments

Shortly, I will introduce a new ballot initiative that will help reduce costs while ensuring that the pension and health benefit system is protected for future generations of workers. And the initiative will do so in a manner that is fair and equitable. The highest-earning workers, including elected officials, will be asked to contribute more, while the lowest-earning workers will be entirely exempt, a lesson learned from the last pension reform effort. The reforms will help eliminate the abuses of the pension system that benefit a few workers at the expense of others. Residents, elected officials, city employees and labor leaders are invited to review the proposals at www.sfpensionreform.com and provide any comments or ideas.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2011 | No Comments

Saint Patrick’s Day wouldn’t exist if not for the man himself. Only two authentic letters from him survive, from which come the only universally accepted details of his life. Much of the rest is subject to some debate among scholars.

Adachi Calls for Ban on Master Key Abuse SRO Owner Says Police Assaulted Him

Adachi Calls for Ban on Master Key Abuse
SRO Owner Says Police Assaulted Him

March 10, 2011 | No Comments

Adachi’s request comes on the heels of the discovery of several surveillance videos showing police using master keys to unlawfully enter residential motel rooms. Officers illegally searched the rooms before fabricating details about the incidents in sworn police reports.

Posted in Politics

Buck Tavern Doubles as Anti-Twitter Tax Exemption Headquarters

Buck Tavern Doubles as Anti-Twitter Tax Exemption Headquarters

March 10, 2011 | 7 Comments

The off-the-record confab which barred media coverage, was attended by several well-known figures in San Francisco politics, including Supervisor John Avalos, SEIU organizer Gabriel Haaland, attorney David Waggoner, a political consultant, political activists and Daly.

Posted in News, Politics

Gascón Pitches DA Candidacy to SF Young Dems

Gascón Pitches DA Candidacy to SF Young Dems

March 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

The event provided the estimated 50 attendees an opportunity to hear Gascón make a case as to why he should be elected at large in November and for attendees to pose questions on several controversial issues including the death penalty, allegations of SFPD misconduct and perjury, Sit/Lie, safe injection sites, and the City’s inching towards authorizing the use of Tasers by law enforcement.

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No Concessions: Hotel Workers Beat Hilton and Blackstone, Fight On

March 09, 2011 | 1 Comment

Hotel workers have now shown clearly that we can raise the banner of NO CONCESSIONS, fight and win against the biggest of the big. Like the brave workers in Wisconsin and the Midwest, we are standing tall, and intend to stay on our feet through thick and thin.

Posted in Opinion

Fourth Surveillance Video Further Exposes SFPD Perjury, Misconduct

Fourth Surveillance Video Further Exposes SFPD Perjury, Misconduct

March 08, 2011 | 1 Comment

It is the fourth such video release in as many days by the public defender’s office suggesting SFPD misconduct and perjury are routine practices.

Previously released videos recorded at the Henry Hotel shows officers made arrests without a warrant or consent to search, and blocked a video surveillance camera to prevent the device from capturing evidence of an arrest.

Posted in News