District 6 Makes My Heart Pound

October 07, 2010 | 10 Comments

If we were going to run two of the most viable progressive women in the whole city in the same district against each other it was important to me that something amazing came of it.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

SFBG to Post Meko Sit/Lie Correction

October 06, 2010 | 12 Comments

In the this week’s long-anticipated endorsements issue, the SFBG states, “Jim Meko, a longtime neighborhood and community activist, has good credentials and some solid ideas. He was a key player in the western SoMa planning project and helped come up with a truly progressive land-use program for the neighborhood. But he supports sit-lie and is awfully cranky about local bars and nightlife.”

Posted in News, Politics

Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D8 Race

Ethics Raises Spending Cap in D8 Race

October 06, 2010 | 1 Comment

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling (IEC) of all four publicly financed candidates in District 8: the IEC of William Hemenger, Rebecca Prozan, and Rafael Mandelman, was raised to $203,000 and the IEC of Scott Wiener, was raised to $193,000. The IEC for these candidates was raised because on October 5, 2010, the Total Supportive Funds of Scott Wiener in District 8 totaled $209,212 and the Total Supportive Funds of Rafael Mandelman in District 8 totaled $198,591. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of publicly financed candidates in District 8.

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Ethics Commission Raises Supe Races Spending Caps

October 04, 2010 | No Comments

A candidate running for the Board of Supervisors who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $143,000, and may be raised in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents. A candidate is required to file Form SFEC- 152(a)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors is required to file the Third Party Disclosure form within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.

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Leading D6 Candidates Weigh In on America’s Cup Bid

October 04, 2010 | 12 Comments

The event, which is projected to generate as many as 9,000 jobs and much as $1.2 billion in economic activity, according to the mayor’s office, would require significant investment in construction repairs to piers 30-32 and pier 50.

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U.S. Hypocrisy of Sanctions on Iranian Officials

October 03, 2010 | 4 Comments

According to Iranian opposition activists, detainees were tortured and raped while imprisoned. Iranian officials denied the charges. Whether the charges are true or not, what right does the United States, who has acted wrongly, either morally or legally – that is, who has ‘unclean hands’ – to complain about the human rights abuses of Iran, or any other country?

Posted in Opinion, Politics

John Steinbeck, Michael Moore, and the Burgeoning Role of Planetary Patriotism

John Steinbeck, Michael Moore,
and the Burgeoning Role of Planetary Patriotism

October 01, 2010 | 1 Comment

As true patriots they have been willing, and morally well braced to endure, not only rank and file criticism, but also broad disdain, public ridicule, numerous slanders of every hue, and in some cases even physical violence. From my father’s point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation, and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice, or the halls of government.