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KPFA Recall

Send a Strong Message to Pacifica: Vote YES on Recall

July 12, 2012 | 19 Comments

Tracy Rosenberg claims that she helped save KPFA from bankruptcy. A close examination of that claim shows it doesn’t hold water. Virtually the entire reduction in staffing in 2010 was from union members who took voluntary layoffs. When the dust settled, and Pacifica was forced to rehire Brian Edwards-Tiekert, the only involuntary layoff that occurred in 2010 was that of the other Morning Show co-host who had been paid for a grand total of 27 hours a week.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion

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The Fierce and Fighting World of Photo Freelancing

July 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

After 9/11 panic caused advertisers to pull a lot of their work, fearing the unknown climate of what people might find alluring or offensive. Now, buyers dictate pricing for work and often ask photographers to accomplish the impossible. Two-day shoots must be done in a day.

Posted in Labor, News, Opinion

San Francisco Ethics Commission.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Defense Counsel Requests Subpoenas in Sheriff Misconduct Case; Mayor Denies Perjury Allegations, Releases Statement

July 12, 2012 | 17 Comments

Defense counsel for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today filed a formal request with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting the quasi-judicial body to issue subpoenas to four witnesses in connection with allegations of perjury by Mayor Ed Lee.

Posted in News, Politics

Artist and photographer Sanaz Mazinani performs a “mic check” at the Occupy Bay Area art show on July 14, 2012 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Photo by Shane Menez, Fog City Journal.

Occupy This Art Show: Yerba Buena Showcases Resistance History Through Art

July 09, 2012 | 4 Comments

Saturday evening, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts unveiled Occupy Bay Area — an exhibit showcasing political posters, photos and videos of the movement’s guiding principles — with an opening night celebration that included live performances by local artists dedicated to social change.

Posted in Culture, Economy, Labor, News

San Francisco Democratic Party Chair and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

SF Democratic Party Chair Endorses Davis for D5 Supe

July 09, 2012 | 9 Comments

San Francisco Democratic Party Chair and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin today endorsed community organizer Julian Davis in the ranked choice race for District 5 Supervisor.

Posted in News, Politics


Farming Activists Preempt Secret Albany Council Harvest

July 09, 2012 | 3 Comments

As many as 75 Occupy the Farm farmers and activists preempted Saturday an Albany Council invite-only harvest of crops planted by the group in April at the Gill Tract, a 5-acre plot of class 1 agricultural land owned by UC Berkeley and used for crop research, and delivered to the UC Berkeley Chancellor a barrow’s-full of bolted lettuce in a symbolic gesture.

San Francisco City Charter

Some Ambiguities in the City Charter

July 07, 2012 | No Comments

Does a vacancy on a policy or advisory body count as a “member” for purposes of defining a quorum and a majority vote? And does an absentee count as a “member” for purposes of defining a majority vote on substantive matters?

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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

District Attorney to “Evaluate” Prosecution of Alleged Mayoral Perjury

July 06, 2012 | 34 Comments

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón signaled today his office is prepared to file criminal charges should the Ethics Commission determine Mayor Ed Lee perjured himself while providing sworn testimony in is his bid to remove suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office.

Posted in News, Politics

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Volunteers Prepare Emergency Food Aid for Global Consumption

July 05, 2012 | No Comments

Hundreds of volunteers, young and old, donned hair nets and gloves June 27 in an effort to reach an ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 emergency food aid packages in ten hours for national and global distribution and consumption.

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Teenagers and Social Media

July 05, 2012 | 2 Comments

For the vast majority of teens, social and other digital communications media are a daily part of life. Two-thirds of teens text every day, half visit social networking sites daily, and 11 percent send or receive tweets at least once every day.


Human History in a Hurry and the Circadian Theory of Learning

July 04, 2012 | 1 Comment

Six years ago I wrote two columns for Fog City Journal. I’m now combining the two into a single concise summary. By reading this you will learn more about the evolution of mammalian and human learning than is available anywhere else. Consider this scientific speculation on a planetary scale.

Posted in Opinion, Science

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Why the KPFA Recall Election Matters and Why a “No” Vote Is Recommended

July 02, 2012 | 35 Comments

On Thursday, June 28, KPFA Radio mailed ballots to all KPFA subscribers. These aren’t actually ballots for the Local Station Board election, which will take place later this year. Instead, they’re ballots for voting on whether or not to recall Media Alliance Executive Director Tracy Rosenberg from the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB).

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion


Allegation of Mayoral Perjury Casts Doubt on Official Misconduct Case Against Suspended Sheriff

July 01, 2012 | 58 Comments

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s official misconduct case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was thrown into a tailspin Friday when the mayor allegedly perjured himself during an Ethics Commission probe into whether the democratically elected sheriff is guilty of official misconduct.

Posted in News, Politics

Quintin Mecke. File photo by Luke Thomas.

Mecke Withdraws D5 Candidacy

June 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Citing a change in circumstances, Quintin Mecke, the former aide to Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, today withdrew his candidacy in the race for District 5 Supervisor.

Posted in News, Politics

Experts discuss the future of the United States' transit system, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo by Jessica Schimm.

Transit Reshaping Bill Stalled in Congress for 1,000th Day This Week

June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

With public transit showing ridership at an all-time high, a transportation bill that could help to fund new projects for transit hit its 1,000 day in congress this week, where the house and senate continue to debate its merits.