Protesters Disrupt MUNI On One-Year Anniversary Death of Kenneth Harding

July 17, 2012 | 4 Comments

Demonstrators disrupted San Francisco Municipal Railway service Monday morning to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr.

Posted in Crime, News, Transportation

Tax the Rich for Schools and Services – Don’t Let Them Silence You!

July 17, 2012 | 13 Comments

On November 6th, with two statewide initiatives, we will decide whether to reverse decades of tax policy that has enriched the wealthiest while starving basic public services, or we could pass a deceptive measure that will eliminate unions’ ability to fight for our priorities.

How Secure is Social Security?

July 16, 2012 | 30 Comments

In 1930, there were 6.7 million Americans aged 65 or older and around that time, there were about sixteen people depositing into the Social Security system for each person withdrawing. In 2000, there were 34.9 million over age 65, and today fewer than two people deposit for each one withdrawing.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Chronicle to Continue Publishing Discredited Overseas News Mill Content

July 16, 2012 | 9 Comments

Managers of the Hearst Corp.’s San Francisco Chronicle plan to continue using a controversial overseas content mill that fabricated bylines.

Posted in Labor, Media, News

Philanthropic Federal Program Raises Over $1.8 Billion for Nonprofits

July 15, 2012 | No Comments

A Billion Plus Change is a national campaign launched in 2008 with the ambitious goal of raising billions of dollars in pro bono, skills-based pledges from businesses, resource commitments benefiting nonprofits across the country and around the world.

Posted in News, Politics

Living with Dignity: TNDC to Add 174 Units of Permanent Affordable Housing for Chronically Homeless

July 14, 2012 | 13 Comments

One hundred and seventy four chronically homeless individuals will soon be living with dignity in one of the Tenderloin’s most majestic buildings, thanks in large part to a public-private partnership between the City of San Francisco and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness through permanent, affordable and supportive housing.

Posted in Homelessness, News

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.