Oakland Zoo Removes Ten Commandments Monument

July 27, 2012 | 6 Comments

The Oakland Zoo, a public institution owned by the City of Oakland, removed a Ten Commandments Monument erected by the Eagles in 1966. Their actions averted a protest organized by the California State Director of American Atheists, East Bay Atheists, and Atheist Advocates of San Francisco.

Mary Jung Elected SF Democratic Party Chair as Newly Elected Members Take Office

July 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

California Democratic Party Chair John Burton administered the oath of office to the newly elected members of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Wednesday night at the first general meeting of the local Democratic Party’s governing board following the June 5th Primary Election.

Posted in News, Politics

Arts Review: Occupy Posters Inspired by Rebellious Rocker Era

July 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

A historical entourage of voices and styles bound by the Bay Area takes center stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in its exhibit of Occupy inspired posters by artist-activists from the 1960s to the present. The unifying theme is social justice.

Only in America

July 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

The massacre in the Aurora movie theater should surprise no one. After Virginia Tech, after Columbine, after Jordan Lee Loughner’s assault on Gabby Giffords, it should surprise no one. And that’s just the latest. Count on it, it’s going to happen again.

Posted in Crime, Culture, Opinion, Politics

Ross, Eliana and Theo Mirkarimi Reunited

July 20, 2012 | 13 Comments

It couldn’t have come soon enough, but today Eliana Lopez and suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and their three-year old son, Theo, are reunited and repatriated, thanks to the lifting of a stay away order imposed on the couple in January.

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Harvey Milk Democratic Club Passes Resolution in Support of Mirkarimi-Lopez Family

July 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s removal from office has triggered a serious discussion on issues ranging from a political figure’s legal accountability for his or her transgressions, to unscrupulous dismissals, political opportunism, and female disempowerment.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Chronicle Should End Deal With Journatic

July 19, 2012 | No Comments

Investigations, both internal and outside, have revealed that content outsourcer Journatic supplied fake bylines to its publishing customers which include the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, GateHouse Media and Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion

Mending Fences in Laos

July 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Earlier this month U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first high level U.S. official to visit Laos since the Vietnam War. Although not touted as such, the visit was an effort to mend fences with Laos, the most heavily bombed nation per capita in history.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

Lopez Takes the Stand in Official Misconduct Case Against Suspended Sheriff

July 19, 2012 | 9 Comments

The Ethics Commission inquisition into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is guilty of official misconduct continued last eve, and while the main star of the show was Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, it took a good two hours before she was called as a witness.

Posted in News, Politics

Jerry Brown Signs High-Speed Rail Investment Bill

July 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown approved Wednesday billions of dollars in government funding to initiate construction on a controversial high-speed rail line that will one day cut across the Central Valley and connect San Francisco with Los Angeles.

Board Stalls CPMC Environmental Impact Report Over Bad Faith Dealings

July 18, 2012 | No Comments

The decision on the EIR was delayed for two weeks to provide Sutter Health one more opportunity to negotiate a good faith agreement with the city, one that hopefully guarantees to keep St. Luke’s open for at least 20 years.

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