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Mayor and City Attorney Subterfuge Exposed

June 15, 2012 | 44 Comments

Efforts by Mayor Ed Lee and City Attorney Dennis Herrera to avoid a costly and potentially embarrassing Ethics Commission inquisition into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is guilty of official misconduct have been tainted by falsehoods and false accusations, a Fog City Journal investigation has revealed.

Posted in News, Politics


Nurses Strike Sutter Health Over Demands for Worker Concessions

June 14, 2012 | 3 Comments

For the fourth time since September, nurses across nine Sutter Health hospitals went on strike Wednesday in response to management demands for worker concessions that include reductions in healthcare coverage, increased pension contributions and changes to workplace rights and conditions. The nurses are also protesting widespread cuts by Sutter to in-patient care services.

Posted in Healthcare, Labor, News


Reports of Occupy’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

June 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

It should be no surprise that the mainstream media is eager to report on Occupy’s supposed demise. Even ignoring the fact that the corporate-owned media has a strong desire to never see social movements such as Occupy succeed, the media, as a rule, generally needs to put a dramatic narrative to everything it reports. To them, every story ought to have a captivating story arch with a beginning, middle, and an end.

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Hope Johnson: Fourth Woman to Enter D5 Contest

June 12, 2012 | 11 Comments

If elected, Johnson said she would donate as much as 30 percent of her supervisor’s annual salary ($105,000) to schools; sponsor legislation to provide low-cost loans to small businesses; address traffic calming along the busy Oak and Fell thoroughfares via the installation of bicycle lanes; and work towards improving Muni bus performance through the District.

Posted in News, Politics

Quintin Mecke files for District 5 Supervisor

Independence, Equitable Growth – Central Planks to Mecke Campaign for D5 Supe

June 07, 2012 | 4 Comments

Former legislative aide to Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Quintin Mecke, who officially filed to run in the ranked choice race for District 5 Supervisor today, says political independence and a check on excessive development will be central to his campaign message and platform.

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Bananas Over Fair Trade

June 06, 2012 | 1 Comment

Bananas are the most consumed fresh fruit in the U.S., and represents 50 percent of all U.S. fresh fruit imports, a large portion of which are produced in Latin America. The 27 Fair Trade producers supplying bananas to the U.S. market are located in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Perú and in the northwestern Urabá region of Colombia. According to Fair Trade USA’s Product Impact Report, imports of Fair Trade bananas almost doubled from 2008 to 2009, reaching 49 million pounds.

Posted in Business, Economy, Opinion


AT&T, Verizon Contract Agreements With CWA/IBEW Workers Remains Elusive

June 06, 2012 | 7 Comments

Despite soaring revenues and profits, AT&T and Verizon continue to seek concessions from employee unions, a demand which has led to stalled contract talks and threats of strike action by Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Posted in Labor, News


Garbage Company Accuses Former Superior Court Judge of Violating Campaign Ethics Laws

June 04, 2012 | 5 Comments

In a complaint expected to be filed today with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the San Francisco Ethics Commission, Recology alleges retired Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp failed to disclose the funding source of a recently landed political mailer in support of Proposition A, a local measure on tomorrow’s ballot that aims to reduce garbage collection rates via open, competitive bidding.

Posted in News, Politics


Overheard in Fog City: Quintin Mecke to Enter D5 Contest

June 01, 2012 | 8 Comments

Following his resignation statement today, Quintin Mecke, the former Communications Director for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, confirmed he is running for District 5 Supervisor, Fog City Journal can report.

Posted in News, Politics


CCSF Chancellor Suspends Technology Adminstrator, Launches Investigation

May 31, 2012 | 4 Comments

Embattled City College administrator Dr. David Hotchkiss was placed on paid administrative leave today by interim Chancellor Pamela Fisher pending an investigation into his recent conduct after telling press the school had network security vulnerabilities that put thousands of students’ personal data at risk.


Why I am Voting for Barry Hermanson for Congress

May 31, 2012 | 14 Comments

Whether or not you like the new “Top Two” primary system, that is the way it is this year. And it is a real possibility that Green Party candidate Barry Hermanson could be facing Nancy Pelosi in November, if Barry comes in second in the primary.

Posted in Opinion, Politics


US Government Continues to Neglect Returning War Veterans

May 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been severely criticized for the diagnoses of wounded veterans with a personality disorder, instead of PTSD, thus denying them disability pay and medical benefits. More than 22,500 soldiers have been suspiciously dismissed with personality disorders, rather than PTSD.


Whistleblower: San Francisco Garbage Company Defrauded State of California Out of Millions

May 30, 2012 | 8 Comments

A former employee turned whistleblower leveled serious charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption Thursday against San Francisco-based Recology, accusing the unregulated garbage collection monopoly of bilking the State of California and taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

Posted in Business, Labor, Law, Media, News, Politics


Survey: One in Six Americans Living in Poverty

May 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

A record 49.1 million Americans (16 percent) are living below the federal poverty line, according to a recent survey. Considering the U.S. is one of the richest nations in the world, the results are sobering.


Why I Can’t “Like” Facebook’s Valuation

May 22, 2012 | 21 Comments

The much hyped and anticipated IPO that placed Facebook’s valuation at a whopping $100 billion has been a huge flop, with the stock down by almost 30 percent from its peak share price of $45.