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  • Standing room only at Frank Ogawa Plaza with many others queuing in long lines to hear Bernie Sanders' speech.
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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

Tracy Rosenberg.

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.

Oakland man, Allen Widner, 27, checked into Alameda county hospitals Alta bates and Highland General a total of four times before leaving to Salinas in order to see a specialist. Photo courtesy of Jodi Hernstrom.

California’s Gamble on Obamacare Pays Off, But State’s Uninsured Still Suffer

June 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Even before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, California has been expanding health care coverage to the uninsured under a program called “Bridge to Reform.”

Posted in Healthcare, Law, News, Politics

President Barack Obama.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Obama Woos Latino Voters

June 29, 2012 | No Comments

Latino voters have a chance to influence the outcome for president in at least 24 states. The top ten states with high concentrations of potential Latino voters are California, Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Virginia, and Nevada. In 2008, Democrats won California, New York, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr held a press conference today at the Hall of Justice to announce the arrests of 68 wanted suspects in an effort to stem a recent spike in gun related homicides. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Deadly June in San Francisco Results in 68 Arrests During Citywide Sweep

June 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

With ten gun-related homicides in June adding to a tally of 38 in 2012, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr announced today the arrests of 68 wanted suspects resulting from a multi-agency sweep of the city.

Posted in Crime, News

19th and Capp, Mission District, San Francisco

Police Investigating Connection Between Two Mission District Sexual Assualts

June 23, 2012 | No Comments

Investigators looking into the June 18th incident have discovered some similarities between the previously unreported incident, and a separate attempted sexual assault case, which was reported to police on June 15th and occurred just five blocks away. On June 15, 2012 on Erie Alley near 13th Street, a woman was approached from behind by two men who grabbed her from behind and attempted to sexually assault her.

Posted in Crime, News

Members of CWA and Jobs for Justice hold a banner in front of the Verizon store on Market street in San Francisco on Friday June 22 as part of a rally put on to encourage customers to boycott the company due to executive pay raises and workers pay cuts. Photo by Andy Sweet

Workers say, ‘Verizon is Verigreedy’

June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Can you hear me now?

More than a dozen demonstrators gathered at a Verizon Wireless storefront on Market Street today as part of a national day of action protesting executive raises as worker health care costs go up and wages are cut.

Posted in Healthcare, Labor, News

The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force was established by Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code in 1999. The purpose of the Task Force is to protect the public's interest in open government .  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Supervisors’ Vendetta Against Sunshine Panel Incumbents

June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Open-government activists believe, and with good reason, that the Board of Supervisors’ May 22 vote to oust three incumbents from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force was in retaliation for a pair of task force actions that cast the board – and particularly President David Chiu and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar – in an unfavorable light.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics


From Raisin in the Sun to Clybourne Park

June 22, 2012 | No Comments

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. While it is a celebration, it should also be a remembrance of race and real estate, part of the dark side of Black history in this country.


Nurses Rally Support for Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Transactions

June 20, 2012 | 6 Comments

Dressed in red scrubs and chanting “Wall street says cutback, we say fight back,” members of National Nurses United gathered Tuesday outside JP Morgan Chase in downtown San Francisco to rally support for a “Robin Hood Tax” that aims to tap Wall Street investment transactions to fund social services.

Posted in Business, Economy, Labor, News

Scott Wiener

Wiener’s Mendacious Attack on City’s Sunshine Panel

June 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

In moving to push Bruce Wolfe off the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force on May 22, Supervisor Scott Wiener attacked the 11-member body in a way that was venomous and mendacious.

Posted in Law, Opinion, Politics


Parents, Students, Teachers Occupy Oakland School Slated for Closure

June 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

In an effort to prevent the closure of elementary schools in the City of Oakland, a group consisting of parents, students and teachers began a sit-in on Friday at Lakeview Elementary school.

Posted in Education, News, Politics