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Lawmakers are working to introduce laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

Keeping Firearms from the Mentally Ill

January 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


Spike in San Francisco Pedestrian Fatalities Sparks City Response

January 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

A special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission was held Thursday at City Hall to address an alarming spike in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in San Francisco.


Youth and Beauty are not Synonyms

January 18, 2014 | No Comments

If you were a fan of George Carlin, you will recall his take on aging as we travel through each decade and how we change our answer to the question, How old are you?


Judi Iranyi Photography

January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

For the past 46 years, I have been seeking simplicity, directness, and purity in my photographs by attempting to capture the dignity and substance of ordinary people in their natural environment.

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel announced today he will kickoff his campaign for Mayor of Oakland on Thursday, January 9, at 14th and Broadway.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Dan Siegel Challenges Mayor Jean Quan, Campaign Kickoff Thursday

January 08, 2014 | No Comments

On Thursday, January 9th at 10:30 am, Dan Siegel will join supporters at 14th and Broadway to announce his candidacy for Mayor.

Posted in Events, Politics


Crisis in the California Courts

January 04, 2014 | No Comments

Last year, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi made statements on the importance of adequate funding for the California courts. Why? Because the California state court system — the largest in the world – is in crisis.

Posted in Economy, Law, Opinion, Politics


Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility

December 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

Posted in Economy, Opinion, Politics


U.S. Must Suspend Aid to Anti-Gay Uganda

December 22, 2013 | 17 Comments

The U.S. should cut off aid to Uganda over its anti-gay crackdown.

Posted in Opinion, Politics


Environmental Groups Laud City Action to Resume Work on CleanPower SF Program

December 16, 2013 | No Comments

Local environmental and community organizations today lauded the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (SF LAFCo) decision last Friday to complete the unfinished clean energy build-out plan for the city’s CleanPowerSF program.

Scores of seniors enjoy a hearty holiday meal at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.  Photos by Ginny Cummings.

Glide Treats Seniors to Hearty Holiday Social

December 10, 2013 | No Comments

Glide Memorial Church held its ‘Senior Holiday Social’ in Freedom Hall Tuesday, providing seniors in the community an opportunity to join together for a free turkey lunch, live music, raffles, prizes and more.

With gentrification sweeping through San Francisco, concerns are being raised about dwindling diversity in San Francisco schools.  File photo by Luke Thomas, 2006.

Education and Gentrification: Let’s Stop Ignoring the Correlation in San Francisco

November 27, 2013 | 3 Comments

Rapid gentrification has been affecting the lives of all of San Francisco’s residents, so why has the relationship between the city’s changing population and public education been largely ignored?

Posted in Education, Opinion

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Herrera Seeks Injunction to Halt Accreditors’ Race to Shutter City College

November 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today moved for a preliminary injunction to block the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, from racing to terminate the accreditation of City College of San Francisco in eight months’ time.

Posted in Education


About Those Flu Vaccines…

November 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

With flu season officially underway, there are people lining up like lemmings to get flu shots. Others have taken a step back from the constant media barrage to get a shot because they know that some people will get the flu shot and the flu, and others will get neither, remaining healthy throughout the season.

Posted in Healthcare

A demonstration was held outside Twitter headquarters on Thursday to draw attention to sky-rocketing rents and evictions tied to an influx of high-income tech workers in San Francisco.  Photos by Ginny Cummings.

San Francisco Residents Protest Corporate Tax Breaks Following Twitter IPO

November 10, 2013 | No Comments

Impacted by sky-rocketing rents and evictions, San Francisco residents demonstrated Thursday outside Twitter headquarters following the social media company’s highly anticipated first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Officials Address D5 Community Concerns Over Recent Spate of Violent Crimes

November 06, 2013 | 1 Comment

Public officials including Supervisor London Breed, SFPD Lieutenant Bruce Delahunty and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, gathered Monday with community members at the Korean American Center in District 5 to address public safety concerns following a recent spate of violent crimes in the area.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics

War hawk Sentaor Dianne Feinstein supports NSA snooping of Americans.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Commentary on Senator Feinstein’s Defense of NSA Surveillance

November 05, 2013 | 7 Comments

Senator Dianne Feinstein recently wrote an op-ed defending NSA surveillance programs. In her op-ed, Feinstein disingenuously assures us the NSA does not conduct surveillance, but rather it merely collects information contained on the average telephone bill.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was honored Tuesday with the Access to Justice Award, presented by the Lawyers Club of San Francisco at its 66th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon.

Adachi Receives ‘Access to Justice’ Award

October 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

For fighting on behalf of the city’s poorest residents, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been honored with the Access to Justice Award, presented by the Lawyers Club of San Francisco at its 66th Annual Supreme Court Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Posted in Law, News