• As many as 6,000 marched from Justin Herman Plaza to San Francisco City Hall, 7/20/14, to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza and the West Bank which has resulted in as many as 900 deaths.  Photo by Gloria La Riva.
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  • Masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) executed as many as 50 captured Iraqi soldiers near Mosul earlier this week.

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

A proposed luxury condo development on San Francisco's historic waterfront would exceed the height of the now-demolished Embarcadero Freeway and block westward and eastward views if approved by voters in November.

This is Not Miami – The Fight over San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront

October 29, 2013 | 19 Comments

There is a battle being waged for the soul of San Francisco between developers, who would like to turn our city into a playground for the wealthy in return for large profits, versus people who live and work here and wish to preserve the character that makes our city a welcomed change from the urban status quo.

The 24th annual Bioneers conference was held last week in San Rafael.  Photos by Andrew Resignato.

Bioneers: Paving a Way to a Sustainable Future

October 25, 2013 | No Comments

The Bioneers conference is billed as an event where “prominent and emergent scientific, sustainability, economic, environmental, social justice, diversity, and innovation experts convene to discuss and present their works to the public.”

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Expect More Failed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotitations

October 05, 2013 | 1 Comment

The history of these negotiations is merely camouflage for the systematic annexation of the West Bank by way of settlement construction hoping this will encourage Palestinian emigration. In short, a state for Palestine is but an illusion.

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Alleged Gang Member Acquitted in Japantown Slaying

October 04, 2013 | No Comments

An alleged gang member accused of executing a rival gang member in Japantown in January has been found not guilty of all charges following a three week jury trial.

Posted in Crime, Law, News

Artist Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange.

The Strange World of Rob Reger

September 30, 2013 | 5 Comments

A mix of Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton, Dr. Seuss and the depressed girl in your English class, artist Rob Reger has created a unique style all his own.

Following the shooting deaths of 13 workers at a Washington D.C navy base, calls for federal gun control legislation are likely to fall on deaf ears.

Navy Yard Mass Shooting: Déjà Vu All Over Again

September 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, killed 12 people at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, September 16. Alexis was shot to death by police. Already there are renewed calls for gun control legislation, which will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears.

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg on Friday.  Photo by Kevin Lamarque.

Syria – a Serious Diplomatic Dilemma

September 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

To much of the world, it appears that our president is indecisive, unsure of his options, and unable to amass consensus on how to proceed on the issue of Syria

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State, David Curtis.

Curtis Kicks Off Campaign for Secretary of State, Vows to Revoke Monsanto Business License

August 03, 2013 | 6 Comments

David Curtis kicked off his campaign for California Secretary of State at a July 11 event in North Hollywood. Curtis is “in it to win it,” and to secure the California Green Party’s ballot access, despite the top two primary created by California’s Proposition 14.

Posted in News, Politics

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a target of protest over her defense of NSA surveillance.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Broad Coalition Targets Pelosi Over NSA Surveillance, Protests Set for Sunday

August 02, 2013 | 4 Comments

Widely cited as the member of Congress most responsible for beating back a legislative challenge to NSA surveillance programs a week ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now facing a backlash in her tech-savvy San Francisco district.

Posted in Events, News, Politics

As many as 100 people attended a community forum Wednesday sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Fighting for the Soul of San Francisco

August 01, 2013 | 3 Comments

The editorial leadership of the San Francisco Bay Guardian sat down with their readers Wednesday at a community forum to discuss how they should move forward following the departure of longtime editor Tim Redmond.

Posted in Media, Politics

WikiLeaks co-founder, Julain Assange. Photo courtesy WikiPedia.org.

Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial

July 30, 2013 | No Comments

Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offenses for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years

Posted in News, Politics, War

A Latino man, aged 24, lies dead on the streets of San Francisco following a gangland-style shootout in the Tenderloin, 7/20/13.  Photo by David Elliot Lewis.

Another Gangland Shootout in the Tenderloin: One Dead, One Wounded

July 22, 2013 | 14 Comments

Another death in the Tenderloin. I heard over a dozen shots between what sounded like two different caliber guns. Fear struck hard. It sounding like a gunfight. A real one. Curious but frightened, I came downstairs to find a dead body on the sidewalk outside my apartment building.

Posted in Crime, News

Helen Thomas, RIP. Photo by Luke Thomas.

Helen Thomas: Dead at 92

July 20, 2013 | No Comments

On July 20, headlines reported the news. The doyen of the White House House press corps was gone. After a long illness, the Gridiron Club and Foundation announced her passing. She ended decades covering presidential press conferences saying, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Posted in Media, News, Politics

San Francisco Botanical Garden: What was once a publicly-owned jewel in Golden Gate Park, has been privatized.  Photo: Harry S. Pariser.

How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

July 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is not what it used to be. Locals used to enter as late as seven in the evening or later behind the Hall of Flowers. While never well-maintained or administered, it afforded a rustic charm, a lovely wabi and sabi respite from the commercialism of the Avenues.

Posted in Land Use, Opinion, Politics

Lt, Dan Choi will make the keynote address at the 37th annual Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club dinner on Wednesday, July 24. Photo courtsey SeanMD80 at en.wikipedia

Lt. Dan Choi to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Milk Club Soirée

July 19, 2013 | No Comments

U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, staunch advocate for the successful repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting LGBT service members, will be the keynote speaker at the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club’s thirty-seventh Annual Dinner and Gayla at Roccapulco Supper Club on Wednesday, July 24th from 7-10 pm.