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  • President Barack Obama. Photo by Luke Thomas.
  • 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.

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

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.”


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.


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