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More Mass Killings Can be Expected in Our Gun Crazy Nation

June 11, 2014 | 6 Comments

As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. And how quickly the killings moved off the front pages.

Posted in Crime, Opinion, Politics

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Prisoner Swap is an Opportunity to Again Debate the Closing of Guantánamo

June 10, 2014 | No Comments

It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion, Politics, War

President Barack Obama.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Obama, Get Angry

June 07, 2014 | No Comments

Senator John Boehner recently derided the President as being “nuts” for believing the Keystone pipeline could cause environmental damage. Never mind that he qualified his assessment by noting that he was not a scientist, never mind the threat of eco-terrorism on that pipeline that could be disastrous, never mind that we need to focus on cleaner, renewable energies.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Criminal Injustice

May 14, 2014 | No Comments

The San Francisco Public Defender’s 11th annual Justice Summit focused on “things that can cause innocent people to be convicted.”

Posted in Crime, Law, News, Politics

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu (left) and Supervisor David Campos (right) are vying to replace termed out Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in the hotly contested District 17 race. File photo by Luke Thomas.

The Three-David Race for Assemblymember

May 05, 2014 | 15 Comments

Don’t for a moment believe David Chiu’s claim that there’s little difference in the “shades of blue [Democrats]” between he and David Campos. Nor should you believe observers who ludicrously claim that there’s very little difference in the voting records of Chiu and Campos.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday.
Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports.

Thoughts on the Donald Sterling Matter

May 01, 2014 | 2 Comments

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million, and will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team following the publication of a recorded conversation between Sterling and his ex-mistress, V. Stiviano, during which Sterling made racist comments.

Posted in Opinion, Sports

America is no longer a democracy, according to a new joint study by Princeton and Northwestern universities.

America is an Oligarchy, University Study Finds

April 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

America is no longer a democracy, according to a new university study. Instead, it has evolved into an oligarchy dominated by moneyed special interests

Posted in News, Politics

An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.

More Troubles for Criminally Indicted PG&E

April 06, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) was recently criminally indicted for twelve violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act. No executives of PG&E were indicted.

Posted in Business, Crime, Energy, Law

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Pacifica Radio: Don’t Slay the Messenger

April 02, 2014 | 4 Comments

Here’s the scene:Two children are fighting. They are fighting because the elder child has taken a toy from the younger one. The younger one protests and insists: “I want my toy. This isn’t fair!” And as this child yells, he is subject to the jeers and possible abuse of the elder child.

Posted in Media, Opinion

California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

Senator Leno, Mayor Lee Announce Legislation to Arrest Speculative Evictions in San Francisco

February 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Senator Mark Leno today joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, other elected officials, tenant advocates, labor groups and business leaders to introduce legislation closing a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to buy rent-controlled buildings in San Francisco and immediately begin the process of evicting long-term renters.

An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.

City of San Bruno Sues CPUC Over Refusal to Release Public Records

February 06, 2014 | 2 Comments

The City of San Bruno filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday demanding the release of public records related to the September 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno. CPUC’s refusal to release the records is indicative of a cover up of its “cozy relationship” with the the utility, the lawsuit states.

Posted in Energy, Law, News, Politics

Are those who choose to ignore history destined to repeat it?

It’s Ok to Hate the Super Rich

January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

There are times when hatred is a needed, logical and moral stance to take. Evil, injustice and corruption, are fine examples of what to appropriately hate.

Posted in Economy, Opinion, Politics

A musical play produced and performed by Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade at Dance Mission Theater Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, racism and the continued attack on the rights of women. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair is Keefer’s Magnum Opus

January 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

Two years off hip-replacement surgery and just beginning her 7th decade, Dance Brigade’s Krissy Keefer has reached a pinnacle with her latest tour de force: Hemorrhage: An Ablution of Hope and Despair.

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).

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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.