• Data source:  The Commonwealth Fund 
Affordable Care Act Tracking Surveys.
  • Tommy is the subject of a NonHuman Rights Project lawsuit. Photo via crypticphilosopher.com.
  • When confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to ask your doctor about treatment efficacies as well as to understand whether your doctor's treatment recommendation is motivated by profit.  Photo via Wikipedia.
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  • Ray McDonald, SF 49er defensive end. Photo via Wikipedia.
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Dateline Iowa: Republican Party Hoisted on its Own Petard

August 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Ron Paul (barely) – Paul landed less than a single percentage point behind Bachmann (although your wouldn’t know it from the conservative media’s instant anointment of Bachmann, Romney and Perry as the party’s “Top Tier Candidates”). A perhaps surprising showing in this conservative state since many of his libertarian positions are, well, provocative: legalize marijuana; abolish income tax; allow Iran to have nukes (“everybody else does…”); pull the US out of the United Nations and NATO – and the Middle East; allow states to secede from the union; eliminate the Federal Reserve; eliminate legal tender laws and sales tax on gold and silver – heck, let the free market determine monetary standards. Dr No has voted against virtually every initiative for government spending and new taxes in his 14 years as a Texas Congressman – more no’s than any other office holder. All of which impressed Iowans enough to rank him the second most-desirable Republican candidate. The American People – in Iowa – have spoken! But who’s listening?

Posted in Opinion, Politics

John Avalos Rides No Hands!

John Avalos Rides No Hands!

August 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

A cool as a cucumber Avalos shows he’s no cycling novice, shown fixing punctures and riding his bicycle without using his hands. Not sure if Board Prez and fellow mayoral candidate David Chiu can match Avalos’ skills, but they have at least one thing in common: they’re both vying to impress for the coveted San Francisco Bicycle Club (SFBC) endorsement.

SEIU 1021 Announces Endorsements: Rejects Lee, Dual Endorses Avalos, Yee for Mayor

SEIU 1021 Announces Endorsements:
Rejects Lee, Dual Endorses Avalos, Yee for Mayor

August 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

In a surprising move, the 54,000 member SEIU 1021 union endorsed Mayor Lee’s “consensus/city family” pension and healthcare reform measure over Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform initiative. Under Lee’s plan, the majority of SEIU 1021 workers will see their pension contributions increase by at least 3 percent. Under Adachi’s plan, which takes a progressive approach to solving The City’s pension costs crisis, a majority of SEIU 1021 workers’ pension contributions will remain unchanged.

Posted in News, Politics

Herrera Slams Lee Over Nuru Appointment

August 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

Nuru, who was first hired by Lee during the administration of former Mayor Willie Brown, was the subject of a series of ethical scandals involving the misappropriation of public funds for personal uses, retaliatory threats against whisteblowers as well as directing city contractors to engage in illegal political activities while they were being paid with public funds, Herrera states.

Posted in News, Politics

Yee Announces Chinatown Revitalization Plan

August 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

The subtext of Yee’s move is viewed as an unsaid challenge to Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak’s grip on the Chinese-American community in an attempt to weaken her base of support and to garner Asian-American votes for his mayoral bid.

Posted in Culture, News, Politics

Adachi Candidacy Tosses Life Preserver to San Francisco

August 13, 2011 | 29 Comments

San Francisco is poised to accept another 700 prisoners into our jail system. Thanking God that Sheriff Michael Hennessey chose to follow Federal court orders and construct a new jail sufficient to meet the legal mandate to provide adequate housing for the City and County’s jail population.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Adachi Declares Candidacy for Mayor

August 12, 2011 | 5 Comments

Adachi’s candidature, whose pension reform initiative was certified August 2 for the November ballot, is expected to sharpen the focus on the issue of unsustainable city pension costs and the need for increased contributions by city employees.

Posted in News, Politics

Joanna Rees: A Refreshing Alternative
to Politicians as Usual?

August 10, 2011 | 7 Comments

In an interview Monday following a mayoral debate at the Castro Theater in which interim Mayor Ed Lee was booed, hissed and air horned for breaking his promise to not seek a full-term, Rees, who describes herself as a “progressive independent,” told FCJ she was inspired by the late Ann Richards, the former progressive Governor of Texas who admirably became a symbol of pride and accomplishment for the advancement of women in State and National politics.

Posted in News, Politics

Lee Files for Mayor, Candidates Respond,
Protester Calls for Lee to “Step Down”

August 08, 2011 | 10 Comments

If this morning’s announcement of interim Mayor Ed Lee’s official candidacy in the race for mayor, which included a protester calling for Lee to step down and fellow candidates lobbing accusations of dishonesty and lies at Lee, is any indication of what Lee will have to endure on the campaign trail, this year’s mayor’s race has the making of one of the most contentious battles in the history of San Francisco politics.

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics

Explicit Video: Conversation Hour with Ed Lee & Rose Pak

Explicit Video: Conversation Hour with Ed Lee & Rose Pak

August 08, 2011 | 1 Comment

“Get over your fucking self,” Pak responds. “This is about Willie Brown and me. Fuck keeping your word and your fucking promises. This is about me and using you to advance my fucking agenda – and my agenda is me.”

“Lie, Ed, Lie” Video Surfaces

“Lie, Ed, Lie” Video Surfaces

August 08, 2011 | 1 Comment

“I stand before you to announce my candidacy for mayor,” the video, posted by “RunRosePakRun,” begins. “I did not make this decision lightly. After much pressure from Rose Pak, Willie Brown and Recology executives, I have decided that I really am a politician, a short mustached, lying one. My change of mind in seeking this office has everything to do with what’s best for Rose Pak and me. See, I’ve always been a liar, a stooge for Rose Pak and Willie Brown.”

Posted in News, Politics

Ed Lee to Announce Candidacy for Mayor

August 07, 2011 | 5 Comments

“Mayor Ed Lee to make announcement about the San Francisco mayor’s race,” wrote former Mayor Gavin Newsom spokesperson Tony Winnicker in an email. “City Hall, Department of Elections, Room 48.”

Posted in News, Politics

h. Brown. Photo by Luke Thomas.

Matt Gonzalez Interview: Races for Mayor,
District Attorney and Sheriff Discussed

August 07, 2011 | 8 Comments

I like Ross (Mirkarimi) obviously. I supported him in his race to replace me as District 5 supervisor, but I will not be supporting him in this race. I don’t like the idea that the mayor would get to appoint a replacement to his seat. And if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be someone who would get elected in an open race. No progressives are talking about this. If Ross is elected sheriff, we will likely have a moderate in the Dist. 5 seat and will lose what should be the most progressive seat in San Francisco. So, I believe Ross should serve out his term. He should run for assembly or some other post, but not sheriff. Not now. And as someone who was once the District 5 supervisor, I believe I am allowed to say this. Incumbency is powerful, as Ed Lee is demonstrating, and Mirkarimi’s appointed replacement could end up serving for the next 9 years.

Posted in News, Politics

Overheard in Fog City: Daly in D5?

August 07, 2011 | 4 Comments

According to Daly, who resides a stone’s throw away from the District 6/5 border at the intersection of Stevenson and McCoppin streets, he will consider a run for the D5 seat next year should Ross Mirkarimi and Ed Lee, who is expected to declare his candidacy tomorrow, win their respective races for Sheriff and Mayor in November.

Posted in News, Politics

Prison overcrowding is draining state budgets.  Rather than repeal three-strikes laws, mandatory minimum sentencing and incarceration for non-violent drug offenders, state governments are looking at passing the buck to privately-run prisons. Photo source unknown.

Filling Prison Beds for Profit

August 06, 2011 | 1 Comment

At year-end 2010, America’s prison population topped 2.4 million, including federal and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military ones, US territories, and numbers held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Posted in Politics

Adachi Pension Reform Measure Qualifies for Ballot

August 05, 2011 | 1 Comment

Voters will be asked to consider Adachi’s proposal and a “consensus” proposal sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee and backed by financier Warren Hellman, as well as police and firefighter unions. The consensus proposal includes pension and healthcare costs reforms. Adachi’s proposal is singularly focused on reforming pension contributions. The city’s largest union, SEIU Local 21, has not, to date, endorsed either proposals.

Posted in News, Politics

Candidates Weigh In On Possible Ed Lee Candidacy

August 05, 2011 | 5 Comments

The Board of Supervisors appointed Lee to the post of interim mayor in January to complete Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s term as mayor on the condition and explicit understanding that an appointed “caretaker” mayor would not use the position to run for a full-term. Lee acquiesced to the Board’s proviso, publicly and privately, before being sworn into office.

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