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RCV is Electing Winners with Stronger Mandates than December Runoffs

November 22, 2011 | 11 Comments

The ultimate irony is that Sean Elsbernd himself is the poster child for what’s wrong with the old December runoffs and what’s right with RCV. Look at the results above for District 7: Supervisor Elsbernd won in 2004 in an “instant” runoff race with nearly 50% more votes than his predecessor Tony Hall had in 2000 in a delayed December runoff, 13,834 votes versus 9333 (in comparable turnout years). And Elsbernd had 43.7% of the “whole contest” vote total compared to 30.9% for Hall. No matter how you want to count it, more District 7 voters were able to have a say in who their supervisor is because Sup. Elsbernd was elected with ranked choice voting in a much higher turnout November election.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

OccupySF Offered Alternative Location and What’s Up With OccupyOakland?

OccupySF Offered Alternative Location
and What’s Up With OccupyOakland?

November 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

As we were leaving, we spotted some commotion around a sidewalk tree on the edge of the Plaza. We encountered “Robin,” a young man in his 20s, who is currently dwelling in a three-level tree platform which has been labeled “Ohlone Land.” Robin shouted down to us that “we are not coming down until Jean Quan agrees to let people camp at the Plaza again.” He explained that the platforms were built by Running Wolf and Black Foot, who wanted to have a presence in the Occupy Movement on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and their rights; to make a point that the City Hall complex is on stolen lands. Robin also pointed out that eco-justice issues need to have a more prominent place in the Occupy Movement.

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Occupy Wall Street: Too Big to Fail

Occupy Wall Street: Too Big to Fail

November 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Federal, state and local officials plan budget cuts instead of help. Human deprivation isn’t discussed in high places, only ways to grab more wealth and power. In plain sight, America’s no longer fit to live in. Neither are other Western countries, depriving the many for the few.

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OccupySF Prepares for Police Raid on Federal Reserve Encampment

OccupySF Prepares for Police Raid
on Federal Reserve Encampment

November 18, 2011 | 4 Comments

When I first arrived, a pow-wow of participants were engaged in introductions of the many organizations that were represented (Labor Council, ILWU, UHW, Coalition on Homelessness, etc). Individuals were invited to identify as newly visiting or having been with OccupySF for a while. The congenial crowd then did a run-through of linking arms and creating a human chain in anticipation of protecting the tents in front of the Federal Reserve.

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Student-School Assignment Measure Fails

Student-School Assignment Measure Fails

November 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

According to final results published today by the San Francisco Department of Elections, Prop H failed to pass by 115 votes. The measure was previously leading with a small margin but failed after all ballots, including provisional ballots, were processed.

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Nuru Issues Final Notice to Federal Reserve Occupy Campers

Nuru Issues Final Notice
to Federal Reserve Occupy Campers

November 17, 2011 | 10 Comments

Citing health and safety issues, Nuru states, “The occupants of the tents and encampment on Market Street and Main Street, near the Federal Reserve, are hereby notified that they are in violation of City and County of San Francisco codes and must take down all tents and structures and vacate immediately.”

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Police in riot gear watch as Occupy Wall Street protesters march past City Hall  in New York, Nov. 15, 2011. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

What Next for Occupy Wall Street
Following Adverse Court Ruling?

November 17, 2011 | No Comments

Sometime after OWS occupied Zuccotti Park, Brookfield promulgated rules, prohibiting, among other things, camping and/or the erection of tents or other structures; lying down on the ground, or lying down on benches; the placement of tarps or sleeping bags or other covering on the property; and storage or placement of personal property on the ground, benches, sitting areas or walkways which unreasonably interferes with the use of such areas by others. These rules were clearly aimed at OWS.

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Will Contributions Negatively Influence Super Committee?

November 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

The public has the right to know what members have ties to what industries or lobbies, not only in the past, but also since the Super Committee was formed. For example, public action committees (PACs) associated with lawmakers on the Committee have shown a surge of contributions, and PACs representing corporate biggies like Pfizer and Lockheed Martin contributed more than $83,000 during August alone.

Posted in Politics

Women and Girls, Take Back Your Power: A Call to Action by United Way and MissRepresentation.org

Women and Girls, Take Back Your Power: A Call to Action by United Way and MissRepresentation.org

November 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

To illustrate, pretend your girlfriend stars in a well-reviewed movie as a superhero. You are proud of her for landing this role and playing the part of a strong woman leader. Then, you read a review about the movie where the critic salaciously refers to your girlfriend as a “fighting fuck toy,” after describing certain of her body parts in glowing detail. Or, pretend your mother has run for office and become Senator. After she’s served for a while, you begin to notice that most news outlets report that Mrs. Anderson (not Senator) “complained,” while her male counterparts merely “stated” their opposition. You will recall that during their campaigns, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were often painted as “bitch” or “ditz,” and there was much discussion about their wardrobes.

A Nov. 11 candlelight vigil on the Penn State Campus.  The vigil was held in support of the alleged victims of a child sex abuse scandal (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).

Thoughts on the Penn State Pedophile Scandal

November 13, 2011 | No Comments

By Ralph E. Stone November 13, 2011 I am an indifferent viewer of sports. If another activity such as a movie, a concert, the theater, or a social activity beckons, I choose that activity over…

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Time for Super Committee to Bite the Bullet

November 10, 2011 | No Comments

The special committee must report a bill with its recommendations by November 23, 2011. The recommendations would then have to be voted on by the full House and Senate under special rules. If the joint committee or Congress fail to act by December 23, 2011, the Act calls for automatic across-the-board cuts, split 50-50 between defense and non-defense spending.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Secretary of State Dispatches Election Observers to San Francisco

Secretary of State Dispatches Election Observers
to San Francisco

November 07, 2011 | 11 Comments

The decision appears to have been made in response to calls for election oversight following multiple reports of alleged ballot tampering in October by an independent group supporting interim mayor Ed Lee. The voter fraud allegations has triggered a preliminary investigation by District Attorney George Gascón.

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Adachi Accuses Lee of “Knowingly”
Breaking Campaign Election Law

November 07, 2011 | 3 Comments

According to an ethics complaint filed today, the Ed Lee campaign distributed two sets of illegal door-hangers over the weekend. The door-hangers, which were paid for by the Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 campaign, allegedly contained YES and NO endorsements for several measures on the November ballot.

While candidates for office may endorse ballot initiatives and appear on literature funded by ballot measure committees, ethic laws strictly prohibit candidates from using funds raised by their candidate committees to support or oppose ballot measures.

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Chiu Campaign HQ Ransacked

Chiu Campaign HQ Ransacked

November 07, 2011 | 5 Comments

In addition to thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from the office located at 1800 Van Ness Ave, the thieves refiled through confidential campaign materials.

Posted in News, Politics

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Moritz, Hume, Hellman, Conway
Top List of 2011 Individual Campaign Contributors

November 05, 2011 | 10 Comments

Table 1 includes all groups that have conducted independent spending (sometimes called “soft money” or “third party expenditures”) supporting or opposing candidates or measures. Table 2 includes all the committees primarily formed to support or oppose measures on the 2011 ballot.

Readers may be particularly interested to see which donors repeatedly showed up in the tables, as well as which donors are themselves also independent groups spending directly on election advocacy communications to the voters.

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