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Mirkarimi Inauguration Celebratory Despite Cloud

Mirkarimi Inauguration Celebratory Despite Cloud

January 09, 2012 | 4 Comments

Judge Katherine Feinstein, daughter of US Senator Dianne Feinstein, was originally slated to administer the oath of office to Mirkarimi, Sunday, but declined last week citing a potential conflict of interest resulting from an ongoing investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident on New Year’s eve involving Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.

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Lee Sworn In, Vows to Embrace Innovation to “Get Things Done”

Lee Sworn In, Vows to Embrace Innovation
to “Get Things Done”

January 09, 2012 | No Comments

The well-choreographed proceedings were undertaken below the majestic City Hall rotunda, emceed by Lee’s former boss, Willie Brown, and attended by who’s who list of luminaries and dignitaries.

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San Francisco Planning Commissioner Christina Olague was today sworin as District 5 Supervisor by Mayor Ed Lee. Photo by Debra Walker.

Mayor Lee Appoints Olague as D5 Supe

January 09, 2012 | 1 Comment

“Christina Olague is my appointment for District 5 Supervisor,” said Mayor Lee. “As a low-income tenant and immigration advocate, she shares my values in making government more fair and responsive for San Francisco residents. She has been a voice for our neighborhoods and has proven through her voting record on the Planning Commission that what San Francisco needs most right now is job creation and revitalizing our local economy.”

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Olague to be Sworn In as D5 Supe

Olague to be Sworn In as D5 Supe

January 09, 2012 | 2 Comments

Olague, who co-chaired the controversial “Run, Ed, Run” campaign, will serve out the remainder of Sheriff-elect and former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s term on the Board of Supervisors.

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Overheard in Fog City: Mar Douses Re-Election Rumor, Elsbernd Early Endorses in D7?

Overheard in Fog City: Mar Douses Re-Election Rumor,
Elsbernd Early Endorses in D7?

January 07, 2012 | No Comments

As chair of the Ethics Commission in 2004, Garcia was instrumental in fast-tracking Elsbernd’s appointment to the Board of Supervisors by then Mayor Gavin Newsom following Newsom’s appointment of former Supervisor Tony Hall to head the Treasure Island Development Authority.

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Poster by Maria Shirshova.

Obama’s Broken Promise on Gitmo’s Tenth Anniversary

January 07, 2012 | 1 Comment

After the US Department of Justice advised that Guantanamo prison could be considered outside US legal jurisdiction, the first twenty captives arrived at Guantanamo on January 11, 2002. Guantanamo has become a place of prisoner mistreatment, torture and indefinite detention. It is an international embarrassment.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Immigrant High School Dropout Inaugurated as DA of “Greatest City in the World”

Immigrant High School Dropout Inaugurated as DA of “Greatest City in the World”

January 06, 2012 | 5 Comments

Gascón’s presenters comprised the political elite. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who appointed Gascón following former DA Kamala Harris’ election to California Attorney General, introduced Mistress of Ceremonies, US Senator Dianne Feinstein. DiFi acknowledged over 30 elected officials and judges from Los Angeles to Sonoma County including Senator Mark Leno, Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr. Harris introduced Spoken Word poet, Brandon Santiago. Each politico paid homage to former Mayor Willie Brown who introduced retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, who administered the oath of office. Gascon’s wife, Fabiola, held the Bible when Gascón took oath.

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Trust But Verify

January 04, 2012 | 2 Comments

Shortly before she died, the results came back. To no one’s surprise, they showed that her tumor was resistant to the chemo she was given, and was resistant to the next round of chemo her doctor recommended but my sister refused. To make matters unspeakably worse, there were some chemo combinations that would have proven effective, but with days left to live, the results were moot.

Posted in Human Interest, News

Illustration courtesy David Dees.

Getting the Blues Flying the Blue Skies

December 31, 2011 | 4 Comments

What prompted this sentimental journey back in time when all of these freedoms were taken for granted was a twenty-something guy standing in line behind me who appeared to be taking all of these indignities in stride. At first I admired his good-natured acquiescence to all that we have lost in our precipitous slide into a quasi police state.

But it also made me sad that he has no idea, no memories, and no chance of ever knowing all the freedoms he and his generation have lost.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Philanthropist Warren Hellman, July 25, 1934 - December 18, 2011, had a talk with God during a visit to Burning Man. Photo of photo by Kat Anderson.

A Fitting Tribute to Warren Hellman,
“The Prince of Humanity”

December 22, 2011 | 7 Comments

Guests in attendance included Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Mayor Ed Lee; Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Mark Farrell, Malia Cohen and Carmen Chu; labor leader Tim Paulson; Chamber of Commerce director, Jim Lazarus; Police Chief Greg Suhr; United Way CEO Anne Wilson; conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; City Attorney Dennis Herrera; District Attorney George Gascon; Giants president, Larry Baer; and a huge contingent of musicians from all over the country. Filmmaker George Lucas was spotted in the upper side balcony.

Posted in Human Interest, News

Overheard in Fog City: Peskin to Name Goldstein Replacement on DCCC

Overheard in Fog City: Peskin to Name Goldstein Replacement on DCCC

December 20, 2011 | 4 Comments

Mirkarimi’s response stands in contrast to what he said when he was asked about the appointment when it was all but certified Mirkarimi had won election to Sheriff. At that time, Mirkarimi said he was “hopeful” Mayor Lee would contact him to discuss the matter.

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Beautiful Mother Earth: Alive, Finite, Hurting, Worth Dying For

Beautiful Mother Earth: Alive, Finite, Hurting,
Worth Dying For

December 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network.

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Gray Area Foundation Gala Showcases Sublime Talent, Raises Funds for New Technology Center

Gray Area Foundation Gala Showcases Sublime Talent, Raises Funds for New Technology Center

December 17, 2011 | No Comments

GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of art and creative technology for social good. GAFFTA maintains relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists and civic leaders. Indeed, GAFFTA Executive Director Melchor and Board Chair Peter Hirshberg introduced several high-profile individuals to the Gray-tie audience, including Aaron Koblin (Google Creative Lab), John Gage (former Chief of Research, Sun Microsystems), James Gosling (inventor of Java), Jay Nath (Director of Innovation, City Hall), and Chloe Sladden (Director of Content and Programming, Twitter).

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Is Water Fluoridation Safe?

December 16, 2011 | 7 Comments

Fluoride can prevent and even reverse tooth decay by enhancing remineralization, the process by which fluoride “rebuilds” tooth enamel that is beginning to decay. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, adjusted the fluoride content of its water supply to 1 ppm and thus became the first city to implement community water fluoridation in a public water system.

Posted in Opinion

Occupy Blockade Shuts Down West Coast Ports

Occupy Blockade Shuts Down West Coast Ports

December 13, 2011 | 6 Comments

Another trucker, of Russian descent, said he understood revolution was sometimes necessary, pointing to the 1917 revolutions in Russia that overthrew autocratic Tsarist rule and the French revolution in 1789 that overthrew the ruling absolute monarchy.

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