• American Muslims protest growing Islamophobia in the U.S.
  • Seventy-one percent of homeless persons in San Francisco are  foremerly housed San Franciscans. File photo by Luke Thomas
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  • GOP Presidential front-runner, Donald Trump. Photo via YouTube.
  • Bottom feature of the center stained glass window in the north transept of Carlow Cathedral of the Assumption, showing St Patrick Preaching to the Kings. Created by Franz Mayer & Co. in the 19th century. Photo via commons.wikimedia.org.
  • Former Oakland Raider quarterback Kenny Stabler was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy upon his death.

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Run on the Banks: No More Foreclosures,
Evictions for Profit

January 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

This Saturday the 14th, evicted tenants and foreclosed homeowners will tell their stories of the impact that bank’s greedy actions have had on them. Banks will be put on notice: You Will Be Held Accountable! Actions will culminate in a January 20th shutdown of San Francisco’s Financial District.

Posted in Human Interest, News

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Everyone is Expendable

January 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

The world community is forming, the borders that stand between nations are dissolving as the evolutionary forces of human consciousness awaken to the possibility of sustainable communities. Corporations are the usurpers who cross borders to exploit labor and the environment, buying off corrupt politicians to reap their profits, while families are being ripped apart by deportations that stop people from exercising their rights to a decent living.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

January 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Lopez, who denies domestic violence occurred, was spotted in attendance at the press conference wearing dark sunglasses. It is unclear why she was in attendance, but her attorney, Robert Waggener, told the SFApeal that Lopez “was on her way to see her husband and saw the press conference, protest, whatever you want to call it, and stopped to sit and watch it for a minute or two. That’s what happened.”

Posted in News, Politics

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Occupy Groups Move to End Corporate Personhood, Restore US Democracy

January 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

What underlies the Citizens United decision is the assumption that corporations are natural persons within the meaning of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and therefore, have First Amendment rights. Corporate personhood dates back to the controversial 1886 Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. Although the Supreme Court supposedly did not make a direct ruling on the question of “corporate personhood,” the misleading notes of a clerk finding corporate personhood were incorporated in the Court’s decision. Whether this is myth or reality doesn’t matter at this point. This result was a Supreme Court precedent finding that a corporation is a “natural person.”

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics

xx. Photos by Eric Louie.

SF Occupy Protesters Target Bank of America
Over Foreclosure Crisis

January 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

About 100 demonstrators blocked access to a Bank of America branch in the Excelsior District to call attention to unfair lending practices.

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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.”

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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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