Occupy Demonstrators Protest Excessive Force by Oakland Police

Occupy Demonstrators Protest Excessive Force
by Oakland Police

February 07, 2012 | No Comments

Still, most of the couple hundred attending directed the energy against cops. The event came after the Jan. 28 Move-In Day in which demonstrators tried taking over the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to establish a new headquarters, and clashed with police into the night. The vast majority of the some 400 arrested were at a nearby YMCA. Police say demonstrators tried breaking into the building. Demonstrators said police cornered and brutalized them, and that workers allowed them in to escape. At the end of the night a small group broke into and vandalized city hall.

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Mirkarimi Names Command Staff Appointments

Mirkarimi Names Command Staff Appointments

February 07, 2012 | 2 Comments

Mirkarimi named Chief Deputy Ellen Brin to the position of Undersheriff; Captain Paul Miyamoto to the position of Assistant Sheriff; and Assistant Legal Counsel Freya Horne to the position Chief Legal Counsel.

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No Surrender: Occupy DC Protesters
Return to McPherson Square

February 05, 2012 | 2 Comments

Authorities cleared out what had been a sea of tents and blue tarps located just a few blocks from the White House. A muddy vacant lot was about all that remained in most sections of the square as protesters mingled on the sidewalks with gawkers and news reporters.

Occupiers spent part of the day scouting for emergency shelter to accommodate those evicted from the public park. McPherson Square had served as a gathering spot for protesters from around the country, many of whom already had been chased away from protest camps in their hometowns.

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Judge Denies Mirkarimi Request to Lift Stay Away Order, Expedites Hearing

Judge Denies Mirkarimi Request to Lift Stay Away Order, Expedites Hearing

February 04, 2012 | 3 Comments

Mirkarmi is facing three criminal misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife, Eliana Lopez, on New Year’s Eve. He was ordered separated from his wife and the couple’s two-year old son, Theo, when charges of domestic violence, dissuading a witness and child endangerment were first filed, January 13. The “stay away” order remains in effect until there’s a resolution in his criminal trial, or is lifted by Judge Albers. Mirkarimi’s criminal trial is set to begin February 24.

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Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

Park Police Raid OccupyDC, Dismantle Tents of Dreams

February 04, 2012 | No Comments

Section by section, park police spent the day removing camping gear and shelters that showed evidence of overnight sleeping. A large blue tarp that had been draped over the pedestal of the General James McPherson statue at the center of the park was removed as police in riot gear formed a protective circle.

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Occupy DC: A Warm Place for Protest
in the Heart of Wintertime Washington

February 03, 2012 | 3 Comments

Except for a single taser incident, protesters interviewed Friday by Fog City Journal couldn’t recall any clashes with the authorities. One Dallas protester brought some Texas twang to the scene, located in McPherson Square, a park a few blocks from the White House. Volunteers run a small library. On Friday there was a free dinner of donated stew and raspberry cheesecake. A couple of denizens smoked dope in a pipe fashioned from a whole red apple.

Doomsday Clock: Five Minutes to Midnight

February 03, 2012 | 1 Comment

Obama taught constitutional law. As President, he has ordered the assassination of at least two US citizens. Not only is this unconstitutional, there was no public discussion of whether or not it was justified. Like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, it is the sudden “Off with their heads!” The Founding Fathers could not imagine such disregard for their craft of openness and free argument.

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Collection Agency Picked On the Wrong Lou Correa

February 03, 2012 | 2 Comments

Collection agencies and their attorneys file hundreds of thousands of lawsuits every year in California, many of which are filed against debt-free individuals such as Senator Correa with no connection to the original creditor. Incredibly, these lawsuits rarely include the information needed to prove the claim is legitimate, because current law doesn’t require it. Consequently, innocent Californians wind up with a judgment on their record or have their wages garnished because they were sued for someone else’s debt.

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Group Seeks Condo Lottery Bypass, Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

Group Seeks Condo Lottery Bypass,
Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

February 02, 2012 | No Comments

The City instituted a curb on condo conversions in response to increases in “no fault” tenant evictions, limiting conversions via a lottery to 200 per year. Currently there are 2,391 homeowners waiting in line for their chance to convert their tenancy-in-common mortgages into less costly and restrictive joint tenancy instruments.

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Bill Would End Journalist Lockout at State Prisons

Bill Would End Journalist Lockout at State Prisons

February 01, 2012 | No Comments

This month, the Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously passed AB 1270, also known as the “California Prisons: Media Access” bill, and it is expected to sail through the Senate in March.

Of course, lawmakers have repeatedly approved nearly identical legislation in the past, only to see it fall victim to vigorous lobbying by the Department of Corrections and victim rights groups.

But neither opposes the current bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

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Michael Goldstein Remembered

Michael Goldstein Remembered

January 31, 2012 | No Comments

Eileen Hanson, mistress of ceremonies, painted a sensitive and authentic picture of a “complicated person,” who could be “sweet,” but also “really bitchy.” According to Hanson, Michael loved gossip and the “blood sport that is San Francisco politics.”

Herrera Files Lawsuits Against Tenderloin Markets for Alleged Facilitation of Drugs Trafficking

Herrera Files Lawsuits Against Tenderloin Markets
for Alleged Facilitation of Drugs Trafficking

January 30, 2012 | No Comments

The lawsuits were filed following a two-year undercover police investigation which documents “numerous instances in which the markets operated as virtual safe havens for the sale of cocaine, crack, heroin, prescription painkillers and other drugs,” in violation of the Drug Abatement Act, according to Herrera.

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Violent Clashes with Police Mar Occupy Oakland Move-In Day

Violent Clashes with Police Mar Occupy Oakland Move-In Day

January 29, 2012 | 7 Comments

Before it was over early Sunday, demonstrators had broken into City Hall, pelted police with rocks, and were thrice turned back from establishing a new headquarters. Police responded with tear gas, flash grenades, bean bag bullets and, at times, excessive force. By days end, more than 300 people were arrested. Several injuries were reported, involving both police and protesters.

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San Francisco Legitimizes Urban Farming

January 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

This ordinance allows properly permitted and code-abiding gardeners and farmers to sell any produce they grow directly to the public on site. Growers were previously required to haul their bounty to a third party commercial zone, like a farmers market, or sell through a distributor. The permit does not, however, allow for value-added products, such as pickles or jam, or animal products, such as honey and eggs, to be sold at garden sites in residential areas. These products can, however, be sold on production sites within commercial zones. Growers can apply for a permit through the Planning Department for approximately $350.

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Remembering Vietnam

January 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

General William Westmoreland commanded the U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War (1964–68) during the Tet Offensive. Tet is the Vietnamese New Year. We on the ground knew that Westmoreland’s highly publicized, overly optimistic assessments of the war were not true. We “won” every battle, but lost the war. The 1968 Tet Offensive, in which communist forces, having staged a diversion at the Battle of Khe Sanh, attacked cities and towns throughout South Vietnam. U.S. and South Vietnamese troops successfully fought off the attacks, and the communist forces took heavy losses, but the ferocity of the assault shook public confidence in Westmoreland’s previous assurances about the state of the war.

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