• ferguson_grand_jury
  • Proposition E, San Francisco's effort to curb obesity, failed to pass due to a failure of imagination.
  • Via ACLU.org.
  • midterm_election_results_2014
  • Sen. James Inhofe, who is expected to the chair Environmental and Public Works Committee, denies man-made climate change.
  • latino_vote1

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.”

Posted in News, Politics

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.

Posted in News

0322-EconCampaign_full_500

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…

Posted in Opinion

Illustration by Emily Flake/The Fiscal Times.

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.

Posted in News, Politics

ed_lee_door_hangers

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.

Posted in News, Politics

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

campaign_contributions

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.

Posted in News, Politics

stethescope

Healthy Lifestyle Changes – Not Everyone Supports It

November 05, 2011 | 1 Comment

Now how often have we seen both parties agree on anything? Yet Democrats supported it as preventative care and Republicans liked its low cost. It was killed in committee, however, decimated by three powerful interest groups. Who were these lobbyists who wanted no part of incentives for us to gravitate toward a healthier lifestyle, with all the benefits of lowered medical costs and improved vitality?

They were the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Collective Consciousness by Erevis

Occupy the Noosphere, Heading Towards the Omega Point

November 05, 2011 | 6 Comments

This weekend (November 5-6) Occupy and the Sierra Club intend to form a human chain around the White House to protest the tar sands project. I suggest that 4 themes be joined together, one for each side of the White House. One side for the living biosphere with Sierra Club on that side. The opposite side is anti-military weapons and wars. Protesting Global warming on one side and global warring on the opposite side. The third side is for social and economic equalities with many more in the middle than on top. The last side is for the remaining 7 billion humans, the total world population estimated to have reached and passed 7 billion on October 31. Instead of encircling the White House, ensquare the White House.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Second Money Laundering Charge Sinks Lee Campaign

Second Money Laundering Charge Sinks Lee Campaign

November 02, 2011 | 21 Comments

It is the second such allegation of money laundering to dog the Lee campaign which is already being investigated by District Attorney George Gascón and the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for alleged money laundering by employees of Go Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle, as well as allegations of criminal vote tampering by Lee supporters.

Posted in News, Politics

Gonzalez Rips on Lee, Lauds Adachi in “Compare and Decide” Video

Gonzalez Rips on Lee, Lauds Adachi
in “Compare and Decide” Video

November 01, 2011 | 9 Comments

Gonzalez works in the public defender’s office as Adachi’s chief attorney. The video, posted on YouTube, was produced independently at no cost, Gonzalez said. It runs 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

Posted in News, Politics

stop-calls-from-debt-collectors

Attention Cell Phone Users:
US Chamber of Commerce, Debt Collectors
Push Bill to Allow Cell Phone Robo Calls

November 01, 2011 | 1 Comment

A “robo-call” is when you answer your phone and hear a recording. These calls are placed by machines that store hundreds, even thousands, of telephone numbers, and then dial them automatically and play a recorded message.

Posted in News