November 27, 2013 | No Comments
Rapid gentrification has been affecting the lives of all of San Francisco’s residents, so why has the relationship between the city’s changing population and public education been largely ignored?
November 25, 2013 | 4 Comments
City Attorney Dennis Herrera today moved for a preliminary injunction to block the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, from racing to terminate the accreditation of City College of San Francisco in eight months’ time.
November 24, 2013 | No Comments
With flu season officially underway, there are people lining up like lemmings to get flu shots. Others have taken a step back from the constant media barrage to get a shot because they know that some people will get the flu shot and the flu, and others will get neither, remaining healthy throughout the season.
November 10, 2013 | No Comments
Impacted by sky-rocketing rents and evictions, San Francisco residents demonstrated Thursday outside Twitter headquarters following the social media company’s highly anticipated first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
November 06, 2013 | 1 Comment
Public officials including Supervisor London Breed, SFPD Lieutenant Bruce Delahunty and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, gathered Monday with community members at the Korean American Center in District 5 to address public safety concerns following a recent spate of violent crimes in the area.
November 05, 2013 | 6 Comments
Senator Dianne Feinstein recently wrote an op-ed defending NSA surveillance programs. In her op-ed, Feinstein disingenuously assures us the NSA does not conduct surveillance, but rather it merely collects information contained on the average telephone bill.
October 17, 2010 | 3 Comments
In an Oct. 1, statement, the U.S. government acknowledged that between 1946 and 1948, U.S. Public Health Service physicians deliberately infected at least 696 Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea without their knowledge or consent to study the effect of venereal disease.
October 15, 2010 | 1 Comment
Hall joins termed out Supervisor Bevan Dufty and City Attorney Dennis Herrera as the only electeds so far to have declared candidacies for the open seat. State Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno; District Attorney Kamala Harris; Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Michela Alioto-Pier; and former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez; are also rumored to be considering candidacies.
October 14, 2010 | 1 Comment
On May 27, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to act to end DADT with an amendment to the proposed Department of Defense appropriations bill, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Amendment). The Amendment sets forth a two-step plan that would lead to the repeal of the policy, starting with the delivery of a “Working Group” report by the Pentagon on the implementation of the repeal to Defense Secretary Robert Gates by no later than December 1, 2010.
October 13, 2010 | 9 Comments
In that almost four years now, you have fully funded the wars; rammed through the bankster bailouts and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization Act; refused to hold the criminals of the Bush administration accountable; supported the torture policies of George Bush and wanted even stricter measures against suspected terrorists; obediently supported and defended the murderous Israeli oppression of Palestine; presided over the worst jobs’ hemorrhage since the Great Depression (can you see all the jobless and homeless from your mansion on the hill in Pac Heights?) and the only “victory” that you can claim is a feeble health care “reform” bill that you admit you had no idea what it contained, when in reality, it was just a massive welfare program for your corporate buddies in the industry.
October 12, 2010 | 48 Comments
As Speaker of the House, and representative of California’s 8th Congressional District, you have failed to offer a satisfactory explanation for many of the political choices you have made. Even your most ardent supporters are at a loss to defend your escalation of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan after you became Speaker (despite your promises to end the war), and for your support for the Patriot Act, its subsequent reauthorization, and for your support for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, among other things.
October 11, 2010 | No Comments
Senator Boxer’s vote was prescient because it was ultimately established that the Bush administration had intentionally built a case for war with Iraq without regard to factual evidence. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq and Saddam Hussein had no links to al Qaeda.
October 10, 2010 | No Comments
Why do we have an annual budget crisis? Primarily because California is one of only three states – Arkansas and Rhode Island are the others – to require a supermajority to adopt a budget. Thus, each year at budget time, the Republican minority is able to exercise disproportionate control over the budget process because passing a budget requires a two-thirds vote in both houses.
October 09, 2010 | 3 Comments
But as is so often the case, common sense for the public’s interest is shoved aside by special interests who have a financial stake in the passage of Prop 23. That would be the oil companies who don’t want their product replaced with renewable energy. According to the Huffington Post, three out-of-state oil companies – Valero Corp. and Tesoro Corp of Texas and Flint Hills Resources in Kansas – are big contributors to Proposition 23.
October 07, 2010 | No Comments
In District 6, the Individual Expenditure Ceiling (IEC) of a publicly financed candidate, Theresa Sparks, was raised to $153,000. The IEC for this candidate was raised because on October 7, 2010, the Total Supportive Funds of Jane Kim in District 6 totaled $154,300. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of this publicly financed candidate in District 6.
October 07, 2010 | 1 Comment
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October 06, 2010 | 12 Comments
In the this week’s long-anticipated endorsements issue, the SFBG states, “Jim Meko, a longtime neighborhood and community activist, has good credentials and some solid ideas. He was a key player in the western SoMa planning project and helped come up with a truly progressive land-use program for the neighborhood. But he supports sit-lie and is awfully cranky about local bars and nightlife.”
October 06, 2010 | 1 Comment
The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it raised the Individual Expenditure Ceiling (IEC) of all four publicly financed candidates in District 8: the IEC of William Hemenger, Rebecca Prozan, and Rafael Mandelman, was raised to $203,000 and the IEC of Scott Wiener, was raised to $193,000. The IEC for these candidates was raised because on October 5, 2010, the Total Supportive Funds of Scott Wiener in District 8 totaled $209,212 and the Total Supportive Funds of Rafael Mandelman in District 8 totaled $198,591. Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to raise the Individual Expenditure Ceiling of publicly financed candidates in District 8.
October 04, 2010 | No Comments
A candidate running for the Board of Supervisors who seeks public funding must abide by his or her Individual Expenditure Ceiling, which begins at $143,000, and may be raised in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidate and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents. A candidate is required to file Form SFEC- 152(a)-2 within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors is required to file the Third Party Disclosure form within 24 hours of each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.
October 04, 2010 | 12 Comments
The event, which is projected to generate as many as 9,000 jobs and much as $1.2 billion in economic activity, according to the mayor’s office, would require significant investment in construction repairs to piers 30-32 and pier 50.
October 03, 2010 | 4 Comments
According to Iranian opposition activists, detainees were tortured and raped while imprisoned. Iranian officials denied the charges. Whether the charges are true or not, what right does the United States, who has acted wrongly, either morally or legally – that is, who has ‘unclean hands’ – to complain about the human rights abuses of Iran, or any other country?