Gascón Takes Mirkarimi at His Word

Gascón Takes Mirkarimi at His Word

March 19, 2012 | 4 Comments

Gascón said he recognized that there are those who wanted him to “go for the jugular” and keep the trial going; others felt that the prosecution of Mirkarimi was a political vendetta. Gascón concluded that since “ideologues on both sides” may be disappointed in the plea agreement, “This gives me comfort and reassurance that I have not politicized the case and that I have done my absolute best to treat it like any another domestic violence allegation.”

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Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi: “I’m Sorry”

March 19, 2012 | 7 Comments

Missing from his prepared statement was a recount of the events that occurred on December 31 that led him to this point. When pressed, he stated, “I understand that some of this continues and that I should be guarded.” He also did not respond to the question of whether he had the moral authority to continue running the Sheriff’s Department.

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Supervisor Avalos Declares Re-Election Bid

Supervisor Avalos Declares Re-Election Bid

March 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

Elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, Avalos was joined by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Supervisors David Campos and Eric Mar, as well as union reps, community organizations and residents.

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Unions Escalating CWA’s Contract Fight with Verizon

Unions Escalating CWA’s Contract Fight with Verizon

March 16, 2012 | No Comments

Along with the CWA-Verizon campaign, the protest will also raise voices against corporate flim-flam punishing members of the Service Employees at Wells Fargo and the Westfield Mall. The Westfield shopping center located at Fifth and Market — near the Powell Street BART station — will be the first opportunity to get loud. Marchers then plan to drop by the Verizon store at 768 Market Street, between Fourth and Third streets, before finishing the action at Wells Fargo at Montgomery Street.

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“Making Us Sick:” Occupy Groups Target Wells Fargo Board Member Over Foreclosures

“Making Us Sick:” Occupy Groups Target Wells Fargo Board Member Over Foreclosures

March 16, 2012 | No Comments

An ACCE and Occupy Bernal letter of demand addressed to Dean and hand-delivered to his Dignity Health office in San Francisco, demands he stop Wells Fargo, the nations largest mortgage provider, from foreclosing homes on San Francisco residents, particularly those homeowners in hard-hit areas in the Bayview, Excelsior, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods.

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Occupy Oakland to Host
Saturday Neighborhood Barbeques

March 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

Four barbecues are scheduled through mid-April, with the March 17 event from noon to 5 p.m. at Arroyo Viejo Park, 7701 Krause St. in East Oakland near Bancroft and 77th streets. All will include free food, arts and crafts, music, a children’s play area, literature and workshops.

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Domestic Violence Groups Demand Mirkarimi’s Removal from Office

Domestic Violence Groups Demand Mirkarimi’s Removal from Office

March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

Calling the Sheriff “a national embarrassment,” Cathy Black, the executive director of Case De Las Madres, a shelter dedicated to victims of domestic violence, told a bevy of reporters gathered on the steps of City Hall, “I think it would be best for everybody involved if he would step aside. If Sheriff Mirkarimi will not do the right thing, then the mayor and the Board of Supervisors must.”

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