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.
August 14, 2009 | 12 Comments
During the rally, French-born rally participant Daniel Cohen was discussing healthcare reform with two anti-reformists when Sgt. J.S. Colla intervened and told Cohen to leave.
“I was talking to two ladies about socialized medicine and the cops came with another guy and said I could not be there,” Cohen said, adding that Colla told him that “he was going to kick my arse if I didn’t get out of there, like I have never had my arse kicked before.”
August 13, 2009 | 17 Comments
Under terms of the agreement signed by Mirant officials today, the company will also pay at least $1 million to the City to help address pediatric asthma in nearby communities and to initiate other mitigations in neighborhoods adjacent to the fossil-fueled facility. Mirant will pay another $100,000 to the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office for legal fees and costs.
August 12, 2009 | 4 Comments
The earlier influence of fundamentalist Rabbi Abraham Kook (1865 – 1935), or Kuk, was significant. He preached Jewish supremacy and said: “The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews – all of them in all different levels – is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.” His teachings helped create the settler movement, and his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, founded the extremist Gush Emunim (GE) under the slogan: “The Land of Israel, for the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel.”
August 10, 2009 | 5 Comments
The most frightening thing about the SF Bay Guardian’s article was the leak from a high-level congressional staff member indicating “many lawmakers won’t back a single-payer system in part because they ‘don’t want to have to respond to being accused of being a socialist by the right wing.’” If that is the kind of petty personal-political impediment to the kind of healthcare system this country needs, then we are all doomed.
August 10, 2009 | No Comments
For those of you who don’t know, Lindsey Jones worked tirelessly in the role of Executive Director of San Francisco Pride for the last four years, raising millions of dollars in the process. She leaves us, not without some initial reservations, to go ride horses back in Arizona where she came from. Yes, it’s largely down to her that you all had such a great time at the Pride Festival this year (and last), and didn’t have to pay for it either.
August 07, 2009 | 3 Comments
Socialized medicine is coming!! Lock your doors and shutter your windows. Why is the dreaded “S” word used to oppose health care reform? Those who use the dreaded “S” word never really define what they mean by socialism. To some, it is an expansion in government spending. For example, they deemed the stimulus bill socialist – even though the architect of such policies, John Maynard Keynes, advocated a capitalist economic system. Thus, President Obama who is trying to save capitalism from itself must be a socialist.
August 07, 2009 | 1 Comment
Ensuring the public’s safe transport has to be MUNI’s number one priority. As an elected official I am committed to doing whatever is in my power to protect the public. As a member of the Transportation Authority I have the duty to question the safety of a system that has had two serious accidents in little more than two weeks. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and Transportation Authority and with MUNI officials to make sure that the causes of these accidents are investigated, the problems addressed and public safety ensured.
August 06, 2009 | 4 Comments
Held at the spacious bi-level Mezzanine and co-sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Red Hook, The Disposal Film Festival, PoliteInPublic.com and In House Talent, the well-attended party drew as many as 500 Bay Guardian readers and fans who were treated to an exquisite lineup of Bay Area musical acts, including Sila and the AfroFunk Experience, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Sellassie, and The Fresh & Onlys.
August 05, 2009 | 8 Comments
The flawlessly executed plan was organized by Mirkarimi’s fiance-to-be, Eliana Lopez, who enlisted strategic and logistical support from Board President David Chiu. The clandestine plan involved Chiu telling Mirkarimi his presence was required for an important meeting at City Hall where his well-wishers lay patiently in wait.
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July 30, 2009 | 9 Comments
By all accounts it was a perfect event to allay any residual hard feelings between Supervisors Avalos and Daly who were at odds over how best to secure a balanced budget with a mayor who has a sweet tooth for ignoring the will of the Board, and voters.
July 29, 2009 | 4 Comments
California cannot continue to engage in battles each budget season. Because it could not find a supermajority to raise taxes, the state had to cut or reduce many of the public assistance programs serving as social safety nets for children, the poor, and the sick and the elderly. The Budget calls for taking $4.7 billion from the counties, which will force many counties to cut services even further. And again, the governor and the legislature had to resort to budget gimmickry to pass a budget, albeit an unbalanced one. It is time for change.
July 28, 2009 | 23 Comments
Over the last 10 years, I have been involved in the City’s budget process, first as the organizing director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, then as staff for Supervisor Chris Daly, where I organized year after year with budget stakeholders to create a budget that represented the interests of working people. These experiences have been invaluable in learning the intricate City budget process and, most importantly, the politically challenging but all-important process of coalition building among the different budget stakeholders in the City.