Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is not what it used to be. Locals used to enter as late as seven in the evening or later behind the Hall of Flowers. While never well-maintained or administered, it afforded a rustic charm, a lovely wabi and sabi respite from the commercialism of the Avenues.
An estimated 1,100 supporters marched at SF Pride Parade Sunday honoring gay WikiLeaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, despite the Pride board of directors’ refusal to name him 2013 Grand Marshal.
As many as two-hundred supporters representing a growing coalition of organizations convened Friday on the steps of City Hall to rally support for the renaming of San Francisco International Airport in honor of Harvey Milk, the slain civil rights leader and LGBT icon.
New details have emerged in the effort to derail the Julian Davis campaign for District 5 Supervisor, details that shed light on why Kay Vasilyeva, the woman who has accused Davis of sexual assault, went public with her claim six years later, and three weeks before Election Day.
District 11 Supervisor John Avalos posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday denouncing “tactics of marginalization and disenfranchisement,” a reference to a cease-and-desist letter sent by District 5 candidate Julian Davis to Kay Vasilyeva, the woman who has publicly accused Davis of sexual assault, an allegation Davis refutes.
I am happy to report that we were able to beat back the attacks on Ranked Choice Voting in both San Francisco and Oakland. These were very serious and well-coordinated attacks by conservative forces.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission denied Thursday a request by suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to postpone until after the November election the Commission’s delivery of its findings of fact and non-binding recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
Citing due process protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, attorneys representing suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting the quasi-judicial body to postpone its submission of its findings of fact to the Board of Supervisors, the eleven-member legislative body that will decide if Mirkarimi will be reinstated or be permanently removed from office.
A coalition of many as 200 medical cannabis community members staged a New Orleans-styled mock funeral Wednesday to protest the Obama administration’s forced shuttering of San Francisco dispensaries.
California Democratic Party Chair John Burton administered the oath of office to the newly elected members of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee Wednesday night at the first general meeting of the local Democratic Party’s governing board following the June 5th Primary Election.
In attendance included Mayor Ed Lee, Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor David Campos, former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, as well as labor leaders including Mike Casey of Unite HERE Locate 2 and Larry Griffith of IFPTE Local 21 and the San Francisco Labor Council.
Asked if a potential Board vote on whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office is “weighing heavily” on his mind, Mar told Fog City, “I really cannot make any comment about my former colleague, Ross Mirkarimi, but I’ll just say that I always will be a fair person that listens to all the evidence and does my best to be fair – and I know that is going to be a difficult decision.”
Following the rally, Supervisor Avalos introduced a resolution – co-sponsored by Supervisors David Campos, Christina Olague, Jane Kim, Eric Mar and David Chiu, “Urging city and county officials and departments to protect homeowners from unlawful foreclosures.” The measure also urges mortgage and banking institutions, “especially San Francisco-based Wells Fargo,” to “suspend foreclosure activities and related auctions and evictions.”
Supervisor Avalos will introduce the resolution at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 2pm. The resolution expresses support for the California Homeowner Bill of Rights which are 5 legislative measures introduced at the California State Legislature and designed to provide basic standards of fairness and transparency in mortgage processing, community tools to prevent blight, tenant protections, enhanced law enforcement to defend homeowner rights, and a special grand jury to investigate foreclosure crime.
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.
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.”
A Guatemala-born immigrant first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, Campos was joined on the steps of City Hall by as many as 100 supporters including several colleagues on the Board as well as several labor leaders.