Articles Tagged “david chiu”

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden: What was once a publicly-owned jewel in Golden Gate Park, has been privatized.  Photo: Harry S. Pariser.

    How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

    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.

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    Why Wiener’s Nudity Ban Is Bad for Everybody

    The final vote on San Francisco’s nudity ban is this upcoming Tuesday, December 4. This draconian law represents a serious failure of leadership on the part of Supervisor Scott Wiener and brings up many interesting questions about this issue and the direction of our city.

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    Update on Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco

    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.

  • San Francisco Ethics Commission.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Ethics Commission Denies Mirkarimi Vote Postponement Request

    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.

  • Attorneys for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (pictured with his wife, Eliana Lopez at a 'Stand with Ross' rally on Sunday) today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting a postponement of a vote that will decide whether Mirkarimi will keep his job. Photos by Luke Thomas.

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    Suspended Sheriff Requests Postponement of “Highly Charged” Board Vote

    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.

  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton administered the oath of office Wednesday to the newly-elected 32-members of San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

    Mary Jung Elected SF Democratic Party Chair as Newly Elected Members Take Office

    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.

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    Defense Counsel Requests Subpoenas in Sheriff Misconduct Case; Mayor Denies Perjury Allegations, Releases Statement

    Defense counsel for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today filed a formal request with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting the quasi-judicial body to issue subpoenas to four witnesses in connection with allegations of perjury by Mayor Ed Lee.

  • The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force was established by Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code in 1999. The purpose of the Task Force is to protect the public's interest in open government .  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Supervisors’ Vendetta Against Sunshine Panel Incumbents

    Open-government activists believe, and with good reason, that the Board of Supervisors’ May 22 vote to oust three incumbents from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force was in retaliation for a pair of task force actions that cast the board – and particularly President David Chiu and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar – in an unfavorable light.

  • Chiu Declares Re-Election Bid

    Chiu, 42, was elevated to the Board presidency in January 2009 – the first Taiwanese-American to serve in this capacity – due in large part to an unresolved grudge match between former Supervisors Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi. He later drew the ire of Daly and progressives when Chiu voted for then-City Administrator Ed Lee, an establishment pick, over former Sheriff Michael Hennessey, an independent, for interim mayor last year.

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    Mar Declares Re-Election Bid,
    Says Board Vote on Mirkarimi “A Difficult Decision”

    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.”

  • Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

    The ceremony was simple, but the celebrants were remarkable. No less than the Episcopal Bishop of California, Marc Andrus, and the Dean of Grace Cathedral, Jane Shaw, presided over the service. In attendance included Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and former Mayor Art Agnos.

  • Labor Council Honors Martin Luther King,
    Celebrates Poor People’s Campaign

    A place was symbolically set for beloved labor leader, Walter Johnson, who passed away on January 12 following a heart attack. An enlarged photo of Johnson (taken by Linda Post) “sat” at the head table along with Mayor Ed Lee, newly-appointed D5 Supervisor Christina Olague, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, and SFLC Executive Director Tim Paulson. Various speakers recalled the Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. King’s last project, that highlighted our nation’s economic disparities while continuing to confront racism, militarism, and a self-centered society.

  • The CrackBerry Chronicles: Welcome Back

    Elaine Santore Photos by Luke Thomas By Elaine Santore August 14, 2008 It’s never too early to become a hasbeen If JoJo can be a hasbeen at 17, then I guess now is the perfect…