Articles Tagged “eric mar”

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    Spike in San Francisco Pedestrian Fatalities Sparks City Response

    A special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission was held Thursday at City Hall to address an alarming spike in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in San Francisco.

  • 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.

  • Facing an onslaught of negative attacks backed by downtown corporate special interest money, Supervisor Eric Mar needs all the help he can muster to stave off a takeover of District 1.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    A Call to Action for Eric Mar

    District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar is facing a difficult reelection bid. Having won his seat by a mere 347 votes in 2008, Eric’s challenges grew greater when redistricting made his District more conservative for the 2012 election. He needs your support.

  • Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague was taken to Wednesday during a contentious debate which allowed candidates to volley questions at each other.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Sparks Fly During Heated D5 Debate

    Eight candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor squared off during a contentious debate Wednesday providing a packed house at the West Bay Conference Center with a sense that the hotly-contested race is turning in to an all out slug fest.

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    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.

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    Mar Campaign Releases Statement, Requests Respect for Privacy

    The campaign to re-elect Eric Mar to the office of District 1 Supervisor released a short statement yesterday to announce Mr. Mar and his wife, Sandra Chin-Mar, are “finalizing the end of their 25-year marriage.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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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.”

  • A rally in support of legislation, sponsored by Supervisor John Avalos, calling for an end to foreclosures was held on the steps of San Francisco City Hall today.  Photos by Christopher D. Cook.

    Supervisors and Community Groups
    Rally to Suspend Foreclosures

    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 Declares Re-Election Bid

    Supervisor Avalos Declares Re-Election Bid

    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.

  • Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

    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.

  • Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

    Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

    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.

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    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…