The Chronicle shares details on the work of the Public Defender’s Office to help keep kids in school and out of prison through the Legal Educational Advocacy Program.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/classrooms-not-courtrooms-sf-resolution-takes-aim-at-school-to-prison-pipeline/Content?oid=2712766: Op-Ed: Classrooms, not courtrooms: SF resolution takes aim at school to prison pipeline
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/unique-sf-program-aims-to-keep-troubled-kids-in-school/Content?oid=2832497: Unique SF program aims to keep troubled kids in school
Many leading politicians – including State Senator Mark Leno, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari – are spending time attempting to learn how the lives of the working poor differ from yours and mine. While it’s not a new story, it’s a stark and frightening one. We all could take lessons from today’s article…
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Working-poor-s-plight-a-major-issue-in-year-s-5261095.php: Working poor's plight a major issue in year's campaigns
The Board of Supervisors are set to vote on a plan that would allow nonprofits to activate plazas and dead spaces in San Francisco. While they mention farmers markets and cultural events as potential options, I am only supporting this if steinhoists and mini-raves are included the plans as well.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-explores-plan-for-nonprofits-to-manage-plaza-spaces-hold-events/Content?oid=2710623: SF explores plan for nonprofits to manage plaza spaces, hold events
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/supervisors-to-vote-on-plan-for-nonprofits-to-oversee-public-plazas/Content?oid=2796557: Supervisors to vote on plan for nonprofits to oversee public plazas
The Examiner shares some of the challenges Keith Baraka, an openly gay firefighter, has faced while on the job in San Francisco. Also, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has started applying the pressure for a citywide effort to make the Fire Department more inclusive of the LGBT community.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/homophobia-in-the-san-francisco-fire-department/Content?oid=2710520: Homophobia in the San Francisco Fire Department?
Examiner reporter Chris Roberts fills us in on the alleged sex scandal at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, and the backstory of the individual being accused. He also sits down with Monsignor James Tarantino to discuss how the priest’s name has been connected to the alleged scandal.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/man-at-center-of-north-beach-church-scandal-welcomed-despite-checkered-past/Content?oid=2705094: Man at center of North Beach church scandal welcomed despite checkered past
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/priest-at-center-of-north-beach-church-sex-scandal-speaks-out/Content?oid=2705106: Priest at center of North Beach church sex scandal speaks out
The Ex reports how a contractor’s poor work history has no bearing on whether or not they receive future City contracts under some apparent version of a clean slate program. Needless to say, that doesn’t sit too well with Supervisor Wiener.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-officials-poor-work-history-not-affecting-future-contracting-bids/Content?oid=2701922: SF officials: poor work history not affecting future contracting bids
Supervisor Norman Yee explores new legislation that would add to the hoops through which a new medical marijuana facility need jump if it wishes to locate nearby another such establishment on Ocean Avenue.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/yee-seeks-increased-restrictions-for-dispensaries-on-ocean-avenue/Content?oid=2698727: Yee seeks increased restrictions for dispensaries on Ocean Avenue
For the fourth year the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA is holding their joint Lunar New Year and Black History Month in an effort to continue the ever-improving relationship between communities in the Bayview. I couldn’t think of anything else to say without worrying that I may offend someone… so, I just included a picture of glam rock legend, Dee Snider.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/with-joint-celebration-on-horizon-feelings-mixed-on-black-and-asian-relations-in-sf/Content?oid=2698680: With joint celebration on horizon, feelings mixed on black and Asian relations in SF
City Attorney Dennis Herrera says not so fast to the social network app MeetMe which seems to pop up with “alarming regularity” as a factor in sex crimes against children. Be wary out there, the Internet is not all it’s cracked up to be.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-city-attorney-alleges-lax-privacy-opens-door-for-sexual-predators-on-meetme/Content?oid=2695664: SF city attorney alleges lax privacy opens door for sexual predators on MeetMe
Look over there to the right, faithful Suspects readers. There’s a new box called “Everything Since” that’s just above the Search box. (Which is generally used to write term papers for various classes at SF State, USF and City College. We know.) But this new feature is good news for you professional political types – because if you go away for a long weekend or a month, you can immediately catch up on all the San Francisco political news that happened since you left. All at once, and all collected for you automatically. Test it out and let us know whether it works well for you…
The drought is causing the City to look at what we might wash our streets with other than potable water. I’d suggest we look at washing them with “portable water,” which is the non-existent phrase I see EVERY TIME the words “potable water” appear in print. EVERY TIME.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-drought-S-F-leads-state-in-water-5194523.php: California drought: S.F. leads state in water conservation
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/drought-forces-sf-to-explore-water-alternatives-for-cleaning/Content?oid=2735561: Drought forces SF to explore water alternatives for cleaning
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.