Domestic violence activists Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium and Maria Carolina Morales, programs co-director at Community United Against Violence, discuss how the fear of detention or deportation may prevent domestic violence victims and witnesses from coming forward. They speak out in favor of, and ask others to support, Supervisor Aavlos’ proposed “Due Process for All” ordinance.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-launches-program-to-help-immigrants-with-naturalization-process/Content?oid=2505331: S.F. launches program to help immigrants with naturalization process
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-officials-want-city-to-stop-detaining-people-on-federal-immigration-holds/Content?oid=2519169: S.F. officials want city to stop detaining people on federal immigration holds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-police-chief-decries-proposal-to-skirt-federal-immigration-detainer-rules/Content?oid=2569337: SF police chief decries proposal to skirt federal immigration detainer rules
While many celebrate the City’s vast riches, there is another, more sobering side to the story in San Francisco. The Examiner reports on the new City report, which details what’s happening in our more neglected neighborhoods during this “boom.”
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2013/06/sf-boom-leaving-many-behind: S.F. boom leaving many behind
Uh oh. Looks like San Francisco Rec and Park has awoken the Deadheads from their collective trance as they mobilize to oppose a public-private partnership that would rename the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park.
Despite unanimous urging from the Board of Supervisors, the Employee’s Retirement System board will not divest roughly $530 million of its pension fund currently invested in fossil fuel companies. Looks like San Francisco is giving dinosaurs another chance. No, not those dinosaurs, these dinosaurs.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/02/supervisor-john-avalos-wants-san-francisco-funds-tied-oil-gun-firms-redirected: Supervisor John Avalos wants San Francisco funds tied up in oil, gun firms redirected
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/san-francisco-fossil-fuel-divestment-still-far-certain: San Francisco fossil fuel divestment still far from certain
http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/world/2013/04/san-francisco-giveth-taketh-away-oil-company: Melissa Griffin: San Francisco giveth, taketh away from oil company
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-retirement-fund-board-could-vote-to-divest-from-fossil-fuel-companies/Content?oid=2600760: San Francisco retirement fund board could vote to divest from fossil fuel companies
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-board-decides-not-to-divest-pension-money-from-fossil-fuel-companies/Content?oid=2602319: SF board decides not to divest pension money from fossil fuel companies
Heather Knight recaps last week’s elections and comes to a very serious conclusion: San Francisco is filled with a unique crop of voters. Unique in a good way. (Note: a certain founder of Suspects may be quoted in the article.)
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Unusual-unity-on-all-but-1-measure-4026601.php#page-1: Unusual unity on all but 1 measure
Supervisor John Avalos has introduced a proposal that would require a special hearing for any event that would take over 25% of the City’s parks and run for more than 48 hours. This also means, given its vast size and scope, FeldmanFest 2013 might face additional scrutiny. Also, FeldmanFest is not a real thing (yet).
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/avalos-criticizes-extreme-sports-event-starting-th/nSgNw/: Avalos criticizes extreme sports event starting Thursday in Civic Center
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/civic-center-plaza-events-draw-fans-foes: Dew Tour and other Civic Center Plaza events draw fans and foes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/supervisor-john-avalos-wants-better-vetting-events-take-san-francisco-park-space: Supervisor John Avalos wants better vetting of events that take up San Francisco park space
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/businesses-may-net-tax-breaks: Businesses may net tax breaks
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/04/EDDA1OP12L.DTL: Opinion: San Francisco tech community seeks new thinking on taxes
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/06/08/pair-of-business-tax-plans-advance-in.html: Pair of business tax plans advance in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/tax-revision-casts-wider-net: Tax revision casts wider net
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/12/MN9E1P07QM.DTL&tsp=1: Dueling SF tax plans focus on receipts, not payroll
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/06/15/real-tax-reform-brings-revenue---not.html: Editorial: Real tax reform brings revenue — not revenge
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/06/mayor-s-new-business-tax-structure-makes-sense-business-fees-do-not: Editorial: Mayor’s new business tax structure makes sense; business fees do not
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/voters-may-get-chance-decide-whether-city-keeps-existing-policies: Voters may get chance to decide whether city keeps existing policies
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/06/26/right-business-tax: Opinion: The right business tax
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/07/06/business-leaders-pull-for-mayors.html: Business leaders pull for mayor’s version of tax
http://www.baycitizen.org/taxes/story/sf-debating-future-payroll-tax/: SF debating future of payroll tax breaks
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supervisors-ask-Lee-to-let-go-of-stop-and-frisk-3697775.php: City Insider: Supervisors ask Lee to let go of stop and frisk
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/progress-elusive-single-tax-reform-proposal: Progress elusive on single tax reform proposal
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/opposing-sides-seek-accord-tax-reforms: Opposing sides seek accord on tax reforms
After the Gold Dust Lounge attempted to preserve itself by seeking landmark designation, a few other bars decided to do the same. In related news, I am seeking landmark status for the parking space in front of my house. I am also seeking landmark status for my seats at AT&T Park. Wish me luck.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/16/BA511N8BMD.DTL: City Insider: Rush is on to save the Gold Dust
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/17/BAC01NM165.DTL&tsp=1: C.W. Nevius: Gold Dust Lounge: Your lease is up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/landmark-move-may-keep-gold-dust-biting-dust-heap: Landmark move may keep Gold Dust from biting dust
Okay, so she’s certainly no “kid,” but Commissioner Cindy Wu IS new to the Planning Commission, where she’s already settling in quite nicely – she’s just been elected to serve as vice president. But it appears not everyone is on board with her quick ascension – it’s never easy being the “new kid.”
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2012/02/commissioner-cries-foul-planning-appointment: Commissioner cries foul on planning appointment
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/23/BA0D1NBORM.DTL: City Insider: Planning agency picks new chief
City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/19/MN3H1N7KU0.DTL&ao=2: S.F. getting it right on domestic violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/domestic-violence-other-issues-roil-city-hall: Domestic violence, other issues roil City Hall
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/SF-domestic-violence-policy-on-fast-track-3951365.php: City Insider: SF domestic-violence policy on fast track
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/18-000-youth-sign-up-for-free-Muni-pass-4261349.php: City Insider: 18,000 youth sign up for free Muni pass
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/da-event-highlights-battle-against-domestic-violence/Content?oid=2616989: DA event highlights battle against domestic violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/one-billion-rising-to-promote-justice-for-domestic-violence-victims/Content?oid=2697805: 'One Billion Rising' to promote justice
The BoS passed tougher restrictions on dispensaries in Excelsior, as well as a request for Planning to review current zoning laws allowing clustering of dispensaries. In the first time anyone in this city has spoken ill of the color green, Supervisor Avalos is quoted saying he thinks “the green zones have created a harmful effect on The City overall.” Does this mean I can stop pretending to compost?
Pictured: My worst nightmare. Also, the contents of that jar by your sink. You’re gross.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/14/MN10172HH8.DTL: Mirkarimi proposal: Let S.F. sell medical pot
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/01/san-francisco-medical-marijuana-licensing-program-resumes: San Francisco medical marijuana licensing program resumes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/medical-pot-clubs-under-cloud-federal-crackdown-court-decisions-loom: Medical pot clubs under a cloud as federal crackdown, court decisions loom
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/dea-digging-san-franciscos-medical-marijuana-dispensaries: DEA digging into San Francisco's medical marijuana dispensaries
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/new-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-approved-excelsior-district: New medical marijuana dispensaries approved for Excelsior district
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/delivering-medical-marijuana-under-law-san-francisco: Opinion: Delivering medical marijuana under the law in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/avalos-seeks-review-of-2005-san-francisco-medical-marijuana-controls/Content?oid=2520257: Avalos seeks review of 2005 San Francisco medical marijuana controls
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/advocates-decry-proposed-sf-medical-marijuana-restrictions/Content?oid=2619876: Advocates decry proposed SF medical marijuana restrictions
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-supervisors-consider-loosening-dispensary-location-restrictions/Content?oid=2621466: SF supervisors consider loosening dispensary location restrictions
‘Cause, you know, that’s kind of polite. In a way. Sorta. But I digress. Mayor Lee and some of his opponents in the rather, um, confrontational battle for Room 200 we all experienced last year weigh in on What It All Means. All of them say everything’s completely hunky-dory, and many of them can’t even remember that there was a mayor’s race at all, much less that it was a rough one. But keep an eye on the knives. Location, as they say, is everything.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/01/BA9I1MGFK2.DTL: Ed Lee, foes promise to put campaign battles aside
… off to Sacramento. Wow. It’s the end of an era, wouldn’t you say? After last week’s last minute power play from former Mayor Gavin Newsom, he officially took the oath of office to be California’s 49th lieutenant governor on Monday.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F11%2FBA081H70S9.DTL: City Insider: Gavin Newsom changes offices at last
http://www.baycitizen.org/politics/story/newsom-takes-office-last/: Newsom Takes Office at Last
Rec and Park was dubbed the overseer of our city’s locally grown produce with the department officially identified as the coordinator of San Francisco’s thriving Urban Agriculture Program. With more than 36 community gardens and a wait list for more projects – that’s a lotta tomatoes!
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/us/13bcfarm.html?_r=1: Urban farming for cash gains a toehold in San Francisco
AT&T and T-Mobile must take some of their fugly antennas down to the ground ’cause they do not adhere with their permits. In similar news, the Planning Commission postponed a hearing on Supervisor John Avalos’ legislation that would prevent cell phone antennas from being built if they are aesthetically unpleasing, as well as to plant more trees in exchange.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/SF-cell-phone-antennas-face-static-100495924.html: SF cell phone antennas face static
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/ATT-T-Mobile-hung-up-in-dispute-with-SF-100602804.html: AT&T, T-Mobile hung up in dispute with SF
SF Weekly takes an in-depth look at a local organization that has added a new twist to its protests, the success they are having, and what it all might mean for the City’s labor laws. Seriously, who couldn’t use a little BBQ on the picket line?
http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-07-28/news/standing-up-with-the-aboriginal-blackmen-united/3: Standing Up with the Aboriginal Blackmen United
The Board of Supervisors heard testimony on the Avalos/Maxwell resolution condemning the Israeli military’s raid on an aid flotilla. While the resolution is non-binding, a bazillion people turned out to offer their two cents. The Very Serious testimony lasted for more than five hours (at two minutes per person) and deputy sheriffs had to keep the peace between those who came to testify.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/16/BAIT1DVRTH.DTL: Tension in S.F. over anti-Israel resolution
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/15/BANN1DTD44.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Muni operators pressured to vote again on givebacks
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/14/EDUC1DUV3V.DTL: Editorial: S.F. supervisors shouldn't weigh in on Israel
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.