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Due Process for All

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.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

What Boom?

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.”

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Deadheads are Coming

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.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Middle-Class Jobs

notepadThe Bay Guardian assesses a recent press conference held by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee regarding House Democrats’ Middle Class Jumpstart initiatives. 

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ad Wars

A deal between Clear Channel and SFO took a step forward yesterday, but not without some vocal concern from Supervisor John Avalos and Budget Analyst Harvey Rose.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Jurassic Snark

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.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Election Recap: San Franciscans Are Great

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.)

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Parsing Out Park Space

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).

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

A poet and he knows it

Congrats to Mr. Alejandro Murguia for becoming San Francisco’s 6th poet laureate. Shall we compare the Bayview district resident to a Summer’s day, perhaps?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Talking Tech in SF

How tech savvy is San Francisco? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Prop E

The Chron tells us all about Prop E and how our City’s elected officials were able to accomplish that oh so rare goal: compromise.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

History Repeats

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.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

New Kid on the block

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.”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

One Billion Rising

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.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Buzzes May Be Harshed

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.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

It’s well known that in San Francisco politics, you can tell who’s your friend, or not, by whether they stab you in the front.

‘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.

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

2011 Committee Assignments

This just in!  The Board of Supervisors Committee Assignments are as follows:

Budget & Finance: Supervisors Chu, Mirkarimi and Kim

Budget & Finance Subcommittee:
Supervisors Chiu and Wiener

City Operations & Neighborhood Services:
Supervisors Avalos, Mar and Elsbernd

Joint City & School District: Supervisors Cohen, Avalos and Chu

Government Audits & Oversight: Supervisors Campos, Farrell and Chiu

Land Use & Economic Development:
Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Wiener

Public Safety: Supervisors Mirkarimi, Cohen and Campos

Rules: Supervisors Kim, Elsbernd and Farrell

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Going. Going. Gone…

… 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.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Quick like a cat

Despite some of the Supervisors’ best efforts, Mayor Gavin Newsom was still able to sneak in a few appointments before he heads to Sactown on Monday.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

O’ bountiful garden

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!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Why? Because you’re ugly.

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.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Trash Talk

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Aint Nothing Like A Budget Party

Good vibes abound as City Hall celebrates the passage of a balanced budget.  However, warning signs remain for future years.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Marching and chanting and grilling, oh my

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?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Battle Royale

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.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010