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  • The new GOP? Republican openly campaigns with gay partner

    02/14/2014 8:02:21 PM PST · by massmike · 79 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 02/14/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A Republican seeking congressional office and touting a reform agenda has just made history by becoming the first politician on the campaign trail to bring his gay partner to the forefront, with an advertising film. “I don’t see it as such a big deal,” said openly gay Carl DeMaio, of his campaign ad for California office that shows him holding hands with his gay partner, in The Daily Mail. He downplayed the ad further, saying that it’s not really different from other politician hopefuls who show their “spouse, their children, their household pets” in their ads, the newspaper said. In...
  • Climate change warning labels on gas pumps?

    01/09/2014 2:38:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 9, 2014 | David R. Baker
    Buy a pack of cigarettes, and a printed warning from the surgeon general will remind you that smoking causes cancer. Obviously, you’ve chosen to smoke anyway. But perhaps one day you’ll look at that message, printed on the pack, and resolve to change your ways. Now, apply that idea to global warming. A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.
  • Calif. raisin farmers win new day in court

    06/10/2013 2:22:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is giving California raisin producers a new day in court to object to a government program that aims to stabilize prices by regulating the market. … The farmers say the program unfairly prevents them from selling their entire crop when the government determines that there otherwise would be a glut of raisins that would drive prices down. They say the program unconstitutionally takes their private property without compensation. …
  • Calif. court: Motorist can’t use hand-held map

    04/08/2013 7:07:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2013 5:57 PM EDT | Paul Elias
    Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess. He was startled when he looked up and saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer ordering him to pull over. He showed the officer that he was looking at a map and not texting or talking. “Pull over,” Spriggs recalled the officer as saying. “It’s in your hand.” A little more than a year later, Spriggs is at the heart of a...
  • Town closes road for salamander crossing

    03/17/2013 10:57:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | March. 17, 2013
    EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., - Just like San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has its swallows and Hinckley Township, Ohio, has its buzzards, East Brunswick, N.J., has its salamanders. Each spring, the salamanders make a pilgrimage out of the woods in search of mates and for the past 11 years the good folks of East Brunswick and neighboring South Brunswick have been doing their part to help make the magic happen by closing Beekman Road to help ensure the 3-inch amphibians' safety on their way to required wetlands. The annual migration by hundreds of salamanders began last Tuesday, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Sunday....
  • SF Animal Control Commission seeks ban on goldfish

    06/15/2011 11:31:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/11 | Matier and Ross
    San Francisco's ever-active Animal Control and Welfare Commission has renewed its push for a pet sale ban in the city - only this time, it even covers goldfish. The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage "impulse buys" of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters. But goldfish, guppies and tropical fish?
  • SoCal crews to finish clearing grove of old trees {Tree-sitters arrested}

    01/13/2011 8:11:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/13/11 | JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press
    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Public works crews will finish clearing a grove of old oak and sequoia trees slated for removal as part of a dam project following the arrests of four tree sitters who hoped to stop the project. Two men, including veteran tree sitter John Quigley, and two women were escorted out of the trees Wednesday night and taken into custody,
  • USDA removes major barrier to Michelle Obama’s salad-bar initiative

    12/06/2010 11:05:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Grist ^ | December 6, 2010 | Ed Bruske
    First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, would make it possible for as many as 6,000 salad bars to be installed in U.S. school cafeterias at an estimated cost of $15 million. Contrary to what hundreds of irate commenters directed to Grist from a link by the Drudge Report feared, the salad bars will not be mandatory lunchtime eating for the nation's youngsters, not taxpayer-funded. If parents like Sarah Palin want their kids to eat cookies for lunch, no one is going to stop them. Of bigger concern has...
  • 30 UCSC faculty, staff support legal fund for tree-sitters {Santa Cruz, not Berkeley}

    02/20/2008 10:41:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 83+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 2/20/8 | J.M. BROWN
    Thirty UC Santa Cruz faculty and staff members are supporting a legal defense fund for tree-sit demonstrators they say are merely exercising "civil disobedience." Professors Bettina Aptheker and Paul Ortiz, nationally known social activists, have founded an nonprofit advocacy group called "Friends of Flora and Fauna" with the help of filmmaker Mathilde Rand. Also involved is professor Zack Schlesinger, who was arrested in December for bringing hot tea and soup to tree-sitters. Former Santa Cruz mayors Jane Weed, Bruce Van Allen, Celia Scott and UCSC professor Tim Fitzmaurice also are supporters, according to a solicitation letter Aptheker said her group...
  • "Kiss Don't Enlist" Protest in Berkeley (Code Pink, Again!)

    02/14/2008 8:11:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 277+ views
    KCBS-TV ^ | February 14, 2008
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KCBS) -- Protesters have returned to the Berkeley Marines recruiting center just a day after a showdown between anti-war and pro-military demonstrators before the Berkeley City Council. This time, several dozen members of the peace group CodePink urged people to make love, not war. The Berkeley demonstration is one of 20 “Kiss Don’t Enlist” protests across the country. ”Polls show that the majority of Americans are opposed to the war, and this has given people a chance to really come out and show that. And it’s kind of fun to make out, instead of making war, right?” said...
  • Californians better informed on global warming threat, poll finds

    11/09/2007 8:03:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 52 replies · 92+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/9/7 | Zachary Coile
    Californians are more likely than the rest of the nation to see global warming as a threat, but also are more optimistic that greenhouse gases can be cut while creating jobs and expanding the economy, according to a Field Poll released Friday. State residents are more likely than other Americans to back efforts to address climate change, with large majorities favoring government regulations, tax incentives and other efforts by industry and individuals to curb their emissions, the poll showed. "They think California can take the lead in being an innovator and in making the state more energy efficient and reducing...
  • Battle over trees at Cal football stadium is heading to court

    09/18/2007 7:33:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 175+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/18/7 | Carolyn Jones
    After months of tree-sitting, Native American healing ceremonies, dueling seismic reports and jeers from Cal football fans, the fate of the Memorial Stadium oak grove heads to the courthouse this week. An Alameda County Superior Court judge will hear arguments Wednesday and Thursday on UC Berkeley's plan to remove about two-thirds of the oaks, redwoods, laurels and other trees next to the stadium to build a state-of-the-art sports training center for its football team - currently ranked No. 6 in the nation - and 13 other varsity sports. The city of Berkeley, a neighborhood group and the California Oak Foundation,...
  • Shuttin' up Sally...YEA Fox

    09/17/2007 1:29:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 542+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 17, 2007 | Ron Reale
    If only it was the beginning of a media trend. Studio execs know that people from both sides of the political spectrum watch their shows. Considering the statistics, two-thirds of the country doesn't pay attention to politics, ever, so your actors are more likely to lose you money and advertisers when they spout off, then attract any net gain, (unless bad publicity is considered a gain). Just blacking out their inappropriate remarks helps keep attention on the actual show, not some self-important actors latest pet project. If the actor has a problem with that, go on the news and talk...
  • Climb On Board The 'Ron Paul Revolution'

    09/16/2007 8:53:29 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 335 replies · 4,287+ views
    TheDay ^ | 9/16/2007 | Marc Guttman
    When Americans evaluate today's political landscape, most feel something between impotence and disapproval. So, while citizens shake their heads or shrug at the mainstream media's “top tier” presidential candidates, it is extraordinary how many are becoming overjoyed about one lesser covered candidate. Tens-of-thousands have joined the appropriately named Ron Paul Revolution, joining Meetup.com groups, putting up signs, and crossing states to attend rallies. Congressman Ron Paul's genuine message and untarnished record of promoting individual liberty for everyone, a free-market economy of wealth and abundance, and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace and free trade, has attracted vast support from diverse...
  • Law, order, politics: Run, Fred, run (Patronizing San Fran Lib blasts a Southern conservative)

    08/28/2007 5:26:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 619+ views
    Inside the Bay Area ^ | August 28, 2007 | Susan Young
    WHY WON'T FOLKSY "Law & Order" actor Fred Thompson just admit he's running for president of these here United States? It all boils down to that pesky NBC show, and using that exposure to your best advantage. Thompson, a Republican, has dabbled in acting, lobbying and lawyering over the years, serving as Tennessee's representative in the United States Senate from 1994 to 2003. In his twilight days of serving the country, he joined the cast of "Law & Order" in 2002 as good'ol backwoods boy and New York City District Attorney Arthur Branch. Strong character, basically a good guy who...
  • UC Berkeley to scale back Memorial Stadium plans

    06/29/2007 1:20:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 535+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/29/7 | Carolyn Jones
    BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley officials said today they would scale back development plans for Memorial Stadium to avoid a looming court date with the city of Berkeley, stadium neighbors and oak-tree advocates. Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said the university would reduce the size of the proposed parking garage so that there would be no more spaces than are currently in the area. UC also would plant one fully grown tree and two younger trees for each one that would be chopped down to make way for a new, $125 million athletic training facility. But Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates isn't...
  • Protesters shed clothes to save Oakland tree

    06/18/2007 7:52:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 264+ views
    MediaNews via CoCoTimes ^ | 6/18/7 | William Brand
    OAKLAND -- In the end, 40 people braved the early morning mist Saturday, ignoring startled joggers, to strip buck naked and hug or dance around a condemned tree at Lake Merritt for a San Francisco photographer. It was the kind of frigid day that only the Chamber of Commerce could love, but the cause is a good one, the photographer, Jack Gescheidt, said. The tree, a weathered, scarred, towering old eucalyptus, is one of 224 trees facing the city of Oakland's axe, an early step in a $88.3 million bond project to give the lake a 21st century facelift. Facelifts...
  • BERKELEY: Earthquake study finds Cal sports center site fault-free

    05/31/2007 6:19:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/7 | Carolyn Jones
    A geological report has found that UC Berkeley's plans to build an elaborate sports training center next to the Hayward Fault do not violate state earthquake laws, university officials said today. The report, by Oakland consulting firm Geomatrix, concludes that no fault traces are under the proposed site of the training center, which is slated to be built next to Memorial Stadium. "The study explicitly shows we're not in violation," said university spokesman Robert Sanders. The $125-million training center is the target of three lawsuits for its alleged violation of state environmental and earthquake laws. The suits were filed in...
  • Cal students end tree sit-in, are arrested for trespass

    04/25/2007 9:13:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 390+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/25/7 | Staff Report
    BERKELEY -- Two UC Berkeley students who had been sitting in a redwood tree on campus to protest university policies came down Wednesday and were cited for trespassing. Matthew Taylor, a spokesman for a student organization called the Phoenix Coalition, said students Michael Schuck and Jason Ahmadi are scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court on May 25. Taylor said police told the pair on Tuesday that they would not be punished if they ended their protest that day. The two elected to continue the demonstration for another day to support the coalition's demands for free speech on campus,
  • BERKELEY: Getting naked to save oak grove

    03/17/2007 9:36:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 57 replies · 9,277+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/17/7 | Jim Herron Zamora
    There was some naked tree hugging in Berkeley on Saturday, even though it was cold out, and someone took lots of pictures. Seventy-eight performance artists, models, protesters and their supporters stripped down for the camera in a grove of oak trees at UC Berkeley that could fall to make room for an athletic training center. The au-naturel visitors joined a half-dozen activists who have lived in the trees since December to protest Cal's plan to raze the grove near Memorial Stadium. Only five nudists actually climbed the trees. Everyone else found it more prudent to lie on the ground. San...
  • Anti-military bigotry by the Bay

    11/22/2006 11:57:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,269+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 20, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    "In the first place God made idiots," observed Mark Twain. "This was for practice. Then he made school boards." The San Francisco Board of Education's 4-2 vote last week to abolish the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, which has been active in the city's high schools for 90 years, tends to support his view. Why is JROTC being done away with? It isn't for lack of interest. More than 1,600 San Francisco students currently take part in its voluntary activities. "Kids love this program as if it's family," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. It is "a program that students...
  • Pelosi's constituents demand impeachment

    11/12/2006 8:20:57 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 47 replies · 1,534+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 12, 2006 | WorldNetDaily.com
    WASHINGTON ? While future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted before the election she would not support impeachment hearings, she will actually be rejecting her constituency's demands if she stays true to that campaign promise. In fact, on Election Day, Pelosi herself had a chance to vote for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney in San Francisco. On the ballot last Tuesday in San Francisco was Proposition J calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. It passed with more than 59 percent of the vote. In neighboring Berkeley, a similar measure passed with nearly 70 percent of...
  • Students at Calif. College ban Pledge of Allegiance

    11/10/2006 8:44:34 AM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 74 replies · 1,960+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11-10-2006 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Student leaders at a California college have touched off a furor by banning the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, saying they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government. The move by Orange Coast College student trustees, the latest clash over patriotism and religion in American schools, has infuriated some of their classmates -- prompting one young woman to loudly recite the pledge in front of the board on Wednesday night in defiance of the rule. "America is the one thing I'm passionate about and I can't let them take...
  • Cindy Sheehan Q&A: Peace icon on the mend, looking ahead

    09/05/2006 1:27:20 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 35 replies · 1,164+ views
    Waco Tribune ^ | 9-5-06 | Bill Whitaker
    CRAWFORD Cindy Sheehan says she’s taking a hiatus from her activist role to heal and re-energize herself after a trying and torrid summer. Most of the 100 or so anti-war demonstrators who joined her this year had left her peace camp in Crawford by the close of the Labor Day weekend. This year’s protest gathered little steam in Crawford. Bush, who usually spends the entire month of August at his nearby ranch, cut his vacation to 10 days. Sheehan looked tired and moved slowly when she granted a brief interview to the Tribune-Herald. Her son, Andy, 22, sat with her....
  • Brownback catches heat for "fruits" comment

    01/31/2006 12:01:40 PM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 103 replies · 2,131+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | January 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Senator Catches Heat for 'Fruits' Comment Monday, January 30, 2006 WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, a potential presidential candidate, said Monday he meant no offense to homosexuals when he used the word "fruits" in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine. In a lengthy profile titled "God's Senator," the magazine quotes the Kansas Republican as criticizing countries like Sweden that have legalized gay marriage. "You'll know them by their fruits," Brownback said, quoting a biblical passage from Matthew 7:19. Rolling Stone writer Jeff Sharlet said in the story, appearing in the magazine's current issue, that Brownback appeared to be...
  • Public Health Advocates Cite Lack of Risk Notice on Potato Chip Bags (POTATO CHIPS ARE BAD FOR YOU)

    06/16/2005 10:21:39 PM PDT · by paulat · 27 replies · 1,076+ views
    News10Net - ABC - Sacramento ^ | 6/16/05 | Not lListed
    Public Health Advocates Cite Lack of Risk Notice on Potato Chip Bags Public health attorneys in California have potato chip makers in their sights for not listing a cancer-causing chemical present in many brands. That chemical is acrylamide. It is an industrial chemical used in plastics, pesticides and sewage treatment that also can occur when starchy foods, such as chips, are processed at high temperatures. The World Health Organization has said acrylamide may be responsible for up to one-third of all cancers caused by diet, as demonstrated by laboratory animal studies. Acrylamide is already on California's list of chemicals known...
  • Strange, but true proposals for Bay Area

    04/22/2005 12:29:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 658+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/22/5 | Mike Taugher and Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Imagine screaming in your roller coaster seat as it reaches 190 mph rocketing down a 700-foot drop atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Or imagine no bridge at all. In 1929, a dam was proposed as an alternative to the now-famous bridge; San Francisco Bay would have become Lake San Francisco. For a century, seemingly outrageous proposals that could have forever changed the character of the Bay Area were seriously considered. Some of those ideas -- like erecting a dam at the Golden Gate -- seem patently absurd today. Others -- like paving over much of the Marin Headlands -- aren't...
  • Leader of Peace Fresno Pleads Not Guilty to protest related arrest

    08/23/2004 11:18:14 AM PDT · by at bay · 6 replies · 449+ views
    At Bay | n/a | n/a
    Kenneth Roy Hudson pled not guilty today to a charge of refusing to obey a lawful command of a peace officer at a Fresno park rally he had organized. Featured as an oppressed peaceful group of nice folks in the crockumentary "Fahrenheit 911", following the disclosure that a member of the public, who worked at the Sheriff's department, had attended one of their meetings, they would have you believe all they do is munch cookies and chat privately about peace. The attorney general ststed he would look into that allegation, whatever the allegation might be. If they had a public...
  • Totally San Fran (Pelosi Treasure Trove!)

    05/20/2004 9:02:02 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 984+ views
    TOTALLY SAN FRAN17 Years Of San Francisco LiberalismTHE FACTS ABOUT REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI (D-CA) PELOSI IS WRONG ON NATIONAL SECURITYü      Pelosi Voted Against Persian Gulf War In 1991 And Liberation Of Iraq In 2002.ü      Pelosi Questioned Readiness Of American Troops.ü      Pelosi Prefers Increased Domestic Spending To Increased Defense Spending.ü      Pelosi Doesn’t Consider War On Terror A Real War.ü      Pelosi Voted Against Creating Department Of Homeland Security.PELOSI FAVORS HIGHER TAXES AND BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDINGü      Pelosi Doesn’t Believe Tax Cuts Stimulate Economic Growth.ü      Pelosi Voted Against Both 2001 And 2003 Bush Tax Cuts.ü      Pelosi Voted Against Welfare Reform And Called It “War...
  • California: How Bay Area became political island. Democrats are embraced here year in, year out

    10/12/2003 9:13:28 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 36 replies · 278+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 12, 2003 | Mark Simon
    <p>What is it with us? How did the Bay Area become the odd man out in California politics?</p> <p>On Tuesday, while the rest of the state eagerly dumped Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Bay Area said no and not him.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger Win Grieves N. California

    10/12/2003 8:30:45 PM PDT · by pogo101 · 54 replies · 130+ views
    AP ^ | October 12, 2003 | Rachel Konrad
    SAN FRANCISCO - Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking office with a clear mandate from millions of people in Southern California's suburbs and the state's vast interior, where 70 percent of voters favored recalling Gov. Gray Davis. But liberals are mourning along the state's northern coast, particularly San Francisco, where 80 percent voted against the recall. In the city that nurtured beatniks in the '50s and hippies in the '60s, Schwarzenegger came in a distant second to Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante among the replacement candidates. Some residents joke darkly about forming a separate state, with San Francisco as the capital. Others...