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  • Muslim fashion takes hold in Bay Area

    03/21/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Matt O'Brien
    Ruhollah Habibi dresses sharply in a suit and tie each morning for his job at JP Morgan. But the banker also carries a thobe to work on Fridays, slipping on the Arabian-style tunic for afternoon prayers. "I just take off my suitcoat and throw that on over my button-up," said the 28-year-old San Ramon resident. "It's our etiquette to wear Islamic clothing when you're going to learn the sacred knowledge." From kufi caps to veils and ankle-length abayas, multicultural Muslim clothing is in demand among the Bay Area's young and devout. American-born Muslims who once shunned their immigrant parents' Old...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor suspends defiant sheriff over abuse

    03/21/2012 8:43:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 3/21/12 | Dan Schreiber
    Mayor Ed Lee has suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi without pay while he awaits an ethics hearing on whether he should be permanently removed from office. The suspension came a day after Mirkarimi was sentenced to probation and counseling as a result of pleading guilty to false imprisonment in a high-profile domestic violence case involving his wife. Just hours after Monday’s sentencing, the mayor met with Mirkarimi and gave him a day to contemplate resigning, but the sheriff said Tuesday his conviction is not grounds for removal. “He has chosen not to resign, and now I must act,” Lee solemnly told...
  • Mayor says he'll suspend Mirkarimi as sheriff

    03/20/2012 7:25:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/20/12 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Mayor Ed Lee is suspending Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from his post, the first step toward removing him from office permanently for official misconduct. "He has chosen not to resign and now I must act," Lee said in a 5 p.m. news conference today. He said the sheriff's actions "fell below the standard of decency and good faith" needed for public officials. Mirkarimi pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment for an incident involving his wife on New Year's Eve. Lee named Vicki Hennessy to serve as interim sheriff. Hennessy last ran the Department of Emergency Management...
  • Gavin Newsom a daunting political figure in state

    03/11/2012 8:46:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/11/12 | Willie Brown
    I see Gov. Jerry Brown took some backhanded swipes at our lieutenant governor in a visit to The Chronicle the other day. No surprise there. Even in his "do-nothing" job, Gavin Newsom is still a challenging figure for politicians throughout the state. He's articulate. He has movie-star looks. He has a great eye for issues, and he's young enough to be Jerry's son. That's also why Newsom strikes fear in other politicians. He has the potential for being a favorite of the Google generation. Brown has a special grudge against Newsom, of course, because Gavin tried to run against him...
  • Leah Garchik { Right to bare and right to stare }

    03/09/2012 7:52:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/12 | Leah Garchik
    A change of venue for the naked men of the Castro is gently suggested by Mark Abramson: "Maybe they could hang out in Alamo Square and tourists there for the Painted Ladies can get the naked people in the same picture, to kill two birds, you know." I was driving past the Castro and Market intersection last Sunday, and as I waited for the traffic light to change, I witnessed a playlet. A clothed woman who appeared to be a tourist approached a naked man - actually, not quite naked, he was wearing a hat - and asked him something....
  • Families' exodus leaves S.F. with lowest pct. of children in U.S.

    03/09/2012 7:37:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 94 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/12 | Heather Knight
    Last year, a family of three earning $111,000 a year could afford just 23 percent of homes for sale in San Francisco - mostly in southern neighborhoods, including Bayview-Hunters Point.The median price of a house in the city in 2010 was $668,000. Just 2 percent of new housing units built in the city since 2001 are single-family, detached homes.These were just a few of the scores of statistics presented at a special Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday to help explain why San Francisco is bleeding families with children - losing 5,278 people younger than 18 between 2000 and 2010, according...
  • TEA Parties condemn ABAG-MTC OneBayArea Plan

    03/07/2012 9:10:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 3/7/12 | EBTP
    San Francisco’s East Bay, CA, March 15th, 2011:The East Bay TEA Party and the TriValley Patriots will be joining other TEA Party groups along with local control and property rights advocates, to speak out in opposition to the OneBayArea plan at the Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board Meeting on March 15th, beginning at 7pm at the Metro Center, located at 101 8th Street Oakland, CA Regional bodies, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are racing to adopt a regional plan that will significantly transform the lives of over 9 million people in the...
  • CALIFORNIA: Same-sex marriage poll finds majority approve

    02/29/2012 9:58:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/29/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Support for same-sex marriage in California has never been higher, with 59 percent of the state's voters backing the legalization of gay nuptials, according to a new Field Poll. What's notable is that some of the more significant gains in support came from Catholics, Latinos and older voters - part of the core of support for voter-approved Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.Republicans and those who identify themselves as conservatives are the only demographic blocs that oppose allowing gays to marry, according to the survey of 1,003 registered voters released...
  • GOP goes to extremes to demonize women

    02/27/2012 8:05:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/27/12 | Denny Freidenrich
    I remember the uproar over the first "Girls Gone Wild" videotapes. People really were upset. Times certainly have changed. Witness the cover of the new Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit" issue on stands now at the grocery store. It's revealing enough to make a grown woman blush or angry. Or both. So are the very public spectacles that have unfolded in the last three weeks. First, one of the most conservative board members of the Susan G. Komen Foundation was wildly applauding the organization for cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood. That was until public opinion swamped Komen and the board member...
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC

    02/26/2012 12:39:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham, Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012.But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy.Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.Who is this mystery...
  • Why do so many people hate California?

    02/23/2012 1:31:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 131 replies · 2+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/23/12 | Emily Wilkins, Hearst Washington Bureau
    Surf. Sun. Disneyland. What’s not to love about California? Well, apparently, a lot of things. In a poll released Tuesday by the Public Policy Polling, California was the least popular state in the United States. Only 27 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Golden State compared to the 44 percent who view it unfavorably. “There’s this arrogance about Californians,” said Patrick Dorinson, a radio host in California who refers to himself as the Cowboy Libertarian. “Californians still think it’s this great star. It’s a tarnished star at this point.” The gap of 17 points puts California far...
  • Lesbian federal worker wins health benefits case

    02/22/2012 8:52:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/12 | Lisa Leff, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    an Francisco (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the U.S. government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said that because the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples, the government's refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski's wife is unjustified. "The Court finds that DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law ... by, without substantial justification or rational basis,...
  • Jackie Speier boycotts contraception rule hearing

    02/16/2012 6:21:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 2/16/12 | Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
    Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, explains why she boycotted today’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” “I have decided to boycott the sham hearing orchestrated today by the Republican members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to trample on the civil liberties of millions of American women who deserve coverage of their legitimate and most basic healthcare needs, including contraception. “The Republican majority refused to allow the testimony of witnesses who represent millions of Catholics, such as...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: President Obama wades into shark fin soup fracas

    02/16/2012 5:37:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    President Obama, who signed the Shark Conservation Act into law last month, apparently didn't check out the menu before he made a surprise visit Thursday to a restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown that is among a handful still serving shark fin soup, a delicacy that has been outlawed in California. The Great Eastern restaurant, a Chinatown landmark on Jackson Street, has a $48 single serving of braised shark fin soup on its menu, and was the site of the president's drop-in after he landed in San Francisco to attend three fundraising events. Obama made an unannounced visit to the venue,...
  • Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor

    02/16/2012 9:12:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/12 | Carla Marinucci, Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
    San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party's most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week."I want to look him in the eye and say, 'Thank you so much' " for his work, said Buell, who expresses deep disappointment in the president's leadership on environmental issues, especially climate change. With Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in full swing, "I would just love to write my big check ... or have a high-dollar dinner here" on his behalf, she said. "I can't."Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has...
  • Safeway tries to enforce service animal rule

    02/16/2012 8:07:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/12 | C.W. Nevius
    There are Labradoodles in the produce aisle. There's a little Australian terrier sniffing the potato chips. Yes, there are dogs in the supermarket, particularly in San Francisco. And God help us, one of these days there may be a miniature pony in the checkout line. Seriously. And it's all perfectly legal. Or imperfectly legal, depending on whom you ask. Technically, these are service animals. But the technicality is starting to drive customers, supermarket owners and animal control officials around the bend. "This service animal thing is getting a little out of control," said Vicky Guldbech, captain of San Francisco's Department...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Play with a condom, get extra credit

    02/15/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 2/15/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    As The Chronicle reported today, Galileo High School celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love Fest” that featured same-sex marriage ceremonies and safer-sex games. In one exercise, students puts on goggles “that made their vision slightly blurry, simulating a drunken state.” A teacher told students “to put a condom on a wooden penis. Most of the students left air in the condom tip, which could lead to breakage, and that prompted an instructional rebuke from (teacher Raina) Meyers.”
  • To make women safe, we treat them like children

    02/12/2012 7:43:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/12/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    The domestic-violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi did not start with a call from wife Eliana Lopez, or neighbors who heard a fight getting out of control at the family's home on New Year's Eve day. It started with a Jan. 4 phone call to police from a friend and neighbor, Ivory Madison, whom Lopez had visited on New Year's Day. According to a police affidavit, Madison videotaped Lopez crying and showing a bruise on her upper right arm, caused, Lopez said, by her husband grabbing her. Last month, District Attorney George Gascón filed misdemeanor charges against Mirkarimi...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Muni operator “was lost” when bus killed pedestrian

    02/09/2012 2:46:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 2/9/12 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The Muni operator who faces a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge for running over a 23-year-old woman with his bus in a Castro District crosswalk last summer made a brief court appearance this morning on a procedural matter, and in a hallway interview afterward his attorney said that his client shouldn’t be blamed. The real culprit, if there were one, said defense attorney Stuart Hanlon, was inadequate supervision at Muni that allowed his client, Wallace Loggins, to drive a 40-foot bus along unfamiliar streets. “He was was doing everything right, but he was lost,” Hanlon said. “Central Control sent him on...
  • Planners want to direct Bay Area residents to live in existing communities to cut back on greenhouse

    01/26/2012 11:49:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/26/11 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Planners want to direct Bay Area residents to live in existing communities to cut back on greenhouse gas emissionsCONCORD -- A Bay Area plan for where to build new houses, shops and offices in a way that helps cut greenhouse gases relies on increased population concentrations some communities may reject, a state homebuilding industry representative told Contra Costa business and political leaders Thursday."My concern is that we are way down the road in this process, but not a lot has been explained to the public," California Building Industry Association attorney Paul Campos said. "There is a near-poetic discussion of the...
  • Mitt Romney jumps on Nancy Pelosi’s cryptic remark

    01/25/2012 1:17:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 107 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/25/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The Romney campaign is feeding today off House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s cryptic “there is something I know” comment in a CNN interview last night about Newt Gingrich never becoming president, which we brought to you last night. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Pelosi meant nothing other than that she knows the Newt will never be prez. “The ‘something’ Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States,” Hammill said in a statement. “She made that clear last night.” “Leader Pelosi previously made a reference to the extensive amount of information that is in...
  • Nancy Pelosi's plan for becoming Speaker again

    01/23/2012 4:29:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/23/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is predicting that Democrats will recapture the House in November, a move that could open the possibility of the San Francisco Democrat regaining the speakership and becoming the first politician to return to that office after a defeat since Texas Democrat Sam Rayburn in 1955. Pelosi, 71, needs a net gain of 25 Democrats nationwide, a goal she calls her "Drive for 25." She has predicted gains as large as 35, produced in part by a Democratic romp through California, where the redrawing of legislative districts by a nonpartisan citizens commission promises the biggest shakeup...
  • Catholic hospital chain cuts official church ties

    01/23/2012 4:25:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/23/12
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A major Catholic hospital chain has severed its official ties with the Roman Catholic Church as it seeks to maintain an unusual business model that includes both Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals. Catholic Healthcare West said Monday that it also was changing its name to Dignity Health . . .
  • On Spare the Air Days, only firewood dealers burn

    01/23/2012 3:33:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/23/12 | Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times columnist
    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is not just another government agency with an unwieldy title and a lot of directors (22, at last count). It is the state-appointed body that regulates the "stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay." In the winter months, that means it's the fireplace police. When meteorologists determine that cold, still conditions will trap particulate-filled wood smoke close to the ground, the agency declares a "no burn" day, meaning you're forbidden from burning your firewood in your fireplace in the house you own. Put another way: On...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Plazas and parklets the latest battleground in homeless war

    01/22/2012 8:33:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 1/22/12 | Heather Knight
    All those new plazas and “parklets” across the city may seem downright adorable, but they’re the unlikely new hotspot in the never-ending battle over the city’s homeless policy. Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation crafting rules for Jane Warner Plaza and Harvey Milk Plaza — both at the intersection of Market and Castro streets — seemed pretty vanilla at first. But let’s face it, nothing’s vanilla in this town. The idea was to set some guidelines for the plazas which are in a sort of no-man’s land because they’re not technically parks, streets or sidewalks, all of which are governed by different...
  • Final totals show 23 arrested in Occupy protest {Occupy protesters threw Bibles at cops}

    01/21/2012 6:42:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/21/12 | Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco police arrested a total of 23 protesters during Occupy San Francisco's "Day of Action" Friday, including 19 during the bank protests in the day and four people involved the evening's occupation of an abandoned hotel. Of the 19 arrested during the day, police arrested 17 on suspicion of trespassing at Wells Fargo, one at Bank of the West and another for attempting to remove a baton from a police officer, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said Saturday. Police arrested four people in connection with the evening's occupation of the empty Cathedral Hill Hotel at Van Ness...
  • Jon Carroll { Fun with the GOPers }

    01/09/2012 2:34:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/9/12 | Jon Carroll
    I developed a theory last month that the Iowa primary voters were just messing with us. They'd all get together in their coffee shops, diners and bars and start a phone tree, saying, "What shall we tell the pollsters this week?" "How about a Bachmann boomlet?""Think that'll fly? We can't fool these pollsters forever.""No, polling is based on the premise that, most of the time, people tell the truth. I'm sick of polling. If we all lie in the same way, we can make those needles go up and down and drive the press and the politicians crazy. So a...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Judge won't give Ross Mirkarimi oath amid inquiry

    01/08/2012 8:02:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/8/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    The ongoing investigation into allegations of domestic violence against incoming Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has prompted Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein to withdraw from administering his oath of office. Feinstein, who had been invited to administer the oath today at the ceremony at the Herbst Theatre, said in an e-mail Saturday that "given that there is a pending investigation, and the possibility that a case might be brought before our court, I did not want to create a potential legal conflict in the future." Feinstein is one of many city officials who suddenly find themselves walking a legal and political tightrope...
  • Assemblywoman pleads no contest in shoplifting

    01/06/2012 6:42:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/12 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi pleaded no contest Friday to stealing nearly $2,500 in clothing from the Neiman Marcus store on San Francisco's Union Square after a judge reduced the felony grand theft charge against her to a misdemeanor. Outside court, her attorney said Hayashi had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor before the shoplifting, and that the condition may have influenced her behavior. Hayashi, 45, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft. She was sentenced to three years' probation, ordered to pay $120 to a restitution fund and $60 in court costs, and told to stay at...
  • Jon Carroll { A few more family values }

    01/05/2012 9:39:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/12 | Jon Carroll
    I'm always a little put off by the phrase "family values." It's not that I don't believe in them; I just don't believe that the people who use the phrase every five minutes have any monopoly on defining what family values are. A lot of these people are conservative Christians. They seem to think that the rest of us are all in favor of destroying family values. Now, some people want to destroy their personal families, but not because they don't like the values - it's just that their families are not the value-oriented kind. NB: This has nothing to...
  • Iowa caucuses winners and losers

    01/04/2012 9:34:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/4/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    They cried, they ranted, they raced from tractor pull to trailer park - and after a year of barnstorming Iowa, seven presidential candidates got a short, thrilling turn as the 2012 Republican race front-runner. But after voters in the state's 99 counties kicked the candidates' tires endlessly, the 2012 caucuses will go into the history books as a place where "Iowa Nice" took a nosedive. Here's a look at the Hawkeye State winners and losers: WINNERS SuperPACs: Most Republicans cheered the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, but candidates complained about independent, anonymous committees making a play in Iowa....Mitt Romney: The...
  • GOP guru Steve Schmidt: exit polls suggest Perry, Bachmann no longer “plausible”

    01/03/2012 6:07:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    GOP political consultant Steve Schmidt, one of the toughest guys in the business and the guru behind the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, said that early polls suggest Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are likely no longer “plausible” candidates after tonight. And he told MSNBC it increasingly looks like former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum “may well emerge as the chief alternative to Mitt Romney.” With Santorum showing strong in early exit polls, Schmidt — an MSNBC analyst — told the network moments ago that Santorum is “going to have to make a lot of decisions very quickly if he comes...
  • Mitt Romney’s best weapon in Iowa: Ann Romney. She ain’t no robot

    01/03/2012 4:08:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/3/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Marion, Iowa -- As we pointed out in Tuesday’s Chronicle, Iowa Republicans look at Mitt Romney as their castor oil candidate. He doesn’t taste right, but he’s supposed to be good for them. So on the trail, Mitt’s later appearances feature less Mitt and more Ann Romney. Or “my girlfriend” as Mitt introduced her. They’re even bringing along three of their five sons in the past few days. As you can see in the below Shaky Hand Productions video, Ann is the Romney who…sit down before you read this…actually will ad-lib before an audience. She comes across as very warm...
  • Campaign finance games begin in Iowa

    01/03/2012 11:47:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/3/12 | Editor
    It's not too early to project one set of winners from today's Iowa caucuses: the strategists and advertising whizzes of the political industrial complex who are taking advantage of a Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance to collect and spend unlimited donations from wealthy individuals and special interests to become a force in the presidential race. In Iowa, the candidate who appeared to receive the biggest boost from an ostensibly independent political action committee was Mitt Romney. A group called Restore Our Future reportedly spent nearly $3 million on broadcast advertising aimed at lifting Romney's stature in Iowa - and,...
  • Reassessing predictions about 49ers, Obama

    01/01/2012 9:17:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/1/12 | Willie Brown
    . . . With the Republican caucuses in Iowa just around the corner, President Obama must be one of the most disappointed politicians in the country. Never has a candidate enjoyed and benefited so immensely from such a long, entertaining and well-publicized catfight among his potential rivals. On behalf of the president, I say keep it up Mitt, Newt, Michele, Rick and the rest of the cast and crew of the anybody-but-Obama show. You all deserve Emmy Awards for the best reality show of the season.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Gay-friendly clergy disinvited from Castro church

    12/23/2011 3:21:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/11 | John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic parish in the middle of the Castro, is in trouble again with church leaders over how best to minister to its heavily gay and lesbian congregation. In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer had the church's pastor, the Rev. Steve Meriwether, rescind invitations to a trio of gay-friendly clergy scheduled to speak at a series of pre-Christmas evening services. "The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ," said George Wesolek, a spokesman for the archdiocese. There was no...
  • Power Outage at Candlestick Park

    12/19/2011 5:41:25 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 57 replies
    ESPN | 12-19-2011
    Transformer blew and the whole stadium is dark. It's on ESPN.
  • Ex-health inspectors charged in S.F. bribe scheme

    12/14/2011 6:50:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Two former San Francisco environmental health inspectors have been charged with taking bribes and falsifying food safety manager certifications for hundreds of local restaurant managers and owners, prosecutors said Wednesday. Clifton Sanders, 41, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribery and falsification of public records charges. Ajamu Stewart, 54, pleaded not guilty to bribery, perjury and falsification of public records at his arraignment Dec. 6. Both Sanders and Stewart are former employees of the city Public Health Department. Each took hundreds of bribes of $100 to $200 apiece from restaurant managers and owners in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for allowing...
  • PUC adopts CleanPowerSF program of all-green power

    12/14/2011 8:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    San Francisco residents may soon have a chance to power their homes and businesses with "100 percent" certified green energy. But it won't come cheap. Under the CleanPowerSF program adopted Tuesday by the city's Public Utilities Commission on a 4-0 vote, San Francisco's 330,000 utility customers would be able to get all their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources, starting as early as July 1. On the downside, typical residential customers would also see their bills rise - at least in the short run - by anywhere from $7 to $54.50 a month, depending on their usage. That's...
  • SF supervisors take on U.S. immigration authorities

    12/13/2011 5:30:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 12/13/11 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the latest showdown with the federal government — albeit a more symbolic one — the Board of Supervisors today approved a nonbinding resolution that asks the Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Probation Department to not spend any local money when detaining suspected undocumented immigrants at the request of U.S. immigration authorities. The resolution, backed by immigrant rights advocates, provides political backing for the two departments if they choose to ignore requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people in custody ”unless there is prior written agreement with the federal government by which all costs incurred by...
  • San Francisco puts the ‘X’ back in Xmas: Occupying human rights for naked Santas

    12/12/2011 7:14:38 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/12/11 | Zombie
    What do the Occupy movement, foreskins, an ice rink, international human rights and the world’s largest gathering of naked Santa Clauses have to do with each other? Under normal circumstances, nothing — but this is San Francisco after all, where anything is possible, so come along on a guided photographic tour of several separate socio-political events that inevitably overlapped and coalesced into an unforgettable political mashup. It’s not often that one must wear a Santa costume as part of one’s job, but on Saturday, December 10 that moment had finally arrived for me: I suited up and made my way...
  • Rick Perry “failed fundamental character test” with anti-gay ad

    12/09/2011 5:09:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 47 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 12/9/11 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Rick Perry is waaaaaaaaay behind in polls everywhere, so he’s literally throwing a Hail Mary pass to Iowa’s conservative evangelical Christian community with a new TV ad that is getting pounded across the political spectrum — and even from within Perry’s campaign — for its anti-gay message. “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian,” Perry says in the ad currently in heavy rotation in Iowa. “But you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly...
  • Occupy SF rally for homeowner who used her home as a piggy bank

    12/09/2011 5:00:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/9/11 | Jenny Pisillo
    Earlier this week, the Occupy movement honed in on foreclosed homes across the country. In over 25 cities across the country, Occupy protesters staged rallies on behalf of foreclosed homeowners facing eviction. Here in San Francisco, protesters congregated in the Bayview community to highlight the plight of a foreclosed homeowner in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Occupy protesters didn’t seem to have done their homework, as our friends over at SocketSite did about the home and homeowner they selected. On Tuesday, Occupy organizers descended upon 1279 Quesada Avenue, rallying around homeowner Vivian Richardson as she undergoes foreclosure proceedings. Calling herself the victim...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Supes May Oppose U.S. Immigration Program

    12/05/2011 7:32:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/11 | Jamie Goldberg
    It wasn’t the first time her partner hit her, but in October 2010 Norma finally picked up the phone and dialed 911. Instead of getting the help she longed for, the undocumented San Francisco resident was taken into custody and detained under the federal government’s Secure Communities Program. . . . more than 30 San Francisco residents who came out to speak on behalf of a resolution initiated by District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar. It would discourage the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Probation Department from using local funds to respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
  • S.F. LEGISLATION - Where windbags dare to outlaw plastic bags

    12/04/2011 5:38:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/4/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    On his official website, San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi starts his list of accomplishments with this item: "Plastic Bag Ban: First-in-the-Nation ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drug stores, which sparked similar legislation around the world from Oakland to Canada to Paris to Beijing." In his final month as supervisor before he becomes sheriff, Mirkarimi wants to expand the ban so that it applies to all stores and requires retailers to charge customers for bags at the checkout counter. "First in the nation" is rarely a good thing for a law. First, it means the measure is...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Holiday shoppers find beggars less than ducky

    12/04/2011 5:33:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/4/11 | Heather Knight
    The giant, glittery Christmas tree. Novice ice skaters giggling as they fall. A crazed panhandler quacking like a duck as he follows a startled family down the street. Ah, it's holiday shopping season in Union Square. Over the summer, we told you that hotel owners and merchants in the area were complaining to City Hall that aggressive panhandling was worse than ever - and that tourists were being stalked by beggars demanding payment. We recently checked in with the same folks because this time of year is their second busiest season - and shoppers with bulging bags and fewer daylight...
  • McDonald's will charge for Happy Meal toys in SF

    11/29/2011 9:51:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/29/11 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco -- McDonald's announced today that it would comply with San Francisco's ban on toy giveaways in kids' meals high in fat, salt and sugar by charging customers for the plastic trinkets. The Heathy Food Incentives Ordinance, which was passed by the Board of Supervisors and withstood a veto by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom last fall, goes into effect Thursday. Chain restaurants in San Francisco no longer will be able to give away toys with Happy Meals and other children's meals that don't meet the city's strict nutritional standards. The city drew scrutiny nationwide for passing the ban, with some...
  • 'Not gay enough' softball players settle suit

    11/28/2011 2:34:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/28/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Three members of an amateur San Francisco team who said they were branded "not gay enough" and stripped of their second-place finish at the Gay Softball World Series have settled their lawsuit against a national gay sports organization. Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ, who were members of D2, a team that was part of the San Francisco Gay Softball League, will receive an undisclosed sum from the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance and will get their second-place 2008 championship trophy back,
  • Mary Hayashi excused from theft court date

    11/15/2011 5:15:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/15/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley was excused from appearing in a San Francisco courtroom Tuesday on charges she stole nearly $2,500 in clothing from Neiman Marcus, and she won't have to show up at her next court date either, a judge said. Hayashi, a Democrat . . .
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon