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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...