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  • Opposition to gay marriage: fragmented but intense

    10/14/2008 9:19:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/14/8 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Religion Writer
    When the singing and the preaching reached its crescendo at San Jose's Crossroads Bible Church, Carlos Sarmiento delivered his call to action, vowing that "an encounter with God" came with political participation. "See that Amendment 8 is upheld," the Orlando pastor said Saturday night before a crowd of 100 people. "Homosexual marriage is wrong. If we take sides, we must take the side of God." The service was one of many events this fall supporting Proposition 8, which would create a constitutional amendment to take away the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married in California. The events...
  • Newsom unwillingly becomes poster child for anti-gay marriage movement

    10/13/2008 9:41:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 833+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/8 | Erin Allday
    Gavin Newsom has always played a starring role in the same-sex marriage debate, but in recent weeks that role has turned decidedly unheroic. The mayor has become the reluctant face of the campaign opposing same-sex unions with the help of a prominent Yes-on-Proposition 8 TV ad. Conservative blogs have been atwitter about Newsom last week officiating at the wedding of a lesbian teacher whose class of first-graders took a field trip to celebrate with her.In many ways, Newsom has become the single best campaign tool for proponents of Prop. 8 - and that might have been inevitable, political experts said....
  • WILLIE BROWN: Race a factor in presidential race

    10/11/2008 11:20:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 663+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/8 | Willie Brown
    Make no mistake about it - even with the economy in the dumps and the Democrats on the rise, this presidential race is still close. And it will remain close until Nov. 4. It won't be a blowout for Barack Obama, as some are predicting from the polls.The truth is, this year you're never going to get a true reading from polls - because this year, race is in play. All polls have something they call a "margin of error," which means the numbers you see could be off by five points either way. Well, in this election, you have...
  • Class surprises lesbian teacher on wedding day

    10/10/2008 11:11:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 98 replies · 4,100+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/10/8 | Jill Tucker
    A group of San Francisco first-graders took an unusual field trip to City Hall on Friday to toss rose petals on their just-married lesbian teacher - putting the public school children at the center of a fierce election battle over the fate of same-sex marriage. The 18 Creative Arts Charter School students took a Muni bus and walked a block at noon to toss rose petals and blow bubbles on their just-married teacher Erin Carder and her wife Kerri McCoy, giggling and squealing as they mobbed their teacher with hugs. Mayor Gavin Newsom, a friend of a friend, officiated. A...
  • California poll on Prop. 8 could show 'Bradley effect'

    10/09/2008 9:07:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,501+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/9/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    When the latest Field Poll showed Proposition 8 losing by 17 points, skeptical supporters of the measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California invoked a phrase coined in the 1980s: "the Bradley effect." Named after the late Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African American who lost the 1982 California governor's race after polls showed him leading handily, the phrase refers to the tendency of respondents to lie to pollsters about issues of race. The Bradley effect has been referenced in presidential polls this year as Sen. Barack Obama seeks to become the first black president. And it is...
  • New Yes on 8, No on 7 TV spots

    10/08/2008 10:53:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 622+ views
    SacBee: CapitolAlert ^ | 10/8/8 | Shane Goldmacher
    Two new TV spots of note this morning. After unveiling their first ad featuring San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign's second spot with a second grader talking to her mom about learning about "how a prince married a prince." Watch the ad below:
  • AdWatch: Pro-Prop. 8 pitch starts with Newsom comments

    10/06/2008 1:04:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 814+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/6/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    Supporters of Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in California, are running their first television ad.The commercial features San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom making a celebratory speech. The state Supreme Court had just invalidated a law overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2000 that declared "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Following is a text of the ad and an analysis by Aurelio Rojas of The Bee's Capitol Bureau: The ad Newsom: This door's wide open now. It's going to happen whether you like it or not.Narrator: Four judges ignored 4 million...
  • { Prop 8 } Same-sex marriage foes feature Newsom video

    10/01/2008 7:43:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 915+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/1/8 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Opponents of same-sex marriage didn't have to look far to find footage of a boisterous San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declaring - in his best Howard Dean voice - that gay marriage is here to stay, "like it or not." They took it right off the city's official Web site. "It stood out like a diamond on a donkey's behind," said Frank Schubert, co-chairman of the campaign to pass Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot to ban same-sex marriages. The Newsom moment was like a gift from fundamentalist heaven."He just looked so smug and cocky," Schubert...
  • Changing S.F. street behavior in small ways

    09/30/2008 8:05:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 784+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is everyone's favorite city. Until they get here. "Tourism is our No. 1 industry," said Joe D'Alessandro, president of the San Francisco Business and Convention Bureau. "And the most common complaint we get is about behavior on the street." That's an old story, of course. For years tourists have come to San Francisco and been appalled at aggressive panhandling, drug dealing and public urination. Nothing ever seems to change.
  • { San Francisco's Gavin "Any Twosome" } Newsom in spotlight as a 'hotshot to watch'

    08/28/2008 11:17:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 458+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/28/8 | Joe Garofoli,Carla Marinucci
    Denver -- As Bill Clinton and Joe Biden dominated center stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was presiding over "Unconventional '08," a street party held in an artsy warehouse corner of the city featuring indie bands and a knot of people young enough to be Biden's grandchildren. There, mingling beneath an art gallery facade full of iconic images of Sen. Barack Obama was the evening's host - the former Sen. Hillary Clinton delegate Newsom. Four years ago, Newsom was a pariah at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Democrats were angry that he had...
  • Gawking tourists not welcome in the Castro

    08/19/2008 7:53:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies · 459+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/19/8 | C.W. Nevius
    Residents of the Castro are watching with growing concern as their neighborhood becomes a regular attraction on the sightseeing tour of the city. In the last three months, large tour buses have begun to park in the area on Thursday and Sunday afternoons, opening their doors and sending hundreds of tourists out to gawk and snap photos of the exotic sight of two men holding hands. For gay and lesbian residents, who are doing nothing more remarkable than, say, walking over to Cliff's Hardware Store, the idea that as many as six tour buses could turn up at once seems...
  • Pimps, Pedophiles: Welcome to S.F. (City prepares to legalize child prostitution)

    08/17/2008 7:16:50 PM PDT · by mojito · 123 replies · 1,781+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 8/17/2008 | Debra Saunders
    A quick reading of the measure that will go before San Francisco voters in November to decriminalize prostitution easily could leave you with the misimpression that the measure is an exercise in fairness that demands that prosecutors go after men who abuse prostitutes and implement policies "to reduce institutional violence and discrimination against prostitutes." A careful reading of the initiative, "Enforcement of Laws Related to Prostitution and Sex Workers," however, shows a measure that shields child prostitution and traffickers of human beings. "If I had just heard from the proponents, I would probably vote for it myself," said the Rev....
  • S.F. Democrats take a sharp turn to the left

    08/15/2008 7:45:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 211+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/8 | Heather Knight
    The San Francisco Democratic Party has veered dramatically to the left, telling voters that on Nov. 4 they should elect a raft of ultra-liberal supervisorial candidates, decriminalize prostitution, boot JROTC from public schools, embrace public power and reject Mayor Gavin Newsom's special court in the Tenderloin. That's just what some party members feared after Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Jake McGoldrick along with others who billed themselves as "The Hope Slate" were elected to the Democratic County Central Committee in June. The powerful, 34-member panel worked late into Wednesday night deciding endorsements that could play a big role in...
  • S.F. officials on a legislative binge to make the city healthier

    08/03/2008 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 244+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/3/8 | Heather Knight,
    Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid. And that's only the city's latest effort to make us all healthier. The supervisors also voted to require chain restaurants to post nutritional information, including calories and fat content, on menus. This follows the creation of a program to recognize restaurants that don't use trans fats and an idea by Mayor Gavin Newsom to levy a fee on retailers of sugary sodas. The board is also taking up...
  • Out-of-state money floods to Prop. 8 { Marriage Initiative }

    07/28/2008 10:17:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 112+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/28/8 | John Wildermuth
    When Bruce Bastian of Utah stood up Saturday night at a San Francisco dinner and wrote a $1 million check for the campaign against Proposition 8, he made it clearer than ever that November's ballot fight over a ban on same-sex marriage won't be a California-only affair. Supporters of the effort to ban same-sex marriage already have taken in more than $1.2 million from out-of-state contributors for the fall campaign. And even before Bastian, a co-founder of the WordPerfect software company, opened his checkbook, gay and lesbian rights groups and their supporters from around the country had put more than...
  • When 'San Francisco' is on the ballot

    07/27/2008 7:05:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 187+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/27/8 | John Diaz
    A mayor knows he's having a bad week when its saving grace comes in a jailhouse. Such was the case of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who found himself pleading with jailed tech whiz Terry Childs to give up the access codes to San Francisco's computer system. Childs did, and even some of Newsom's critics were crediting him with a heroic move in using his powers of persuasion to keep a Y2K from paralyzing the city's computer systems in 2008. It sure beats talking about Edwin Ramos or the city's sanctuary policy. Fairly or not, Newsom's chances in the 2010 governor's race...

    06/10/2008 3:11:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 271+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 10, 2008 | Richard Johnson
    The federal case against him is so strong that prosecutors had no interest in striking cooperation agreements with the ringleader of Spitzer's hooker-supplier, Emperors Club VIP, and his second in command, sources told The Post's Murray Weiss. Prosecutors have records of Spitzer's transactions, phone records and taped conversations with Emperors Club, and are confident they need little more to nail him on charges that could include violating prostitution laws and money laundering, sources said. Probers are also said to be looking into whether he used campaign funds to pay for his pleasures. The case against Spitzer includes the cooperation of...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Same-sex wedding date may move up to June 16

    06/05/2008 7:48:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 48+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/5/8 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco officials have asked the state for permission to begin marrying same-sex couples a little earlier than scheduled, on the evening of June 16 instead of the morning of June 17. Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials are wondering when the state Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex nuptials actually takes effect. The state has told county clerks the ruling kicks in the morning of June 17. But city officials want to know whether they can legally begin to issue the marriage licenses at 5:01 p.m. June 16 - right after the end of the state's workday. "Unquestionably, we...
  • Poll: 54 percent back California marriage amendment

    05/23/2008 2:19:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 312+ views
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- More than half of California residents would support amending the state constitution to outlaw gay marriage, according to a new poll published Friday. The Los Angeles Times/KTLA poll of 834 Californians, 705 of them registered voters, found that 54 percent of the voters surveyed backed a gay marriage ban proposed for the November ballot and 35 percent opposed it. The ballot initiative follows a May 15 ruling by the state Supreme Court legalizing same-sex nuptials. But with so many months to go before the election and the court's decision only a week old, the survey...
  • S.F. needs a moderate champion of good ideas

    05/22/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 98+ views
    San Francisco Values ^ | 5/22/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is a funny place. Everybody says that and nobody laughs. The issue of Propositions F and G in next month's election is a perfect example. If Proposition G passes, the groundwork will be laid to turn the huge abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard into 10,000 houses. A public housing project could be rebuilt, and toxic hot spots will be cleaned up. Some 300 acres of parks and open spaces are planned, in addition to the possibility of a new NFL stadium for the 49ers.If Proposition F passes, the developer has said it couldn't afford to do the project because...
  • "Sexfairy" reveals herself, speaks to I-Team (Bernie Ward, the pervert)

    05/16/2008 3:17:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies · 130+ views
    KGO ^ | 5-15-08 | Dan Noyes
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We're finally hearing from the woman at the center of the child pornography case against former KGO Radio host Bernie Ward. Until now, you haven't seen her face and didn't know much about her except that she went by the screen name "Sexfairy" and called police when Ward sent her child porn. Please note: Understand that before reading this story or watching the interview that the topic is graphic and may be disturbing to some.
  • Marriage ruling a victory for Newsom

    05/16/2008 2:25:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 238+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/16/8 | Cecilia M. Vega
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had barely been on the job a month back in 2004 when he ordered the city to issue marriages licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Thousands of same-sex partners flocked to City Hall to exchange vows. For four weeks, a steady stream of ceremonies stretched into the night, and lines of eager couples wrapped around the block. And as quickly as the couples could say, "I do," the scene of women marrying women and men marrying men sparked a nationwide uproar. Proponents called the move bold. Opponents called it defiant and blatantly illegal. People on...
  • S.F. again cast as bastion of the elite in debate over Obama's comments

    04/15/2008 7:49:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 97+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/8 | Carla Marinucci
    San Francisco -- Talk about strange bedfellows. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, and John McCain, the Republican presumptive nominee, joined forces this week to repeatedly remind voters that Barack Obama was - where else? - in San Francisco when he talked about "bitter" American workers who "cling" to religion and guns out of frustration. And in the latest 2008 presidential campaign brouhaha, the City by the Bay has again become a potent symbol for that perceived liability of Democratic candidates: a tendency to be flaky, out of touch and entirely too liberal to appeal to Joe Sixpack...
  • John school takes a bite out of prostitution

    04/14/2008 10:33:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 88+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/8 | Justin Berton
    Every two months, Valentina visits about 30 men enrolled in San Francisco's "john school" to tell them a sex story they don't want to hear. The men are part of the city's First Offender Prostitution Program because they've been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, usually in the Mission or Tenderloin. If they agree to pay a $1,000 fee and spend a Saturday afternoon listening to sex-trafficking experts, neighborhood activists and doctors who subject them to photographs of venereal diseases, the district attorney's office will drop the misdemeanor charge. Valentina, a striking Russian woman with jet-black hair (to protect her privacy,...
  • S.F. mayor may run for governor { Newsom }

    03/09/2008 8:21:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 898+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/8 | Cecilia M. Vega
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is considering a 2010 run for governor - a campaign that would embrace many of the same divisive causes he has championed as mayor, including same-sex marriage, universal health care and protections for illegal immigrants, The Chronicle has learned. Newsom has long been rumored to be a potential contender in what is likely to be a crowded field of Democrats looking to succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a list that includes Attorney General and former Gov. Jerry Brown, former state Controller Steve Westly and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In recent months, Newsom has quietly...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Trashing of historic fire chief's home called 'symbolic gesture'

    02/29/2008 1:13:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 247+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/29/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The attorney for the man accused of arson and vandalism in the Feb. 22 trashing of the historic San Francisco fire chief's home argued unsuccessfully for a lower bail today, saying the incident amounted to a "symbolic gesture" against the man's companion, the city's planning director. Lance Farber, 47, the domestic partner of San Francisco planning chief John Rahaim, remains in custody on $1 million bail stemming from the incident, in which a bed was set on fire and crushed tomatoes smeared on the walls of the residence at 870 Bush St. on Nob Hill. Judge Loretta...
  • S.F. planning director's companion held on $1 million bail {boys will be boys}

    02/27/2008 12:53:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 140+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/27/8 | Steve Rubenstein
    Bail was set at $1 million today for the San Francisco planning director's companion, who is accused of setting fire to historic Nob Hill residence of the fire chief where the couple were living. Lance Farber, 47, pleaded not guilty to felony arson and vandalism in a brief appearance at the Hall of Justice, shortly before Superior Court Judge John Conway set bail. "I am concerned that this is a public safety issue," the judge said. Farber was ordered to return to court Friday after being evaluated for migraine headaches. His lawyer said the headaches have worsened since Farber was...
  • Naked in San Francisco - When it's so cold and rainy, why can't we all just keep our clothes on?

    02/07/2008 8:08:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 162+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/8 | Violet Blue
    Dear San Francisco, I love you. You've raised me the hard way, you've lovingly taught me about diversity and compassion and understanding, and most importantly how to say things like, "You go, girl — and take those tacky shoes with you." Our relationship means more to me than anything. But now I feel like I'm getting all grown up on you, and have to get a nagging issue off my B-cups: It is cold and rainy outside. In fact, it's freezing. If you must go out, please put some clothes on. It's not that I don't enjoy the bobbing bits...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Obama snub still rankles Newsom

    02/05/2008 8:16:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 85+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/5/8 | C.W. Nevius
    Seeing Mayor Gavin Newsom on the national stage with former president Bill Clinton on Monday night is a reminder of how political winds can change. On the eve of the biggest night of the presidential primaries, Newsom shared the spotlight during a town hall meeting staged and broadcast on cable TV and satellite radio by the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign. But just four years ago, current Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is said to have declined to have his picture taken in San Francisco with Newsom, who was then at the center of a national uproar over his decision to...
  • Bush Lands at SFO {keeps his record of never stepping foot in S.F. intact}

    01/30/2008 6:56:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/8 | John Wildermuth
    SAN FRANCISCO -- President Bush paid a rare visit to the Bay Area Wednesday, ending a day in California that was all economics, all the time. Bush kept intact his record of never visiting San Francisco during his presidency. Instead, he flew into San Francisco International Airport late in the afternoon and immediately went by motorcade to Hillsborough, where he dropped by a dinner for the Republican National Committee. Earlier in the day, Bush joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, chatting with workers on the floor of Robinson Helicopter and urging the Senate to pass...
  • PICTURING HARVEY MILK: Filming of movie evokes memories, emotions in the Castro

    01/30/2008 8:04:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 215+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/8 | Steven Winn
    Dressed in a tan cloth coat and crocheted white hat and pulling a wheeled shopping basket behind her, Eve Rojek trudged up and down Castro Street in a sputtering rain the other day. She walked up a stretch of sidewalk between 18th and 19th streets and then down and then back up again. Rojek is an actress, cast as a middle-aged extra in a long-anticipated feature film about the life and death of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk that began shooting in the city last week. Like everyone and everything in view of the camera, Rojek needed to convey the...
  • Keep the faith: Talk radio to continue 'Godtalk' {without Bernie Ward & his child pornography}

    01/29/2008 7:54:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/29/8 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    KGO radio's popular "Godtalk" show will stay on the air whether its embattled host returns or not, a spokesman for the all-chat channel said Friday. NewsTalk 810 fired Bernie Ward in December after he was indicted on two counts of possessing and distributing pornographic images of children, charges that stem from a period at the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005. Ward said he was researching a book on hypocrisy. He has pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for June 9. In addition to "Godtalk," Ward also talked politics on the nightly "Bernie Ward Show." Fans have...
  • Transgender woman sues Catholic hospital, claiming discrimination

    01/07/2008 11:41:03 AM PST · by SmithL · 68 replies · 1,738+ views
    San Francisco (AP) -- A transgender woman is suing a Catholic hospital in Daly City, claiming medical officials blocked her from getting surgery there because she had a sex-change operation. Fifty-seven-year-old Charlene Hastings already had one major surgery she needed to become a woman. But she says when she called Seton Medical Center to inquire about breast enlargement surgery, an official told her it wasn't "God's will" for her to get that treatment. Hastings says her plastic surgeon told her Seton wouldn't allow him to operate on transgender patients...
  • Must Love Homos and Hobos

    12/12/2007 12:39:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 53+ views
    SFGate: Culture Blog ^ | 12/12/7 | Beth Spotswood
    The last I head about Gavin's personal life, and trust me, I'm keeping tabs, he had the worst weekend of his life in Hawaii. Was it because a little funky oil killed a fish? Nope. It was probably because his gal pal doesn't know how to party. We haven't seen much of Swiss Miss lately, and one has to wonder: Worst weekend of his life? Really? Did they break up? Wouldn't that make it the best? I'm confused. In the spirit of Britney Spears' apparent former flame JT Turnstall or whatever, who announced in his personal ad that we've all...
  • Newsom may hurt Clinton more than he helps her in general election

    12/08/2007 10:22:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 565+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/8/7 | Cecilia M. Vega
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will join Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on the presidential campaign trail when she comes to town on Tuesday - and Republicans couldn't be happier about it. The way they see it, the more face time the pro-gay-marriage, pro-sanctuary-city, pro-gun-control mayor of the most leftist, liberal city in America spends with the Democratic front-runner, the better. A recent news release distributed by the Republican National Committee to political reporters around the country lambasted Newsom as "Hillary's San Francisco Treat" and took a direct guilt-by-association swipe at Clinton by highlighting the mayor's signature last month on a...
  • SF radio personality Bernie Ward indicted on child porn charges

    12/06/2007 2:56:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 211 replies · 1,673+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/6/7 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco -- Bernie Ward, a popular San Francisco radio talk show host and former Catholic priest, has been indicted on federal child pornography charges, authorities said today.
  • Gay Muslims Find Freedom, of a Sort, in the U.S.

    11/07/2007 2:57:47 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 56+ views
    NY Times ^ | Nov 7 2007 | NEIL MACFARQUHAR
    SAN FRANCISCO — About 15 people marched alongside the Muslim float in this city’s notoriously fleshy Gay Pride Parade earlier this year, with various men carrying the flags of Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey and even Iran’s old imperial banner. While other floats featured men dancing in leather Speedos or women with scant duct tape over their nipples, many Muslims were disguised behind big sunglasses, fezzes or kaffiyehs wrapped around their heads. Even as they reveled in newfound freedom compared with the Muslim world, they remained closeted, worried about being ostracized at the mosque or at their local falafel stand.
  • For S.F. mayor, D.A., only election mysteries about higher office

    11/07/2007 7:54:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 52+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/7/7 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Even before the first vote was counted in Tuesday's election, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris were laying tracks for their next big moves. For Newsom, who still has more than $300,000 in campaign money in the bank, it will mostly likely be a 2010 run for governor, heading a nonprofit or going back to making money until the Senate seat held by Dianne Feinstein perhaps opens up in 2012. For Harris, it's probably either a run for state attorney general in 2010 or for mayor the following year.Oddly enough, both their futures depend largely on...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Newsom camp concerned whether he'll win a mandate

    11/06/2007 1:05:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 123+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/6/7 | C.W. Nevius
    Gavin Newsom's political strategist Eric Jaye jokes that he already knows what the analysis of today's mayoral election will be. "However many votes we get," Jaye says, "we know the Bay Guardian will say it wasn't enough." He's got a point. In most elections, pundits try to pick the winner. That's already been handled in this one. Newsom will certainly win a second term as mayor in a cakewalk over a group of offbeat candidates. That's not in doubt. But it does lead to a second question, best expressed by local political consultant Mark Mosher, who asks, "What kind of...
  • Anti-Christian Sentiment in San Francisco Leads to Violence, Liberals Shrug

    10/31/2007 7:36:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 86+ views
    Cinamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 10/31/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Fresh on the heels of my SFGate column on San Francisco's Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their juvenile and disrespectful publicity stunt involving receiving Communion in full drag at Most Holy Redeemer Parish comes word of local anti-Christian sentiment taken to the highest degree. It seems that San Francisco "performance artist" Paul Addis (formerly known as the arsonist who couldn't wait to torch the Burning Man festival's large wooden icon) decided to set his sights on San Francisco's historic Grace Cathedral. Addis was arrested last Sunday night on the steps of the cathedral wearing an explosives belt and, according to...
  • S.F. calls in parking meanies to put damper on Castro Halloween

    10/31/2007 7:49:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 43+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/7 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    San Francisco is pulling out all the stops to prevent a party in the Castro tonight, including the unkindest cut of all - unleashing an army of tow trucks on hapless parkers. Police posted scores of "No Stopping" special event signs on several blocks surrounding the traditional Halloween party zone Tuesday. And as soon as the parking restrictions go into effect, starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, officers will be on hand to write up $60 parking citations and call in tow trucks for $250-get-out-of-hock bills. The city Department of Parking and Traffic is putting 47 parking control officers on the...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Plan to honor Exotic Erotic Ball founder, rapper Snoop Dogg quashed

    10/25/2007 12:46:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 109+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/25/7 | Heather Knight
    Mayor Gavin Newsom, who earlier this year said he'd change the way his office issues proclamations after he unwittingly honored a gay porn studio, found himself in hot water Wednesday over two more controversial proclamations. This time, a representative from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice said proclamations would be given to Perry Mann, founder of the Exotic Erotic Ball, and rapper Snoop Dogg, who earlier this year pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges and who is accused by critics of glorifying the gangster lifestyle in his music. Snoop Dogg is scheduled to perform a benefit concert...
  • CAMPAIGN 2007 SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR'S RACE: Cast of characters livens up the field

    10/22/2007 8:01:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 58+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/22/7 | John Wildermuth
    It was another cold and lonely Friday evening for the candidates looking to be San Francisco's next mayor. With a chilly wind swirling across Civic Center Plaza, seven of the 11 people challenging Mayor Gavin Newsom joined again outside City Hall and tried to give serious answers to serious questions before a group of listeners that barely broke into double-digit numbers. Although the mayor's office was within easy earshot, Newsom was nowhere to be seen. And while election day was barely a month off, there was little sense of excitement for a re-election race that's been viewed for months as...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor Newsom moves to defeat Prop. E and bury 'question time'

    10/18/2007 7:50:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32+ views
    San francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/18/7 | John Wildermuth
    If voters send Mayor Gavin Newsom back to City Hall for another four years, he'd like them to do it without passing Proposition E, which would require him and future mayors to meet face to face with the Board of Supervisors for a scheduled "question time" each month. Since last November, when a similar advisory measure passed easily, the mayor has ducked every invitation to appear in front of the board for the monthly interrogations the measure called for. Now, with his re-election a virtual given, the mayor is working to raise money to beat Proposition E and bury the...
  • { San Francisco Debate } Challengers point finger at Newsom

    10/12/2007 7:53:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 283+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/12/7 | Cecilia M. Vega,John Wildermuth
    San Francisco -- The pack of longshot challengers vying to unseat San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had their first - and likely only - chance in the campaign to go head to head with the incumbent during a candidate's forum Thursday, and they wasted no time getting right to the point. The most important issue facing the city, said H. Brown, a local writer and blogger, is "how to get the mayor to listen to us. Any candidate on this stage except the mayor, I guarantee you, will listen to the opposition more than five minutes every four years." Newsom...
  • In Ess Eff, some facts get in the way { San Francisco Values }

    10/09/2007 7:49:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 946+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/9/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    Is San Francisco anti-military? Mayor Gavin Newsom said Saturday, "I am sick and tired of this city being depicted as anti-military. The extreme right exploits the exception, when I believe there is a predominant respect in this city for the military, vets and those serving today." Newsom had a point when he said that critics of The Special City will not "allow the facts get in the way." Stories about Ess Eff turning away a crew filming a Marine recruitment ad apparently were much ado about nothing. The city did issue a permit - if not for the day the...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor blasts conservative critics, says S.F. supports military

    10/06/2007 8:44:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1,610+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/6/7 | Susan Sward
    SAN FRANCISCO - -- Mayor Gavin Newsom, attending Fleet Week festivities on the Marina Green today, lashed out at conservative critics who mocked San Francisco's consideration of a measure to ban the flight of the Navy's Blue Angels over the city during this week's celebration. He cited that criticism and reports that the city turned down a U.S. Marine request to make a television recruitment commercial in the Financial District as examples of what he called exploitation by conservatives who don't "allow the facts to get in their way. "Shame on the extreme right," Newsom told The Chronicle. "I am...
  • For the Bible Tells Me So - liberal doc condoning homosexuality in the bible

    10/05/2007 1:17:53 PM PDT · by thehumanlynx · 34 replies · 493+ views
    FILM SYNOPSIS Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kill anyone who works on the...
  • Newsom vets possible replacements for Ed Jew

    09/24/2007 8:07:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 88+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/24/7 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    With an informal deadline looming, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his staff spent Sunday vetting possible replacements for Supervisor Ed Jew, while Jew's attorneys vowed to fight his suspension every step of the way. "The first step would likely be up the federal courthouse steps to ask for an injunction," said Jew's lawyer Steve Gruel, who is defending the supervisor against a federal mail fraud complaint that accuses him of instigating a $40,000 shakedown of local businessmen.If Newsom suspends Jew, a hearing before the Ethics Commission would follow, probably leading to a trial, in effect, before the Board of Supervisors.Gruel argues...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Newsom's had enough of Ed Jew - calls on city attorney to draw up charges

    09/23/2007 8:16:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 110+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/23/7 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The standoff between San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and embattled Supervisor Ed Jew shot up another notch this weekend with the mayor asking the city attorney to draw up charges that could lead to Jew's forced removal if he does not resign. According to sources close to the case, the paperwork is being drawn up today and will likely be ready sometime this week."It's not a position I want to be in," Newsom said late Saturday after Jew didn't return repeated phone calls. "But I'm compelled to move because this is just the type of situation that the City Charter...