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  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • Sanctuary city San Francisco bans out of towners from arts school

    06/28/2015 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 15 replies
    SF Gate ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    San Francisco will close borders to talented and artistic teens looking for a free and prestigious arts education at the city’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, a decision derided by many students, parents and teachers, yet unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. The decision ends the long-standing practice of allowing transfer students from other school districts to audition and gain admission to the high school, considered among the region’s most elite public art schools. The new policy will apply to admission for fall 2016. Current out-of-town students would be allowed to complete high school there, as well as...
  • Turkish Police Disperse Gay Pride Marchers

    06/28/2015 11:07:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for gay pride parades, parties and celebrations around the world Sunday. Most events were peaceful, but in Istanbul, Turkish police fired water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse a crowd. It was not immediately clear why Turkish police stopped marchers in Istanbul, where gay pride parades have been held in previous years. Turkish media reported that police said people would not to be allowed to march this year. In New York, massive crowds gathered ahead of the city’s annual gay pride parade, which was first held in 1970. Organizers said they expected a record...
  • 1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

    06/28/2015 12:34:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 12:15 AM EDT
    Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco’s Civic Center when an argument between several young men turned violent. Officer Carlos Manfredi says several people were detained for questioning after the shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday. […] Manfredi said the argument had nothing to do with the gay pride event. …
  • As (gay) pride soars, Apple adds LGBT featured section to the App Store

    06/27/2015 8:02:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    CNet ^ | June 26, 2015 | Anthony Domanico
    Apple has added an LGBT section to its App Store that showcases apps, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. It's Gay Pride in cities worldwide this month, an event sure to get a big boost of excitement following the US Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. And in what some digerati may consider added cause for celebration, Apple has added an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) section on the App Store that showcases tons of content for the LGBT community. The section, which went live on the App Store...
  • To Improve Street Safety, San Francisco Bans Cars From Turning

    06/23/2015 8:38:39 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 34 replies
    The Atlantic Citylab ^ | June 22 2015 | Eric Jaffe
    There are all sorts of things a city can do in the service of safer streets, from reducing speed limits to making room for bike lanes to handing out gift cards to law-abiding drivers. San Francisco just added another strategy to the list: restricting turns. The move is part of a package of changes called the Safer Market Street plan—a subset of San Francisco’s broader Vision Zero initiative—that recently won the unanimous approval of city officials. Under the new rules, private cars will have limited chances to turn onto Market Street for a mile-long stretch between 3rd and 8th streets....
  • Mission District LGBT Mural Vandalized Twice in One Week

    06/22/2015 5:23:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A mural designed to represent the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Mission District has been vandalized twice in less than a week. The “Por Vida” (“For Life”) mural was created by Manuel Paul, a member of the group of Chicano artists called the “Maricón Collective.” He installed the mural on 24th Street, outside Galeria de la Raza, which will be hosting an upcoming exhibition scheduled to coincide with events celebrating Gay Pride Month. On Sunday morning, visitors to the gallery were greeted by a disfigured version of the mural, which depicts a gay male couple, a lesbian couple and a...
  • 'White racism,' NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says

    06/21/2015 8:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Cathleen Decker
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley suggested Sunday that Congress had fallen under the sway of "white racism" and the political force of the National Rifle Assn. in refusing to respond with new laws to a cascade of shooting incidents in recent years.. Speaking before the nation’s mayors, gathered in San Francisco, O’Malley pointed to gun restrictions passed when he was governor of Maryland to ban assault weapons, enforce background checks and tighten permitting procedures -- efforts that have been blocked at the national level by Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress. "One of the sad triumphs of white racism is...
  • Many low-income Americans can’t even afford to rent

    06/18/2015 4:31:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 16, 2015 | Quentin Fottrell, personal finance reporter
    The poorest Americans, who can’t afford to buy property, are increasingly priced out of rentals. There were only 28 adequate and available to rent homes for every 100 extremely low-income renters in 2013, down from 37 in 2000, according to the Urban Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that focuses on social and economic policy. “This gap between supply and demand leaves 72% of the country’s poorest families burdened by the high cost of housing,” it found. Extremely low-income renters are households with incomes at or below 30% of the median income in that region. Not one county in the...
  • How Can This Happen in San Francisco?

    05/28/2015 4:05:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Somebody needs to help me understand this. "Black Women in San Francisco Arrested Way More Often Than White Women, Report Shows -- Black women in San Francisco are disproportionately arrested compared with their white counterparts, according to a new analysis of state arrest data from the Center on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Black women represent 5.8% of the city’s female population, but accounted for --" are you ready? "-- 45.5% of all female arrests in 2013." Now, they've got my mind trained on this kind of stuff. So when I see, for example, a story that shows the black...
  • Whites moving into Hispanic areas is not diversity

    05/25/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2015 | Newsmachete
    The New York Times published an article about mostly White dotcommers moving into a Hispanic neighborhood of San Francisco called the Mission District. But nowhere in this article did the Times ever use the word "diversity." This is puzzling, because in every other article where they talk about adding more Blacks or Hispanics to a white population, they always celebrate that as the merits of diversity. But not this time
  • San Francisco Poised to be "Whitest County" in Bay Area By 2040: Study

    04/23/2015 2:30:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/23 | Tamara Palmer
    A study of the Bay Area region finds that San Francisco is becoming less diverse as surrounding counties increase multicultural populations. CityLab noted the study's starkest findings in the PolicyLink study: San Francisco is predicted to be the "whitest county" in the Bay Area by the year 2040. San Francisco is the only county in the Bay Area that is becoming less diverse; surrounding counties are becoming more diverse as soaring rent prices continue to drive people into other cities and towns. "It's startling because the city's diversity and identity as a progressive, inclusive city is seriously at-risk," Sarah Treuhaft,...
  • S.F. becomes most sought-after location for Chinese buyers

    04/23/2015 10:12:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Emily Landes
    Chinese buyers looking to invest off-shore are most interested in San Francisco, according to a report from luxury listing site, which tracked millions of online searches from Chinese buyers in the first quarter of 2015. San Francisco ranked seventh in the survey in the fourth quarter of last year, but in the most recent survey beat out London, Tuscany, New York and Paris. “For many well-heeled Chinese buyers, the entire U.S. housing market, and even the somewhat pricey S.F. Bay Area remains a bargain versus Hong Kong, New York, London and Beijing,” he said. “Bay Area real estate represents an...
  • Why do parents choose segregation?

    02/12/2015 5:59:08 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 58 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
    A new report shows a shameful truth for our city: San Francisco's schools are segregated. The San Francisco Public Press, a local nonprofit newspaper, reported that out of San Francisco Unified School District's 115 schools, six in 10 have simple majorities of one racial group. Alarmingly, a quarter of district schools have 60 percent or more students of one racial group. The report notes how black students in The City attend mostly black schools, white children attend mostly white schools and so on.
  • U.S. Rent affordability will deteriorate over next two years: Zillow CEO

    02/24/2015 10:47:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/24/2015 | Nicole Goodkind
    A new report from Zillow shows that rents across the U.S. are increasing, and not just in the expected regions of New York City, San Francisco and Boston. Overall, rents increased 3.3% year-over-year as of January. But many cities outpaced that, including Kansas City, which saw rent grow more than double the national average, jumping 8.5% year-over-year. St. Louis saw rent increase by 4.5% over the same period. Rents in Detroit grew by 5.0% and rents in Cleveland grew by 4.2%. Nationwide, rental appreciation is still below its peak - 6.3% hit in September 2012 after the housing bust. According...
  • Bay Area buyers frustrated by tight supply of homes for sale

    06/01/2014 8:57:37 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 81 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 05/31/2014 | Pete Carey
    In one of the most agonizing disconnects of the Bay Area's surging economy, far more people want to buy a home than want to sell one, making this the tightest housing market in the nation. Would-be homebuyers are crowding into scarce open houses and battling for the few available, leading to rising prices, rapid sales -- many homes sell within a week -- and frustrated house hunters. "This is the most sustained period of low inventory I've seen in 20 to 24 years," said Chris Trapani, head of the Sereno Group in Silicon Valley.
  • San Francisco Rolls Out Welcome Mat to all Illegal Alien Felons

    05/16/2011 2:42:36 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 11 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | 05/15/2011 | Adam Sparks
    San Francisco has just decided that they will no longer cooperate with the feds when they arrest juveniles who commit felonies. This is being done in the spirit of their Sanctuary law. Sanctuary for violent law breakers, that is. San Francisco has always welcomed illegal aliens and provided them every service imaginable while thumbing their noses at the feds. President Obama and his lame side-kick, otherwise know as Attorney General Eric Holder recently prosecuted the State of Arizona because Arizona had passed a law, with wording mimicking the federal statutes, to enforce immigration laws. Holder claimed the state was precluded...
  • INSIDE OBAMA'S STEALTH STARTUP

    06/15/2015 8:31:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 6/15/2015 | JON GERTNER
    President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works. BY JON GERTNER For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, Mikey was there. But Eric didn’t meet him at that point. Eric met some other folks at the wedding who told him they were doing some fix-it stuff in Washington, and it sounded kind of interesting. ADVERTISEMENT And now we’re chatting about it in front of the White House security gate, where we’re waiting to talk with...
  • Woman Punched in Beef Teriyaki Sandwich Robbery: SFPD

    A man was arrested for robbing a woman of her beef teriyaki sandwich in San Francisco's Ingleside neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, according to police. The 61-year-old victim set her sandwich down on a table at an establishment in the 1200 block of Ocean Avenue and then went to get a drink. When she returned, a 23-year-old man was at the table eating her sandwich, police said. The woman confronted the man, who punched her in the face and fled. Police arrested him a short time later. The woman was taken to a hospital with pain to her face, but her...
  • San Francisco Considers Health Warning on Soda Advertising

    06/09/2015 2:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. The "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance" would require health warnings on advertising within city limits — on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity.
  • In 25 years, San Francisco will be a lot whiter

    06/08/2015 7:03:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco, which prides itself on its diversity and progressiveness, may be well on its way to returning to the white-dominated society it was in the middle of the last century
  • Supreme Court rejects NRA challenge to San Francisco gun laws

    06/08/2015 6:58:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 34 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | 06/08/2015 | AP
    The Supreme Court has turned down another National Rifle Association-led appeal aimed at loosening gun restrictions and instead left in place two San Francisco gun laws. The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. A second ordinance bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has "no sporting purpose" and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have heard...
  • Temperature Update Delayed (so watch my cool video instead)…(Roy Spencer)

    06/05/2015 8:20:24 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 1 replies
    Roy Spencer.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Roy Spencer
    But in the meantime, check out the time lapse video I did of the full moon rising over San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, as the lights come up in the city. Best viewed full-screen, since there are a lot of things happening
  • Did Robert Louis Stevenson Have the World's Weirdest Honeymoon?

    05/28/2015 1:29:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KALW ^ | Sarah Stodder
    Most people who visit Calistoga -- a town in the Napa Valley -- come for the wine and the spa treatments; few come for the literary history. But they could: one of the most romantic honeymoon getaways ever written about happened one hundred and thirty five years ago. Instead of mud baths and geysers, picture an abandoned mining shack infested with snakes, poison oak, and rusty nails. Now picture a sickly writer and his new wife spending their first two months of married life living there. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s exactly what Robert Louis Stevenson — author of the...
  • San Francisco’s median rent hits a ridiculous $4,225

    06/02/2015 12:49:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Anna Marie Erwert
    We already knew the rent was too damn high, even before we published a report this February showing not only that the median for a one bedroom apartment in the city had jumped to $3,460, but that even formerly cheaper neighborhoods were now among the pricey. Apparently though, they weren’t high enough. According to Zillow, the new median rent in San Francisco is $4,225 a month. Zillow’s data compose the “Zillow Rental Index” (ZRI). This index shows rents up 16% year-over-year (YOY) this April, and take into account all types of rentals in San Francisco proper, from single family homes...
  • Cork Makes Comeback at Bay Area Wineries

    06/01/2015 7:29:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Cork is on the comeback trail in Wine Country. After using synthetic bottle closures for decades, Bay Area winemakers are returning to natural cork, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The possibility of tainted cork has led many producers to use synthetic caps over the years, but the technology for growing and testing cork has improved enough to mitigate the threat and draw companies back, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards CEO Christopher Silva told the publication. If the industry tide shifts back to a natural product, a cheers and a toast to sustainability might just be merited.
  • 777-Year-Old Tree Is a Babe in Muir Woods (Tallest Tree AT Muir Woods Not 1500 Yrs Old, Study Shows)

    06/01/2015 7:22:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, June 1, 2015 | Peter Fimrite
    The tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods — a giant that was assumed to have sprouted up to 1,500 years ago in the Middle Ages — is a measly 777 years old, a puerile sprig in the hallowed halls of old growth, an analysis of tree-ring data has revealed. The study, by a Humboldt State University scientist, is the first definitive determination of the age of trees in Muir Woods. The findings by Allyson Carroll, a tree-ring specialist, mean that a 249-foot-tall coast redwood known by the lackluster name of Tree 76 sprouted seven centuries later than originally believed, at...
  • U.S. top court declines request to revive Arizona immigration law

    06/01/2015 7:02:51 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Jamestown Sun ^ | 6-1-2015 | Chris Olson
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that struck down anArizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies. The justices rejected an appeal filed by Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Three of the court's conservative justices, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear a case for the court to take it up. The court's action means the October 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the 2006 law is unconstitutional, is the final word in the...
  • Minimum Wages: Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?

    06/01/2015 5:51:51 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 7 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Brian Joondeph
    One of the first concepts taught in basic economics is the demand curve. As the price of something goes up, the demand for it goes down. And vice versa. One doesn’t even need an economics class to understand that a $50-million house will not have a bunch of buyers in a bidding war, compared to a much less expensive house. Or that a sale, lowering the price of something, is a good way to sell more and clear the inventory. So why is there such confusion about the minimum wage? A wage is simply the price of labor. Raise the...
  • Minimum-wage hikes meet mixed reaction in San Francisco

    06/01/2015 8:02:10 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 6 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | MAY 30, 2015 | BY PETER HECHT
    On May 1, S.F. increased rate to $12.25 an hour Voters support move, but some business owners, workers are uneasy Sacramento will study raising pay wage above the $9 state rate SAN FRANCISCO In this diverse and densely packed city, known for high living costs and soaring rents, 77 percent of voters last year approved a series of pay hikes that will boost San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. Yet there are tensions these days on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s multicultural Mission District over the minimum wage hike and what it means for businesses and...
  • Is the Supreme Court Going to Chip Away at Heller?

    05/30/2015 5:57:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court has been doing a very peculiar dance around an appeal from the Ninth Circuit.   The appeal is about a preliminary injunction in the case Jackson v.  San Francisco, on two regulations.   One requires that  (1) "the handgun is stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved by the California Department of Justice," or (2) "[t]he handgun is carried on the person of an individual over the age of 18. The second regulation bans the sale of expanding ammunition.  As Heller explicitly noted, as explained in the opinion: In Heller,...
  • SeeBS: GOP Could Suffer Fallout If Supreme Court Rules To Eliminate Obamacare For Millions

    05/25/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | May 25, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in late June could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s health care law. But it is Republicans — and not White House officials — who are talking about damage control. If that sounds wrong, check the math.
  • Vandals destroy dam, release 49 million gallons of water into Bay

    05/24/2015 3:07:47 PM PDT · by infool7 · 78 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | 5/23/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Fremont (KRON) — Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water. Police believe that those responsible entered a restricted area sometime on Thursday morning and intentionally damaged the dam. “The dam, which is instrumental to the Alameda County Water District’s water supply operations, suffered irreversible damage,” police said. According to police, more than 150 acre-feet of water – or 49 million gallons – washed past the destroyed dam and into the San Francisco Bay. With California enduring a crippling four-year drought and no signs of...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • San Francisco Puts McDonald’s On Notice Over Drug Sales, Other Problems At Haight Street Restaurant

    05/14/2015 5:32:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 12, 2015
    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Tuesday sent a letter to McDonald’s Corp. warning of potential legal action due to ongoing problems with drug sales and other public nuisances at the Haight Street McDonald’s restaurant. [Snip] According to the city attorney’s office, police responded to 641 calls for service at the restaurant between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 22, 2015 and nearly 1,100 since January 2012, a number that far exceeds those seen at other properties in the area. [Snip] Police have arrested people on drug-related charges on or in front of the property on at least 11 different occasions...
  • What EPA Wants You to Know About Nail Salons

    05/13/2015 7:36:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 12, 2015 | Clare Foran
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will take a trip to a San Francisco nail salon Wednesday—a visit intended to shine a spotlight on health risks posed by the industry. [Snip] Nail polish and other products found in salons contain an array of chemicals that may pose a threat to public health and the environment. Without proper handling, exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde can lead to difficulty breathing, skin irritation and other health problems. EPA already has put together a federal working group and doled out grants to organizations tackling the industry's public health and environmental impact created by...
  • Obama’s Crackdown on Dissent Has Made Conservatives a Little Paranoid — and Rightly [Read this]

    05/11/2015 2:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | David French
    The year is 2023, and President Ted Cruz is ending the second of his contentious terms in the Oval Office. While his policies have been controversial — for example, undoing major social legislation (Obamacare) without a single Democratic vote — his administration’s continual expressions of hostility toward dissent have finally proved intolerable to millions of Americans. Liberal grievances date back to 2017, the first year of Cruz’s administration, when his Department of Homeland Security issued a report declaring that fears about economic stagnation and inequality combined with liberal hatred of a conservative Latino could foster left-wing extremism. Specifically, failure to...
  • Margaret Cho Tackles Police Brutality and Racism on Comedy Tour

    05/11/2015 12:01:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tamara Palmer
    Comedian, actress, singer and San Francisco native Margaret Cho is tackling topics like police brutality and racism on her upcoming tour. Cho's "psyCHO Tour" is scheduled to stop at San Francisco's Castro Theatre on October 15. "This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women," Cho said in a statement. "When men go off on something - they are 'passionate' and 'driven' and when women go off on something we are 'hysterical' and 'crazy.' I'm trying to...
  • Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Opens "Tech Hub" in SF, Talks About "Disrupting Democracy"

    05/09/2015 11:06:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/9 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul was in San Francisco Saturday to speak about "Disrupting Democracy" in an attempt to woo Millenials and the Silicon Valley crowd. Paul took questions about net neutrality, NSA surveillance and Millennial voters during the discussion, formally titled "Disrupting Democracy: A New Generation of Voter Engagement." The event was co-hosted by Lincoln Labs, a Libertarian-leaning "technology and policy think tank" and Brigade, billionaire Sean Parker's civic engagement startup. Brigade's CEO Matt Mahan also joined the conversation along with the San Francisco Chronicle's political reporter Carla Marinucci. "Some people might be thinking what the hell is...
  • Big Gay Hate Machine Organizes Dissident Catholics to Attack the Church

    05/09/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 6, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    The anti-Christian Human Rights Campaign funded a meeting of dissident Catholics groups to strategize how to fight the Church over the firing of church employees who oppose Church teaching and practice. Representatives from many organizations condemned by the Church attended the meeting in Chicago including pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice, and pro-gay groups New Ways Ministry and Dignity USA. The Democratic pressure group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good also attended, as did the largely-failed grassroots reform group Call to Action. In recent months, as same-sex marriage has been imposed by courts around the country, same-sex attracted Church...
  • AG Kamala Harris Granted More Time to Stop Kill-Gays Measure

    05/07/2015 8:42:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris has gotten an extension to the Monday deadline her office faced for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex. Harris asked a state court in late March for permission to reject the measure, calling it obviously unconstitutional.
  • ‘Kill The Gays’ Author Plans To Get Hate Law On Ballot Without Gathering Signatures

    05/08/2015 1:44:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 8, 2015
    In a bizarre legal twist in a jaw-droppingly hateful proposal that calls into question the entire California ballot initiative process, the author of a bill proposing murdering California’s gays may ask a court to place his proposal on the ballot without gathering a single signature other than his own. In a letter quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt McLaughlin writes to the state attorney general, “Take notice that if your office and the California secretary of state refuse to clear the Sodomite Suppression Act for signature circulation, I may demand as remedy that it be placed on the election...
  • Suspect Arrested In Assault On 13-Year-Old San Jose Girl Caught On Camera

    05/08/2015 1:29:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 8, 2015
    A man seen on security camera video assaulting a 13-year-old girl after forcing his way inside her home has been arrested, according to a source close to the investigation. Investigators believe the same person who sexually assaulted a woman in a grocery store restroom last month. The suspect – described as a white man about 30 years old with a medium height, a thin build and a beard – was arrested in the East Bay Friday morning, according to the source. He has not yet been identified. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS ITEM. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
  • Greens Steamed Over Steyer Hosting Hillary Fundraiser

    05/07/2015 5:50:25 PM PDT · by yuffy · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 07 May 2015 04:47 PM | By Cathy Burke
    Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline – and any Democrats who support it – hosted a $2,700-per-person fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his San Francisco home, riling some green activists, Politico reports. Though Clinton has avoided public comment while the Obama administration weighs the fate of the pipeline, as secretary of state, she presided over studies that said the pipeline would pose few environmental risks – and even said in 2010 the administration was "inclined" to support it. "I am not surprised that he would want to get on-board the Clinton train, but I'm...
  • San Francisco Sheriff Moves to Fire Deputy Accused of Staging “Gladiator Fights”

    04/30/2015 9:19:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is seeking to fire a deputy accused of forcing jail inmates to fight for food. The San Francisco sheriff's office says he started termination proceedings this week against the deputy sheriff accused of forcing two inmates to hit each other so he and others could bet on the outcomes. Inmates Say Deputies Forced Them to Fight "Gladiator Style" According to an investigation by the San Francisco Public Defender's office inmates were promised hamburgers if they won,
  • Amid crumbling economy, Venezuela's Maduro raises minimum wage 30 pct

    05/03/2015 5:07:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 2, 2015
    President Nicolás Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation. Speaking at a May Day rally, the socialist leader said he is boosting the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30 percent, with two-thirds of the increase coming this month and the rest on July 1. He also said he would raise salaries for government employees and military personnel. The wage increase, while a welcome relief for many workers, fell short of expectations that the embattled Maduro might use Friday's celebrations to expand state control...
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

    05/01/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    ‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’” So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix Experience, an iconic comic-book and graphic-novel shop on San Francisco’s Divisadero Street, of the city’s new minimum-wage law. San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018. As of today, May 1, Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour....
  • San Francisco set to introduce nation's highest minimum wage

    04/30/2015 4:09:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 30, 2015
    San Francisco is getting ready to raise its minimum wage to $12.25 an hour, a rate that will have the city joining Oakland as the locales with the nation's highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers. San Francisco's new minimum is set to go into effect on Friday. It was approved by voters as part of an initiative that will increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2018. The National Employment Law Project estimates that 142,000 workers will receive the higher wages.
  • May Day march at Port of Oakland to protest police killings

    04/29/2015 10:27:50 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4-29-2015 | Jack Heyman
    Black communities are seething over the epidemic of police killings of unarmed black men — in Baltimore, Charleston, Ferguson, Los Angeles, New York, Tulsa and elsewhere. Every day the newspapers, TV and Internet show appalling images of police brutality. The mass incarceration and high unemployment of blacks and the sharp disparity of wealth throughout society are intensified by the militarization of the police. Policies such as “zero tolerance” and “stop and frisk” have spiked an increase in the killing of blacks and Latinos.