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  • San Francisco police recite pledge to root out intolerance

    01/30/2016 9:29:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST | Paul Elias
    San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women. The pledge is part of a broader public relations campaign by the embattled police department to repair frayed relations with minority neighborhoods and community activists. The campaign comes amid growing tensions between police and black communities that are shaking up departments across the country and have led to the dismissal of top brass in some cities, including Chicago. Politically progressive San Francisco is not...
  • Want Him to Enforce Laws That Would've Kept Steinle Alive? Gov Brown Thinks You’re a ‘Troglodyte’

    07/13/2015 9:42:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media's Works and Days ^ | July 13, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Let's examine the issues rationally, and see who actually understood the Age of Reason.Last March, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that those who wished existing federal immigration law to be enforced — in the manner that would have saved the late Kate Steinle from a five-times deported, seven-times released felon illegal alien – were: [A]t best … troglodyte, and at worst … un-Christian. In California, if one assumes that the law as written should be followed, one is dubbed either a cave-dweller or an apostate. Meanwhile, sophisticated non-troglodytes in San Francisco have a sheriff — with a criminal record of...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Federal Confederate Flag Ban ‘Is About Our Morals’

    07/11/2015 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Jul 2015 | by AWR Hawkins
    During a July 9 discussion on a spending bill, Democrat members of the House—led by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—began pushing a vote to ban all "Confederate symbols from the Capitol." This was a continuation of a push that began Tuesday, wherein Democrats sought to ban Confederate flags from all federal cemeteries. On Thursday, Pelosi supported such bans as necessary, saying it "is about our morals." According to Politico, on Tuesday, Democrats not only pushed to ban the flag from federal cemeteries, but also “to stop the U.S. Park Service from doing business with enterprises that sell the...
  • Teen whose skirt was set ablaze begins surgery

    11/06/2013 4:09:41 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle. ^ | November 6, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    Oakland high schooler and gender-identity activist whose skirt was set ablaze on an AC Transit bus was scheduled to begin a series of surgeries Wednesday as Alameda County prosecutors weighed potential charges against a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of assault.
  • Pelosi: Let’s face it, Republicans hate Obama because he’s eloquent and “nonpartisan”

    09/21/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2013 | Allahpundit
    The perfect companion vid to Jay Cost’s analysis this morning of how unusually, relentlessly partisan The One’s rhetoric has been as president, especially in his weekly YouTube messages. Oh, and also to Politico’s round-up of Democrats wondering why someone who’s so often touted as a brilliantly eloquent orator can’t seem to sell the public on anything except his own personal awesomeness. (Headline: “The ‘meh’ of a salesman.”) As usual, Nancy is eye-to-eye with reality. Silver lining: A reporter asking a big-name Democrat why righties dislike Obama is almost always bait to accuse them of racism. She doesn’t take it. Second...
  • Bacon Restaurant Forced to Close after San Francisco Residents Complain of Aroma of Bacon

    05/18/2013 12:03:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 17, 2013 11:54 | BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    A popular San Francisco restaurant called Bacon Bacon must shut its doors Friday after failed negotiations with neighbors who complained about the smell of bacon. The restaurant serves burgers, grilled cheeses, breakfast sandwiches, and more, all served with bacon. It also runs a food truck, which roams the city providing San Franciscans with bacon. But now that’s over, the San Francisco Examiner reports: But now a popular pork-focused restaurant in the Upper Haight must close its doors Friday following months of failed negotiations with neighbors over neighborhood concerns about porcine aroma and grease disposal. Department of Public Health officials say...
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Vatican Newspaper Compares Gay-Marriage Equality to Communism

    12/24/2012 1:39:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 20 2012 | ALESSANDRO SPECIALE - Religion News Service
    Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism Vatican City • Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and Europe, the Roman Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvo came this week, with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality. Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the...
  • Arguments laid bare at nudity ban hearing

    11/05/2012 6:57:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 11/5/12 | John Reilly and John Cote
    Let’s face it, it would’ve been weird if everyone’s clothes stayed on for the entirety of Monday’s hearing on legislation that would ban public nudity in San Francisco. For two hours, speakers tussled over whether the Castro “naked guys” were a few harmless individuals just expressing themselves, or a growing public nuisance that San Franciscans should no longer have to tolerate. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro, is proposing legislation forbidding genital exposure on city sidewalks, plazas, parklets, streets and public transit while exempting street fairs, festivals and parades. “Over the past two years, the situation on our streets...
  • Same-sex marriage leading in Washington

    11/02/2012 11:35:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/2/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Tacoma, Wash. -- If you believe the polls, and many people here are wary even when they're favorable, then Washington voters are poised to legalize two things Californians haven't: same-sex marriage and marijuana. With ballot measures on both issues before Washington voters Tuesday, the lessons learned from California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in 2008, and Proposition 19, which would have made marijuana legal but was shot down in 2010, have been echoing across Washington for months. Some voters are noticing a different tone to the campaigns, with the issues being framed differently in a state where, in the...
  • Ishtar 2? Clint Eastwood stars in new ad for Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

    10/24/2012 4:26:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 10/24/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Nobody in Hollywood has been clamoring to make “Ishtar 2.” Or re-imagine “Howard the Duck.” Why? Because they were BOMBS, that’s why. So why in the name of “Gigli” would Mitt Romney’s campaign — er, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads superPAC – dust off Clint Eastwood to make a campaign commercial touting Mitt? All it does is remind people of the great Eastwood’s royal bomb at the RNC just two months ago. Yes, his ad-libbed “conversation” with a chair. But in politics, attention spans are Tweet-short these days. So here’s Clint coughing up his full-throat-of-gravel Clintyness backing Mitt. . . .
  • Driver backs up, rolls over sleeping man

    10/24/2012 4:11:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/24/12 | Ellen Huet
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A woman backing out of her garage in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood drove over and killed a man sleeping outside her home, police said Wednesday. The man was sleeping on the ground outside the 28-year-old woman's garage on Third Street near Bryant Street at 7 a.m. Tuesday when she backed out in her sedan and rolled over him, . . .
  • S.F. progressives badly need a leader

    10/18/2012 8:19:24 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, October 18, 2012 | C.W. Nevius, Chronicle Columnist
    There was a time when the far left wing of the Democratic Party in San Francisco stood for something. Sure, they could be shrill, exasperating and self-righteous, but they took a stand. [snip] Because right now it looks as if their only commitment is to whatever is politically expedient. Ross Mirkarimi and District Five supervisor candidate Julian Davis have some serious defects. Each has been accused of mistreating women. But, hey, progressives say, they're our bad guys.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Porn company sued over penis injections

    10/13/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/12 | Meredith May
    A stagehand working for a gay pornography company has sued his employers in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging he was forced to inject performers with a controlled drug to prolong their erections. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, Ronald Baker of San Francisco claims he suffered emotional distress and anxiety-induced health problems when he accidentally pierced his finger in January after injecting a performer in the penis with TriMix, a prescription medication . . .
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Ross Mirkarimi to keep job, supes decide

    10/10/2012 9:25:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/10/12 | Heather Knight and John Coté
    In a shocking end to the melodrama that has consumed San Francisco City Hall for the past nine months, the Board of Supervisors bucked Mayor Ed Lee late Tuesday night by giving suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi his job back. Four members of the board rejected Lee's call that Mirkarimi be permanently removed for committing official misconduct, an allegation that stemmed from a New Year's Eve fight with his wife for which he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Lee needed nine of the 11 supervisors' votes to oust Mirkarimi. Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim...
  • S.F.'s new archbishop takes over

    10/04/2012 7:31:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/4/12 | Stephanie M. Lee
    More than 2,000 worshipers filled St. Mary's Cathedral on Thursday to see Salvatore Cordileone assume his role as Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, as several dozen protesters angered by his leading role in the fight against same-sex marriage demonstrated outside. "I know in my own life God has always had a way of putting me in my place - little and sometimes big ways of reminding me of my need to depend upon him and to attend to the work of my own rebuilding from within," Cordileone told the congregation. "I would say, though, that with this latest episode...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Nudists uncover the city's outrage

    10/04/2012 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/4/12 | C.W. Nevius
    Supervisor Scott Wiener never wanted to propose a ban on public nudity. But support for his ordinance, which was introduced Tuesday, has become so widespread that even those who were reluctant to complain publicly are speaking up. And that means everybody. "I went to a brunch for the Folsom Street Fair," Wiener said. "And I was a little nervous. This was a full-leather crowd. Were they going to yell at me? But I had these big old leather daddies coming up to me and saying, 'Please do something about this.' " ...George Davis, a former nude candidate for mayor, sees...
  • Romney, Obama square off in polite debate

    10/04/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 210/4/10 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli
    In a lively and unusually civilized debate Wednesday, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney clashed on who would be the better champion of the middle class - a match that provided high drama but no critical game-changers. The former Massachusetts governor delivered a confident, often aggressive and energetic performance. It was among the best of his campaign and in clear contrast to the president, whose delivery was more muted, measured and, at times, meandering. The first of three presidential debates offered Americans their first side-by-side comparison of Obama and Romney and came at a pivotal moment in the 2012...
  • San Fran vandals deface pro-life billboard featuring a newborn black baby: ‘Kill the Shrimp’

    09/27/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 27, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    SAN FRANCISCO, September 27, 2012, ( - A pro-life billboard advertisement placed in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood was taken down following numerous acts of vandalism mocking the pro-life message, comparing the unborn to animals, and urging their murder. The billboard, which has been displayed in various cities, shows a black man holding a newborn baby and declaring “A Father’s Joy,” followed by a quote from the Gospel of St. Matthew: “And whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” At the bottom left of the display the logo of Pro-Life Across America is displayed, with a...
  • Protest over S.F. cop shooting parolee

    09/22/2012 10:33:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/22/12 | Vivian Ho, Will Kane and Victoria Colliver
    A San Francisco police officer shot and wounded an armed 22-year-old parolee in the city's Mission District late Thursday, prompting a protest by dozens of people hours later, authorities said. Another group gathered in the area Friday night, vandalizing banks and a restaurant. A plainclothes officer, part of a curfew enforcement team, shot the man after he allegedly pulled a Tec-9 assault-style pistol in the 200 block of 14th Street at 8:06 p.m. Thursday, police said. The wounded man, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening. Police described him as...
  • Landlord 'nightmare' in eviction attempt (San Francisco)

    09/08/2012 1:46:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 7, 2012 | Neal J. Riley
    Janet Sluizer knew she was taking a bit of a chance when she turned to Craigslist this summer to find a tenant for her apartment in the Mission.What she didn't expect was that she'd be spending thousands of dollars in a struggle to evict a roommate who she says hasn't paid rent beyond the first month. "This is a nightmare,"Sluizer said. It's a nightmare that landlord advocates say is all too common in SanFrancisco, where 64 percent of residents rent. .....According to [Janan]New[executive director of the San Francisco Apartment Association], a combination of confusing rent ordinances and an abundance of...
  • DNC chair admires California's 'oasis of Democratic politics'

    09/06/2012 10:37:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 57 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/6/12 | David Siders
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and congresswoman from Florida, was at ease this morning among a group of Democrats from deep-blue California. "Let me just tell you how much I appreciate the oasis of Democratic politics that California is," she said at a delegation breakfast on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. "I know that you all feel like you live in heaven."
  • CA Dem chair John Burton apologizes for comments invoking Goebbels about GOP “telling the big lie”

    09/03/2012 11:17:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/3/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    UPDATE: In response to the uproar over his (below) comments Monday, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton issued this statement: “To correct press reports of my recent comments about Republican lies, I did not call Republicans Nazis nor would I ever. In fact, I didn’t even use the word. “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie – I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.”Charlotte – Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had...
  • The balance sheet: Barack Obama’s top ten political assets, liabilities

    09/03/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/3/12 | Richard Dunham
    The balance sheet on Barack Obama stands at zero right now. The country is evenly divided about his performance as president. And he’s tied in the polls with Republican Mitt Romney.“It’s a neck-and-neck race,” said Rick Snyder, Michigan Republican governor, in an opinion widely shared across the political spectrum.Let’s take a look at the Democratic incumbent’s assets as he heads into his party’s national convention in Charlotte this week — and his liabilities.Which way do you think the ledger of public opinion will eventually tip?ASSETS1. Most Americans still like him.Although the president’s personal approval rating has slipped from 79 percent...
  • Ten winners and ten losers at the Republican National Convention

    08/31/2012 1:30:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 8/31/12 | Richard Dunham
    <p>The speeches are over. The road blocks are dismantled. The delegates are heading out of town. As the debris of the week that was is swept away, let’s savor some of the high points and low points of the Republican National Convention.</p>
  • Good drag queens go to heaven

    08/21/2012 10:52:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/21/12 | Jon Carroll
    Recently, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, perhaps at the instigation of its incoming archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, denied permission for drag queens to emcee at charity events in the community hall of Most Holy Redeemer, a Roman Catholic church in the Castro district. That prompted this letter to me from the Rev. Robert Warren Cromey, who will identify himself in the letter: "When I was rector of Trinity Episcopal in the late nineteen nineties, I conducted at least five funerals of drag queens in the church. They were usually held on Saturday afternoons. Neighbors' heads would lean out the windows in...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Most Holy Redeemer at crossroads

    08/16/2012 9:15:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/16/12 | C.W. Nevius
    Most Holy Redeemer is at a crossroads. The Catholic church in the Castro district has arguably the largest gay parish in the nation, and controversial new decisions have members worried about leadership, policies - even that the church might be shut down. And it all began with drag queens. When the archdiocese refused to allow drag queens to serve as emcees for charity events at the church's community hall, it fed rampant paranoia about antigay sentiment. The decision was initially blamed on incoming Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage who has been championed by extreme conservative Catholic...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: 1 dissenting voice holds up park upgrade

    07/26/2012 10:36:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/25/12 | C.W. Nevius
    The renovation of Lafayette Park in Pacific Heights looked like one of those rare San Francisco projects that everyone liked.It will receive $10 million as part of a voter-approved parks bond. The neighborhood is so supportive it raised an extra $500,000 for a nature-themed playground. Even the city's famously fractious dog-walkers are happy - among the six community outreach meetings, one was devoted specifically to the designated dog area.The bathrooms will be renovated, paths will be repaved, tennis courts resurfaced, and a new picnic area will have an overlook with killer city views. One quarter of the park has been demolished and...
  • Nancy Pelosi skilled in art of political warfare

    06/03/2012 5:55:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    After 25 years in Washington, nearly half of it as the highest-ranking woman in American politics, Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi has learned the art of when to attack and when to pull back. The Democratic House minority leader, in an interview in her hometown last week, was asked about former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's recent comment that President Obama has "lost his mojo" on the campaign trail and shows "no life, no personality and no real enthusiasm." Her answer was typically diplomatic. "I don't agree," she said. "I love Willie, but maybe he hasn't been to any of the public...
  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • John Avalos: I-t-w-a-s-a-j-o-k-e

    05/23/2012 9:27:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 5/23/12 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The wacky and wonderful world of San Francisco politics once again went viral, this time after the City Insider and other local publications reported on Supervisor John Avalos’ remarks that he summoned the ghost of former Supervisor Harvey Milk to find out how the slain gay civil rights leaders would feel about having a U.S. Navy vessel named after him. During the City Hall debate Tuesday, supervisors said they conferred with Milk’s nephew, friends, former colleagues and compatriots, gay rights activists, the anti-war contingent and others on the issue; the affable Avalos, known around City Hall for his humor, said...
  • Safeway exec's joke backfires, brings apology

    05/23/2012 7:11:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/23/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    Safeway has enough on its plate - market share under siege, tough union negotiations, rumors of a takeover - without a senior executive putting his foot halfway down his throat, at its annual shareholders' meeting no less. Vice President and General Counsel Robert Gordon thought he was cracking wise with a lame joke involving the Secret Service, President Obama and two Arkansas razorback hogs deemed an "excellent trade" for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Among the less-than-laugh-out-loud-responses was a letter from members of the Bay Area congressional delegation, led by Rep....
  • USS Harvey Milk would be a fitting tribute

    05/17/2012 8:06:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/17/12 | C.W. Nevius
    Petty local politics shouldn't ruin a truly meaningful national gesture, which is naming a U.S. Navy ship after gay icon Harvey Milk. A ship named for the first openly gay supervisor in San Francisco seems like such a bold and audacious gesture that you wonder whether the Navy would consider such a thing. Actually, it might. Last week, the service commissioned the Cesar Chavez, a ship named for the Mexican American labor leader. Chavez served two years in the Navy during World War II. So the Harvey Milk makes sense. Although it would be controversial in conservative political circles -...
  • SF fire chief's wages garnisheed - spousal support

    05/16/2012 9:23:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/16/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A judge has declared San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White a deadbeat divorcee and ordered the city to start garnisheeing $3,300 a month from her paycheck for spousal support to her ex-husband. Hayes-White says she stopped paying support about 14 months ago, after an incident in which her ex-hubby, Robert "Sean" White, grabbed and choked one of their sons while in a booze-fueled rage. In December, he pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and cruelty. He is serving his sentence on a county sheriff's work detail and living in a...
  • Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor...

    05/15/2012 10:32:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/15/12 | Jessica Bernstein-Wax, Marin Independent Journal
    Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor in gay marriage dispute In an unprecedented defiance of a church judicial commission, representatives of Northern California Presbyterian churches Tuesday refused to rebuke a retired pastor for marrying 16 same-sex couples when gay marriage was legal in California in 2008.The 74-18 vote on a motion opposing the censure of the Rev. Jane Spahr came at a meeting of the Presbytery of the Redwoods at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo."Love and justice have come together here," Spahr, 69, said after the vote. "I think this is going to help...
  • Roseanne Barr seeks Green Party presidential spot

    05/15/2012 8:13:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/15/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The surreal moment at the Green Party's recent presidential debate in San Francisco came just after it ended, when candidate Roseanne Barr - yes, that Roseanne Barr - got campaign advice from punk pioneer and previous Green Oval Office candidate Jello Biafra. He urged Barr to "use your humor." Barr, as famous for her groundbreaking 1980s sitcom "Roseanne" as for the tabloids' documentation of her plastic surgery history, has been playing it straight - at least lately. But she is carrying a serious message for the party faithful searching for a way to grow.So in deference to the Greens' anti-death-penalty...
  • Got controversy? No smooth sailing for U.S.S. Harvey Milk idea

    05/14/2012 2:17:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 5/14/12 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco wouldn’t be San Francisco if not for robust political debate, even over a seemingly feel-good request to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy to name a ship after gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, the assassinated city supervisor who served as a Navy officer during the Korean War. Critics of the idea, led by Supervisor Christina Olague and a contingent from the San Francisco gay Democrat club named in Milk’s honor, don’t think he would have wanted his name associated with a military ship. Milk was “against the Vietnam War and war in general,” Olague said of Milk,...
  • How Obama distanced himself from Gavin Newsom

    05/13/2012 10:00:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    President Obama's position on same-sex marriages has indeed been "evolving" - back in 2004, he wouldn't even have his photo taken with Gavin Newsom, for fear that being pictured with the man who opened the City Hall wedding chapel to gays and lesbians would cost him votes back home in Illinois. At the time, Obama was a mere state senator from Chicago looking to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. Like a lot of up-and-coming African American pols, he tapped Willie Brown to host a fundraiser here to score some badly needed cash.Brown tossed a party at the Waterfront...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Lusty Lady needs investment bigger than 1s and 5s

    05/10/2012 8:11:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/12 | C.W. Nevius
    The Lusty Lady has been serving the nude dancer and peep show needs of North Beach for nearly 30 years. But now that it is facing financial problems, San Franciscans should remember the club's place in the city's colorful history.A case can be made that the Lady is the most pro-feminist strip club in the city - and maybe in history. In 1996, the dancers at the Lusty Lady created a national sensation when they became the first nude club to create an "exotic dancers union." Seven years later, they had another landmark moment when the dancers banded together to...
  • Occupy's anarchists seen as both divisive, crucial

    05/07/2012 8:20:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/7/12 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Every time windows are smashed and clashes erupt with police at Occupy protests in Oakland and San Francisco, one group is in the thick of it: masked, black-clad anarchists known as the Black Bloc. Police say they are pure trouble and point to conflicts at last week's May Day rallies as the most recent example. Most pacifist protesters wish they would go away. Hard-core Occupiers say they like having them around to diversify their movement's tactics. Exactly who makes up the Black Bloc is, by design, a bit of a mystery. Adherents rarely reveal their identity and say they aren't...
  • Jim Jones’ Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)

    05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot
    Jim Jones’ sinister grip on San Francisco How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons “Season of the Witch,” the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of “San Francisco values.” The following excerpt – Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values. Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political...
  • {Editorial: The case to replace Pete Stark} Eric Swalwell recommended for House

    05/03/2012 8:13:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/3/12 | Editor
    Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, should have retired by now. His performance in this campaign has produced cringe-worthy moments that show a mean-spiritedness and recklessness with the facts - and a detachment from one of the region's critical issues - that suggest it is time for change. The Democratic establishment would prefer to let the 80-year-old Stark leave on his own schedule. That is the way things work in Washington - and helps explain why Washington is not working for us. Members of Congress with records as dismal as Stark's are protected by a system of money and party discipline that...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Double whammy! City warns store after Occupy protestors smash windows

    05/03/2012 3:30:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 5/3/12 | John Coté
    To the folks at Weston Wear, it was like getting salt rubbed in their wound. The day after a marauding band of Occupy protestors smashed the Valencia Street clothing store’s windows, the owners got another jolt – a city citation notice for having graffiti on the plywood they had put up over the vandalized windows. “It was just a head scratcher to us,” said Bridget Moore, the store manager. “It seemed there was no thought why we had a bunch of plywood up.” The store’s four windows were smashed in the Monday night protest – ostensibly held over income inequality...
  • Amplified blare rousts Civic's homeless campers

    05/02/2012 8:51:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/2/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Having tried everything else, the managers of San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium are blasting the overnight homeless off their doorstep with the high-decibel sounds of chainsaws, motorcycles and jackhammers - topped off with an aircraft carrier alarm.The nocturnal bombast - which runs at a steady clip between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. - is broadcast through the Civic Center building's outside speakers. "I thought it was the building alarm going off," said building manager Robert Reiter.Concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment - which has been given exclusive rights to operate the auditorium - says it has no other choice. "I'm...
  • Bricks, pipes thrown from occupied SF building

    05/01/2012 10:16:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/1/12 | Marisa Lagos, Nanette Asimov
    Hundreds of protesters took over a vacant building on Turk Street owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Tuesday. One climbed to the roof, threw a brick and struck a man with a video camera standing in the swarm of police and demonstrators below. Police arrested Jesse Nesbitt, 34, of San Francisco on felony charges of aggravated assault after he ran out the back of the two-story building at 888 Turk St. But they didn't find another man who hurled metal pipes into from an adjacent rooftop. The Occupy activists had marched from Market Street to the Western Addition...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Trashed Mission District businesses want answers

    05/01/2012 6:09:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 61 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/1/12 | Vivian Ho, Ellen Huet, Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage. Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night. Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level...
  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Occupy marches on Wells Fargo headquarters in S.F.

    04/24/2012 12:40:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/24/12 | Vivian Ho, Jill Tucker and Kevin Fagan, Chronicle staff writers
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Several hundred Occupy protesters massed in front of the downtown San Francisco headquarters of Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday with the intention of disrupting a shareholders meeting there. Waving picket signs and broadcasting over speakers on a pickup truck parked in front of the 465 California St. bank building, demonstrators chanted, "Let us in," and, "They got bailed out, we got sold out." . . . More than a half-dozen protesters chained themselves to each other and were trying to block the entrances to Liedesdorff Alley, which shareholders have been using to gain access to the bank...
  • CALIFORNIA: 12 seek House seat in District 2, liberal sanctuary

    04/15/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The redrawn congressional district that stretches along the Pacific Ocean from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border is a political world like no other. The open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is one of the few places in the United States where all but the two Republican candidates are running to the left of President Obama.For the eight Democrats and two left-leaning candidates who decline to state a party preference, the district is a progressive sanctuary where longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart headlines a fundraiser and campaign trail visits from liberal icons...
  • SF Easter celebrations blend indulgence, reverence

    04/09/2012 7:54:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/9/12 | Meredith May
    As a kid growing up in San Francisco, 6-year-old Finley Cooper already knows how to celebrate in style. For Easter, he put on a white tux with tails, a robin's-egg-blue cummerbund and a matching bow tie. And when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence yelled "Go, kids!" he raced for eggs in Dolores Park on Sunday with hundreds of other children decked out in bunny ears, princess dresses and "Beach Blanket Babylon"-style towering bonnets."Apparently, there's chocolate in the eggs," Finley said, sucking on a lollipop. He planned to pass his bounty out to kids who didn't get any eggs in the...