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  • Barack Obama locks out the press — again

    07/24/2014 3:29:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN
    SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited. Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee. Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they...
  • Archbishop Cordileone doubles down on gay marriage stance

    06/19/2014 7:07:20 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 43 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/19/14 | C. W. Nevius
    Same-sex marriage isn't a debate in San Francisco. It's state law. Same-sex marriages take place every day in the city, including at City Hall. That's why, despite all the heat he's getting, it is puzzling that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone continues to stubbornly insist on speaking at the March for Marriage on Thursday in Washington, D.C. A long list of local politicians and community leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have signed letters imploring Cordileone not to participate in the divisive, politically charged event. *** Cordileone is flying across the country as...
  • Archbishop spurns appeals to skip marriage rally (get thee behind me Pelosi)

    06/16/2014 6:07:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 7:48 PM EDT
    The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it’s his duty to proclaim “the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife,” even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone came in response to a coalition of liberal politicians, fellow clergy and gay-rights leaders who have urged him to skip an upcoming March for Marriage event in Washington. Cordileone, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on the promotion and defense of marriage, is a scheduled speaker at Thursday’s march and rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and...
  • Savage explains why Hillary can't win in 2016

    06/13/2014 6:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 13, 2014 | Kathy Shaidle
    Michael Savage “I think she’s too unattractive to win.” That was Dr. Savage’s blunt assessment of Hillary Clinton’s chances of returning to the White House, this time as president instead of first lady. He added: “She’s way past her prime. Plus she has a lousy track record. What did she achieve as secretary of State? She wrecked Libya. She destroyed the Arab Crescent. She gave us a new Cold War. She called Putin ‘Hitler.’ “That’s not a great set of qualifications,” he concluded. As for the current occupant of the Oval Office, Savage called it “crazy” that so many Americans...
  • [San Fran] Muni Faces Major Delays With Two-Thirds Of Vehicles Not Running Due To Worker ‘Sickout’

    06/02/2014 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 2, 2014 6:13 AM
    Officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are warning riders to expect major delays on Muni Monday morning after a contract dispute prompted a “sickout” by a large portion of Muni workers. […] Muni operators voted on Friday on a proposed labor agreement, but that does not mean that the contract will be ratified. […] Under the proposal, Muni operator’s pay would be raised to about $32 an hour on July 1—making them the second-highest paid transit workers in the country, according to the SFMTA. …
  • Live Maggots Found in Whole Foods Meat Case, Health Officials Say They’re Not Moving Fast Enough ..

    04/30/2014 6:50:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Maggots found in Whole Foods meat case, health officials say they’re not moving fast enough to fix the problem Whole Foods claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and that they, “maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry.” Such claims might start to be questioned, however, after a disgusting discovery at one of their San Francisco locations on Monday, April 21. Last week, KRON 4 News exclusively reported that maggots were found in a meat case. Now, KRON 4 News is reporting that the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) claims Whole Foods hasn’t worked quickly enough to...
  • Pink Brick Award [Homo-fascist smear campaign]

    04/08/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | April 7, 2014 | Dr. Scott Lively
    Pink Brick Award Posted on April 7, 2014 by Pastor Scott Tonight I was informed by a writer at the Bay Area Reporter that I have been “awarded” the Pink Brick Award by the San Francisco LGBT Pride organization.From their website: “The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the community and the Pink Brick recipient about relevant issues.” http://www.sfpride.org/pink-brick/Here is his...
  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/31/14 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 Corinthians that anyone who does not receive the Eucharist worthily, that is if they are in a state of sin, blasphemes the body and blood of the Lord," the archbishop explained.
  • 16,000 Births, 18,000 Abortions in San Francisco

    03/29/2014 3:56:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Alpha center wants to follow NehemiahOn Friday, March 21, 350 admirers filled the Patrons Hall of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral in support of one of only two crisis pregnancy centers in the City. The event was a fundraiser for Alpha Pregnancy Center, located in Mission Terrace. For those unfamiliar with San Francisco, that is not one of the neighborhoods President Obama visits during his frequent fundraising trips. Attendees included Father John Jimenez, who recently celebrated Mass in front of San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood to kick off this year’s 40 Days for Life; a number of 40 Days volunteers; and...
  • San Francisco police officer facing child pornography, molestation charges

    01/23/2014 10:30:45 AM PST · by rey · 16 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | January 23, 2014 | Press Demo/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco police officer is facing child pornography and molestation charges in Contra Costa County. Prosecutors tell the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1g4DYqz) 38-year-old Richard Hastings was arraigned on Wednesday on nine counts of lewd acts on a 15-year-old child and one count of possession of child pornography. He did not enter a plea and indicated he was looking to hire an attorney.
  • Climate change warning labels on gas pumps?

    01/09/2014 2:38:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 9, 2014 | David R. Baker
    Buy a pack of cigarettes, and a printed warning from the surgeon general will remind you that smoking causes cancer. Obviously, you’ve chosen to smoke anyway. But perhaps one day you’ll look at that message, printed on the pack, and resolve to change your ways. Now, apply that idea to global warming. A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.
  • Wash. students protest gay vice principal's exit

    12/20/2013 10:12:52 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 92 replies
    SFGATE ^ | Updated 9:20 pm, Friday, December 20, 2013 | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press
    SEATTLE (AP) — Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal. An online petition started by the senior class president of Eastside Catholic was the third fastest growing U.S. petition on change.org Friday, attracting around 15,000 signatures in one day. The petition was launched after Vice Principal Mark Zmuda resigned under pressure from school administrators after they learned he had married his same-sex partner. Bradley Strode said the students want to effect change within the wider Catholic Church, with an ultimate goal of altering the Catholic...
  • 35 Years Later, Jim Jones Cult Leaves Lessons for Believers

    11/16/2013 10:29:11 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 69 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 11-15-13 | A. James Rudin
    It’s been 35 years since 918 people, including 257 children, died on Nov. 18, 1978, at the Peoples Temple massacre in Jonestown. The mass murder inside the South American jungle commune in Guyana was engineered by Jim Jones, a murderous cult leader, and was the only time in American history a member of Congress, Leo Ryan, D-Calif., was killed in the line of official duty. Most of the victims were forced to commit suicide by drinking a fatal cocktail of poisoned punch spiked with a Valium tranquilizer. In the days that followed the slaughter of the innocents, Jonestown became a...
  • BART Police Probe Porn Video Shot On Train

    07/12/2013 9:51:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    SFChronicle ^ | July 12, 2013 | Ellen Huet
    BART Police Probe Porn Video Shot On Train Ellen Huet July 12, 2013 San Francisco -- BART police are investigating an amateur pornographic video shot on a moving BART train that came to their attention Thursday, authorities said. The cell phone video shows a "partially disrobed" couple having intercourse on a seat at the end of a train car, said deputy police chief Ben Fairow. The video was apparently recorded by a third party, and the man and woman in the video appear to know that someone is recording them because they turn and laugh in the direction of the...
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working

    06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis
    BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats. It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago. Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more...
  • San Francisco’s Black Talon Ban Comes a Little Too Late (Ammo Discontinued 20 Years Ago)

    04/16/2013 7:03:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 4/16/13 | Max Slowik
    San Francisco’s Black Talon Ban Comes a Little Too Late In the massive surge to draft new gun control legislation across the nation, you could be forgiven for not noticing the local San Francisco push to ban hollowpoint ammo. Specifically, the new law bans Winchester Black Talons. This is interesting if for only the fact that Winchester hasn’t made Black Talon ammunition for two decades. Why ban the sale of practically nonexistent ammo? California’s history of shooting sprees is at the heart of the issue. Following the 101 California Street shooting, where Gian Luigi Ferri used a blend of ammo,...
  • San Francisco to provide transgender surgeries for uninsured

    11/09/2012 3:28:11 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    fox ^ | 11-9-12 | ap
    San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city's Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. The vote was announced Thursday. The idea came out of conversations between public health officials and transgender rights advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries covered under San Francisco's universal health care program.
  • A Romney vote means rich, white San Franciscans can’t exercise in their home gyms

    10/30/2012 7:17:25 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 74 replies
    Hotair/Sfgate.com ^ | October 30, 2012 | Mary Katharine Ham
    <p>For the past several weeks, the 60-year-old San Francisco resident has frequently bolted awake in the middle of the night, in “a panic attack,” she said. She darts for her computer and checks the latest polls. Some days she’s so distraught that she can’t exercise.</p>
  • City official consults Ouija board before vote

    05/23/2012 12:21:16 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 14 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | 5/23/2012 | unknown
    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 (http://bit.ly/KnVnbu ) 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." Te 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 1978 by Dan White. Supporters say the naming would honor the...
  • Rick Perry “failed fundamental character test” with anti-gay ad

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

    12/01/2011 3:07:46 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    New American ^ | 12-1-2011 | Michael Tennant
    Here’s a story that’ll tickle your McRibs. On December 1 a law seemingly banning McDonald’s Happy Meals went into effect in San Francisco. The “Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance” prohibits restaurants from giving away toys with meals that do not meet with the city’s approval — namely, meals with too many calories, too much salt or fat, or insufficient fruits and vegetables. Just a few days before the ordinance took effect, SF Weekly reports, McDonald’s announced it had found a simple way around the statute: Charge customers extra for the toys. Now in order to obtain a Happy Meal toy, parents...
  • Kudos from Rainbow Sash Movement [for Abp Niederauer]

    12/01/2011 12:19:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Radical homosexual group ‘encouraged’ by archbishop’s inaction at Most Holy RedeemerThe Rainbow Sash Movement, a homosexual-rights group known for disrupting Masses across the world on Pentecost Sundays, says San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer’s failure to police activities at the notoriously ‘gay-friendly’ Most Holy Redeemer parish “should be applauded.” In a Nov. 22 news release -- the same day California Catholic Daily published a story about the scheduled appearance of retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles at Most Holy Redeemer -- Rainbow Sash said it “wishes to congratulate the people and pastor” of the parish for inviting Bishop Charles, noting he had...
  • 'Not gay enough' softball players settle suit

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

    11/23/2011 11:11:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4,086 replies · 2+ views
    A notoriously 'gay-friendly' parish in San Francisco has invited an openly homosexual Episcopalian cleric to lead an Advent Vespers service. Most Holy Redeemer parish asked Bishop Otis Charles, a retired Episcopalian prelate, to lead the November 30 service. After serving as the Bishop of Utah from 1971 to 1993, he publicly announced that he is homosexual. Divorced from the mother of his 5 children, he solemnized a same-sex union in 2004.
  • SF picking on pro-life centers

    11/21/2011 11:35:10 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11-21-11 | Charlie Butts
    San Francisco's new ordinance leveled at pro-life pregnancy centers will face federal court scrutiny. The core of the lawsuit is First Amendment viewpoint discrimination. First Resort is a chain of pro-life centers filing the case. The group's CEO Shari Plunkett claims the Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordination was "crafted to target one or two specific organizations and carefully shelter from its scope all groups whose viewpoints the city agrees with." Paul Suis, a longtime board member for First Resort, explains to OneNewsNow that two layers of the ordinance ensure it could only be applied to pro-life pregnancy centers and...
  • Occupy SF accused of Ferry Building thefts, filth

    11/11/2011 9:24:45 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | November 10, 2011 | Mike Aldax
    Ferry Building merchants and managers are fed up with the mayhem that has come with the nearby Occupy SF encampment. A spike in shoplifting, break-ins and reports of abandoned human waste — and a reported drop in foot traffic — has management fuming about the Justin Herman Plaza encampment. There even are reports of occupiers using the building’s restrooms as washrooms — with folks taking sponge baths from toilets. And last Monday, eight men were allegedly escorted out of the building after they attempted to use the bathrooms wearing nothing but their boxer shorts. Property manager Jane Connors has written...
  • San Francisco bans naked dining

    11/03/2011 3:00:41 PM PDT · by Strk321 · 29 replies
    There's one for Michael Savage to comment on. Seriously, that city is disgusting. Potholes, junkies, bums, naked gay men walking around everywhere, etc.Yuck.
  • Freep a Poll! (make 25% tip mandatory in SF restaurants? Added to bill automatically)

    10/14/2011 12:52:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    CBSlocal.com ^ | 10-14-11 | CBSlocal.com
    Are You For or Against a Tip Increase At San Francisco Restaurants? Yes, They deserve more money! No, Keep the standard the same! I don't tip at all...
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivVcfSBVSM
  • Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon

    09/30/2011 11:32:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 24, 2011 | Jessica Ravitz
    (CNN) - Early on in life, Mitch Mayne knew exactly who he was. He would race home...to watch reruns of “Star Trek” and swoon over his crush, Captain Kirk. At 8, after his parents converted, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... It is where he feels spiritually at home, irrespective of the fact that, for the past 10 years, he’s been openly gay. “I’m a man that lives in two worlds that a lot of people don’t think intersect,” Mayne said... Actively Mormon and openly gay: It's the sort of combo that might leave...
  • San Francisco protesters: No nudes is bad news

    09/24/2011 5:16:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/24/11
    Hanging out on a street corner has taken on new meaning in San Francisco. Several dozen men and at least one woman took part in a naked protest Saturday in San Francisco's Castro District that has become known for its nude visitors. Some participants carried signs that read, "Nudity is Not a Crime" and "Get Your Hate Off My Body," . . .
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Cover your eyes! Nude-in planned for Saturday

    09/21/2011 12:43:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 9/21/11 | Heather Knight
    Consider yourself warned: those naked guys in the Castro are going to turn out in force on Saturday for a noon-time “nude-in” at what they call The Buff Stop. (For non-nudists, that’s the plaza at the corner of Castro and 17th Street.) Though the naked guys aren’t fans of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s recently proposed legislation mandating that they put a towel down on a public chair or bench before sitting on it, the nude-in is actually unrelated. It was planned weeks ago as a sort of pre-party for Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair. Because, you know, that day-long celebration of all...
  • What Will It Take to Wake Jews Up?

    07/26/2011 6:43:16 AM PDT · by rhema · 100 replies
    dennisprager.com ^ | 7/26/11 | Dennis Prager
    The citizens of San Francisco will be voting on a proposition that seeks to ban circumcision in that city. Though I am strongly opposed to the proposition, if it passes, some good may come of it. Let me explain. I am a passionate advocate of Jewish ritual known as the brit (often pronounced bris) -- the ritual circumcision of 8-day-old Jewish boys. I am even an advocate of circumcision generally. I was recently in Africa -- in Zimbabwe and Zambia -- where I delivered mosquito nets and seeds to the poorest of Africa's poor. I saw giant billboards there, as...
  • Tony Bennett says US 'caused' 9/11 attacks

    09/20/2011 10:08:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 20, 2011
    <p>Legendary singer Tony Bennett has waded into a new controversy by saying America "caused" the attacks on the Twin Towers.</p> <p>The 85-year-old Grammy-winning crooner, famed for the 1960s hit single "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" appeared on the "Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM Radio yesterday to discuss his latest album "Duets II."</p>
  • San Francisco, the Clothing Optional City

    09/15/2011 11:36:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 52 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 9/15/11 | Debra J Saunders
    A few more points on today's column on the Supe Scott Wiener's proposed ordinance to regulate naked people dining and sitting in public places -- by requiring them to put something between their seats on those on which they sit. San Franciscans pride themselves in not particularly caring what happens between consenting adults. The problem: The City's nudists bare all without the consent of other adults -- many of whom are parents who want to enjoy the city with their children. I do not understand why restaurant owners do not refuse to serve naked patrons. It goes to show how...
  • The Naked Truth and Public Nudity in San Francisco

    09/12/2011 7:40:56 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 36 replies
    The New American ^ | Saturday, 10 September | Selwyn Duke
    There currently is a debate raging over public nudity in San Francisco. It’s not what you think. It’s already entirely legal to parade about in the buff on the city’s streets, and no one is discussing the resurrection of indecent-exposure laws. Rather, the question is whether sanitary behavior — namely, posterior protection for public seating — should be required of nudists by law. Reports the Los Angeles Times: Retired math teacher David Goldman and his husband, Michael Koehn, were sharing a pleasant alfresco moment at a public plaza in the heart of the Castro district this week, passing a slender...
  • San Francisco may pass public nudity restrictions

    09/07/2011 2:05:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 7, 2011 | Unknown
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Something could soon be coming between San Francisco's proud nudists and their unusual freedom to bare it all. Walking around naked is legal in the city under most circumstances, but a city supervisor concerned about public health and sanitation introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the clothing averse to put a cloth or other barrier under their bottoms if they take a seat in public. > Wiener represents the city's Castro District, where a group of men locals refer to as "the naked guys" is known to strut its stuff, and some residents have grown weary...
  • Proposed rules should address problem of nudity

    09/08/2011 9:04:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/8/11 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco -- Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposed legislation about the nude guys in the Castro is already a success. That is, assuming his intention was to make kooky San Francisco a national joke while doing nothing about the core problem. Wiener has come up with a plan to compel the nudies to put something under their bottoms when they sit in public chairs and cover up in restaurants. "What I am proposing is noncontroversial," he said. "Rather than try to hit one out of the park and take on the broader issue of public nudity, I am proposing a modest...
  • Message to nudists: At least be sanitary

    09/06/2011 12:49:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 71 replies
    SFGate: Capitol Insider ^ | 9/6/11 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The naked truth, it seems, is that San Francisco is once again going to emerge as a city ripe for ridicule -- or a beacon of free expression -- depending on your point of view. The latest issue? Public nudity. Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation today intended to get to the bottom of the gross-out factor when it comes to public nudity. His proposal would require people who bare all for all to see to at the very least place a towel or like item underneath them when they sit down. The proposed restrictions also would require nudists to...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Not many of us natives left here in adventure land

    08/23/2011 8:51:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/11 | Carl Nolte, Chronicle Columnist
    I ran into a man I'd known for years at a supermarket the other day. He's an old San Francisco guy, so I was surprised at what he said. "I'm moving out of the city," he said. "San Francisco is not the city I grew up in anymore. I'm through with it. "Yep," he said, "I'm gonna sell my house and move to Novato. You know what? The sun shines there in the summer. I mean they have sun - that big yellow thing - sun in July and August. I'm tired of the fog - fog every night and...
  • Robbers steal money, then hair from Texas man in South San Francisco

    08/04/2011 4:30:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8-3-11 | Joshua Melvin
    Not content with just robbing a Texas tourist of his money, a group of assailants also chopped off a clump of the man's hair during a Monday night attack. The 34-year-old victim was walking in the 100 block of Gateway Boulevard around 10 p.m. when he was assaulted by a group of four to six men, according to South San Francisco police. The assailants knocked the victim to the ground and robbed him of his cash. While the man was lying on the ground, one of the robbers pulled out a silver pocket knife and cut away a chunk of...
  • The Small-Time Landlord vs. Big-Time Tenants’ Rights

    05/08/2011 9:31:19 PM PDT · by bkopto · 21 replies
    The Bay Citizen ^ | April 30, 2011 | ELIZABETH LESLY STEVENS
    In San Francisco, one of the toughest places in the country to find a place to live, more than 31,000 housing units — one of every 12 — now sit vacant, according to recently released census data. That’s the highest vacancy rate in the region, and a 70 percent increase from a decade ago. To know one big reason why, ask Wayne Koniuk. By trade, Koniuk fashions artificial limbs for amputees. By habit, he fits prostheses at no charge for people who cannot pay. This has left him a less-than-wealthy man. But he does have one substantial asset: a Divisadero...
  • Marin County: Where the white folks are

    03/28/2011 2:51:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/28/11 | Jenny Pisillo
    The slogan to the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau is "Marin: It's just a little out there." Their site also notes that "It's different here. And not by accident." One difference is that Marin is the culturally, pretty plain vanilla. It's probably not a shock that of all the pockets and regions in the Bay Area, Marin County is the least diverse of them all. Or translated differently, Marin has one of the highest percentage of Caucasians. While this is most likely a well known fact, The Bay Citizen last week confirmed this, in compiling the 10 Whitest Cities in...
  • 2 men claim to be victims of DUI scam

    03/13/2011 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 13, 2011 | Justin Berton
    Looking back, David Dutcher realizes the gorgeous blonde who approached him through an online dating service came on too strong. During their 2008 date at the Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Concord, Dutcher said the woman chugged shots of hard alcohol and punctuated each with a kiss to his lips. After a second flirtatious woman showed up, the blonde told Dutcher, then a 46-year-old recent divorcee, that their night would continue if he followed the ladies home to join them in a hot tub. Dutcher never got there - minutes after he left the restaurant, a Concord police officer pulled...
  • SF's Unemployment Rate Keeps Going Up

    03/05/2011 11:54:19 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    sfappeal.com ^ | 5 Mar 2011 | Saul Sugarman
    Unemployment has increased in several counties across the San Francisco Bay Area, according to a state report released Friday. Jobless rates rose in Solano County from 12.1 percent in December to 12.4 percent in January, according to the California Employment Development Department. In San Francisco County, unemployment increased from 9.2 percent to 9.5 percent. Marin County saw jobless rates go from 7.9 percent to 8.2 percent, the report said. The number of people out of work in Alameda County went from 10.8 percent to 11 percent, and Santa Clara County's jobless numbers went from 10.4 percent to 10.5 percent. While...
  • Religion News in Brief {Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) allows homosexual minister}

    03/02/2011 12:47:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    A panel of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has acquitted a minister who was accused of violating the denomination's constitution by legally marrying his male partner. The church judicial commission split 3-3 Monday on the charge against the Rev. Erwin Barron, who is under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, but now works as a college professor in San Francisco.
  • Ban-happy SF targets male circumcision

    11/12/2010 12:25:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 83 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/12/2010 | Joshua Sabatini
    The Board of Supervisors just banned toys in Happy Meals, which drew worldwide attention.Now the latest ban being proposed in San Francisco is on male circumcision.A proposed ballot measure for the November 2011 ballot – when voters will be electing the San Francisco’s next mayor – would amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” Doing so would result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail, according to the...
  • Transgender Sex Shop Exec Reportedly Labeled 'Conservative' in San Francisco Race

    10/03/2010 4:01:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/3/2010 | Fox News
    A transgender woman who used to run a sex toy company called Good Vibrations reportedly is being labeled as the "conservative" candidate in a local San Francisco race. SF Weekly reports that Theresa Sparks, a candidate for a seat on the city's Board of Supervisors, is being criticized as the insider, conservative pick. Sparks is backed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and held a seat on the city's Police Commission. She allegedly drifts "conservative" by opposing a hotel tax and, according to one local paper, declining to put pressure on the city's police officers while serving on the disciplinary panel....
  • San Francisco Considers Ban on Small Pet Sales

    07/08/2010 1:42:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thu, Jul 8, 2010 | JESSICA GREENE
    Law would apply to sales of cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, birdsIt could soon be illegal for pet stores in San Francisco to sell pets. The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission will take up a proposal tonight that would ban the sale of all small animals from the City's pet shops. Only fish would be allowed to be sold under the ordinance, which is believed to be the first of it's kind in the country. The proposed law is designed to encourage people to rescue animals from the shelter instead of buying from a pet store. Supporters say it...
  • San Francisco treat

    10/29/2008 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies · 492+ views
    As if San Francisco wasn't loopy enough, voters will be asked Tuesday to pass a ballot initiative, endorsed by the Democratic Party, that would bar police enforcing California's prostitution laws. The goal is to free up $11 million a year now spent collaring hookers so police can go after the real criminals: people who cook with trans fats; tote groceries in plastic bags, think bad thoughts about homosexuals, etc. If voters approve, hookers would enjoy the same special rights Frisco has bestowed upon illegal aliens, porn peddlers and medical-marijuana potheads. Among other things, a yes vote would increase prostitution, sex...