Rebecca Bowe

Get your political moving and shaking on

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What's happening in the socially conscious Bay Area this week? Well, there's a mass rally Thurs/14 to save City College of San Francisco. There are community organizing meetings, like today's Transgender Month of Action panel co-sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco Pride at Work, and others. Read more »

Labor activist urges “innovation” in workers' rights organizing

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Even as renowned labor activist Bill Fletcher Jr. geared up for a talk last Thursday to describe the dire situation he believes the labor movement is facing, local organizers had victories to celebrate.

Fletcher joined organizers from the Filipino Community Center, OUR Walmart, PODER and POWER for a March 7 forum hosted by San Francisco Jobs With Justice, called “Labor at the Crossroads.”Read more »

Workers underpaid by firms renovating fancy mid-Market offices

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Union members from San Francisco Carpenters Local 22 were distributing flyers outside a developer’s Bush Street headquarters this week, upset that the company hired contractors who don’t pay union scale wages. "Hurting workers!" The bright orange flyers screamed. "Shame on them!"Read more »

#OpenData just got a teeny bit more open

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We were disheartened when, after submitting some fairly innocuous questions to the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath, we received zero answers. By the time the Guardian’s annual Freedom of Information issue hit stands yesterday, we were still out in the cold. (Shameless plug: Pick up a print edition of this week’s paper for our flow chart on how to file Sunshine requests, designed by our illustrious Art Director Brooke Robertson.)Read more »

Information, please

The Bay Area leads the revolution in information sharing. So why is it still so hard to get basic public records in San Francisco?

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rebecca@sfbg.com

The concept of "freedom of information" has taken on epic proportions in the Age of the Internet. Take Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' comments at the RSA Security Conference, which drew prominent tech luminaries to San Francisco's Moscone Center last week.Read more »

Leo Villareal’s magical Bay Lights

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Tonight, March 5, the western span of the Bay Bridge will be illuminated in the much-anticipated Bay Lights installation, created by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal.Read more »

Happy International Women's Day: There's a long way to go

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This coming Friday marks International Women’s Day, an event geared toward promoting gender equality across the globe. As women seek greater representation in politics, media, tech and other professional realms, controversies around gender equality issues continue to arise – even in San Francisco, a city nationally recognized for its progressive commitment to equality.Read more »

Attorney who conducted whistleblower cops' deposition says questions remain

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The Guardian broke the story last week about an Oakland school police officer, Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa, who came forward as a “whistleblower” in sworn testimony. Read more »

Oakland school cop comes forward as a whistleblower

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Two years after his involvement in a police shooting that took the life of a 20-year-old African American man, an Oakland School Police Department officer has come forward as a “whistleblower” in sworn testimony, making allegations of unethical behavior within a department that is already under the scrutiny of federal investigators.Read more »

Morale, management, and money

Internal problems plague city museums

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rebecca@sfbg.com

The lack of a director at the Fine Arts Museums comes at a time when staff members say morale is low and some key employees have been dismissed. The agency is still suffering from the fallout of the firing of Lynn Orr, former Curator in Charge of European Art, who was stationed at the Legion of Honor and is widely respected in international art circles.Read more »