Steven T. Jones

Ringling Bros elephant abuse trial begins

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Guardian illustration by Danny Hellman

By Steven T. Jones

The long-awaited animal abuse lawsuit against Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus finally gets underway tomorrow morning in a federal district court in Washington DC. Read more »

SEIU vs. UHW, a ringside seat

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Guardian intern Joe Sciarrillo was at Friday's takeover of the UHW by SEIU and has these words and images:
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Friday afternoon at the United Healthcare Workers headquarters, eight Oakland Police officers mediated a dispute between UHW members resisting the takeover by Servic Read more »

Newsom's self-serving bike proposal

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Newsom rode a rental bike as we chatted during Bike to Work Day a few years ago.
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Ousted UHW leaders form the NUHW

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Sal Rosselli, Guardian Photo by Charles Russo.

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Union showdown

UHW threatened with takeover by SEIU
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The Oakland-based United Healthcare Workers is bracing for an imminent takeover by its parent, Service Employees International Union, after defying an SEIU ultimatum to support the transfer of 65,000 UHW nursing home and homecare workers to a new local — without a member vote and with leadership appointed by SEIU.

The power struggle between SEIU President Andy Stern and UHW head Sal Rosselli and their respective boards, which has been escautf8g for the last year (see "A less perfect union," 4/9/08), came to a head Jan. Read more »

Strange bedfellows

Green City: San Francisco's bicycle community finds itself in an awfully strange position
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GREEN CITY San Francisco's bicycle community found itself in the strange position of encouraging Superior Court Judge Peter Busch — someone many cyclists revile for his strict enforcement of a far-reaching injunction against bike projects in the city — to reject a city-sponsored bike safety proposal during a Jan. 22 hearing. It was one more sign of the desperation bicyclists and city officials are feeling over the three-year-old ban on all things bike-related, from new lanes to simple sidewalk racks (see "Stationary biking," 5/16/07).Read more »

Protesting budget cuts at City Hall

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By Steven T. Jones

San Francisco City Hall is packed with people waiting to testify about Mayor Gavin Newsom's midyear budget cuts and the need for a special election in June for new revenue measures. The Board of Supervisors chamber is filled to capacity, with another few hundred people filling the overflow room in the North Light Court.
Usually, public testimony is taken at the committee level rather than at the full board, but Sup. Read more »