A bill by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano that would have a huge impact on the state's budget and close a serious loophole in Prop. 13 cleared the Revenue and Taxation Committee today. AB 2492 won approval on a strict party-line 6-3 vote, with every Democrat in favor and every Republican opposed.Read more »
Today, the always calm, moderate and soft-spoken Johnny Angel Wendell talks to Tim Redmond about how the insanity of immigration politics in Arizona is going to impact the races for governor and senate in California. You can listen after the jump.
When it comes down to it, we're all a bit weird. At the back of every person's drawer there's at least one pair of sparkle-farkle leggings and a purple wig. (Weird!) After a long winter, the annual, music-filled How Weird Street Faire came at just the right time for everyone to go wacko and let loose for some spring silliness. Check out some of the looks.
Repurposed streetcars perch haphazardly in dunes not yet cowed by asphalt and the Java Beach coffeeshops. They’re homes to a community of urban escapists and artists. Some of them have front porches, some of them house bicycle clubs. It’s like a Dali painting, it’s like the boxcar children -- but it’s also an accurate picture of the first non-indigenous inhabitants of the Sunset, on whom local historian Woody LaBounty has written an awesome book, Carville-by-the-Sea. Read more »
In what appears to be another fatal blow for San Francisco's sanctuary laws--and due process in general-- officials for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say the fingerprints of juvenile immigrants charged with serious offenses will also be automatically forwarded to ICERead more »
In the ongoing War on Fun in San Francisco, a new combatant officially entered the battlefield last night with the launch of the California Music And Culture Association (which strangely goes by the acronym CMAC rather than CMCA). It aims to be a political advocacy organization and to provide members with services such as neighbor relations advice, group insurance, and discounted legal services.Read more »
The lovely ladies from the Lusty Lady will be at Dolores Park on Sun/9 raising money for their SF Pride float. "11am-until we run out of treats, fresh baked ho-cakes made with love," is how one of the Lusty's dancer put it.
Now that locavorism has been firmly established as a socially acceptable and environmentally positive movement, people are now considering the place of hyperlocal food, which generally refers to edibles cultivated right within the context of urban and suburban communities. Well, that first part is not entirely true.
It's no surprise to see the Republican Senate candidates pandering desperately to the right wing, but at a certain point, it becomes a total farce. For example: Both Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore actually said during a taped debate that they think people on the federal no-fly list should be allowed to buy guns.
I know, I know -- there are people on that list who shouldn't be, and it's a pain to get off it, but still: Buying guns?Read more »
... and even though Randy Shaw has become convinced that she is, I've never bought it, and I still don't. A progressive in Congress would never have privatized a national park. A progressive wouldn't have ducked same-sex marriage. But whatever -- here's my question for the day:
If Pelosi really believes in progressive causes, why doesn't she do anything about it at home?Read more »