Politics Blog

Live shots: Pro-Palestine activists block ship at the Port of Oakland

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Pro-Palestine activists marched on Saturday to block an Israeli ship scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland, protesting Gaza violence.

Well over 1,000 protesters marched from the West Oakland BART station to the port to block the Zim Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Services, Ltd., from docking and unloading its goods. As of last night the ILWU respected the Block the Boat picket line. A police line met the protesters when they arrived.Read more »

Guardianistas on the air: Catch our Alternative Ink and Expanding Mind broadcasts

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We Guardianistas aren’t just tethered to our keyboards, writing stories for our weekly print and daily online editions. We’re also working the microphones at public events and online broadcast outlets on a regular basis, including our biweely Alternative Ink show on BFF.fm.Read more »

Film festival organizers call for safer San Francisco streets

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Editor’s Note: Aug. 19 marks the Bay Area Global Health Film Festival, hosted by the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The theme of this year’s festival is “Road Traffic Safety Locally … and Globally,” and is geared toward raising awareness about the need for road traffic safety improvements. In this opinion piece, representatives from the University of California at San Francisco Orthopaedic Trauma Institute, at San Francisco General Hospital, describe how all-too-common accidents can permanently injure pedestrians and bicyclists. And they voice support for Proposition A, the San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond.

By Amber Caldwell and Nick Arlas

San Francisco is a transit-first city. Everyone shares the need to get safely from point A to point B, preferably quickly. And the various options for doing so span the full spectrum from driving, biking, and walking, to public transit like MUNI and Bart, rideshare programs, taxis, and companies like Uber and Lyft.

As we go about our daily lives, transportation is one of the most important public infrastructure systems that San Francisco relies upon. It encompasses many controversial issues and is linked to other social equity campaigns including housing advocacy and urban gentrification.

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Was Oakland's moment of silence for Ferguson buzzed by a police helicopter?

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As many of us watched in horror as Ferguson, Missouri police lobbed tear gas grenades and fired rubber bullets into crowds of their own citizens, demonstrations in Oakland and San Francisco yesterday made a show of solidarity with a national movement memorializing victims of police violence.

Michael Brown's death at the hands of Ferguson police is an all too familiar scenario for Bay Area residents. Oakland and San Francisco lost two of their own, Oscar Grant and Alex Nieto, at the hands of local police.

But as hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza took part in the National Moment of Silence in honor of Brown, that quiet was disrupted by the loud chop-chop-chop of a helicopter hovering directly overhead. Read more »

Scenes from a Faerie farewell

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An unseasonably warm afternoon breeze wafted the scent of burning sage over Duboce Park yesterday, as a crowd of 200 or so mourners joined hands in a giant prayer circle to celebrate the life of Feather -- the Radical Faerie community member found beaten nearby on Sunday morning.

Chimes rang in the sunshine, and colorful swaths of cloth twirled from a makeshift altar, heaped with flowers, perched atop the park's central hill. A large, iridescent feather stood up from the grass.

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San Francisco Democratic Party decides on endorsements for November election

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At a meeting lasting about four hours last night [Wed/13], the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, the steering committee of the city’s Democratic Party, decided on its endorsements for the Nov. 4 election.Read more »

Lee and Pelosi talk middle class jobs in unequal SF

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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) joined Mayor Ed Lee at a press conference yesterday [Tue 12] at Yerba Buena across from the construction site of a Central Subway station. It was billed as an event highlighting how “San Francisco has been in the lead” on creating middle-class jobs, investing in transportation, and ensuring fair wages for workers.

But as these words in the press advisory leapt out at us, we at the Bay Guardian responded with raised eyebrows. Really? It has?Read more »

San Francisco rent explosion: Median rent for two-bedroom apartment tops $4K

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Hold onto your butts, a new study on San Francisco's rental market (yes another one) reveals the city's newest most expensive neighborhoods. 

Priceonomics went pretty darn viral last year upon release of its first study of San Francisco's rental explosion, and round two is certain to blast through SF social media as well. And deservedly so, as the new high rental numbers are staggering.Read more »

Ruling provides more access to SFPD misconduct files

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A California appellate court issued a ruling this week [Mon/11] opening up San Francisco Police Department personnel files to prosecutors, who then must disclose to defense attorneys when officers have criminal or other misconduct issues that may affect their credibility when testifying during trials.  Read more »

SF school board votes to aid Central American child refugees, hopes to spark national movement

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Waves of Central American child refugees are landing in San Francisco, fleeing violence in their home countries. A growing number of supporters are lending aid, and now the San Francisco Unified School District is the newest group to join the cause. 

Last night [Tues/12], the SFUSD Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to bolster services in city public schools for child refugees fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.Read more »