Estella (a fake name she used to protect her identity) is a single mother of five who came to the United States from Latin America when her oldest daughter was a baby, hoping for a better future for her family.
But thanks to a shift in San Francisco's sanctuary policy that Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered last year, Estella's daughter we'll call her Maria, now 15 was seized by federal immigration authorities this fall, ripped from her family and community, and shipped to a detention center in Miami.
Her crime: she got in a fight with her younger, U.S.-born si Read more »
It's a sunny afternoon, but the lights are low and moody at Duke's R&B in Oakland. Sugar Pie DeSanto sits at a table with her manager, James C. Moore of Jasman Records. Her 74th birthday is four days in the rear-view mirror. A fresher, harsher anniversary has her deep in thought. "Gotta be gung-ho," she says. "If you aren't, then you're a deadbeat — and I hate a deadbeat."Read more »
The race to replace Chris Daly the always progressive, sometimes hotheaded supervisor who has dominated District 6 politics for almost a decade is becoming one of the most important battles of 2010, with the balance of power on the board potentially in play.
Through whatever accident of politics and geography, San Francisco's even-numbered districts five of which will be up for election next fall haven't tended to fall in the progressive column. Read more »
In the wake of some big money-losing real estate deals, the California Public Employee's Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in the nation, is reviewing its investment policies. Read more »
Two serious bids to legalize marijuana in California are moving forward simultaneously. And while decisions won't be made for months, both efforts have generated interest from around the world.
"We're on the cover of Newsweek right now. We were on the cover of Fortune magazine a few weeks ago," said Salwa Ibrahim, a spokesperson for Oaksterdam University, based in downtown Oakland. "We've gotten attention from every continent on the planet well, except Antarctica, I suppose."
Blame the economy's downturn. Or blame the Tamale Lady's success. Whatever the reason, suddenly mobile food carts seem to be all the rage and those that serve the midday (rather than midnight) crowd all the more so. But while the idea of the Crème Brulee Man and Magic Curry Cart has gone from experimental to expected, another nontraditional lunch option has bubbled to the surface: pop-ups and dining windows. Read more »
The Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization of human beings was recently broken when 173 million people demanded that their governments eradicate extreme poverty around the world. But U.S. media barely noted the call and San Francisco's event had low attendance, suggesting an uphill struggle for the cause in the world's richest nation.
Millions gathered at more than 3,000 Stand Up, Take Action events in 120 countries Oct. Read more »
City Hall echoed with delighted whoops of Si se puede! last week, as a veto-proof majority of the Board of Supervisors voted to give juvenile immigrants their day in court before referring them to federal immigration authorities.
But the battle over the civil rights of immigrant kids is far from over, as Mayor Gavin Newsom, Police Chief George Gascón and U.S. Read more »