Status. Clout. Juice. Whatever it is -- the intangibles that humans need in order to govern other humans -- Willie Lewis Brown's got it.Da Mayor and current Kingmaker is also, technically, at risk of having Justice Department officials swoop down upon his residence at the St. Regis Hotel and seize s ... More >>
So many unconventional and borderline freakish things are born right here in San Francisco. Take the tinfoil chapeaux, for instance. And if that's not weird enough for you, there's always the How Weird Street Faire, which incidentally is scheduled this weekend.Among our many much-appreciated eccentr ... More >>
Here is something that might inspire the dwindling Occupiers to return to their tents: While our very own Nancy Pelosi was pushing to extend unemployment benefits that will, ideally, keep Spam on the tables of the 99 percent -- and provide a boatload of jobs! -- the San Francisco Democrat h ... More >>
Blindsided as he was during a "bloodbath" of a House Judicial Committee hearing, in which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hung out to dry over the teeny-tiny issue of injecting American-made weaponry into the Mexican cartel wars, you could forgive the Justice Department head for mincing his wo ... More >>
The California Young Democrats are appealing to supporters for financial assistance after discovering that they cannot access their operating funds, which were handled by a Democratic campaign treasurer now facing fraud charges.Federal and state authorities are investigating the treasurer, Kinde ... More >>
Political calculations are aflutter in response to the Obama administration's claim that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that limits marriage between a man and a woman. Here's one more: What does this mean for gay immigrants who are married?As we explored in a 2010 ... More >>
Melissa Lee works the camerasCongress failed again last month to corral the needed votes to put the DREAM Act back on the table -- and the fallout looks something like this: Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Lee was on a successful trajectory; she had graduated from Lowell High School - the city's mos ... More >>
Were local tycoons too cheap to bankroll this? Nine years after Mayor Willie Brown put in motion a plan to turn the 136-year-old San Francisco's Old Mint at Fifth and Mission Streets into a "21st-century mixed-use cultural center dedicated to the residents and visitors of the Bay Area," the San F ... More >>
You may recall our July cover feature on young undocumented immigrants waiting for the DREAM Act, a bill that would give illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military a path to citizenship. At the time the story came out, many advocates predicted that Democrats would lack the ball ... More >>
In California, many undocumented immigrants are offered cheap college tuition, only to find they cant get jobs after they graduate.
Mila Zinkova...But you can still look at the pictures for freeThe city of San Francisco, it seems, has stumbled upon a remarkable new way to generate cash. It will make people pay money for something they didn't really want in the first place. By a lopsided 8-3 vote, the Board of Supervisors on T ... More >>
A nice weekend for San Francisco's erstwhile mayorMayor Gavin Newsom put on a charm offensive at this weekend's state Democratic Party Convention, hoping to win the official endorsement for lieutenant governor. He didn't get it -- but he still left in a commanding position in his quest to leave S ... More >>
Not winning the vote of San Francisco's business community...Despite 30 minutes of face time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to convince a delegation of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce business leaders to endorse the most important piece of legislation a San Francisco politician has shepherd ... More >>
Over the past decade, we have often felt as though we might be living in an adult playground run by a feisty bunch of hypocrites, philanderers, and drunk-dialers. This, we have to admit, makes San Francisco a pretty exciting city in which to gather the news. Narrowing down the top 10 (okay, it's rea ... More >>
Gavin Newsom, F.O.B.* After recent polls showed Gavin Newsom getting clobbered by Jerry Brown even among San Francisco voters, political insiders began wagering when Newsom would gracefully pull the plug on his gubernatorial bid. One reasonable guess making the rounds: Newsom would call it quits ... More >>
mental.masala/FlickrThe Civic Center event was one of several in the city.Slow Food San Francisco president Dava Guthmiller estimated about 400 people showed up at a potluck in Civic Center yesterday. The event was one of more than 300 Labor Day Eat-Ins organized by Slow Food USA, a kickoff t ... More >>
Will it burn a hole in his pocket? Last month we reported on how gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom took a hefty donation from Rockstar Energy Drinks' CEO Russell Weiner. When the media began reporting extremist positions Weiner touted on immigration and same-sex marriage in the past (and that he' ... More >>
For the last eight years in San Francisco, "President's Day" was a cruel joke on a city with no sense of humor about politics. Sure, America could boast Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and TWO Roosevelts -- but we were stuck with Bush. None of our traditional coping strategies worked. No matter ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs What's that, you say? Didn't Gavin already give a Newsom-isode on the economy? Well, yes, but that was the "Economic Climate." This is the Newsom-isode on "Economic Development." What's the difference? Well, one kind of tells you what Gavin plans to do, and the other kind o ... More >>
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