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Fiona Ma

  • News

    March 26, 2014
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    October 11, 2012

    Fiona Ma Tells SF Weekly What the State Assembly Taught Her About California

    Over six years in the State Assembly, Fiona Ma, who represents San Francisco's western half, quickly worked her way to Majority Whip and then to Speaker Pro Tem. During that span, she passed bills that: made California the first state to ban phthalates (a toxic chemical) from baby products; regulate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Michael Breyer Says State Assembly Race Is Sacramento Reform vs. Politics As Usual

    State legislature races occupy a sort of no-man's land between the intensely local city hall elections and the highly covered national ones. Moreover, in a dark blue city like San Francisco, finding policy distinctions between two Democratic candidates often requires a trek into the weeds -- and may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Distraught Father Fights Bill That Lets Unlicensed Drivers Keep Their Cars

    California State Assembly Bill 1993, introduced by San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, would prohibit police officers from impounding or towing an unlicensed person's car if the car can be parked nearby or if a licensed driver can come and pick it up. The idea behind the bill is that the current ... More >>

  • Music

    December 28, 2011
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    December 28, 2011

    In Print: Looking Back at the Year in Bay Area Music

    From SF Weekly's latest print music section: ​ Looking Back on 2011: A lot happened in Bay Area music in 2011 -- and not all of it had to do with a female rapper from Oakland called Kreayshawn. Remember KUSF getting shut down? Or the battle to save the Eagle Tavern? And it wasn't all sad news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Fiona Ma's No Booze In the Self-Checkout Law Is Toast of Unions

    ​Come Jan. 1, California will manage to solve a problem no one has yet proven to exist -- the rampant scourge of underage boozers purchasing alcohol via the supermarket self-checkout lanes. Won't someone think of the children? Oh wait -- they did.Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's AB 183 will prevent the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Fiona Ma Reminds Us That She Is a Total Buzzkill

    Not even Santa can stop Fiona Ma from pooping all over your party ​We have to wonder what state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's idea of a good time is, considering she has been a total killjoy this past year, pushing legislation that bans all types of good fun. And in case you have forgotten the new rule ... More >>

  • Music

    October 19, 2011
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    October 14, 2011

    Fiona Ma's Quest to Ban Raves Ends with Discovery That You Can't Ban a Type of Music

    Fiona Ma: Still not a rave fan​Last year, we told you that S.F. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma was on a quest to ban raves in the wake of the death of a 15-year-old girl at Electric Daisy Carnival in L.A. Turns out Ma failed -- at least to ban raves outright. "We found out later on that constitutiona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Fiona Ma Realizes She Can't Stop the Music

    Not an actual photoWhich person doesn't belong?​We've already noted plenty of time that Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is a total killjoy -- or at least she's trying to be. However, her effort to poop all over the party has its limits. It turns out that the San Francisco Democrat, who once tried to ban ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Why Is Fiona Ma Such a Killjoy?

    ​SF Weekly readers can't forget last year when Assemblywoman Fiona Ma quickly cast herself as the state's biggest party-pooper when she tried to outlaw raves across California. She only renegged on her legislation after deciding to do some more "research" and attend a pacifier party herself. And w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Tips on How to Cohabitate with Coyotes

    flckr/Ber"Zophus"​Like it or not, coyotes have moved back into San Francisco and settled in, mainly in the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and Bernal Hill over the last decade. Now, says Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco), it's time to get to know our furry neighbors -- not be afraid of them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Assemblywoman Fiona Ma: Nobody Would Enforce a Circumcision Ban

    Penis patrol​The state is (finally) intervening in the debate on whether San Francisco can criminalize circumcisions on males younger than 18. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is headed to the city's Sunset District today to announce a new bill that will specifically stop California cities from trying to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Fiona Ma Demands State Boycott of Southwest Airlines After Pilot's Rant About 'Gays and Grannies'

    Fiona Ma is not taking shit from Southwest​Assemblywoman Fiona Ma isn't going to stand for trash-talking. The San Francisco Democrat slammed Southwest Airlines today, asking her fellow lawmakers to stop flying Southwest after a pilot was busted for bashing gays, women, and overweight people via a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Kelly's Mission Rock Closing Before Pride, Capri Gets a Spicy New Name, More!

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Grub Street reports the pending shutter of Kelly's Mission Rock before the end of June. Don't worry, Juanita More!'s post-Pride party is still on, it's just been moved to the Phoenix Hotel for 2011. But w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Hawker Fare Readies for Lunch, Fresh and Easy Braces for Trouble

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Inside Scoop gets word that James Syhabout's Hawker Fare (2300 Webster at 23rd St. in Oakland) is set to open for lunch May 17 and dinner on May 26. A sharp departure from Syhabout's meticulously refined ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Anti-Rave Politician Fiona Ma Attends Rave, Doesn't Exactly Have Fun

    Not a real photo of Fiona, but oh, how we wish it was.​Remember the whole, "we should ban raves in California" thing we told you about in December? Basically Bay Area Assemblywoman Fiona Ma proposed banning raves outright on public property as a solution to the problem of excessive drug use and dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Fiona Ma Goes Raving

    Not an actual photo'It wasn't fun per se...'​If you own enough pacifiers that you can match one to your outfit, you probably have a fairly strong opinion regarding Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, author of the "Anti-Raves Act of 2011."The San Francisco representative pulled back that legislation when it m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Fiona Ma Invites Donors to Lady Gaga Concert

    Party animal​Proving that she is no party pooper after all, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is putting the fun back in fundraiser for her senate campaign with some high-profile bashes including a Giants party and a trip to the Lady Gaga concert.So put on your orange and black and join Ma on March 3 for her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Fiona Ma Refuses to Use State-Subsidized Cars Amid Looming Budget Crisis

    Giving, not getting, free rides​Not every executive feels entitled to perks in the face of a financial fiasco. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is one of a handful of lawmakers in Sacramento who refuses to use taxpayer dollars to get to and from work. Ma has decided not to use state leased vehicles, one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Anti-Rave Bill Nixed By Fiona Ma

    The anti-anti-raves crowd will be pleased​Readers may recall Assemblywoman Fiona Ma empowering the "I'm a raver and I vote" contingent with last week's introduction of the Anti-Raves Act of 2011. Well, the party's over... on ending parties. Ma yesterday announced she's pulling back her bill until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Anti-Rave Legislator Fiona Ma Coming To Rave Near You

    This is NOT a real photograph. Yet. ​Fiona Ma taketh away, and Fiona Ma giveth. The San Francisco Assemblywoman yesterday decided to nix her controversial "Anti-Raves Act of 2011." Area rave promoters may soon get something else, however: Fiona Ma. Ma told SF Weekly she plans on attending a rave s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Fiona Ma Might Be Coming to Your Next Rave

    Fiona Ma wants to see what all the fun is about...​From SF Weekly's news blog, the Snitch: Fiona Ma taketh away, and Fiona Ma giveth. The San Francisco Assemblywoman yesterday decided to nix her controversial "Anti-Raves Act of 2011." Area rave promoters may soon get something else, however: Fiona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Petition To Stop Rave Ban Questions Meaning of 'Prerecorded' Music

    But what does it mean to "rave"?​Well, that didn't take long: Only days after we reported (last week) that S.F. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has introduced a bill to ban raves in California, a petition has popped up online to head her off at the, uh, DJ booth. As of this writing, the effort on Chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Would Fiona Ma's New Year's Bash Violate Her Own Anti-Rave Bill?

    layout sparksRave while you can, kids...​Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is well on her way to establishing a reputation as Party Crasher No. 1 after authoring the self-explanatory "Anti-Raves Act of 2011." In the wake of May's Pop the Dream event at the Cow Palace that left two event-goers dead of drug ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    SF Lawmaker Fiona Ma Wants To Ban Raves Statewide

    Thomas LevinsonIs this the future of raves in California?​Following several drug-related deaths, arrests, and hospitalizations at raves in the Bay Area and Los Angeles this year, S.F. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma says the state should ban raves altogether.Ma's bill, the Anti-Raves Act of 2011, would out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Anti-Rave Bill Introduced By Fiona Ma

    Now a slightly tougher choice​In the legislative version of the cops showing up and busting up your party, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is attempting to make California a rave-free zone. The San Francisco politico's Anti-Raves Act of 2011 would forbid any "public event at night that includes prerecorded ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2010

    The Identity Card

    Voting by race has made the city's political representation more Asian. It could be what puts 33-year-old Jane Kim on the board of supervisors.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Hear That Siren? Did Your Train Stop? It was the 'Shake-Out' Freak-Out.

    Fiona MaFiona Ma is into it​San Franciscans without clock or calendar can set their internal timing devices by the weekly emergency sirens, which test every Tuesday at noon. Other than the Tuesday test, these blare only when an earthquake or other disaster is at hand (just having your home or offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Fiona Ma Tweets About 'Wrecked Rectum'

    Do your own Google search for 'Wrecked Rectum'​It wasn't for nothing Assemblywoman Fiona Ma won SF Weekly's "Best Political Tweeter" award. Her 140-character recaps of her journeys around the state -- which invariably involve apropos-of-nothing fecal references -- are mesmerizing. And yet, wheneve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Fiona Ma Strikes Again -- on Twitter

    Fiona Ma, left, has an interesting way of putting things​It's not for nothing that Assemblywoman Fiona Ma was crowned San Francisco's Best Political Tweeter. It was for shit. No, literally, for shit. The westside pol's series of tweets on bat guano, a manure-shoveling politician, and explosive bov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Fiona Ma Loves Her Some Johnson, NASCAR

    Ma on track​The first Asian-American woman to be Speaker Pro Tempore of the state Assembly, SF west-side rep Fiona Ma is also a NASCAR fan.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    'What Kind of Tree Would You Be,' Assemblywoman Fiona Ma?

    Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, our favorite twittering politician, has entertained us in the past with musings on all things brown. Now, however, she's off to greener pastures. Literally: ​Er, fair enough. What gives? The Ponderosa Pine-loving pol gave us an answer: 

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Speier Not Running for AG, Horde of Upwardly Mobile Pols Staying Put

    Rep. Jackie Speier, seen here with Stephen Colbert, will continue her ride in Washington, D.C. ​Rep. Jackie Speier's newly minted spokesman Nathan Ballard just informed the world that his boss will not be leaving Congress to run for state Attorney General. Congressional seats rarely open -- especi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Our Favorite Twittering Politician Tweets About Shit Once Again

    Fiona Ma​Three times equals a trend -- that's the journalistic maxim. Well, we now have a trend -- plus once. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has fired off her fourth tweet about excrement -- and there was much rejoicing. Ma, you may recall, earlier tweeted out a jarring message that her dinner acquaintanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Politician Assures Us Her Twitter Silence Isn't Due to Hawaiian Sojourn

    Oh the things you'll find on a politician's Facebook page...​So far, nothing on Twitter has brought us more entertainment than the Freudian adventures of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Whether it's boasting about a colleague's experience shoveling manure, expounding on bat feces, or chronicling the explo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Got Swine Flu? Call a Doctor. Then Call a Politician.

    ​Those of a certain age may remember the wonderful Chris Guest-Billy Crystal sketches from Saturday Night Live in which Willie and Frankie, a pair of none-too-bright New York City characters who enjoyed nothing more than comparing notes of the twisted, masochistic self-mutilation they needlessly e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Politician With Propensity to Tweet About Fecal Matter Chides SF Weekly: We Forgot a Shitty Tweet!

    Fiona Ma, she of the "bat guana" Tweet​Last week, we once again ventured into the surreal world of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's Twitter feed -- where you should watch where you step. The former San Francisco supervisor has demonstrated a remarkable tendency to Tweet the shit, so to speak -- the subjec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Fiona Ma, Our Favorite Twittering Politician, Casually Tweets About Beasts' Explosive Diarrhea

    Fiona Ma's Tweets are getting a bit, shall we say, Freudian​Following Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's Twitter feed is sort of like panning for gold. Most of the time you're not finding anything that'd inspire a prospector's jig, but every once in a while -- score! And that makes it all worth the while. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    What Crazy Shit -- Literally -- Is Fiona Ma Tweeting About Now?

    Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's Tweets make us happy -- but perhaps not in the manner she intended ​Fiona Ma, you never disappoint us -- on Twitter. We make a point of checking the San Francisco Assemblywoman's Twitter feed at least twice a month. So far, we have never failed to find some manner of bizar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    The Blue Placard Blues: Bill Would Seriously Fine Disabled Placard Scofflaws, But Doesn't Note It's Still Just Too Easy to Get One

    Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's bill to crack the financial whip when it comes to billing disabled parking placard outlaws is moving through the State Senate -- and local leaders are singing its praises. And why not? Seriously, who could object to a plan to ding those who falsely pass themselves off as dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Your Twitter Oddity of the Day: Fiona Ma Announces Her Car's Been Trashed

    When the 21st Amendment brewed a batch of special Twitter Beer, we thought the Web mega-trend had finally served a discernible, useful purpose. We're pretty sure we still think the beer's the thing after catching the latest San Francisco government-related Tweet: Fiona Ma's car has been violated and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    JROTC Drama Continues with School Board Firing Shot Across Fiona Ma's Bow

    The San Francisco school board voted 6-1 Tuesday night opposing Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's bill that would force the district to reinstate the JROTC program. This ensures  the district's lobbyist will be deployed to oppose the bill in Sacramento as it makes its way throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Fiona Ma for President?

    Now that Barack Obama has crossed the non-WASP-in-the-White House threshold, which other minority groups might get to produce a president? Mark Oppenheimer explores the question on Slate.com.. Bemusingly, Slate.com readers quickly called Oppenheimer out on his own racial insensitivity because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008
  • News

    October 18, 2006

    Dirty Laundry

    Why Doug Chan may be the best candidate for District 4

  • News

    June 7, 2006
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    April 27, 2005

    The Politics of Cynicism

    SEIU lobbies for nursing home chains. Clint Reilly vs. Jack Davis, redux. Kerry raises money for Reilly's wife. Fabulous. Absolutely Fabulous.

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    August 18, 2004
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