It would have been pretty cool -- and maybe even apropos -- if Mayor Ed Lee had concretized a sacred day for virgins in San Francisco. We thought as much after a cursory glance at a press release that came over the transom this morning, rechristening Thursday, August 8 as the city's "Virgin American ... More >>
Whatever horrible things you had to say on Facebook, hopefully, you've gotten it out of your system by now. Or might we suggest biting your tongue and taking up some form of daily exercise. The hate speech free-for-all is coming to an end -- hopefully. Facebook announced via a blog post that it ... More >>
On January 29, 2012, Gary Hesterberg went for a run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Montara. He brought along his two dogs, a beagle, which was on a leash, and a rat terrier, which was not. A month-old policy prohibited unleashed dogs at the park, though, so Ranger Sarah Cavallar ... More >>
Losing efforts sometimes score wins. Medical marijuana scored such a moral victory late Wednesday, when 163 members of Congress voted in favor of not allowing federal dollars to be spent on busting pot growers, distributors, and dispensaries in states with medical cannabis laws.The brainchild o ... 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 >>
A new push to change the law for same-sex binational couples. U.S. lawmakers reintroduced a bill Thursday that would allow gay Americans to sponsor their same-sex partner for a visa, just as straight married couples can. At the same time, Congress members wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric H ... More >>
Buffalo Soldiers rememberedToo bad Mark Matthews, the last surviving Buffalo Soldier who died six years ago at age 111, isn't around to mark this historic moment.Congresswoman Jackie Speier is pushing through a bill that would --for the first time ever --give the nation's all black cavalry a prom ... More >>
A message from Gavin NewsomWith the U.S. Congress on the precipice of stripping away federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking Californians to sign an open letter opposing the controversial legislation. True to form, the former San Francisco mayor tweeted out a message ... More >>
This sucksIt's kind of hard to imagine that any agency could be more disorganized than San Francisco's Housing Authority which can't keep its records straight long enough to collect a month's worth of rent. But it appears that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. might be surpassing the SFHA's notoriousl ... More >>
This is what happens when you are disorganizedCongresswoman Jackie Speier tells the Chronicle this morning that she is "appalled" by the fact that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. leaders "don't know what's underground." This became transparent after the company admitted it can't find important docum ... More >>
Congrats, Dakari! That toy won't poison you! When 4-year-old Dakari Vieyra was made to hand over his prized Iron Man toy, he wept bitterly. When Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental Health determined that Iron Man was lead-free, Vieyra was all smiles. He probably doesn't know the differen ... More >>
What a year it wasWho Will Be The Uppity Fag Of The Year?Let's face it -- this was a messy, messy year for the gays. Much of the news was good, ultimately, but shit dragged on! There were three major federal trials (four, technically -- but two were sorta merged in Massachusetts), promises ... More >>
Her prince has come!On Thursday, members of the LGBT media were invited to participate in some kind of weird press conference at the White House. Was it a show of good faith (this is a first for queer journalists) or just another attempt to appear attentive? An administration official named Melod ... More >>
Adam Hood loves youWhat is the best way to kick off San Francisco Pride Weekend? By listening to an ex-gay, ex-San Franciscan who wears an ascot and just loves him some pussy! Adam Hood doesn't want the gays to bring the gangrene into heaven but he does want to bring flavor savers. Imagine hi ... More >>
Perhaps this is what it means to behave like a 'real ogre'? Unless you enjoy the taste of Cadmium with your McDonald's fare, take note. The fast-food giant recalled 12 million glasses tied in with the current film Shrek Ever After. Now, children being exposed to toxins is not funny -- but hear us ... More >>
Forget about Sharp Parks endangered frogs and snakes. The real problem with the golf course is its enormous cost to the city.
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 >>
Who will be the face of the state's GOP?That pretty much sums up the Chron's story today about Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. I gotta agree with Rep. Jackie Speier on this one -- there wouldn't be a story about the contrasting styles of two dudes running for public office. Some insiders followi ... More >>
BrainchildvnGavin Newsom might stop applauding if he better knew the career outcomes of previous lieutenant governors -- and failed candidates for the officeUPDATE: Newsom insists he's not making any statements about running for lieutenant governor. At least not now. First things first, our calls ... More >>
Aloha, Gav? The new hot rumor du jour is that San Francisco's erstwhile mayor, Gavin Newsom, will announce he's going to run for lieutenant governor -- perhaps as soon as Tuesday. If so, the timing would work out eerily well for Newsom -- if he accepts the voluntary expenditure limit for a statew ... More >>
Do I have any money? Not for you!Guess what? Jackie Speier isn't running for Attorney General. Who knew? Now that we've gotten that out of the way, on to the article. We thought it was interesting last week when the campaign of San Francisco District Attorney -- and would-be AG -- Kamala Harris s ... More >>
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 >>
When Sean Elsbernd had this photo taken, he ostensibly wasn't interested in running for higher office. Now he is. Also, watch out for that truck. The Chronicle's Marisa Lagos has done a bang-up job handicapping the myriad political possibilities that could result if Rep. Jackie Speier leaves Cong ... More >>
Joe EskenaziJohn Avalos says he's going nowhere...Earlier today, we confirmed that rumors Supervisor Sean Elsberd's attention has been piqued by a potentially vacant Assembly seat are true. Consider him piqued. But while Elsbernd wouldn't mind a move to Sacramento, his colleague, John Avalos, tel ... More >>
'One million dollars!'According to a press release Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris fired off about an hour ago, her campaign raised more than a million bucks in the last half of 2009. But according to a poll leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle -- she'll need it. The J. Moore Methods su ... More >>
Thousands upon thousands of San Franciscans were greeted by Voter Information Pamphlets in their mail boxes this week. And yet -- as always -- the dread of a pending election featuring confusing ballot measures, the oft-bizarre arguments expended for and against them, and a handful of unopposed c ... More >>
Every morning about this time/ she get me out of my bed/ a-crying get a job. After breakfast, everyday, she throws the want ads right my way/ And never fails to say, Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na -- The Silhouettes, "Get a Job." It may not do the mind well to note that the members o ... More >>
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As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.
Mayor's attempt to end-run city voters on runways-in-bay reflects dimming of his political star
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Threatening Mount Zion means curtains for the clowns who have mismanaged the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger
Parents who refuse to pay child support don't have much to worry about in California. Or, for that matter, San Francisco.
Despite the deaths of Aaron Williams and Mark Garcia, the SFPD continues to use pepper spray on suspects who stand a good chance of dying in custody.