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    September 12, 2013

    Willie Brown Bridge It Is

    May as well start the lawsuits now. The California state legislature just greenlit an extremely contentious Assembly Resolution to rename our now-defunct western span after erstwhile San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Despite protests from Supervisor John Avalos, three former Board of Supervisors pr ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    San Francisco Politicos Really Don't Want to Name the New Bay Bridge After Willie Brown

    You may recall that fateful day in June when a group of state assemblymen in Sacramento floated a resolution to name the flashy western span of the Bay Bridge after San Francisco's flashy former mayor. And if that group has its druthers, "The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge" may go down in history as Sa ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    BART Strike Might Be Back On

    So remember all those posts we wrote earlier this week about the BART strike being narrowly averted? Uh, just kidding. Maybe. BART's unions renewed their strike threat Thursday, announcing that if they don't see progress at the bargaining table by this evening, they may issue yet another 48 hour not ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    BART Says Negotiations Still Differ by $100 Million

    It's going to take a transit miracle to bridge the $100 million dollar gap between BART's management team and employees' union representatives before Monday. The startling figure came out during testimony yesterday by BART union reps and officials in front of a state panel commissioned by Governor ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Gov. Jerry Brown's Pardon Rate Keeps Pace With Fellow Forgiving Governors

    On the day before Easter, Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 65 convicted criminals. All of them had already served prison time, been free for at least 10 years, and, according to the Governor's office, had maintained clean records ever since. Most were drug offenders, though one man had been locked up for m ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Space -- The Final Frontier

    Musketeers. Little Pigs. The number of polyester-era sitcom stars before you officiallyhave "Company." Many things seem to come in threes -- just hopefully not gubernatorialvetoes of legislation intended to keep bicyclists safe.Acting on the proposition that the third time really is a charm, Los Ang ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Gov. Brown's Frequent Use of Pardons is Retro California

    Between 1991 and 2010, California's governors granted pardons to 20 convicted criminals. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 21. On Monday, Brown pardoned 79 felons. Brown's use of pardons represents the larger shift in the criminal justice mindset he has overseen in the state -- higher rates ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Prop. 13: Willie Brown Offers Advice on Solving Problem He Helped Create

    San Francisco voters are a forgiving lot. Local politicians can make huge messes, solve them years later -- and reap the credit for tackling the problems of their own making. Over the weekend, Willie Brown offered his advice on how to address one of the most burdensome and unfair rules of Propositio ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Gov. Jerry Brown Has a Chance to Usher in Major Prison Reforms in California

    With a couple strokes of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown can significantly alter the way California's prison system works. Yesterday, the state Senate passed a bill that would give parole opportunities to juvenile offenders sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. This week, that body will ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    California Law Now Says You Can Park for Free at Broken Meters

    To those city drivers dragged into teeth-grinding anguish by this morning's KQED report that SFMTA is hiring 14 new meter maids to take your money, there's some soothing news coming out of Sacramento: Free parking at broken meters is officially legal.Sponsored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concor ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Cops Fight Clarity of Medical Marijuana Sales

    Police in California have long expressed displeasure with the state's medical marijuana laws. And with good reason: Cops just might have the legal right to haul into court medical marijuana merchants who exchange cash for cannabis. But then again, they might not. Much police behavior depends on the ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Ammiano Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses and Sales That Are Already Legal

    Mr Fix-It​Call it an industry, call it a movement, call it a gigantic scam. Law enforcement and politicians can't agree what to call California's medical marijuana scene, except to say it exists in a legal gray area.And how. A dispensary operator in Vallejo was arrested last week -- twice -- becau ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Governor Jerry Brown's Approves Dead Mountain Lion Bill, Sends Blunt Message to Congress With it

    lacasavictoria via Flickr Congress has priorities ​Bipartisan spirit is alive and well today, folks. Maybe it was a recent viewing of the most popular movie in America right now -- The Lion King -- that made SB 769 such a no-brainer for state politicians. Governor Jerry Brown announced today th ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Senator Lou Correa, Author of Vetoed Medical Marijuana Restrictions Bill, Just Wanted to Help

    The LiberalOCHere to help​Medical marijuana advocates celebrated Wednesday with Governor Jerry Brown's veto of SB 847. The brainchild of State Senator Lou Correa (D-Orange County), the bill would have made a 600-foot barrier between medical cannabis dispensaries and homes state law (except in citi ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Gov. Brown Decriminalizes Sangria and Infused Vodka

    Obscure InternetAs of today, this is no longer illegal in California​Gov. Jerry Brown today ended tension on the part of bartenders by signing Senate Bill 32, which makes it legal for bars to infuse vodkas and other liquors. And the best news? The bill has an "urgency clause," which means it ... More >>

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    August 31, 2011
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    August 1, 2011

    LGBT History Bill is Anti-Family, Says Group Seeking Referendum

    Stop SB48 wants Harvey Milk out of the classroom​The ink has barely dried on the FAIR Education Act and already antigay groups have begun to collect signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn the nation's first law requiring public schools to include LGBT history in the curriculum. Stop ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Republicans Propose New State: Southern California

    It's like Arizona and San Francisco in one​One Southern California pol is sick and tired of the Democrats up in Sacramento -- tired of the "pillaging" of local governments and worse, the left-wing policies that dominate the blue state. That's why he's dusted off that tired proposal to let Southern ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Jerry Brown Rehires Official Who Protested State Building Privatization

    That was a close call.​After he was quoted in The Snitch protesting a proposed sale of 24 government office buildings to private investors, Arnold Schwarzenegger fired Donald Casper from his job as a state buildings commissioner.Now that Governor Jerry Brown has scotched the Governator's mone ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Supreme Court Shoots Down State Ban on Violent Videogames

    Keep shooting, kids​Kids can continue to legally play ultraviolent videogames after the Supreme Court ruled this morning that California cannot restrict kids from buying or renting the shooting games.  The court voted 7-2 that such a ban, which was spearheaded by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Franci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The Cost of a Funeral

    Albert Law​Huge red ladder trucks from Alameda were parked along the Embarcadero this morning, and it wasn't difficult to figure out why. It's traditional that firefighters come from miles away to parade their apparatus at funerals. It's also traditional for them to park in front of churches a ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Gov. Jerry Brown Ready to Send State Prisoners to County Jails

    Gov. Brown is dumping prisoners in your hometown ​Last month, SF Weekly told readers about a Supreme Court decision to force California to cut its inmate population -- drastically. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown told the courts that he has the perfect plan in mind: Shift state prisoners to county jails.A ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    San Francisco's $2.8 million Corporate Welfare Tab

    Matt Smith illustrationUp with corporate welfare!​Gov. Jerry Brown has moved to cut public money thrown at enterprise tax zones, which provide breaks to companies in certain disadvantaged areas, including San Francisco's financial district and SOMA.But San Francisco companies are veritable corpora ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011
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    March 15, 2011

    Mayor Ed Lee's Rush Job: $70 Million Borrowing Plan for Redevelopment Spending

    Pulling a fast one?​Mayor Ed Lee is pushing through last-minute legislation today that would let the city borrow $70 million for redevelopment spending. And that's one way to end-run Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to strip cities of  redevelopment agencies.The money would be used to help build out t ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Obama, Brown Receive Death Threats on President's Day

    Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThis will go down in history ​An unknown tagger decided to use the President's Day holiday as a time to threaten elected leaders.Southern California authorities are investigating more death threats that were found scrawled on a wall in Santa Ana early Monday ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Newsom Says San Francisco Will Be Just Fine

    Going to spring training​In a brief interview this morning on KGO, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom first bragged about going to spring training and then responded to Jerry Brown's "austere" budget proposals that as of late calls for a hiring freeze.Brown's executive order bars state agencies form hiring new ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Jerry Brown Abandons Schwarzenegger Plan to Sell State Buildings

    Vanquished!​Gov. Jerry Brown today announced he is scrapping former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell a dozen state buildings, including San Francisco's PUC Building and Supreme Court Building.Schwarzenegger attempted to bulldoze the plan through last year before leaving office -- which ra ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Schwarzenegger Dealt Setback In Bid to Rush $1.3 Billion Building Sale

    Drag​Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's frantic bid to rush the $1.3 billion fire sale of 11 state buildings before he leaves office suffered a blow this afternoon. A state appeals court in San Jose announced it wouldn't hear arguments until Jan. 26 regarding whether the sale should be allowed. Schwarze ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Jerry Brown Announces $2 Billion Settlement with Wells Fargo

    Hope you've got room in there for the billions you owe Californians...​The office of Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today that Wells Fargo has agreed in a settlement to offer home-loan modifications worth $2 billion, and will also pay $32 million in restitution to borrowers who lost their ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    WhoreGate: Does It Matter If Woman or Man Called Meg Whitman a 'Whore'?

    ​Reports now point to the wife of Jerry Brown as the voice on a recording calling Meg Whitman a "whore" for cutting a deal with police unions to exempt their massive pensions from her so-called pension reform plan. Mark it zero, dude: In 2010, it's news when a candidate's wife uses the term "whore ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Don't Ask Don't Tell Told Off

    ​The Week In GayLate yesterday, another radical hippie judge in California ruled that queers are protected by the U.S. Constitution. A lawsuit against the military ban on gay service members, Don't Ask Don't Tell, was ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment rights of gay people. The suit wa ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    So You *Can* Opt Out of Secure Communities Fingerprinting Program. Will S.F. Be Allowed?

    ​Local officials are awaiting a response to San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey's letter yesterday, which once again asked federal immigration officials to allow San Francisco to opt out of the fingerprint ID program that targets illegal immigrants booked into jail. The request comes afte ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger Say Let the Gays Marry -- Now

    Jerry Brown says: Go get married!​Update: You're never going to believe this, but, at 4:59 p.m. the City and County of San Francisco also filed a motion urging the stay be lifted! Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a motion with Judge Vaughn Walker requesting that no stay be placed on the ruli ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    On Cue, Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn Plays Race, Gender, S.F. Cards vs. Newsom

    Too white and San Franciscan to win? ​Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters -- his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liab ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    The Week in Gay -- A Nation of Uppity Fags

    ​ A blogswarm was launched on March 18 to encourage the community to contact Nancy Pelosi's offices about her lack of effort behind the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In addition to the pressure on the phone lines, her offices in D.C. and San Francisco were visited by ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Dwindling Dollars in Attorney General Race May Not Be Due to Recession

    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 >>

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    December 24, 2009

    SF Gov InAction: Year in Review. What Did We Learn in 2009? Part 4

    It's been a fascinating year in San Francisco, full of such deep revelations. I think we've all learned a lot, and at this time of year, when we reflect on how our lives went so horribly wrong, I think it's good to take stock of the wisdom we've gained from the story of our fair city. Lesson 4: ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Brown Spokesman Placed on Leave Over Interview-Taping Incident

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown's spokesman has been placed on leave following revelations that he secretly tape-recorded conversations with reporters, the attorney general's office said today.In a statement sent to SF Weekly in response to questions about the incident, Brown staffer Christi ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Cops Threaten to Jail Dad Picking Up Kids From Day Care

    I am the law!​San Francisco, the city famous for having more dogs than children, is not the most kid-friendly city (just ask Chris Daly!). Consider this little tidbit from Ed Sidawi. While recently picking up his 1- and 3-year-old sons from day care, the Mission resident threatened with arrest ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Because Somebody Had To: Your Gubernatorial Look-Alikes Article

    While perusing the New York Times Magazine's 26.3 billion-word article on the (wo)men who would rule California -- which may well spur the rest of us to consider the merits of Nevada, Oregon, or Arizona -- a thought hit us. Not an important thought, but a thought nevertheless.For reasons unknown, se ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Should Gay Marriage Supporters Go to The Ballot In 2010 or 2012?

    At this point it seems like a given that California voters will consider the issue of same-sex marriage in the near future. The strategic question being asked by leaders in the gay community is whether an initiative undoing Prop. 8 would have a better chance of passing next year or in three years. ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    FINALLY. Gavin Gets Some Media Love on Gay Marriage.

    Don't count him out just yetA common platitude in local politics these days is that Mayor Gavin Newsom has spoiled his chances at statewide office with a series of missteps in California's battle over gay marriage.The mayor's office must have been thrilled when a refreshingly contrarian view appeare ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Club Owner Claims OPD Shakedown of Black Nightlife

    Too Short performing at Geoffrey's Inner Circle Last week, Geoffrey Pete--long a well-respected figure in Oakland's African-American community, and the owner of Geoffrey's Inner Circle nightclub--held a press conference outside Oakland City Hall to announce he's considering filing a complaint again ... More >>

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    Diminished Expectations

    Jerry Brown decamps his Pacific Heights firehouse for the East Bay

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