Golf -- the wealthy retiree's pastime that doubles as a form of political diplomacy -- has earned a particularly bad name in California, where it's all but synonymous with soft corruption. It's no secret that corporations and lobbyists often pay tens of thousands of dollars to tee up alongside stat ... More >>
Good news for night owls: A bill has been proposed into the California state legislation that would allow bars, clubs, restaurants, and other watering holes to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., instead of the current 2 a.m. State senator Mark Leno proposed the bill, which would require city and county off ... More >>
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 >>
Obscure InternetAs of today, this is no longer illegal in CaliforniaGov. 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 >>
Bon Vivants: Will Guv Brown have what they're having?Josh Harris and Scott Baird -- two San Francisco bartenders, dandies, and "cocktail consultants" known as the Bon Vivants -- are trying to save one of the 600 bills sitting on the governor's desk from being vetoed. The two are shilling for ... More >>
Making Milk proud Students, please open your textbooks to the chapter on Harvey Milk and cue the Powerpoint on Heklina: Senator Mark Leno's bill to include gay history in mandatory education requirements passed the state Senate today. And if the Assembly signs off on the bill, it too could eventu ... More >>
Does this mean you could be governor AND smoke pot?Just like the industrious Walmart worker in Michigan, YOU, too, can get fired from your job for using medical marijuana -- even if you are employee of the month. Which clearly makes no sense, considering medical marijuana is legal. That's why Sen ... More >>
In recent weeks, we've pointed out that people are largely free to fornicate on the streets of San Francisco -- but dogs cannot. Prosecutors struggle to convict vandals -- as juries state that graffiti is not vandalism, but "art." So, along those lines, only in San Francisco could a gay, rabbinic ... More >>
The lady and the bear have been waiting a long time...Following an all-night session of wheeling and dealing -- and a record 100-day impasse -- the state senate moments ago approved a budget for California. Details on the budget -- and the most recent impasse -- are forthcoming; it closes a $19 b ... More >>
Your governor, in actionAfter Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger affixed his signature on a Sen. Mark Leno-authored bill yesterday, California's marijuana policy became the nation's most progressive, pot activists tell SF Weekly. While existing law calls for anyone busted with an ounce or less of pot to ... More >>
Jun BelenThe city warmly welcomed its newest farmers' market yesterday ― above, State Senator Mark Leno and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown were present to cut the ceremonial vine to officially launch the Sunday Fort Mason Center market.
Lay off! He's got a good reason today! Today, specifically at 4:20 p.m. (and a.m. for the hardcore), large segments of the nation become open-air hotboxes as hordes of stoners toke up. We get it: 420 on 4/20. Like "Catch-22," "23-skidoo" and "Deep-Six," "420" has entered the lexicon as a euphemis ... More >>
In San Francisco, marijuana is always a topic of interest. This past year saw the city dealing with the ins and outs of medical marijuana and grappling with a debate over decriminalization. Here are some of our most read posts on the issues.Get Up, Stand Up: Ammiano Introduces Marijuana Legalization ... More >>
She just became the city's first transgender department head, but Theresa Sparks is already setting her sights on becoming the city's first transgender supervisor.
Newspaper to Leno: Buzz off! Earlier this week, Sen. Mark Leno's press office sent several community newspapers including the San Francisco BayView an op-ed on senate bill 792, the legislation that will give 23 acres of Candlestick Point State Recreation Center to Lennar Corporation for developme ... More >>
By a 23-15 vote, the California State Senate yesterday approved a "joint resolution" urging the federal government to stop Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raids on medical marijuana patients and providers. The Sen. Mark Leno-authored resolution additionally calls for the nation to "create a compreh ... More >>
Last month, we reported on a Mark Leno bill introduced simultaneously in the Assembly and Senate -- a "joint resolution." The moniker was especially fitting, however, because the resolution supported medical marijuana users, and called for an end to the federal crackdown on dispensaries. Well, when ... More >>
There's no legal argument Dennis Herrera can make to convince us this car ain't a beaut...Yesterday we began answering the eternal question: If a tree fell in the forest and no one was there to hear it -- what kind of cars would your elected representatives ride in Sunday's Pride Parade? Our persona ... More >>
Sen. Mark Leno today announced he has introduced a "joint resolution" to end the federal crackdown on medical marijuana use in California. While this is a matter of serious legislation, one can't help but notice the howler of a marijuana-related "joint" resolution. Leno's spokeswoman, Ali Bay, confi ... More >>
State Senator Mark Leno is not amusedMark Leno's signature was conspicuously absent from a letter signed by the rest of San Francisco's Sacramento contingent regarding pollution from Lennar's cleanup of Hunter's Point Shipyard -- and the State Senator says that's no accident. Leno angrily accused th ... More >>
Over the weekend, the Chron reported that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) was allegedly going after all-ages clubs like Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord, and Great American Music Hall for reasons the clubs are calling unreasonable (i.e. totally unrelated to drunken teenage ... More >>
Did you know that it's currently against the law for a California city to remove an illegal billboard -- provided said billboard has been in place (again, illegally) for five years without showing up on law-enforcement's radar? Who knew that, in a state where so many folks get worked up into a lathe ... More >>
Mark Leno just told SF Weekly he's slept two hours out of the past 48 and he may or may not be hallucinating. He's tired, he's angry, and he's about to cash in some of his political connections and kick start a fund-raising drive to ensure it never happens again. The San Francisco State Senator said ... More >>
Despite crossing party leadership during the campaign, new state Senator gets plum posts.
Posing as journalists, bloggers got paid to write positively about Mark Leno.
Politicians want pork to pay for Golden Gate increases, but the money should be paid by drivers instead.
Mark Leno sports the nice guy wardrobe staple of casual jacket and jeans while strolling around a picturesque landscape in his fairly innocuous campaign ad. Things probably won't stay so nice now that incumbent Carole Migden has been slapped with $350,000 in fines for misuse of campaign funds. -Andy ... More >>
The state Supreme Court found in favor of an employer last month that fired an employee for using medical marijuana outside work, reported the Oakland Tribune Friday. In typical fashion, San Francisco responded, "You can pry our right to medicinal marijuana out of our cold, dead hands." Assemblyman ... More >>
Just say "no" to more hemp. Focus on the weak dollar and apocalypse tomorrow!
Deceased journalist Joe Dignan led coverage of California's movement toward gay equal rights
Week of Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Why is someone as smart as Mark Leno sponsoring genuinely stupid legislation to legalize hemp cultivation?
Week of January 22, 2002
If the city starts growing and selling its own dope, will it be any, uh, good?
Darkness descends at City Hall as supervisors argue ceaselessly over dogs and apartment size
Week of March 27, 2002
Why Mark Leno ought to serve in the Assembly, and Harry Britt should go back to New College
Two major S.F. energy projects are in the works. Do we need both? The question isn't really being discussed.
A new theme is already beginning to take shape this young campaign season: politicians betraying their heirs
The Village Voice thinks postmodern deconstructionism explains the S.F. Board of Supervisors; but why invoke Derrida, where ignorance will serve?