The oft-repeated slur about gays, "You're sick" actually has some truth to it, though not in the way bigots would have us believe. As we talked about a few weeks ago, gay people, in part due to prejudice and stigma, suffer poorer general health compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Not only t ... More >>
Language frames discourse. Which is why liberals say "global warming" and "estate tax," and conservatives say "climate change" and "death tax." This sort of dichotomy has been most apparent in ongoing immigration debate, which has birthed a wide range of synonyms: "undocumented immigrant," "illegals ... More >>
If you are a gay man and making plans to ring in 2013 in New York City, be sure to get your shots before you go. Health officials are asking homosexual men to play it safe and get vaccinated for Meningitis before traveling to New York where there's been a recent outbreak among gay men. On Novemb ... More >>
The Berkeley City Council broke ranks with the federal government this week, ordering their police department not to participate in immigration policing. The council, bowing to demands from the Coalition for a Safe Berkeley, voted to instruct its Police Department to ignore the immigration status ... More >>
In April 2010, Supervisor David Campos issued an official resolution to boycott the state of Arizona to demonstrate his opposition toward the controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which gave cops the authority to check the status of residents without probable cause. Campos wanted to "stand in soli ... More >>
The U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement agency has taken much criticism for its "Secure Communities" initiative, where participating local police departments give immigration officials access to the fingerprints of people brought into its jails. In September, for instance, a Department of Ho ... More >>
While the U.S. Supreme Court debates the constitutionality of Obamacare over in D.C., GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made sure to keep his distance from the debate -- literally. The former Massachusetts governor, who has been criticized himself over "Romneycare," traveled some 3,000 mil ... More >>
While the federal government stagnates on any immigration reform, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bevy of illegal immigrant-friendly bills that will make their under-the-radar way of life less of a headache starting January 1, 2012. Opponents have already started filing in. Perhaps th ... More >>
Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia Chung stars in the video on LGBT healthcare equality. Here is some good news coming on the heels of Gay Pride: Hospitals in the Bay Area -- San Francisco in particular -- are way ahead of the curve when it comes to how they treat LGBT patients, according to a Hum ... More >>
Can Anthony Makk, left, and Bradford Wells get a break? The DREAM Act kids seem to be getting a break, but what about gay couples? A memo sent on Friday from the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to tell immigration officers to have a little heart when it comes to enforcing ... More >>
Looking for the right fingerprintsThis week Mayor Ed Lee announced the city would stop alerting federal immigration officials about illegal immigrant youth they book into juvenile hall on felony charges -- if the teens have family in the Bay Area.Even with this new policy, immigration authorities ... More >>
Me, scared?While President Barack Obama voiced support for the DREAM Act today in Silicon Valley, one of the Bay Area's most vociferous leaders in the national student movement to get the bill passed is now facing deportation. If passed, the DREAM Act would pave the path of citizenship for any il ... More >>
In which the cheer coach makes off with the club's money and goes to Vegas.Any playwright or screenwriter searching for their next big idea should consider the bizarre case of the San Francisco State cheerleading coach who embezzled the team's money to go to Las Vegas. We're thinking Kirsten Duns ... More >>
Sorry, Buster. No more money to keep you here...San Francisco jails should lose roughly $750,000 in Department of Justice dollars. That's the gist of a memo released this month by the Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank Center for Immigration Studies, which accuses San Francisco ... More >>
How healthy is Healthy San Francisco?Officials in the office of the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Legislative Analyst have suggested that San Francisco's universal health-care program -- along with such topics as excessive overtime pay and the future of the city's public golf courses -- receiv ... More >>
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 >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Coyotes who smuggle immigrants torture and extort their victims, helped by out government's failure to enact immigration reform.
The immigration debate is coming our way...In the wake of Arizona's passage of the draconian and controversial SB 1070, San Francisco kick-started the boycott bandwagon and Mayor Gavin Newsom forbade city officials to travel to the Grand Canyon State. Now that Arizona law will be traveling to San ... More >>
Oh look! Two immigration officials! The evidence is in: To immigrants, there is little difference between an immigration authority and a clown on a kiddie bike. That was the disguise Frank Salvador Solorza used when impersonating an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official and extorting ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning delivered a major victory for gun ownership rights -- and also denied to hear a challenge to San Francisco's universal health care plan. So if you're uninsured and shot within city limits, this is your lucky day.
Ashley HarrellYou won't be seeing this anymore -- to the relief of fare-evaders and terrified immigrantsTransit riders who still haven't gotten their May Fast Pass can breathe easier. Due to complaints from the immigrant community, Muni is halting its saturation stings of buses for fare evaders, ... More >>
Looks like San Francisco citizens are not the only budding boycotters of Arizona's new immigration law. Montreal band Stars has publicly voiced their disapproval on Twitter saying: "We love AZ but until its racist new immigration law is repealed, stars (and many others) will boycott this state... ... More >>
Yes, Virginia, she's infected -- with socialism! Health care, undoubtedly, is the subject du jour. We are in the midst of a crescendo of health care coverage so overpowering and unrelenting -- well, it could make you sick. But are we learning anything via the nonstop written and televised coverag ... More >>
Of course you know, this means warIn anticipation over today's pending battle at the Board of Supervisors meeting over whether or not to spend $8 million to save 40, 100, or 500 SEIU jobs at the Department of Public Health, the union has sent out a glossy, campaign-style mailer. And Gavin Newsom ... More >>
Challengers to the city's proposed new sanctuary policy are already circlingYou may remember the furor over the memo Mayor Gavin Newsom leaked from the city attorney stating the city would face a "likely legal challenge" if it changed the hard-line policy towards reporting undocumented juveniles ... More >>
Those of you who grew up here in the Bay Area may feel a nostalgic tear run down your cheek when you view the above video: A 1970s-era KTVU "Charlie and Humphrey" Bits & Pieces short culminating with the message "1,002 stupid things to do: borrowing without asking!" Perhaps Gavin Newsom didn't w ... More >>
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today informed San Francisco restaurant owners that he found their legal petition to be cold, undercooked, and full of gristle -- before sending it back. Kennedy spurned the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's application for an emergency order that would have ... More >>
The president told Gavin Newsom that universal health care is a capital ideaIn our story about the city's plastic bag ban, this paper said it best: San Francisco is a city that likes to be scratched behind the ears by an adoring world. The city got its adoration from high places today: Preside ... More >>
The mayor says the city won't help the Bushies crackdown on illegal immigrants--but why is SF still getting money from the feds then?
It's not just the national anthem being sung in Spanish that's got anti-immigration folks riled up. Which side of the fence are you on?
Unscrupulous attorneys prey on immigrants seeking green cards with an expensive and fruitless legal scheme. Now 29 Mexicans have joined the disbarment case against one such lawyer.
Week of June 11, 2003
A Texas journalist gives George W. Bush his due
In a landmark case, Amanda DuValle, allegedly brutalized in Nicaragua because she is a transsexual, escaped deportation from the U.S. by invoking the U.N. Convention Against Torture. But if she won, why is she still in jail?
INS on offensive; Hispanic activists play defense
The immigration crackdown has Latinos fleeing mainstream medicine