Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is looking to get $80 million in state funding to help build a new jail, sparking criticism from community members who'd prefer more rehab programs, and fewer jail cells. The application for the money goes before the Board of Supervisors today for approval. If passed, the st ... More >>
California just can't shake its prison problem. The state has been on notice to reduce crowding in stuffed state prisons for years. And now an end-of-the-year deadline to reduce its prison population by thousands of inmates is looming since the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to intervene on this iss ... More >>
When Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010 delivered his legal masterpiece, meticulously putting foes of same-sex marriage into clown suits, many smart folks predicted its 15 citations of Justice Anthony Kennedy's own rulings would make it difficult for the Supreme Court's swing vote to disagree with himself. ... More >>
Once again, the Supreme Court ruled on a slew of cases this morning, but none that would bring some resolution to the gay marriage issue in California. The court did not make a ruling on Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, but indicated that decision will likely be handed down to ... More >>
Equality California, an LGBT advocacy group, released a new poll yesterday that will give the gay community something to celebrate this month alongside gay pride: Majority of likely California voters now support same-sex marriage. The poll shows that of the 800 likely voters surveyed in 2013, 55 pe ... More >>
Update 4:04 p.m.: Christina DiEdoardo, the attorney representing a quartet of nudists, tells us that her clients are disappointed by the judge's decision. But that won't stop nudists from dropping trou come Friday -- the day that public nudity will be officially illegal. Expect to see plenty of na ... More >>
The United States Court of Appeals delivered pot smokers some bad news today, ruling that marijuana is a dangerous and highly addictive drug with no medical value. In a 2-1 decision on the medical marijuana reclassification case, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Co ... More >>
California: that big blue state that handed President Obama 54 free electoral college points and gave his campaign more money than any other state. The state that is on the brink of Democratic supermajorities in both the state House and state Senate and contains a voting population in which register ... More >>
Yesterday's $11 million disclosure was a mild win for campaign finance transparency. The names of the actual people who spent that money will remain unknown. But, as Attorney General Kamala Harris noted, we do know that the money passed through a group with "an affiliation with the Koch brothers." ... More >>
For two weeks, the Fair Political Practices Commission, the state's campaign finance watchdog, had been trying to get Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona-based nonprofit, to disclose the donors behind the organization's $11 million contribution to an anti-Proposition 30/pro-Proposition ... More >>
Undocumented immigrants in same-sex marriages are perhaps the most polarizing slice of the American populace right now (slightly ahead of NBC's gymnastics commentators).This week, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and scores of other Democrats signed a letter seeking to protect LGBT couples, urging the Oba ... More >>
Is marijuana a medicine, or is it a vitality-sucking, life-destroying devil weed? Cannabis advocates and law enforcement don't exactly see eye-to-eye on this crucial point -- but for the first time, a judge will be called in to decide.A federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., late last week ag ... More >>
Californians would have loved 2002 Mitt Romney. That guy was the bleeding heart who pushed universal health care in his state; the conservationist who would attack a coal plant by saying "I will not create jobs that kill people!"; a man who signed a Planned Parenthood candidate questionnaire affirmi ... More >>
California has the largest number of illegal immigrants and undocumented laborers in the country. So it should be no surprise that California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined the fight against Arizona's unfriendly immigration law.Yesterday, Harris filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the ... More >>
The nonprofit investigative-reporting outfit ProPublica has published a handy guide to the country's top 10 super-PAC funders -- individuals with enough dough on hand to bankroll, to the tune of millions, independent political committees supporting presidential candidates. Such unfettered spendin ... More >>
Times they did a-change.Pressure from the Justice Department is forcing a fourth San Francisco pot club to close early next year, with a fifth closure expected soon thereafter.Market Street Cooperative -- one of the city's lowest-profile cannabis dispensaries, with a modest sign outside its 1884 ... More >>
The Winklevii just love to litigate.The Winklevoss twins, of Facebook history fame, have just delivered what is essentially a giant "JK" to the social networking site.Aaron Sorkin, we hope you're paying attention to this. By all accounts, Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss, the identical twins who say ... More >>
Mass exodus in the making Supreme Court justice have backed an order to reduce California's prison population by 46,000, a move that some are calling a "judicial travesty."At the same time, the state's overcrowded prison population is creating "injury and harm" to the inmate population, which is ... More >>
Illegally funny?Since the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, it has been a misdemeanor in this state to malevolently impersonate someone on the internet. The "Malicious E-Personization Bill" authored by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) outlaws the impersonation of another person on the web for the p ... More >>
The Week in GayThe repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell is fucking mess, but I think there might be a way to fix things. If we act quickly. This is a real longshot -- and it's not guaranteed to work -- but we need get our hands on some mercury. Lots of it. A flock of Ibises in Florida has been rendered ... More >>
D.A. Kamala HarrisThe San Francisco District Attorney's office has so far notified Public Defender Jeff Adachi in writing of 76 police department employees with criminal or disciplinary backgrounds requiring disclosure.The letters come in response to a judge's order that D.A. Kamala Harris move q ... More >>
It'd be a shame if the reversal of Prop. 8 didn't have national implications...There was talk on Monday that a "group of conservative leaders" were chasing around Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, begging him to file an appeal on the Proposition 8 decision, since he was acting as governor while ... More >>
In the moviesLast night the Frameline34 film festival celebrated opening night with a premiere at the Castro Theater followed by booze and wine and liquor and drinks and dancing out in the avenues. Of course, not all of the films are bad...some of them have promise. Closing night features Jame ... More >>
Elena, step up to the plate and tell us how you really feel...Frankly, I don't care if Elena Kagan never looks at her own vagina let alone anyone else's. But I do care about how LGBT matters are discussed, because that narrative reveals an awful lot about how inept, ignorant, bigoted, fearful ... More >>
Your future drinking accomodations. I'm just going to say this once - up front - and then I'm going to move on: The furor raised over the Arizona illegal immigrant law is interesting to watch from my queer perch. I understand the outrage. The nerve of one state threatening to restrict the ... More >>
In an appeal brief filed last night, SF Weekly asks the California courts to overturn the Bay Guardian's $21 million judgment in a below-cost pricing case.The filing is the last written document that will be entered into the record as part of the Weekly's appeal.In the brief, Weekly attorneys squ ... More >>
Despite Obama's promises of change, corporate crooks are still going unpunished for their roles in the financial collapse.
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 >>
Just in time for pride weekend, the good ol' nemesis of California gay folk, Campaign for California Families, is trying to butt into the latest lawsuit against Proposition 8. In order to give you an idea of the company the organization keeps, the campaign is represented by Liberty Co ... More >>
S.F. Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?
Taylor's lawyer was suspended from practicing during the robbery trial.
ASCAP's legal threats kill a thriving local music scene
The regulars love to subvert the contest. It's yet another twist to the city's toughest pub trivia night.
Is it smart to jump into the Bay Guardian's version of public power, without even studying whether it will save money?
Why San Francisco's Byzantine school desegregation program systematically fails the children it was designed to help
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