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UC employees cast ‘no-confidence’ vote in Yudof

Christi Morales, The Public Press — Sep 3 2009 - 5:59pm

Union employees at the University of California gave an overwhelming vote of no confidence in the leadership of UC President Mark Yudof, election organizers said Thursday.

Hundreds rally for health care reform at San Francisco City Hall

Jon Kawamoto, Sep 3 2009 - 4:33pm

Hundreds of Bay Area residents -- from youngsters to seniors -- gathered at San Francisco's City Hall Wednesday to begin the final push for a campaign for national health care reform.

The crowd included physicians, as well as members of labor, Organizing for America, MoveOn, Code Pink, ACORN, Health Care for America Now and residents including former San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the current chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party.

Art gallery raises money for local underground comix legend

Samantha McGirr and Jessica Wertheim, The Public Press — Aug 26 2009 - 2:28pm

S. Clay Wilson, a longtime fixture on the San Francisco underground comix scene who sustained a traumatic head injury last year, was honored at the close of “The Cresting Wave: The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience” exhibition in San Francisco Sunday evening.

Public Press/KALW budget roundtable examines city’s fiscal crisis

Christopher D. Cook, The Public Press — Aug 24 2009 - 10:04pm

The Public Press and KALW (91.7 FM) teamed up for a budget roundtable that aired Aug. 17 on the “Crosscurrents” news program. A panel of local experts offered a lively and informative on-the-air discussion about San Francisco’s budget crisis and its impacts on residents and communities.

San Francisco officials concerned about possible Census undercount

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Aug 21 2009 - 3:41pm

As the U.S. Census Bureau gears up for the 2010 count, it has made a significant change in how it engages immigrants -- this is causing some city officials concern that San Francisco may lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, which in turn may lead to distorted electoral representation.

SF supes skirt law in restoring funds to service providers

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Aug 20 2009 - 4:48pm

Amid intense lobbying to restore social-service funding to this year’s budget, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors earmarked $1 million for specific organizations, flouting the city charter.

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center's 'Ladies’ Night' saved by supervisors

Monica Jensen, The Public Press — Aug 20 2009 - 4:20pm
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Supes on: the budget -- 'There needs to be more dialogue,' says Maxwell

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Aug 13 2009 - 2:42pm
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Sophie Maxwell praises the health department for efficiency and calls the budget policy debate "healthy."

“The police, that's the end. Public safety starts in the middle. Public safety starts with education. Public safety starts with health ... by the time they get to the police we have failed them."

Gascon lists long-term goals, need for SFPD reform

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Aug 12 2009 - 10:02am

Flanked by his command staff in the Hall of Justice hearing room, new San Francisco police Chief George Gascon addressed the media Tuesday morning on his long-term goals for the department: to take a hard-hitting stance against organized crime, to address the city's diversity issues and to implement a plan to fix outdated policing facilities and strengthen the department’s current operational structure.

Third streetcar accident in a month snarls Market St.

Lila LaHood, The Public Press — Aug 11 2009 - 6:59pm

A streetcar on Market Street struck a woman Tuesday afternoon, marking the third significant Muni accident in less than a month.

Twitter silenced in attack; other social networking sites hit

Jessica Wertheim, The Public Press — Aug 6 2009 - 1:32pm

The popular social networking site is taken down by a denial-of-service attack. Facebook and LiveJournal are hit too.

City bicycle plan rolls closer to reality

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Aug 5 2009 - 2:19pm

A unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to reject appeals and approve the environmental impact report for the 45-project Bike Plan brought a sigh of relief from bicycle advocates.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screening sparks soul searching within community

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Aug 5 2009 - 1:12pm

When the audience shuffled out of the Castro Theatre and the protesters headed home, the polarizing debate surrounding the July 25 screening of "Rachel” at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival was not over.

Rather than argue about the appropriateness of the film at the festival, which ends Aug. 10, the Bay Area Jewish community is engaged in another soul-wrenching internal conversation.

North Korea pardons, frees jailed SF journalists

Aug 4 2009 - 2:44pm

By Hank Drew
The Public Press

North Korean media outlets have reported that jailed San Francisco journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been granted a "special pardon" and will be released after a visit by former President Bill Clinton.

Supes on: the budget -- 'The lowest-income workers took the greatest hit in this budget,' Dist. 11 Supervisor John Avalos says

Hank Drew, The Public Press — Aug 4 2009 - 12:07pm
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‘We wanted to make sure there was equity in how the budget was approved.’

Supervisor John Avalos, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, addresses coalition building, community organizing, his fight to save key social services, his closed-door agreement with Mayor Gavin Newsom and his frustrations with the budget process.

City won't move mental health clinic, raises privacy concerns

Lizzy Tomei, The Public Press — Aug 3 2009 - 12:34pm

After protests by patient advocates, the city last week reversed its decision to move an Outer Mission geriatric mental health program more than two miles west, meaning elderly clients may continue to receive care in the neighborhood.

But the decision was accompanied by another controversy — whether mentally ill patients belonged in the media spotlight when their clinic was threatened with relocation.

The Department of Public Health expressed concern that patient privacy laws may have been violated at a July 24 press conference staged outside the clinic. A spokeswoman cited media coverage of the event that featured video and interviews with clients who have mental illnesses.

UC faculty say proposed cuts unfair, show favoritism

Christi Morales, The Public Press — Aug 2 2009 - 12:07pm

Now that California has finally passed a budget, public higher education officials are moving forward with the difficult task of implementing cuts that will greatly impact students and educators.

And as University of California officials discuss additional reductions, some faculty members at the UC Berkeley campus say cuts are being distributed unfairly. Certain sciences reportedly are seeing less than a quarter percent cut while the school’s physical education program funding is being cut in half.

Post-budget, supervisor wins medal, proving domestic mettle

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Jul 30 2009 - 5:58pm

Life in City Hall — excruciatingly bitter for months — just got a little bit sweeter.

Weeks of debate and political wrangling to pass the $6.7 billion budget, one that brought the worst deficit the city has seen since the Great Depression, left relationships between two of the supervisors strained.

To release some of the tension built up by the budget process, their respective offices agreed to settle things the gentlemanly way -- with a bake-off.

New tenant OK’d for San Francisco Tea Garden

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Jul 29 2009 - 1:27pm

A new tenant for the Japanese Tea Garden concessions could move in as early as September – thanks to the support of the full board at Tuesday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.

Carol Murata, owner and operator of Murata’s Cafe Hana, was unanimously recommended July 22 by the parks commission to become the new occupant.

News Notes: Town hall scheduled tonight to discuss Richmond district bus, pedestrian improvements

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Jul 27 2009 - 2:31pm

Residents, merchants and those anxious over the transformation of one of San Francisco’s most traveled corridors will have a chance to voice their concerns at tonight’s discussion of the Geary Bus Rapid Transit system.

Co-hosted by Supervisor Eric Mar and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Ave. The forum also will address pedestrian and street improvements included in the project.