When I was in high school, both of my older brothers played soccer. To kill time after school while they practiced, I became the “soccer manager.” This was a strange title, because I didn’t “manage” anything or anyone. All I did was fill Gatorade bottles and make sure the equipment was on the bus.
This experience reminds me of the presidency of the Board of Supervisors. Because being the president of the board comes with about as much authority as being the soccer manager. Read More
Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento. Read More
San Francisco’s state lawmakers are firmly Democratic, and there is hardly any doubt that voters will continue to select Democrats as their representatives in Sacramento when heading to the polls. Read More
Welcome to the second installment of a four-part series examining the laws enacted in 2012 thanks to our local electeds. Last week, state Sen. Mark Leno was in the spotlight and this week we turn our attention to Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Like Leno, Ma began her political career as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting finds himself battling San Francisco Library Commissioner Michael Breyer, son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, for the 19th Assembly District seat vacated by termed-out Assembly member Fiona Ma. Breyer is a businessman who helped found a company called Courtroom Connect, which broadcasts trials. He threw his hat into race on Friday. Read More
Facing term limits next year, state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma said Tuesday that she will run for a Board of Equalization seat in 2014.
The San Francisco lawmaker said her background and education as a certified public accountant, plus her past work as a liaison to the Board of Equalization when she was an aide to former state Sen. John Burton, make her a good fit for the job. Read More
The Thanksgiving holiday is here. It has been a tough year for most everyone I know. Luckily, San Francisco politics never cease to entertain even in the worst of times. Let’s consider what some of our local politicos are probably thankful for this year: Read More
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma vowed to ban ravelike parties on state-owned land last year following several fatal incidents. But she quickly met a wall of opposition and softened her stance, and the new law the industry ended up with appears to merely reinforce existing safety practices. Read More
Bill Richardson was a very conservative Republican state senator from Southern California who single-handedly changed the political dynamics of his house.For decades, Senate leaders adhered to an unwritten understanding that they would never challenge incumbent senators of the other party. Read More
How does a law regulating emissions become a law protecting circumcision? In Sacramento, the practice is called “gut and amend” and it is a tactic commonly used to get urgent bills in front of the governor for signature. The regular legislative calendar requires that all bills for any legislative session be introduced by a certain date — this year it was Feb. 18. Read More