Two Chinese-American lawmakers held dueling news conferences on the same morning last week, one proposing a ban on the consumption of shark fins — the other condemning the proposed ban as an “attack” on Chinese cultural cuisine. Read More
Three months after rave-type events were banned from the Cow Palace, legislators and local leaders are proposing a variety of ideas for preventing the drug overdoses and deaths that have plagued earlier events.
Cow Palace CEO Joe Barkett said officials from the state-owned venue have been meeting with lawmakers and law enforcement “to try to get a grip on what’s best to do going forward” since the Cow Palace board passed the moratorium in November. Read More
While two of her Asian American colleagues in the state legislature have squared off on shark finning, state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has so far stayed carefully neutral on the controversy. Read More
When the San Francisco Drug Users Union was created early last year, no one knew exactly what to expect. Would it collect dues? Picket drug-free zones? Field a softball team to play against the Erotic Service Providers Union?
In the past few months, some of our questions have been answered, as the union has launched a website and is making its presence known throughout The City. Read More
Some insurers jack up the prices of some vital medications to “specialty tiers”, a practice that Assemblywoman Fiona Ma hopes to stop.Ma will today announce legislation that would eliminate the expensive specialty tiers, and also cap monthly co-pays.Ma will announce the legislation at 3:30 p.m. today in the lobby of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, joined by patients and advocates. Read More
PG&E announced Tuesday that it would share specific information about its natural gas pipeline infrastructure with fire departments in San Francisco and Fremont to protect first responders in the event of a gas-related fire. Read More
The muddy and uneven grass fields near the Minnie and Lovie Recreation Center in Oceanside will be the ninth ones in The City to get a synthetic replacement. Read More
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma has put the brakes on the “Anti-Rave Act of 2011” after news of its introduction caused a massive overdose of criticism up and down the state. Read More
The showdowns for the November election have been decided in several state races.
In Assembly District 13, Republican Laura Peter will face Democratic incumbent Tom Ammiano.
Peter, a business attorney who owned and managed a commercial vineyard, said she’s not a career politician but can bring a “wealth of experience from the private sector” that can help solve California’s fiscal woes. Read More
Imposter landlords could be found guilty of a felony and sent to state prison, under a bill that was introduced by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and one other lawmaker.
The proposed legislation – AB 1800 – could affect criminals who swindle rent or deposits from would-be tenants by incorrectly claiming to own a home or work as its landlord. Read More