Three nudity activists have become the first to be found guilty of violating San Francisco’s nudity ban that went into effect in February.
Russell Allen, Oxane “Gypsy” Taub and George Davis were arrested and cited for violating the new law by disrobing at a rally outside City Hall on Feb. 1, the day the ordinance went into effect. Read More
Come Friday, San Franciscans must put on their clothes.
A law banning public nudity in The City will go into effect after the U.S. District Court in San Francisco dismissed a challenge Tuesday.
The case was filed last year by four nudists who said covering up violated their First Amendment rights to express their political views. However, the court disagreed. In a hearing earlier this month, the judge in the case said it takes more than disrobing in public to make a political statement.
A federal judge considering San Francisco’s public nudity ban rejected arguments Thursday that simply disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen made his comments during a 90-minute hearing held to consider the new law requiring the covering of the “genitals, perineum, and anal region” that is set to go into effect Feb. 1. Read More
I think I’m losing my mind with what’s going on in San Francisco these days, but I still have a much better grip on reality than Supervisor David Campos and his crusaders for free Muni youth passes.
This insanity can’t get much more obvious than when two facing pages in The San Francisco Examiner feature stories about Sunday parking meter enforcement and free passes for the kids who bring loud music, litter, cussing and fighting onto the buses. Read More
As an upstart blogger faces a criminal charge for an attempted gotcha photo of nudity ban sponsor Scott Wiener, more drama is expected today with plans for another “nude-in” at a Board of Supervisors hearing.
Blogger Michael Petrelis, a Castro gay-rights activist and perennial critic of Wiener’s policies, wrote an October post describing his attempt to photograph the supervisor as he was urinating in the second-floor men’s bathroom at City Hall. Read More
Like gossiping and checking one’s iPhone, it’s never good manners to talk politics at the dinner table. But we all do it. And so, in preparation for dinner conversations on this day, when everyone except unfit parents camping out at department stores will be at a table somewhere, I give you a quick primer on what has happened recently in San Francisco politics. Read More
A group of nudists filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court seeking to stop the Board of Supervisors from passing an ordinance next week that would ban nudity in The City.
The supervisors are set to vote Tuesday on a proposal by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would prohibit the display of genitals or buttocks in city plazas or parklets. The ban also would apply to sidewalks, streets and public transit. Read More
San Francisco is often considered to be a city where anything goes. But public nudity has gone too far, and it needs reigned in. Read More
The Board of Supervisors has not had a regular meeting for several weeks, so the mail from my fellow San Franciscans to the board has been piling up. Today we take a look at some of the colorful communications that arrived during the board’s hiatus. Read More
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be hoping for a smooth transition back into his job, and supervisorial candidate Julian Davis may hope the claims that he groped a woman will blow over. But there are machinations behind the scenes that are just getting started. Also in the crosshairs? The three members of the Board of Supervisors who voted to reinstate Mirkarimi and are up for re-election on Nov. 6 — John Avalos, David Campos and Christina Olague. (Jane Kim is not up for election this year.) Read More