Max and Lubov Azria, owners of a Los Angeles-based fashion house, are in The City this week to receive honors from the Academy of Art University and from Mayor Ed Lee, who issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday the couple’s official day in San Francisco.
But the honors might come as a surprise, since the BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP has an environmental and gay-rights record that’s not quite in line with San Francisco values. Read More
Gay-rights activist Larry Brinkin was formally charged Wednesday with six felony counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
The 22-year veteran of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, who retired with honor in 2010, was first arrested June 22, but the District Attorney’s Office requested time to further investigate before charging Brinkin. Read More
A series of controversial advertisements on Muni buses has spurred a signature-gathering effort to remove the signs and forced the agency to reconsider its position on advertisements moving forward.
The ads, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative — an organization deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — say, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” Read More
Larry Brinkin, the iconic San Francisco gay activist who brought the nation’s first domestic partnership lawsuit in 1982, was arrested Friday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, police said.
Police remained tight-lipped about the allegations Monday, only confirming that the 66-year-old was booked at County Jail. He posted bail Saturday, jail officials said. Read More
A plan to protect former ex-cons from their criminal past when they apply for housing or jobs was defended Thursday by Jessica Flintoft, chair of San Francisco’s Reentry Council, the group which recommended the proposal. Read More
Possible legislation under consideration in San Francisco would provide convicted felons with more rights to housing and jobs, perhaps affording them a protected-class status usually reserved for disadvantaged groups based on gender or ethnicity.
Landlords and employers could end up being required to look further into criminal histories before ruling out released convicts. Read More
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether to appoint a former federal prosecutor as the newest member of The City’s Police Commission.L. Julius Turman was nominated by the board’s rules committee to succeed Jim Hammer on the commission. The appointment would be for a four-year term ending at the end of April 2015.Turman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, has also served as a commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Read More