The state Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would require education officials to create lesson plans about violence in American culture — the Legislature's latest reaction to mass shootings last year elsewhere in the nation.
Under SB552, individual schools could decide whether to include the lessons in curriculum. Read More
Proposition 40 was placed on the ballot by Republicans who disagreed with California’s new independently drawn boundaries for state Senate districts. A yes vote ensures that our state’s new Senate district boundaries, which were not entirely mapped out by opportunistic politicians trying to make it easier for themselves to get re-elected, stand as presently devised. Voting no would invalidate the maps and leave the rest up to a judicial panel. Vote yes on Prop. 40. Read More
The state Senate will vote today on releasing $2.7 billion in funds for California’s high-speed rail project, a decision that will likely define the fate of the $68 billion undertaking.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to start construction on the project in the Central Valley has drawn criticism from some state senators, who said the money would be better spent in developed areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read More
California legislators — who seem unable to come up with an honest balanced budget, who always seek tax increases, and who won’t pass even modest reforms to the state’s unfunded pension system or to anything else, for that matter — want to blame the government’s problems on voters, rather than themselves. Read More
State Sen. Leland Yee made it official, well, again: He is running for San Francisco mayor.
One of nine candidates who participated in a mostly uneventful forum Thursday night, Yee spoke before a raucous crowd of supporters Saturday morning at his campaign headquarters at Van Ness Avenue and Turk Street.
Yee, who represents The City in Sacramento, touted San Francisco’s unions, his support for education and a movement toward more affordable housing. Read More
California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is nothing if not adaptable, as demonstrated by his latest dealings with the Sacramento Kings NBA team. The team’s current owners, the Maloof family, have fallen on bad times and clearly want to move the team to greener pastures, specifically Anaheim. Read More
The racist faxer struck again this morning.
State Sen. Leland Yee, who went public after receiving a racist fax in January, received another one this morning.
The fax shows the crossed-out face of a cartoon monkey labeled “Obama,” and reads: “Achtung!”, the German word meaning “Watch out.” Read More
As the deadline looms for filing your state and federal income tax returns, imagine a time when you get to pay a third income tax ... to the San Francisco treasury.
The state has long prohibited counties from levying their own income tax, but a bill from state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg reintroduced Thursday would allow just that. Read More
State Sen. and San Francisco mayoral candidate Leland Yee is gaining attention for publicizing threats made against him by a fan of right-wing radio personality Rush Limbaugh.
The publicity, which has spread nationwide, comes as Yee is competing in a crowded mayor of San Francisco race just 10 months away. Read More