Melissa Griffin

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe Craigslist Bay to Breakers will continue as scheduled after the Boston Marathon tragedy

Even after Boston Marathon bombings, we must keep running

After I finished the Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer run last year, I…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe Craigslist Bay to Breakers will continue as scheduled after the Boston Marathon tragedy

California legislators play duck, duck, Modoc

State government is often funny, but rarely on purpose. So you can…

Getty Images File PhotoActress Ashley Judd was heard on a recording calling San Francisco her home and boasted about her 415 area code.

Ashley Judd’s San Francisco values

Last weekend, Supervisor Mark Farrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch at…

Getty Images File PhotoActress Ashley Judd was heard on a recording calling San Francisco her home and boasted about her 415 area code.
Getty Images File PhotoState Sen. Mark Leno is using money raised through his “placeholder” lieutenant governor campaign to benefit the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates.

San Francisco state Sen. Mark Leno's fake campaign generating real money for Democrats

In early February, state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco quietly opened…

Getty Images File PhotoState Sen. Mark Leno is using money raised through his “placeholder” lieutenant governor campaign to benefit the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates.
AP File PhotoDistrict Judge Vaughn Walker prohibited the enforcement of Prop. 8 by “directing the official defendants that all persons under their control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8.”

Why the Prop. 8 case is no slam-dunk

Without a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the merits of same-sex marriage,…

AP File PhotoDistrict Judge Vaughn Walker prohibited the enforcement of Prop. 8 by “directing the official defendants that all persons under their control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8.”
AP File PhotoPublic Defender Jeff Adachi has successfully lobbied to nearly double the budget of his office.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi is the boy who cried broke

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives people convicted of a…

AP File PhotoPublic Defender Jeff Adachi has successfully lobbied to nearly double the budget of his office.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe Law Library’s lawsuit against The City seeks a 30

San Francisco Law Library suing over facility size

Last week’s Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting was a…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe Law Library’s lawsuit against The City seeks a 30
Reuters File PhotoFrom left

U.S. Supreme Court should side with Prop. 8 backers on one key issue

At Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding California’s ban on same-sex marriage,…

Reuters File PhotoFrom left
AP File PhotoMildred and Richard Loving won a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned laws prohibiting interracial unions ... 19 years after such unions became legal in California.

Marriage equality might wait a bit longer

Like many of you, I was disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court…

AP File PhotoMildred and Richard Loving won a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned laws prohibiting interracial unions ... 19 years after such unions became legal in California.
Courtesy of Allen NanceSome of the juvenile weaponry on display at San Francisco’s Westpoint housing project.

The mean streets of San Francisco

When probation officers from Chicago are concerned about the level of violence…

Courtesy of Allen NanceSome of the juvenile weaponry on display at San Francisco’s Westpoint housing project.
Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. ExaminerCammy Blackstone

Legislative aide Cammy Blackstone talks City Hall

Cammy Blackstone is exceptional for many reasons. She’s the voice you hear…

Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. ExaminerCammy Blackstone
AP File PhotoFormer crime lab technician Deborah Madden

Was Deborah Madden's confession a move to keep her city pension?

On March 15, disgraced former San Francisco crime lab technician Deborah Madden…

AP File PhotoFormer crime lab technician Deborah Madden
S.F. Examiner file photoCow Palace gun shows like the recent Crossroads of the West event could be a thing of the past if Leno's bill passes.

Mark Leno is on a mission to round up illegal guns

State Senator Mark Leno is on a tear against gun violence. While…

S.F. Examiner file photoCow Palace gun shows like the recent Crossroads of the West event could be a thing of the past if Leno's bill passes.
Getty Images File PhotosA ballot measure to rename SFO for slain Supervisor Harvey Milk would come just as its biggest booster

Harvey Milk airport rename proposal has hidden baggage

Renaming the airport doesn’t require a citywide vote. It can be done…

Getty Images File PhotosA ballot measure to rename SFO for slain Supervisor Harvey Milk would come just as its biggest booster
AP File PhotoGov. Jerry Brown wants to give a pile of money to the university systems with no performance expectations.

Colleges free to spend under Brown’s budget

During his campaign to persuade voters to pass the Proposition 30 tax…

AP File PhotoGov. Jerry Brown wants to give a pile of money to the university systems with no performance expectations.
ap images file photoLegislators

High prices in San Francisco put USPS in bind

Those of us with families in other cities know what it’s like…

ap images file photoLegislators
Wikipedia CommonsPolice officials have taken a special interest in banning Black Talon ammo.

San Francisco gun control proposals targeting ammo sure to be target of lawsuits

A committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider two gun-control measures…

Wikipedia CommonsPolice officials have taken a special interest in banning Black Talon ammo.
Getty Images File PhotoTough guy Ramon Rodriguez will star in “Gang Related

TV land finding real estate in San Francisco for new Fox series 'Gang Related'

One of my family members  brought an Entertainment Weekly story to my…

Getty Images File PhotoTough guy Ramon Rodriguez will star in “Gang Related
Courtesy renderingForget hypothetical situations

Environmental law has the potential to derail projects

The term “CEQA reform” is one heard a lot these days, with…

Courtesy renderingForget hypothetical situations
S.F. Examiner File PhotoDistrict Attorney George Gascón

Domestic violence spurs San Francisco spat

Domestic violence is a subject on the minds of our government officials…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoDistrict Attorney George Gascón