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News, The Snitch Mark Leno Already Beating Mayor Ed Lee — On Facebook

Mark Leno Already Beating Mayor Ed Lee — On Facebook

The word around town ended up being the printed word this week: A poll shows Sen. Mark Leno edging Mayor Ed Lee in a head-to-head matchup, Leno knows this, other people know this, and Leno is entertaining the offers of…
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News, The Snitch Kill-Switch Bill Signed into Law

Kill-Switch Bill Signed into Law

California became the second state to install mandatory theft-deterring technology in all smartphones today, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a kill-switch bill into law.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), faced staunch opposition from cellphone service providers and…
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News, The Snitch Kill-Switch Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Kill-Switch Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

California is just inches away from becoming the second state — after Minnesota —  to install mandatory theft-deterring technology in all smartphones. Today the state Senate passed Mark Leno's SB 962, the so-called "kill-switch" bill, on a final procedural vote…
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News, The Snitch State Assembly Passes Leno's Kill-Switch Bill  (Update)

State Assembly Passes Leno's Kill-Switch Bill (Update)

Update, Thursday, Aug. 7, 10:12 a.m.: The state assembly passed Mark Leno's kill-switch bill this morning. It will return to the Senate for a concurrence vote before heading to Governor Brown's desk. Bolstered by a new Creighton University study…
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News, The Snitch Human Traffickers Won't Get to Pocket Profits From Slavery Under New Bill

Human Traffickers Won't Get to Pocket Profits From Slavery Under New Bill

Two bills passed through the state Legislature today that force convicted criminals to give up any profits they make from trafficking minors into California. The cash would be funneled into helping the emotionally traumatized victims, Attorney General Kamala Harris said.State…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Activists Occupy the Capitol

Medical Marijuana Activists Occupy the Capitol

As the pleasant Sacramento spring turns into the furnace of the Central Valley summer, so too is the heat turned up in the corridors of the state Capitol: It's budget season, and it's also last call for certain bills…
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News, The Snitch "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" HBO Documentary: Free Premiere Tonight

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" HBO Documentary: Free Premiere Tonight

Next Tuesday is a big day for gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. But HBO documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey want to celebrate a little early -- with the world premiere of their documentary, The Strange…
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News, The Snitch LGBT History Bill Is Antifamily, Says Group Seeking Referendum

LGBT History Bill Is Antifamily, Says Group Seeking Referendum

The ink has barely dried on the FAIR Education Act, and already antigay groups have begun to collect signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn the nation's first law requiring public schools to include LGBT history in the curriculum. Stop…
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News, The Snitch Cellphone Companies Already Warn Customers of Radiation Risks

Cellphone Companies Already Warn Customers of Radiation Risks

Never one to shy away from fringe crusades, San Francisco Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) is pushing legislation to make San Francisco's law that requires retailers to inform consumers of possible risks of cellphone use, mandatory statewide.And it turns out…
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News, The Snitch LGBT Contributions Could Soon Be Read in Textbooks

LGBT Contributions Could Soon Be Read in Textbooks

Students, please open your textbooks to the chapter on Harvey Milk and cue the PowerPoint on Heklina: A bill by state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to include gay history in mandatory education requirements passed the state Senate today. And…
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News, The Snitch Teacher Creates Workbook to Educate Kids About LGBT Contributions

Teacher Creates Workbook to Educate Kids About LGBT Contributions

Earlier this week, a large part of San Francisco was stunned, bitter, depressed -- pick your adjective -- when some parents complained about schoolboys taking a field trip to the iconic Castro District. The boys visited Harvey Milk's camera store…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Users: How Much Longer Until Your Boss Can't Fire You?

Medical Marijuana Users: How Much Longer Until Your Boss Can't Fire You?

Just like the industrious Walmart worker in Michigan, YOU, too, can get fired from your job for using medical marijuana -- even if you are employee of the month. Which clearly makes no sense, considering medical marijuana is legal. That's…
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News, The Snitch 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' -- Judge Isn't Buying it

'Parental Alienation Syndrome' -- Judge Isn't Buying it

One of the more controversial topics addressed in our recent coverage of problems in California's family courts is the legitimacy of 'Parental Alienation Syndrome.' Invented by the late Richard Gardner -- a psychiatrist who argued that society treated pedophiles too…
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News, The Snitch Chris Daly Will Be Remembered as an Asshole And a Hippie, In That Order

Chris Daly Will Be Remembered as an Asshole And a Hippie, In That Order

Supervisor Chris Daly's Wednesday night roast at the Independent encompassed everything Chris Daly is -- entertaining and overly indulgent.But it was the perfect way to send off the prolifically profane supervisor, who is at this point is just plain unelectable. His…
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News, The Snitch Arizona More Progressive Than California? When it Comes to Marijuana, Yes.

Arizona More Progressive Than California? When it Comes to Marijuana, Yes.

Arizona's taken quite the beating from Californians recently, what with the red state's anti-immigrant, anti-civilization stance creating both headlines and policy. But Arizona's not all bad -- in fact, it can be downright progressive. In at least one instance, more…
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How Prop. 26 undermines San Francisco values

On this year's voter information guide, the effects of Proposition 26 were succinctly summarized as "Requires that certain state and local fees be approved by two-thirds vote." That description could have read "Bankrupts methods to enforce values San Franciscans hold…
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News, The Snitch Congestion Pricing Likely To Be Killed By Prop. 26

Congestion Pricing Likely To Be Killed By Prop. 26

Today's front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle highlights a number of hefty "congestion pricing" fees drivers may soon have to shell out for the privilege of driving into the city, or even between certain neighborhoods. Put the emphasis on…
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News, The Snitch 'Interim Mayor' Would Earn Three Times More Than 'Acting Mayor'

'Interim Mayor' Would Earn Three Times More Than 'Acting Mayor'

What's the difference between an "acting mayor" and an "interim" one? About $153,000, to start with. We've gone over the scenarios confronting the Board of Supervisors in anointing Mayor Gavin Newsom's successor. Here's the rub: If the current board makes…
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News, The Snitch Dennis Herrera, Mark Leno Say They'd Love to Be Interim Mayor

Dennis Herrera, Mark Leno Say They'd Love to Be Interim Mayor

Dennis "He's Running For Mayor" Herrera is running for mayor. This we knew. But the city attorney has told SF Weekly he'd also welcome the chance to succeed Gavin Newsom and become the city's interim mayor. Herrera additionally noted that…
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News, The Snitch Only In S.F.: Gay, Rabbinical School Dropout Deemed Too Conservative

Only In S.F.: Gay, Rabbinical School Dropout Deemed Too Conservative

In recent weeks, we've pointed out that people are largely free to fornicate on the streets of San Francisco -- but dogs cannot. Prosecutors struggle to convict vandals -- as juries state that graffiti is not vandalism, but "art." So,…
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