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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Millennial Problems: If You Want to Win, You Gotta Show Up

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM

"Millennial" Bernie isn't impressed. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • "Millennial" Bernie isn't impressed.
We haven’t seen the demographic breakdown yet on voter turnout, but California’s Tuesday primary definitely failed to meet expectations. Both here in San Francisco and statewide, voter turnout did not match up with the record new number of registrations. Many more Democrats stayed home this year than in 2008, the last time Hillary Clinton won the state in a presidential primary. 

Voting is pretty simple, but apparently so are humans.

It would be hard to blame it all on the Associated Press calling the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton the night before, so instead we’re going to blame it on millennials.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

S.F. Liked Obama More Than We Liked Hillary, Bernie

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 11:52 AM


One of the favorite post-election kvetches — aside from your guy going down in bitter defeat to the sound of wailing bros coast-to-coast — is how shitty turnout is.

This started early on Election Night, the day after the Associated Press told everyone interested in voting in the Democratic primary that they'd be better off staying at home watching Veep, before all the ballots had been counted. But it was still premature. whatever numbers you saw yesterday missed almost one-quarter of the votes. 

Today, San Francisco's Department of Elections reported that 263,000 ballots had been cast in last night's election — including 78,000 mail-in ballots cast at City Hall, plus provisional ballots, as well as the 185,000 counted as of last night.

So. Out of 468,238 registered voters, that's 56 percent turnout — which, as far as things go, is pretty good. Better than the turnout for the municipal election in the fall, but not nearly as good the last time California's presidential primary mattered, way back in 2008.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

California's Primary Might Have Really Ended Weeks Ago

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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  • RIP to our youth.

Today is Election Day in California — but sorry, voters. Whether you stay home or participate in democracy doesn't matter. This jig is up. 

Last night, the Associated Press called the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton — the day before the presidential primary in California, and before any results from Tuesday's election were counted.

Based on Clinton's prior primary victories — of which there have been many — plus the AP's privileged, anonymous knowledge of how the party donors and insiders known as "superdelegates" plan to vote at next month's convention, the AP declared Clinton to have secured the necessary number of delegates to face Donald Trump for the White House in November.

Does this mean the is race over for Bernie Sanders? If you’re the candidate himself, or his legions of die-hard supporters, it’s unnatural to think that way. At a rally at Crissy Field last night, Bernie refused to acknowledge the AP's dagger.

But if you are math and logic, it looks like we’ve come to the end of the road. 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Bill Clinton is Coming to Bayview Today

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:33 PM

click image Number 42 is going to be on Third Street. - FLICKR/ROGER H GOUN
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  • Number 42 is going to be on Third Street.

Tomorrow is election day in California, where the state presidential primary matters more now than possibly ever in the history of person-kind. If Hillary Clinton wins, it's game over for Bernie Sanders and his many bros. If Bernie wins, it's going to be a long, pain-in-the-ass lead up to an even bigger pain-in-the-ass of a contested Democratic National Convention next month. Meanwhile, somewhere, a Donald Trump supporter will play victim.

To prevent such a dystopian near future, the Clinton machine is bringing in the heavy hitters. Namely, America's first black presidentremember that joke? It dates from the 1990s, when everyone had a job, and actual black people were not yet actually president — is coming to San Francisco today.

William Jefferson Clinton himself will be in town this evening, paying a visit to the city's last bastion of working and middle class black people in the Bayview. He's scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. at Joe Lee Rec Center on Third Street — but not everybody is happy about it. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

We're Giving Trump Exactly What He Wants

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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Donald J. Trump's bellicose Republican Party train rolled into San Jose last night, and the South Bay did not disappoint. Protests before a Trump rally at the downtown SAP Center started peacefully enough, according to the UK Guardian and other outlets on scene, but soon enough led to violence — because, when you bait someone enough, they eventually lash out.

And Trump was baiting. Prior to his visiting San Jose, a city with a sizable Latino population in a state that is significantly Latino, Trump repeated his plans to build an even bigger wall on the border with Mexico, and posited that an American-born judge assigned to the lawsuit over Trump's pyramid-scheme swindle of a university is biased because of his "Mexican heritage." After his rally, as dark fell in San Jose, people took the bait. 

Eggs were thrown at otherwise proud-faced Trump supporters, some of whom had their "Make America Great" hats stolen and set on fire. "Dozens of fights" broke out in the streets, according to the San Jose Mercury News, and at least one young man, identified as a Trump supporter, was left bleeding from a gash in his head.

Many of the protesters, most of whom were students and union members, according to the UK Guardian, were also from heavily Latino East San Jose, and waved Mexican flags. An overwhelmed San Jose Police Department was unable to keep the peace, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump's aggressive rhetoric for setting it all off.

In sum, it could not have gone better for Trump.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It Doesn't Look Like Bernie Sanders Fell Asleep Yesterday At All

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 1:44 PM

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Anyone with a camera will tell you how easy it is to take a terrible photo of someone. Blink at the wrong 1/60th of a second, and — presto! — you're a drunk or a zombie with skin the texture of wax. And there's no denying it — we got pics, brah. 

Keep this in mind when digesting the accusation that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders fell asleep during yesterday's annual Memorial Day ceremony at the military cemetery in the Presidio.

Started by a Facebook post from Zoe Dunning — a local LGBT activist and former Navy officer who came out as a lesbian in 1993, risking her military career in the process — the notion that Bern caught some Z's while politicians and veterans went through their annual ritual of blessing dead soldiers (while the Department of Veterans Affairs, tasked with the welfare of the living, continues to be a shambles) has irked red-blooded patriots on all sides of the political spectrum.

The post from Dunning — a Hillary Clinton supporter as well as a candidate for the local DCCC — ended up on conservative news site and reliable San Francisco foil Breitbart.

Bernie supporters defended the alleged snooze, noting the septuagenarian has been really busy of late. (And indeed, the impromptu appearance in the Presidio was at the beginning of a long day that included rallies and hanging out with Danny Glover at the Warriors game.) But did he really fall asleep? More photos, shot by Marin-based photographer Ed Caspersen, suggest maybe not.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Hey, Registered Independents: Here's How To Vote for Bernie (Or Hillary or Trump)

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 4:16 PM

None of this for you 150,000 independents.
  • None of this for you 150,000 independents.

If you're like most San Francisco residents, you're already registered to vote in the California primary election, to be held in just over two weeks' time on June 7. Good for you, as today's the last day to register, which you can do online at 

However, if you're one of the city's nearly 150,000 voters who is registered as an independent — one who declined to state his or her party preference — you may encounter a nasty surprise when you step into the booth in two weeks. It's one you've already encountered if you're an independent who is a permanent vote-by-mail voter, with a ballot already sitting on your kitchen table: on your ballot, you will find no Trump, no Bernie, and no Hillary.

Yes, Sen. Bernie Sanders is an independent who is running for the Democratic nomination, and yes, California has an open primary system — but not for every office. For president, the state has a "modified closed primary system." 

So, in order to participate in a very, very meaningful California Democratic primary, you have to request a Democratic ballot.

But fear not: you have until midnight tonight to register as a Democrat or a Republican (if that's your thing). If you want to stay independent, you can vote in the Democratic primary.

Click on through after the jump for detailed instructions on how (if you haven't already clicked links throughout this post, like this one).

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Should S.F. Elect its Police Chief?

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:23 AM

On the campaign trail. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER FILE
  • Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner file
  • On the campaign trail.
When he fired police Chief Greg Suhr on Thursday and appointed an interim replacement a few hours after police shot and killed an unarmed black woman suspected of stealing a car, Mayor Ed Lee was bending to the will of the public and to a growing number of politicians calling for Suhr to go. The buck stopped with Lee, who alone has the power to hire and fire the chief. (Yes, the Police Commission has to approve his appointments, but Lee can also fire police commissioners.) 

It’s worth noting that the public drama over San Francisco's police chief happened this way because the position is appointed — and not elected, like the sheriff, district attorney, and Lee himself. All major U.S. cities appoint a police chief, but at least in the Bay Area, there's an elected chief: in Santa Clara. 

What if San Francisco also elected the chief and made the position directly responsible to the voters, whose safety and lives they put in the chief's hands?

It might seem tantalizing for voters to have the power to pick this important position, especially in a city with an engaged voting population like San Francisco — and one that wants a direct say in how policing is carried out — but that oversimplifies the job.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Drops in to Downtown SF; Is Photographed

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:52 PM


Were you near the cable cars at California and Market streets in the Financial District on Wednesday afternoon? If so, you were in the immediate vicinity of Bernie Sanders, as the Vermont senator and still-in-it contender for the Democratic nomination for president made a brief stop at a rally organized by two San Francisco labor unions.

Sanders spoke at a larger, advertised, "official" campaign rally in San Jose this morning, and is scheduled to speak at another planned rally on the Vallejo waterfront this evening. (The California primary, which will certainly make or — more likely — break Sanders' bid to edge out Hillary Clinton for the nomination is June 7).

Wednesday's affair in San Francisco was almost impromptu: there were no security checkpoints with metal detectors, and San Francisco police only briefly closed down a block of California near the 101 California building, long enough for the Sanders campaign motorcade to approach and for the #Bern himself to pop out of a white SUV and give a brief speech. It was his standard stump stuff — the billionaires, the 99 percent, single-payer healthcare, and a higher minimum wage — with some San Francisco name drops thrown in.

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It's Over Between Sup. London Breed and the Police Officers Association

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Left, Gary Delagnes of the POA; right, Board of Supervisors President London Breed. - SF WEEKLY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
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  • Left, Gary Delagnes of the POA; right, Board of Supervisors President London Breed.
The rocky relationship between Board of Supervisors President London Breed and the Police Officers Association, the city's reactionary-but-influential cops' union, appears to be over.

Following months of acrimony between the union and Breed over her support for things like creating a day of remembrance for Mario Woods, the knife-wielding black man shot and killed by police in the Bayview on Dec. 2, the POA rescinded its endorsement of Breed in her upcoming reelection.

And that's fine — Breed doesn't need them, anyway.  In turn, Breed has returned the POA's political contribution. So who will the cops support in District 5, which includes the Western Addition, Hayes Valley, and the Haight?

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