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California's Historic Championing of Transgender Rights

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

For years, battles over transgender rights have been fought relatively quietly in state legislatures, the boardrooms of LGBT and progressive non-profit organizations and on the streets of America.

Higher Minimum Wage: A Crucial Tool for Lifting More Californians out of Poverty

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

I look forward to California implementing the $10 minimum wage in January, and moving to increase the wage even further for 2017 and beyond to lift more California families out of poverty, boost local communities, and make sure everyone benefits from our state's economic prosperity.

Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes Clears California Legislative Hurdle

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 27 (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, se...

How the Ferguson Protests Convinced Me We Don't Need Cell Phone Kill Switches

Mike Montgomery | Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

The government's quick willingness to shut down communications is what got me (and others) thinking about the kill switch. It makes it very easy for police to simply shut down all cell phones using the technology to stifle coverage and communication.

California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday eliminating outdated “husban...

If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

John Hrabe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

There's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty. Under total Democratic control, California has just approved $420 million in corporate tax breaks for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Kathleen Miles

California Considers Highest Minimum Wage Of Any State | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

California may soon require the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill Monday to raise th...

'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants.

A Gay Dad Pulls His Kids Out of Private School and Into Public to Celebrate California's New Transgender Respect Law

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Tim Donnelly is pulling one of his sons out of the system over fear of his coming in contact with a transgender student. I am going to put two sons into the system in celebration of the dignity it affords them and a friend they care about.

California Tenants to Have Lobby Day in Sacramento

Paul Hogarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

For the first time in over a decade, dozens of tenants from throughout California will swarm the State Capitol -- meeting with legislators about the security deposit crisis, and demanding change.

Aaron Sankin

California Takes Huge Stride Toward Reforming Its Drug War | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.03.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A bill that passed the California State Senate earlier this week has the potential to fundamentally change the way the state deals wi...

Carly Schwartz

Top San Francisco Official: 'The War On Drugs Has Been A Failure' | Carly Schwartz | Posted 06.08.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon doesn't mince words when it comes to the war on drugs. "It has been a failure," he t...

70% Of California Voters Want Lighter Penalties For Personal Drug Use

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.23.2012 | San Francisco

Seventy percent of California voters want lighter penalties for personal drug use, according to new polling data from San Francisco-based polling firm...

Happy Harvey Milk Day!

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.22.2012 | San Francisco

LGBT activists all over the country will celebrate the third annual Harvey Milk Day on May 22, a holiday honoring the pioneering San Francisco supervi...

Lucia Graves

U.S. Attorney: Obama Administration Not Implicated In California Medical Marijuana Crackdown | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorneys have a message for California's medical marijuana advocates: Don't blame Barack Obama. After it was announced that the cr...

Robin Wilkey

CHEERS!: Gov. Approves Infused Drinks Bill In Time For Cocktail Week | Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.22.2011 | San Francisco

Jerry Brown may be on a veto binge, but at least he's got his priorities in order. On Wednesday, Governor Brown signed a bill legalizing infused a...

Too Many Tokes Over the Line

George Heymont | Posted 11.01.2011 | Arts
George Heymont


Robin Wilkey

PHOTOS: Mark Leno V. The ABC: The Bill That Is Saving SF Nightlife | Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.31.2011 | San Francisco

In February 2010, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents raided San Francisco bar Bourbon and Branch one of the city's most upscale and i...

Dems Want LGBT Studies; Republicans Say Don't 'Sexualize' School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education

Just as textbooks devote chapters to the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony, Democratic lawmakers want school curricula t...

Plastic Bag Monsters Kill Journalist and Crew

Ben Zolno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Zolno

As this journalist tried to warn us, we're all being eaten alive. Sadly, only our governments can save us. Yikes.

Social Moderate/Fiscal Conservative Tom Campbell May Be GOP Challenger to Barbara Boxer

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

Tom Campbell does not look or act like the Republican politicians LGBT people are used to seeing on cable news. He's more Clark Kent with a sense of humor.

The Legacy of Harvey Milk

Kip Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kip Williams

Last night was the world premiere of Milk at the Castro Theatre! For those who don't know, that's the new Gus Van Sant film about Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn in the title role.