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Why You Can't Trust the Nation's Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Steve Friess | Posted 05.01.2016 | Crime
Steve Friess

Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.

Even Businesses Want To End This Tax Loophole

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

It's a most improbable union -- but California progressives and the state's business community have come together in support of closing a commercial p...

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

California Lawmaker: 'This Is The Time To Strike' On Marijuana Reform

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

California Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) said in a statement Tuesday that "this is the time to strike" on marijuana reform in the stat...

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.

What Happens to My Domestic Partnership?

San Francisco magazine | Posted 08.28.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

As some of the glow fades from yesterday's Supreme Court rulings, we sort out what happens to domestic partnerships.

Aaron Sankin

Bad News For Medical Marijuana | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.04.2013 | San Francisco

A bill aimed at bringing some clarity to medical marijuana regulation in California has failed to pass the State Assembly in a vote held late last wee...

Kathleen Miles

Domestic Workers Take To The Streets To Demand Rights | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.07.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Over a hundred domestic workers and their supporters banged on pots and pans in front of the state building in downtown LA Thursday to ...

Elise Foley

California Governor Vetoes Pro-Immigrant Bill | Elise Foley | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill late Sunday to make California the "anti-Arizona" on immigration enforcement, after a long fig...

Elise Foley

California Legislature Votes To Severely Limit Cooperation With Immigration Program | Elise Foley | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would drastically reduce California's participation in a key immigration enforcement program passed through the state Assemb...

Elise Foley

LA Mayor Calls For Obama To Follow California's Lead On Immigration | Elise Foley | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday called for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign a bill that would defy a key Obam...

Cristina Costantini

D.C. Passes Bill To Restrict Federal Immigration Enforcement | Cristina Costantini | Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- As groups around the country rally this week against the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, the District of Columbia ap...

California's Landmark Medical Marijuana Bill Put On Hold

Carly Schwartz | Posted 06.27.2012 | San Francisco

California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has withdrawn from consideration a landmark bill that would have created a statewide system for r...

Elise Foley

California Lawmakers Move Forward With Fight Against Immigration Enforcement | Elise Foley | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Opponents of the controversial immigration enforcement program Secure Communities won a small but significant victory on Tuesday when a California Sta...

Carly Schwartz

Great News For California Marijuana Supporters | Carly Schwartz | Posted 06.05.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A measure that would provide a significant boost to California's medical marijuana industry cleared a major hurdle Thursday in the fa...

Lucia Graves

How Legalizing Pot Could Reduce The Federal Deficit | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government could save as much $13.7 billion annually if it were to legalize marijuana, according to a paper by Harvard econo...

Lucia Graves

Lawmakers In 5 States Tell Feds To Back Off Medical Marijuana | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elected lawmakers in five states have a message for the federal government: Don't interfere with state medical marijuana laws. In an ...

San Francisco Lawmaker Fights To Save The Medical Marijuana Industry

| Posted 04.29.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's The Snitch. By Chris Roberts Call it an industry, call it a movement, call it a gigantic scam. ...

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

'YES WE CANNABIS': Marijuana Advocates Protest Obama's Visit To San Francisco | Robin Wilkey | Posted 12.25.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of marijuana advocates gathered in downtown San Francisco Tuesday to protest recent federal crackdowns on California's medic...

San Francisco Mayor's Race 2011, AKA Jonestown 2011

Nato Green | Posted 12.20.2011 | San Francisco
Nato Green

It's hard to get too indignant about Obama when in SF, we can't elect a progressive mayor blindfolded with our hands tied behind our backs by a feminist dominatrix earning a living wage in a solar-powered basement dungeon.

Landmark Anti-Gay Bullying Measure Passes California State Senate

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.02.2011 | San Francisco

On Friday, the California State Senate approved Seth's Law (AB 9), a bill designed to crack down on the harassment of LGBT students in the state's sch...

A Progressive Decade in the Balance

Chris Daly | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Chris Daly

The struggle for the soul of San Francisco hit a crescendo in the Mission District with renters, artists, and non-profits pushing back against the forces of displacement. Over the next decade, the City would witness a renaissance of progressive reforms.

Warning: ICE Fishing Dragnet in Effect

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 08.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

For immigrants, both documented and undocumented, arrest even without imprisonment can lead to being taken away from loved ones through deportation. We have to ask ourselves: what is being done to our communities?

ReThinking The Times of Harvey Milk: You Earned Your Medal, and a Lot More

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Obama is awarding a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to Harvey Milk.