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Victor Hwang, Activst, Civil Rights Litigator, and New Police Commissioner

Last week, Victor Hwang was appointed to the Police Commission, unseating Angela Chan who served for the past four years. Hwang previously worked as Assistant District Attorney where he prosecuted hate crimes and human trafficking. With over twenty years over legal experience, he says he hopes to bring a balanced perspective to the Commission.

Mail Ballots, Progressives and National Salad Month

While there are many reasons to celebrate the Month of May, (see list below) including the fact that it?s National Salad Month, I would like to suggest a new one of extraordinary significance: Get Out the Vote Month.

Your Meeting Is in a Boycotted Hotel. Now What?

In May of last year I answered my phone, at work in Seattle, and found myself talking to a union organizer in Texas.

Ellis Reform Bill Wins Big Victory in Senate Judiciary

The drive to stop speculator evictions in San Francisco under the state Ellis Act passed a big hurdle on May 6 as Senator Mark Leno?s SB 1439 clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5-2 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate floor with momentum at its back.

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser?s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve And Endorse Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative To Return Billions Of Dollars T

At a May 6 rally and press conference, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion ? 1626 percent ? more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers.

Rally Sends Message to Brunei Sultan

About 80 activists representing feminists, gays and lesbians, workers and Hollywood celebrities rallied in front of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel Monday afternoon to protest the Sultan of Brunei?s introduction of a brutal version of Sharia law.

Oakland is not Brooklyn, and Valencia St. is not San Francisco

The media loves using specific streets and businesses to define entire cities. But Temescal Alley is not Oakland, Oakland is not ?Brooklyn by the Bay,? and Valencia Street is a misleading representation of San Francisco.

Triumph and Tragedy in ?America?s Bicycle Capital?

Rumour has it there is a sign on the wall inside the Portland Bureau of Planning that declares: ?We planned? And it worked!? They?re not wrong. Portland is the poster child for post-war smart growth, the result of meticulous planning and vision, which began in earnest with several key regulatory decisions made in the late 1960s. Show More Summary

Labor History Month Celebrates Workers? Contributions

May is Labor History Month. Signed into law as AB 2269 (Swanson) in 2012 by Governor Brown, its purpose is to encourage schools ?to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.?

Happy Birthday, Willie Mays

I grew up in Los Angeles as a Giants fan, and my favorite player was Willie Mays. Mays turns 83 today, and remains the greatest living baseball player. Say Hey Willie from all of us at Beyond Chron.

SF?s Affordable Homeownership Nightmare

The political consensus supporting increased affordable homeownership in San Francisco faces a challenge: the current program is a nightmare for buyers of Below Market Rate (BMR) homes. ##

Pac-12 Networks Shafts Broadcast Technicians

Has income inequality really become the ?defining challenge of our time? as President Obama has proclaimed?

What To Make of Seattle?s $15 Minimum Wage Plan

If you?re a low-wage worker in Seattle good luck figuring out how much you will earn under Mayor Ed Murray?s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The New Conscientious Test Objectors at International High School in NYC

A couple of days ago a New York area code popped up on my cell phone. I didn?t recognize the number?but when a teacher on the other end of line said that she was organizing a testing boycott at her high school, I certainly recognized the situation.

Should We Step in to Help Nigeria Find Kidnapped Girls?

It's been two weeks since 234 students were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and Nigerian lawmakers say the country needs help.


Underneath a visually austere surface, Abdellah Taia?s adaptation of his autobiographical novel ?Salvation Army? yields a look at the hidden springs of gay Moroccan life.


Bruce Vilanch's sparks will bring laughs to the Eureka Theatre with delightful, tuneful and captivating music. And of course, the Talented Show Stopper Vilanch will probably give out gang buster ditties. And we are talking high quality here. Believe in me - it will be unbridled Joy.

75 SF Tech Companies Back Ellis Reform as Key Vote Nears

Nearly 75 tech companies affiliated with, including Twitter and Salesforce, have signed a public letter urging legislators to support State Senator Mark Leno?s Ellis Act reform bill, SB 1439.

Despite Local 'No' Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

On April 16 members of Local 89 in Louisville voted no on their supplement for the second time, this time by 94 percent. Members were angry that they spend up to an hour a day?unpaid?on a shuttle that takes them to and from the parking lot to their work stations; the site is that big. Show More Summary

New Book Details Police Resistance to a Changing San Francisco, 1950-1972

San Francisco changed dramatically from 1950-1972, a transition to a more racially and sexually diverse city that its police force fought to suppress. Police harassment of the Tenderloin?s gay youth, North Beach Bohemians, African-American public housing residents and others were backed by the city?s political elite, but these practices changed as public sentiment shifted.

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