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Newsom signs LGBTQ family, education bills

Newsom signs LGBTQ family, education bills

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 30, 2022

On the last day for him to either sign or veto bills from the 2022 legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom added his signature September 30 to a quartet of LGBTQ-related bills.

Newsom signs trans refuge law, other LGBTQ bills

Newsom signs trans refuge law, other LGBTQ bills

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 30, 2022

As of January 1, California will become a refuge for parents and their transgender children seeking gender-affirming health care banned in their home states.

Political Notebook: SF supervisor candidates eye downtown offices for housing

Political Notebook: SF supervisor candidates eye downtown offices for housing

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 28, 2022

With San Francisco required by the state to produce 82,000 units of housing over the next eight years, it remains to be seen how city leaders will be able to meet that obligation.

Supervisors confirm gay SF planning commissioner Braun

Supervisors confirm gay SF planning commissioner Braun

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 27, 2022

Ending a two and half year absence of having LGBTQ representation on the San Francisco Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors has confirmed gay strategic economist Derek Braun to serve on the powerful oversight body.

LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

LGBTQ Agenda: Trans voters risk disenfranchisement in midterm elections, report says

The battle over voting rights in the United States has been a long and contentious one, with proponents of tighter regulations — typically Republicans — arguing that increasing identification requirements helps to ensure more secure, fraud-free elections.

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

Newsom vetoes LGBTQ health bill due to its price tag

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 26, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom has spiked another bill that LGBTQ advocates had supported this legislative session due to its price tag.

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

Political Notes: Long Island House race pits gay Dem vs. gay Trumper

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 26, 2022

A gay Democrat is running against a gay Trump-supporting Republican for a Long Island congressional seat.

San Jose to elect new mayor

San Jose to elect new mayor

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2022

Voters in San Jose will be electing a new mayor in November, as Mayor Sam Liccardo is termed out of office.

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2022

In 2021, an equity report for the San Carlos School District on the Peninsula found that LGBTQ+ students and families,

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a measure allowing the San Francisco Police Department to request access to private, non-city entity surveillance cameras owned by individual households or businesses.

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

In vetoing a bill aimed at assisting LGBTQ homeless youth in California, Governor Gavin Newsom cited the cost of the legislation in his veto message released Monday.

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

A strategic economist received the backing of a San Francisco supervisors committee Monday to serve on the city's planning commission.

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2022

U.S. senators have punted voting to ensure same-sex couples can marry until after the midterm elections in November.

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 14, 2022

An increasingly confident gay candidate for a Southern California House seat launched his first TV ads this week.