Politics

Political Notes: Transit, safety, budget issues top focuses of out Bay Area politicians

Political Notes: Transit, safety, budget issues top focuses of out Bay Area politicians

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 30, 2023

Budgetary matters, public safety policies, and assisting transit agencies will be top focuses in 2023 for San Francisco's trio of gay supervisors.

Political Notebook: Complaint filed against opponent of trans Seal Beach, CA council candidate

Political Notebook: Complaint filed against opponent of trans Seal Beach, CA council candidate

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 24, 2023

The runoff race opponent of a transgender City Council candidate in Seal Beach, California is facing questions about her eligibility to seek the district seat, and other issues.

Political Notes: SF LGBTQ Dem club elects 1st Asian male president

Political Notes: SF LGBTQ Dem club elects 1st Asian male president

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 23, 2023

Members of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club have elected Jeffrey Kwong to lead the progressive political group in 2023.

Gay vet Rocha seeks San Diego Assembly seat

Gay vet Rocha seeks San Diego Assembly seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 19, 2023

Two months after losing his bid for a state Senate seat, gay veteran Joseph C. Rocha of Escondido has launched his campaign for an open San Diego County Assembly seat that will be on the ballot in 2024.

Political Notebook: Lesbian marriage activist joins CA school board

Political Notebook: Lesbian marriage activist joins CA school board

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 18, 2023

Back in the early 2000s Jennifer Sookne was fighting to achieve marriage equality in California.

Political Notebook: LGBTQ CA senators given key committee chairmanships

Political Notebook: LGBTQ CA senators given key committee chairmanships

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 11, 2023

As state leaders grapple with a projected $22 billion budget deficit this year, LGBTQ members of the California Senate will be in key leadership posts to help address fiscal matters and other policy issues in 2023.

2023 ushers in new SF LGBTQ Dem club leaders

2023 ushers in new SF LGBTQ Dem club leaders

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 11, 2023

San Francisco's two main LGBTQ political clubs are bidding adieu to their male leaders of the past two years.

Alameda County supervisors seek recount in flawed Oakland school contest, other ranked races

Alameda County supervisors seek recount in flawed Oakland school contest, other ranked races

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 10, 2023

Alameda County supervisors voted Tuesday to seek a recount of the votes cast in an Oakland school board election where the certified winner, a transgender married dad, it turns out did not receive the most votes.

San Francisco supervisors elect Peskin as board president

San Francisco supervisors elect Peskin as board president

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 9, 2023

The divisions among the San Francisco Board of Supervisors were on full display Monday as the 11 members voted to elect one of their own as board president for the next two years.

Newsom upbeat in inaugural address but calls out Republicans

Newsom upbeat in inaugural address but calls out Republicans

California Governor Gavin Newsom was upbeat in his second inaugural address Friday even as he acknowledged the harmful mistakes of the past and criticized Republican leaders in other states.

Engardio readies to take San Francisco supervisor seat

Engardio readies to take San Francisco supervisor seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 4, 2023

After his stunning victory in the November 8 election, ousting an elected supervisor in San Francisco for the first time in more than two decades, Joel Engardio took a well-deserved vacation with his husband, Lionel Hsu.

Political Notebook: On board prez, gay SF Supervisor-elect Engardio is undecided

Political Notebook: On board prez, gay SF Supervisor-elect Engardio is undecided

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 4, 2023

Gay San Francisco District 4 Supervisor-elect Joel Engardio will face his first test as a new member of the Board of Supervisors Monday, January 9, when he casts a vote for president of the city's governing body.

New LGBTQ laws take effect January 1

New LGBTQ laws take effect January 1

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

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, a trove of new LGBTQ laws will go into effect in California.

Lesbian CA legislator's out sister aims to succeed her in Sacramento

Lesbian CA legislator's out sister aims to succeed her in Sacramento

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

In what would be a first for the California Legislature, a lesbian member of the Assembly could be succeeded by her out sister come 2024.