Politics

Turnout will be key in SF Assembly runoff race

Turnout will be key in SF Assembly runoff race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 23, 2022

Without a recall or other election to help drive up voter interest, turnout is expected to be significantly lower for the April 19 runoff race for San Francisco's vacant 17th Assembly District seat.

Political Notebook: Gulledge aims to be first gay Black CA state senator

Political Notebook: Gulledge aims to be first gay Black CA state senator

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 23, 2022

South Los Angeles resident Jamaal Gulledge is aiming to be California's first gay Black state senator.

SF police chief urges signage of CA sex worker bill

SF police chief urges signage of CA sex worker bill

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 23, 2022

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott is hopeful legislation that decriminalizes loitering for adults with the intent to engage in sex work becomes law this year.

Political Notebook: Lesbians seek Bay Area county school superintendent posts

Political Notebook: Lesbians seek Bay Area county school superintendent posts

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 16, 2022

Since winning election in 2018 as San Mateo County superintendent of schools, Nancy Magee has yet to meet a counterpart in another county who is also LGBTQ.

Voters recall San Francisco school leaders

Voters recall San Francisco school leaders

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

Voters recalled three members of the San Francisco school board, according to the early election results Tuesday. Meanwhile, the city's appointed assessor-recorder was easily elected to finishing out his term.

Campos, Haney lead in SF Assembly race

Campos, Haney lead in SF Assembly race

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

Gay former District 9 supervisor David Campos and District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney are leading in the special February 15 election for San Francisco's vacant 17th Assembly District seat.

Political Notes: Campos, Mahmood support collecting LGBTQ data on California's state employees

Political Notes: Campos, Mahmood support collecting LGBTQ data on California's state employees

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

As efforts to track LGBTQ demographic data continue to increase at all levels of government, two of the candidates seeking San Francisco's vacant 17th Assembly District seat support collecting SOGI information among California's state employees.

SF Assembly candidates lay out LGBTQ priorities

SF Assembly candidates lay out LGBTQ priorities

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 9, 2022

No matter who is elected to San Francisco's 17th Assembly District seat, they will work to ban the use of conversion therapy on adults and end unnecessary surgeries on intersex children should the two controversial legislative proposals be revived again.

SF supervisors delay vote on Shorter reappointment

SF supervisors delay vote on Shorter reappointment

  • POLITICS
  • by Cynthia Laird and Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 8, 2022

In the midst of Black History Month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday delayed a vote on whether to reappoint a Black lesbian to her seat on the city's juvenile probation commission.

Assembly District 17 candidates address small business concerns

Assembly District 17 candidates address small business concerns

  • POLITICS
  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 7, 2022

In one of the final forums before the February 15 special primary election, the candidates running for the Assembly District 17 seat talked about how they would address the needs of small businesses.

Political Notes: Lesbian San Mateo supervisor candidate Parmer-Lohan starts 2022 in strong position

Political Notes: Lesbian San Mateo supervisor candidate Parmer-Lohan starts 2022 in strong position

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 7, 2022

With two high-profile endorsements and a sizeable campaign war chest, lesbian San Mateo County supervisor candidate Laura Parmer-Lohan is starting 2022 in a strong position.

CA Senate candidate Mei trailed by anti-LGBTQ label

CA Senate candidate Mei trailed by anti-LGBTQ label

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 2, 2022

The first indication of the hurdles Fremont Mayor Lily Mei is likely to face as she campaigns for an East Bay state Senate seat this year came in January.

Gay SF City College Trustee Temprano resigns for EQCA job

Gay SF City College Trustee Temprano resigns for EQCA job

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 1, 2022

After five years as a City College of San Francisco trustee, Tom Temprano is resigning to become the new political director at Equality California.

Political Notebook: EQCA grades Gov. Newsom, CA lawmakers less than perfect

Political Notebook: EQCA grades Gov. Newsom, CA lawmakers less than perfect

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 31, 2022

Due to their not casting votes in favor of various LGBTQ rights bills, 22 Democratic lawmakers failed to receive a perfect score on the 2021 legislative scorecard compiled by a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.