Politics

Political Notebook: CA renews its End of Life law for another 6 years

Political Notebook: CA renews its End of Life law for another 6 years

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 13, 2021

Californians will continue to have a "right to die" until January 1, 2031 after Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law October 5 a six-year extension of the Golden State's End of Life Option Act.

Political Notebook: SF leather bar one step closer to landmark status

Political Notebook: SF leather bar one step closer to landmark status

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 5, 2021

San Francisco's gay-owned Eagle bar is one step closer to being the second leather bar in the U.S. of the same name to become a local landmark.

Political Notes: Oregon voters could elect country's 1st lesbian governor

Political Notes: Oregon voters could elect country's 1st lesbian governor

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Oct 4, 2021

Voters in Oregon could elect the country's first lesbian governor next year and only the second LGBTQ top statewide official in the three-state West Coast region.

Political Notebook: SF supes panel advances code update to collect LGBTQ city hiring data

Political Notebook: SF supes panel advances code update to collect LGBTQ city hiring data

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 27, 2021

A San Francisco supervisors' panel has advanced a code update that will allow for tracking how many LGBTQ people are employed by, and are applying for, city and county jobs.

Political Notes: Gay CA insurance czar Lara marshals Democrat, LGBTQ support in reelection race

Political Notes: Gay CA insurance czar Lara marshals Democrat, LGBTQ support in reelection race

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 27, 2021

A day after Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) announced his 2022 candidacy for California insurance commissioner, gay incumbent Ricardo Lara rolled out endorsements from a vast array of fellow Democratic elected officials and LGBTQ leaders.

Political Notebook: Gay East Bay Assembly candidate Esteen picks up early support

Political Notebook: Gay East Bay Assembly candidate Esteen picks up early support

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 22, 2021

First-time political candidate Jennifer Esteen has been scooping up early endorsements from around the Bay Area for her 2022 bid for Alameda County's 20th Assembly District seat, currently held by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward).

Political Notebook: Launch date set for Milk naval ship

Political Notebook: Launch date set for Milk naval ship

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2021

With the Biden administration once again voicing support for LGBTQ rights on the global stage, the U.S. government will soon have a floating soapbox to project its pro-equality stance in ports around the world.

California voters reject Newsom recall

California voters reject Newsom recall

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 14, 2021

California voters overwhelmingly rejected the recall attempt against Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, based on the preliminary ballot count.

Political Notes: LGBTQs wage full court press to defeat Newsom recall

Political Notes: LGBTQs wage full court press to defeat Newsom recall

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 13, 2021

Should Governor Gavin Newsom beat back the attempt to recall him Tuesday, he will have LGBTQ Californians to thank.

CA legislators send Newsom LGBTQ bills to sign

CA legislators send Newsom LGBTQ bills to sign

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 10, 2021

In the final days of their 2021 legislative session, California lawmakers approved a bevy of legislation addressing various sexual orientation and gender identity concerns from the mailbox and coroner's office to the toy store aisle.

Political Notebook: CA lawmakers pass LGBTQ bills

Political Notebook: CA lawmakers pass LGBTQ bills

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 8, 2021

California lawmakers have adopted three more bills related to LGBTQ issues as they race to finish their work by the September 10 deadline to pass legislation this year and send it to Governor Gavin Newsom to either sign into law or veto.

Newsom makes his case against the recall to LGBTQs

Newsom makes his case against the recall to LGBTQs

An animated and impassioned Governor Gavin Newsom took to Zoom Friday in a call with LGBTQ leaders to make his case against the recall and warned that if it passes, a Republican replacement would "turn back the clock" on a host of issues.

Bonta to succeed husband in Assembly

Bonta to succeed husband in Assembly

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 2, 2021

Mia Bonta will succeed her husband in the state Legislature, becoming the fifth female legislator from the Bay Area.

Political Notebook: CA recall candidates largely ignore LGBTQ issues

Political Notebook: CA recall candidates largely ignore LGBTQ issues

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 1, 2021

Even with one of the country's most famous transgender celebrities on the ballot, the California gubernatorial recall election has largely been bereft of any discussion of LGBTQ issues.