Politics

Gay Santa Clara councilmember Becker indicted over leaked 49ers report

Gay Santa Clara councilmember Becker indicted over leaked 49ers report

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 14, 2023

Gay Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is facing one felony charge stemming from his role in leaking a report about the dealings between the South Bay city's leaders and the San Francisco 49ers football team.

Bill that would have outed trans students dies in CA Assembly

Bill that would have outed trans students dies in CA Assembly

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 12, 2023

A bill that would have forced the outing of trans students introduced by two California Republican legislators is dead for the year after the chair of the Assembly's education committee opted not to schedule it for a hearing.

Political Notebook: Advocates want SF City Hall to rethink lifting of travel ban policy

Political Notebook: Advocates want SF City Hall to rethink lifting of travel ban policy

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 12, 2023

As lawmakers in other states continue to pass anti-LGBTQ bills, advocates in San Francisco are calling on city leaders to rethink their push to repeal the ban on using taxpayer money to travel to those states.

Political Notes: Amid retirement talk, Pelosi hits the LGBTQ gala circuit

Political Notes: Amid retirement talk, Pelosi hits the LGBTQ gala circuit

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

As speculation builds that Congressmember Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) could opt to retire rather than run for reelection in 2024, the former House speaker is making the rounds of the LGBTQ gala circuit this spring.

Political Notebook: List of LGBTQ 2024 CA legislative candidates expands

Political Notebook: List of LGBTQ 2024 CA legislative candidates expands

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 5, 2023

With the filing deadline just eight months away, the list of LGBTQ candidates seeking California legislative seats in 2024 continues to expand.

In Sacramento, LGBTQ bills largely focus on youth, health issues

In Sacramento, LGBTQ bills largely focus on youth, health issues

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 5, 2023

Issues related to health and transgender individuals, particularly youth, are the main focus of the LGBTQ bills making their way through the legislative process in Sacramento this year.

Political Notes: CA 2024 LGBTQ legislative candidates pick up early endorsements

Political Notes: CA 2024 LGBTQ legislative candidates pick up early endorsements

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 3, 2023

A quintet of out candidates seeking California legislative seats in 2024 has picked up early endorsements from two influential LGBTQ groups in the Golden State.

Gay applicant loses bid for Alameda supervisor vacancy as Márquez selected

Gay applicant loses bid for Alameda supervisor vacancy as Márquez selected

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

Alameda County supervisors opted not to appoint a gay applicant to a vacancy on the board and instead selected one of the three straight women who had sought the appointment after an hourslong special meeting Thursday.

CA Senate leader Atkins moves to end LGBTQ travel ban

CA Senate leader Atkins moves to end LGBTQ travel ban

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 29, 2023

Despite LGBTQ rights coming under attack in statehouses across the country, lesbian state Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins is moving to end the Golden State's ban on using taxpayer money for travel to 23 states that have passed anti-LGBTQ laws.

Political Notebook: LGBTQ leader seeks Alameda supervisor appointment

Political Notebook: LGBTQ leader seeks Alameda supervisor appointment

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 29, 2023

A gay East Bay college board member is seeking to be appointed to a vacancy on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Political Notes: Ahead of US Supreme Court ruling, study finds majority of Americans oppose LGBTQ discrimination

Political Notes: Ahead of US Supreme Court ruling, study finds majority of Americans oppose LGBTQ discrimination

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 22, 2023

With legal pundits widely expecting the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling this year allowing businesses to refuse to serve LGBTQ customers, a nationwide survey continues to find that a vast majority of Americans oppose such discrimination.

SF supes OK 2 LGBTQs for homelessness panel

SF supes OK 2 LGBTQs for homelessness panel

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 22, 2023

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved six people for the brand new Homelessness Oversight Commission at its meeting Tuesday, including two LGBTQs who were recommended by the body's rules committee last week.

Political Notebook: Trans Palm Springs Councilmember Middleton revives CA Senate bid

Political Notebook: Trans Palm Springs Councilmember Middleton revives CA Senate bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 21, 2023

Aiming to become the first transgender person elected to the California Legislature next November, Palm Springs Councilmember Lisa Middleton revived her campaign for a state Senate seat Tuesday.

Political Notebook: With eye on '24 reelection, gay SF treasurer rolls out new taxes

Political Notebook: With eye on '24 reelection, gay SF treasurer rolls out new taxes

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 15, 2023

Gay San Francisco City Treasurer-Tax Collector José Cisneros has had a long-running joke with the Political Notebook that he is only of interest to cover when he stands for reelection.