Politics

Levine fends off anti-trans questioning in historic confirmation hearing

Levine fends off anti-trans questioning in historic confirmation hearing

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 25, 2021

Dr. Rachel Levine's testimony before a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday marked the historic first time an openly transgender person had taken part in a confirmation hearing for a presidential appointment.

With a mayoral eye on equity, Gloria looks to transform San Diego

With a mayoral eye on equity, Gloria looks to transform San Diego

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 24, 2021

In the antechamber to his mayoral suite on the 11th floor of City Hall, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has hung black-and-white portraits of three decea

Effort underway to recall SF DA Boudin

Effort underway to recall SF DA Boudin

  • POLITICS
  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 23, 2021

A group of residents has started the process to recall San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Political Notes: San Francisco legislators push housing bills

Political Notes: San Francisco legislators push housing bills

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

San Francisco's trio of state Democratic lawmakers is pushing myriad bills this year to address the housing and homelessness crises in California.

Strategy talks in high gear to get Equality Act across the finish line

Strategy talks in high gear to get Equality Act across the finish line

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 18, 2021

With a House vote on the Equality Act set for next week, talks between LGBTQ rights advocates and Capitol Hill have begun on getting the legislation across the finish line with Democratic control of both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Political Notebook: LGBTQ stances trail Faulconer's GOP CA gubernatorial bid

Political Notebook: LGBTQ stances trail Faulconer's GOP CA gubernatorial bid

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 17, 2021

He has been described as the strongest San Diego mayor on LGBTQ issues and was one of the rare Republican elected officials to publicly support same-sex marriage.

California redistricting commission revs up its work

California redistricting commission revs up its work

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

The panel tasked with redrawing the political boundaries for California's legislative Assembly and Senate districts, as well as the state's 53 congressional House seats, based on the 2020 census is revving up its work.

San Francisco opens up city commissions to immigrants

San Francisco opens up city commissions to immigrants

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 11, 2021

Immigrants who are not U.S. citizens can now apply to serve on public oversight bodies that advise San Francisco City Hall on a wide array of issues. It is due to the passage in November of Proposition C, the Aspiring Citizens' Charter Amendment.

Political Notebook: Limited to just four years, Eggman plans busy Senate term

Political Notebook: Limited to just four years, Eggman plans busy Senate term

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

Following her election in November to the state Legislature's upper chamber, Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) made history as the first lesbian of color to serve in the Senate.

Political Notes: Bay Area LGBTQ API group backs Bonta for CA AG

Political Notes: Bay Area LGBTQ API group backs Bonta for CA AG

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 3, 2021

Members of a Bay Area group for out Asians and Pacific Islanders have thrown their support behind Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), a straight ally, to be the state's next attorney general.

Political Notebook: Newsom recall backers race to meet March deadline

Political Notebook: Newsom recall backers race to meet March deadline

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 3, 2021

As California Governor Gavin Newsom faces mounting criticism of his handling of the state's COVID pandemic response, backers of an effort to recall him are racing to meet a March deadline to gather enough valid signatures to qualify it.

Political Notes: In St. Louis LGBTQ history project, ties to California

Political Notes: In St. Louis LGBTQ history project, ties to California

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

San Francisco may be more than 2,000 miles from St. Louis, but a new history project is revealing the many ties between the LGBTQ communities in California and Missouri.

Political Notebook: SF college board set to back trans diploma bill

Political Notebook: SF college board set to back trans diploma bill

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

The board of trustees for City College of San Francisco is expected to endorse state legislation that would outlaw deadnaming public college students on their diplomas and other academic records.

California bill aims to improve services for HIV+ seniors

California bill aims to improve services for HIV+ seniors

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 26, 2021

California state Senator John Laird is authoring a bill aimed at improving the social services HIV-positive seniors can access.