Politics

Political Notes: With out candidates announcing Assembly bids, race is on to bolster CA LGBTQ caucus

Political Notes: With out candidates announcing Assembly bids, race is on to bolster CA LGBTQ caucus

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

With the one-year mark until California's June 2022 primary election quickly approaching, focus is already turning to which contests for state Assembly and Senate seats will draw LGBTQ candidates.

Political Notebook: Programs aim to assist DACA applicants

Political Notebook: Programs aim to assist DACA applicants

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 31, 2021

Several programs are providing free services to undocumented immigrants who wish to remain in the U.S. and obtain work permits.

With passage of anti-trans bill, Arkansas to land on California travel ban list

With passage of anti-trans bill, Arkansas to land on California travel ban list

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 25, 2021

Nearly a year after Idaho adopted anti-transgender legislation, landing the Gem State on both San Francisco's and California's banned travel lists for their employees, Arkansas now faces the same ignominious fate.

Political Notes: Out East Bay leaders seek Bonta's Assembly seat

Political Notes: Out East Bay leaders seek Bonta's Assembly seat

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 25, 2021

A trio of out leaders have announced plans to run for the East Bay Assembly seat that Rob Bonta will vacate once he's confirmed as state attorney general.

Levine becomes first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation

Levine becomes first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Rachel Levine made history on Wednesday by becoming the first openly transgender person to obtain Senate confirmation as a presidential appointee.

Political Notebook: San Francisco supervisors seat gay asylee to city panel

Political Notebook: San Francisco supervisors seat gay asylee to city panel

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

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has seated a gay Malaysian-Chinese asylee to a city oversight committee.

Newsom nominates Bonta for CA AG

Newsom nominates Bonta for CA AG

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday nominated Oakland Assemblyman Rob Bonta to fill the vacant state attorney general position.

Lawmakers push to renew CA End of Life law indefinitely

Lawmakers push to renew CA End of Life law indefinitely

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

California lawmakers are aiming to renew the state's "right to die" law indefinitely so that residents with incurable diseases have the option to take their own life rather than suffer unbearably painful deaths.

Political Notes: Los Angeles AIDS monument receives a sprucing up

Political Notes: Los Angeles AIDS monument receives a sprucing up

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

Seventeen years after it was first unveiled to the public, Los Angeles' AIDS monument is being spruced up.

CA Senate panel backs juvenile parole board appointee Riddle

CA Senate panel backs juvenile parole board appointee Riddle

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

After addressing her LGBTQ critics head-on during her confirmation hearing Wednesday, California juvenile parole board member Phlunté Riddle won the unanimous backing of the state Senate Rules Committee.

Fears over women's safety made wedge issue in Equality Act hearing

Fears over women's safety made wedge issue in Equality Act hearing

  • POLITICS
  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Mar 17, 2021

The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first-ever hearing in that body on the Equality Act Wednesday.

California juvenile parole board member Riddle faces LGBTQ opposition

California juvenile parole board member Riddle faces LGBTQ opposition

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 12, 2021

Phlunté Riddle, a member of California's juvenile parole board, is once again facing opposition from LGBTQ leaders who question the former Pasadena police officer's ability to adjudicate cases that come before her.

Political Notes: SF Democratic leaders accuse local journalist of 'blatant homophobia'

Political Notes: SF Democratic leaders accuse local journalist of 'blatant homophobia'

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 12, 2021

Susan Dyer Reynolds, editor emeritus of the Marina Times community newspaper in San Francisco, is facing a backlash for several tweets that attacked a gay critic of hers by inferring he supported pedophilia.

Political Notebook: San Francisco supervisors seat out immigrant rights panelists

Political Notebook: San Francisco supervisors seat out immigrant rights panelists

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

Three LGBTQ community leaders have won appointment to San Francisco's Immigrant Rights Commission, helping to double queer representation on the civic advisory body.