Politics

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

Political Notebook: Nonbinary San Carlos school board candidate aims to be voice for LGBTQ youth

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 21, 2022

In 2021, an equity report for the San Carlos School District on the Peninsula found that LGBTQ+ students and families,

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

SF supervisors OK controversial police surveillance measure

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a measure allowing the San Francisco Police Department to request access to private, non-city entity surveillance cameras owned by individual households or businesses.

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

Newsom cites cost in vetoing LGBTQ youth homeless bill; signs LGBTQ vets legislation

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

In vetoing a bill aimed at assisting LGBTQ homeless youth in California, Governor Gavin Newsom cited the cost of the legislation in his veto message released Monday.

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

Supervisors panel backs gay SF planning commission nominee

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 19, 2022

A strategic economist received the backing of a San Francisco supervisors committee Monday to serve on the city's planning commission.

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

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

U.S. senators have punted voting to ensure same-sex couples can marry until after the midterm elections in November.

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

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

An increasingly confident gay candidate for a Southern California House seat launched his first TV ads this week.

Political Notes: Inside Dutch queen's convo with SF LGBTQ leaders

Political Notes: Inside Dutch queen's convo with SF LGBTQ leaders

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 12, 2022

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands engaged in a conversation with local LGBTQ leaders at the historic Twin Peaks Tavern during her recent visit to San Francisco.

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

Oakland mayoral candidate calls out rivals over antisemitism, transphobia

One of the leading candidates for Oakland mayor has called out her rivals and demanded that two minor candidates exit the race after they posted alleged antisemitic comments related to an upcoming forum and one exhibited bias against the trans community.

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

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

Should San Francisco attorney P. Casey Pitts be confirmed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California then he would be the only LGBT Article III judge actively serving on the court, according to the White House.

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

CA lawmakers OK $41M for monkeypox response

The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state's public health response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Out candidates seek Silicon Valley council seats

Out candidates seek Silicon Valley council seats

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

Three gay and two bisexual candidates are seeking council seats throughout Silicon Valley this November.

Editorial: B.A.R. CA prop recommendations

Editorial: B.A.R. CA prop recommendations

  • POLITICS
  • by BAR Editorial Board
  • Aug 31, 2022

State ballot measures on the November 8 ballot run the gamut from codifying the right to abortion to sports betting on tribal lands to deciding whether to uphold a state law banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco.

Political Notebook: Gay Monterey Councilman Williamson aims to be mayor

Political Notebook: Gay Monterey Councilman Williamson aims to be mayor

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

When Monterey City Councilman Tyller Williamson took his oath of office December 4, 2018, he became the first known LGBTQ person to help lead the global tourist destination along California's Central Coast.

Political Notes: Biden administration pumps $20M toward ending HIV epidemic

Political Notes: Biden administration pumps $20M toward ending HIV epidemic

  • POLITICS
  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 29, 2022

The Biden administration is awarding $20 million to more than five-dozen health centers across the country to help fund their efforts toward ending the HIV epidemic.