By Lauren Benichou There is a first time for everything. There was the first time I ever Rollerbladed, the first time I stepped onto an airplane and the first time I covered a 1930s ball. This weekend I attended the Art Deco Society of California’s (ADSC) Preservation Ball, honoring the 40th anniversary of the Paramount’s […]
The news that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has banned telecommuting has created as much buzz as her initial hiring, her pregnancy, or her incredibly short maternity leave. In other words, it’s getting a lot of attention, and much of it negative. It’s also sparked a serious debate about the relationship between employees’ work and home […]
In a recently published book, ‘Bay Area Underground’, Matt Werner and Joe Sciarrillo chronicle the major social movements and cultural events in the Bay Area over the last five years. This photo shows an East Bay Bike Party at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 2012. (Joe Sciarrillo) Mayor Ed Lee visits the Mission […]
Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress are reintroducing a bill aimed at combating violence against women. A press conference originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Wednesday. A previous version of the bill expired, as CNN reports: Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act hope to revive the law in a new Congress […]
The U.S. Supreme court has set dates for hearings on two cases concerning same-sex marriage. It will hear arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state, on March 26, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time.
It will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA the next day, on March 27, at the same time.
In the Proposition 8 hearing, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the court is asking parties to argue whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the· union of a man and a woman.
It’s also asking them to present arguments on whether the people defending Proposition 8 — its sponsors — have legal standing. Normally state government officials would defend a state law that is challenged in federal court, but in this case California’s governor Jerry Brown opposes the law.
DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage for any purpose under federal laws, such as providing benefits like healthcare. In United States v. Windsor, the court is asking the parties to present arguments about whether this violates the Fifth Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law.
The next and final chapter in the legal saga of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same sex marriage, is set to begin Friday morning at the U.S. Supreme Court. And unlike the previous legal skirmishes in which this measure has been mired for four years, this one will take place behind closed doors. The nine […]
Gascon Calls on Mirkarimi to Recuse Himself From Domestic Violence Duties; Jane Kim Says Would Support Recall
Political analyst Corey Cook told me today in relation to the Mirkarimi vote that his “hope is that last night ended this and now we can talk about other things … rather than continuing to litigate this issue about whether Mirkarimi should be removed.” That’s may be wishful thinking. DA George Gascon today called on […]
(Bay City News) After more than six months of separation, suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had his restraining order lifted this morning in San Francisco Superior Court to allow him to reunite with his wife. The protective order was issued when Mirkarimi was arrested in January in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in […]
Video of Eliana Lopez Showing Bruise Released; Lopez Accuses City Officials of ‘Perpetually Damaging’ Family
Now public: The notorious video of Eliana Lopez showing the bruise on her arm she got during a heated argument with husband Ross Mirkarimi, who was newly elected as San Francisco sheriff. The short video was taken the day after the incident by Ivory Madison, a neighbor who later called police. The video shows a […]
On the eve of the San Francisco Ethics Commission taking up misconduct charges against Ross Mirkarimi, District Attorney George Gascon got in some last licks against the suspended sheriff. In an interview on KCBS radio yesterday, Gascon took issue with Mirkarimi’s recent characterization of the incident with his wife that led to a sentence of […]