Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Nov. 18-24

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The "Save Our State" Law Created a State-wide immigration system and patrol force.

Government scandals and frenzies are nothing new; looking back at this week in San Francisco history, two major court decisions stand out as having a long-lasting impact on those living in the Golden State.

And of course, we had another Muni issue.

Let's throw it back to times long gone.

The 1940s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Nov. 20, 1942

Headline: "New Merger Plan for Trolley Lines On Way to Voters"

Oh Muni! You can't can't stop stirring up trouble, can you?

Before the F-Line was a part of Muni, it was privately owned and there were plans to merge that line with the rest of the municipal public transit system.

The price for that merger would lead to a one-penny increase for the consumer and voters were planning to vote it down in large numbers.

The cost of public transit back in the 40s? Six cents.

Oh the scandal!

The 1970s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Nov. 22, 1972

Headline: "Court OKs Abortion on Demand"

The State Supreme Court removed almost all restrictions on abortions in California. The effect of the 4-3 ruling is to "legalize abortions simply on the demand of the mother" according to one justice. In short, women could request information on abortions and they would be able to ask for the medical procedure without being accosted or denied.

The court did not alter the provision that abortions cannot be done legally after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The ruling wiped out the previous rules that the mother's mental or physical health must be gravely impaired by continued pregnancy or that pregnancy was a result of rape.

The United States Supreme Court followed with the landmark Roe v. Wade decision a few months later in 1973.

The 1990s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Nov. 21, 1995

Headline: "Judge Strikes Most of Prop. 187"

Proposition 187, otherwise known as the Save of State Initiative, was the first state-wide law, passed by voters that established a state-run citizenship screening system and prohibited undocumented aliens from using health care, public education, and other social services in the Golden State.

A 71-page ruling by Federal Judge Mariana Pfaelzer struck down most portions of the racist law and only left the portion punishing those who sold identification documentation. According to her ruling, states cannot regulate immigration and that that Prop. 187 was unconstitutional because it turned teachers, doctors, and social workers into obligatory immigration agents, roles that did not correspond to them.

The law originally passed with a 59 to 41 percent margin.

The 2000s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Nov. 18, 2001

Headline: "Senator's Son Shot Dead in The City"

We hate to end on a downer but this event was another shock added to an already sensitive and heightened social climate of 2001. State Senator Bruce McPherson's son was gunned down outside a photo studio on that Saturday morning. Hunter McPherson, 27, was shot as he neared his home in the quiet neighborhood at 2 a.m.

He died later at San Francisco General Hospital. Neighbors who live near the photo studio expressed bafflement by the robbery-homicide.

Then-Mayor Willie Brown had put up a $10,000 bounty for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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