|Boom! And the labor war is under way...|
|Boom! And the labor war is under way...|
|"None of Yee's decisions affected the public..."|
If you recall, the duo made headlines a few years ago after Wiener got a restraining order against Petrelis who had shot and posted to his personal blog a photo of Wiener in the bathroom at City Hall. Apparently, Petrelis had been attempting to photograph the supervisor as he was using the urinal, but the shot ended up showing nothing more than Wiener grabbing his toothbrush and leaving the bathroom in a huff.
On Saturday, the always over-the-top Petrelis riffed off that controversy and decided to use the public toilet at Castro and Market streets as the backdrop for his campaign announcement.More »
The U.S. government is ratcheting up its case against Senator Leland Yee, whose bribery and corruption charges left San Francisco voters dumb-struck last Wednesday.
Yee surrounded by a scrum of reporters.
Yee was apprehended along with 28 other defendants including famed Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, political consultant Keith Jackson, and sports agent Marlon Sullivan.
The suspects had allegedly formed a vast crime web that took years for federal agents to unravel, and ultimately produced a 137-page criminal complaint. It describes a litany of charges that could send the defendants to jail for decades, including money laundering, conspiracy to sell drugs, and murder-for-hire; Yee was popped for public corruption and attempting to broker illegal firearms deals. Fellow senators voted to suspend him with pay two days later.
And now a federal grand jury returned the indictment to solidify those charges, giving the feds a more airtight case.
SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, seen here in a lovely pink top, doesn't think gays should marry.
This week, Right Wing News reported that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone indicated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi shouldn't receive Holy Communion anymore, because of her positions deviate from the teachings of the church.
As you recall, the Archbishop drew the ire of the LGBT community when he assumed office in part because he was a strong supporter of Prop 8, the now-defeated gay marriage ban.
So now is the Archbishop really looking to "excommunicate" Pelosi?More »
A packed house of enthusiastic admirers filled the Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland last night to greet former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
Giffords became a national symbol for gun control when she was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011 outside a Safeway store in her Tuscon area district. It was to be the first of her "Congress on Your Corner" gatherings of the year. Shooter Jared Lee Loughner killed six that day, and injured 19, including the Congresswoman. Daniel Hernandez Jr, one of Giffords' interns, applied immediate first aid on the Congresswoman and is credited with saving her life.More »
|Don't look behind you, Leland. Something might be gaining on you.|A friend in weed, allegedly
Taking cash from a mob-connected pot dealer in exchange for favors is crooked. Taking cash from an undercover FBI agent posing as the mob in exchange for favors -- and then not following through with those favors -- is something else entirely.
Something only Sen. Leland Yee would do.
That appears to be what the disgraced lawmaker and allegedly corrupt official did on medical marijuana, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court this week.More »
Update 12:20 p.m.: The Senate voted 28-1 this morning to suspend Sen. Leland Yee upon his bribery and corruption charges. The dissenting vote came from Republican Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) who preferred expulsion to suspension. The Chron reports that the Senate also suspended Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello, who has been charged with bribery and corruption, and Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Park, who was convicted earlier this year of eight counts perjury and voter fraud.
Leland Yee and a throng of reporters
Immediately after the vote, Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued a disappointed statement, calling the suspensions nothing more than a taxpayer-paid vacation.
Original Story: Sen. Leland Yee has yet to answer calls to resign from his position in the Legislature so lawmakers this morning are planning to vote on booting him out.
According to NBC News, senators are meeting in the Senate Chambers in Sacramento at 9 a.m., where they'll ask Yee one final time if he'll resign amid his bribery and corruption charges.
And if he says no, he will be suspended Senate pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg's Office told the news station.More »