The atypical deluge of rain that drenched the Bay Area on Tuesday will be but a distant memory during the Fourth of July weekend.
Talks about how to reallocate nearly $20 million in Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed $6.8 billion budget stretched into the night Thursday amid concerns of cuts to social services, contracting out security at hospitals and funding a police academy class.
Over the years, I’ve been to numerous places with Mayor Ed Lee, from illegal garbage-dumping sites to hidden homeless encampments.
Anyone who watched Lowell High School’s Chloe Roddy play in the Academic Athletic Association championship game saw just how much she can impact a softball game. The senior had a pair of two-run home runs and five RBIs in an 11-1 rout over rival Washington to pick up the AAA title, but it was her body of work, encompassing the whole season, that earned her the honor of the San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com Player of the Year.
Brendan Moylan, the owner of Marin Brewing Co. and Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant, is a North Bay craft-beer pioneer and sponsor of the BreastFest Beer Festival. Fort Mason will boast more than 60 breweries, live music and raffle Saturday in order to raise money for the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, a public health clinic in Oakland that helps women fight cancer. For more info, visit www.thebreastfest.org.
Liberals tend to view last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC was the worst thing to happen to American democracy since Watergate. Hoping to prove that the ruling would allow “unlimited corporate money” to influence elections, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert announced in March that he would form ColbertPAC, a political action committee. Thursday, almost three months later, the Federal Elections Commission narrowly granted him permission to do so. But that was far from the first obstacle to Colbert’s march to undo the evils of the moneyed class in politics.
Those who paint U.S. Supreme Court justices with a broad brush only prove they don’t really understand the court. Justice Antonin Scalia was dead wrong in striking down California’s restriction on selling horribly violent video games to children. And Justice Clarence Thomas did a spectacular job of showing why the founders would uphold this law.