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Larry Bush: SFT Remarks at Awards

by Larry Bush 05.20.2013

Larry Bush was named an Unsung Hero by San Francisco Tomorrow at its annual Awards Dinner. Below are his remarks: I came to San Francisco 30 years ago in the first years of the AIDS epidemic. I was a reporter in Washington, and traveled the country reporting on politics and increasingly on AIDS. I came [...]

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The Chiu-Herrera Reforms

by Larry Bush 05.10.2013

It may be no coincidence that the last time San Francisco forced ethics reforms on City Hall was during Willie Brown’s term as mayor. At that time, Brown’s administration was pockmarked by the influence of political consultants and lobbyists, from his former aide Billy Rutland to his campaign strategist Jack Davis. A cadre of political [...]

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Open Letter to Ethics Commissioners: Get to Work!

by Larry Bush 05.09.2013

(Following a Harvey Rose report comparing Los Angeles and San Francisco Ethics Commissions for policies and practices, as requested by Supervisor David Campos, the Board’s Rules Committee directed Ethics to hold hearings on the report. That was in June. Eleven months later Ethics has yet to hold a commission meeting on the report. Two earlier [...]

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Ethics: Kill this Reform Review, say former Ethics Commissioners, Community advocates

by Larry Bush 12.04.2012

(Image courtesy of Luke Thomas/FogCityJournal) A formal protest was lodged today with the Ethics Commission regarding their handling of tonight’s public process to consider recommendations from the Board Budget Analyst based on comparisons with the LA Ethics Commission. This letter, signed by six past Ethics Commissioners, an award-winning former Ethics enforcement officer, past head of [...]

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Gascon to Ross: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

by Larry Bush 10.11.2012

District Attorney George Gascon, who has the worst enforcement record on domestic violence cases in the Bay Area — dropping 6,200 out of 8,600 cases in recent years — now would like reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to abandon his sheriff’s duties to oversee programs and responsibilities regarding domestic violence at the sheriff’s department. “I am [...]

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UPDATE: SFDCCC Contributions Top $444,000 +

by Larry Bush 06.04.2012

As voters cast ballots today, last minute reporting of contributions to DCCC candidates has raised the total by another $30,000 and changed the line-up of top contributors and top candidate fundraising. These figures can not be considered final for two main reasons: late filings only tally those of $1,000 or more so these figures do [...]

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Part II — The Willie Brown Money Machine

by Larry Bush 04.03.2012

(photo of Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown courtesy of Luke Thomas/Fog City Journal) PART TWO Brown-Lee Partnership Spells Money, Also Trouble As Mayor, Brown was viewed by many – including federal investigators – as playing fast and loose with city contracts going to contributors and allies. This March, Brown’s controversial handling of [...]

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Disabled Forgotten in Commission Appointments

by Larry Bush 03.09.2012

City report also urges stronger Sunshine on appointees Disabled individuals serve on only two out of 51 city commissions, according to a recent report from the Commission on the Status of Women. They are the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Mental Health Board.  Figures suggest that about 11 percent of San Franciscans are considered to [...]

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Lobbyists Turn Millions Into Billions

by Larry Bush 02.22.2012

Lobbying in San Francisco takes place in a shadowy world, one where virtually no enforcement compels compliance with city ethics laws and one where the ethics laws themselves have gaping loopholes. For all that, it is big business – for the lobbyists, for their clients, and for its impact on taxpayers. It also appears to [...]

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Journalists’ Group Honors CitiReport, First Amendment Champions

by Larry Bush 02.22.2012

The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, will honor champions of the First Amendment at the 27th annual James Madison Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 15, at the City Club of San Francisco. The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards is named for the creative force behind the First Amendment and honors local journalists, [...]

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