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Husband, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Our formula for the best Thanksgiving possible

1. Me, my partner and our son.
2. No annoying extended family.
3. Perfect weather, sunny and 65 degrees.
4. No turkey, just great dim sum in Chinatown.
5. All natural fruit smoothies for dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Dim Sum for Thanksgiving!!

We cannot stand turkey so always look for something non-traditional. This year we are walking over to Chinatown for the most fabulous dim sum in the City

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

MSNBC Commenter: Michael Brown was put on trial tonight.


Mark Leno to Challenge SF Mayor Lee In November

State Senator Mark Leno will announce after Thanksgiving that he will run against San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in the November 2015 election, Beyond Chron has learned from multiple sources.

Leno has been floating his intentions for some time, and apparently got enough positive feedback to decide to move forward. Leno may also have been influenced to run by Nancy Pelosi’s showing no signs of giving up her congressional seat, the only office other than mayor that would be a step up from Leno’s current office. Last week, Pelosi took the media to task for it “double standard” when it comes to focusing on the age of female but not male politicians. She did not sound like someone who would be leaving office anytime soon, and her performance remains at a high level.

With a congressional seat unavailable, Leno has little to lose by running for San Francisco Mayor. And while he faces an uphill battle against a popular incumbent, at this point in 1990 incumbent mayor Art Agnos was considered a shoe-in for re-election in November 1991.

An election Agnos lost.


SF Board of Supervisors elect new President.

Supervisor Katy Tang is the next president of the Board of Supervisors — at least until Jan. 8, when the board will vote again.

Tang, who represents District Four, was elected Tuesday on an 8-0 vote to serve the remainder of President David Chiu’s term when he is sworn in to the Assembly on Dec. 1. Tang will preside over two meetings in December, and the board will choose a permanent replacement for Chiu in January, when its new term begins.

“My priority for the next two meetings, as interim president, is to make sure we have a smooth transition, knowing we do have another vote coming up in January,” she said.


SF Board passes "sensible schedule" law for workers.

PERSONAL NOTE: This is welcome news as the partner of someone who works such unpredictable shifts.

lso Tuesday, the board unanimously backed two pieces of legislation — over the opposition of business leaders — that will give most of San Francisco’s hourly workers more predictable schedules and the opportunity for full-time work.

The proposals by Supervisors Mar and Chiu apply to chain stores with more than 20 locations and 20 workers. If passed once more by the board and signed by Mayor Lee, they will require those businesses to pay employees who are on call or sent home early, or whose shifts are canceled or changed at the last minute; to offer extra hours to part-time workers before hiring new employees; to post schedules 14 days in advance; and to give part-time workers the same access as full-time workers to requests for time off and particular work schedules.

The new laws would also prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who have commitments such as caregiving or school.


Meet Captain Marvel: Fighter Pilot, Feminist and Marvel’s Big Gamble

If you’re not a comic book fan, you probably hadn’t heard of Captain Marvel before last week — and you likely wouldn’t have guessed that she’s a woman.

Last Tuesday (October 28), Marvel Studios announced that the Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, will be the first female superhero to get her own Marvel Studios movie in 2017. She will be in good company: Both Wonder Woman and a unnamed female character from the Spider-Man universe will get their own treatments that year too.

The decision came as a shock even to the Captain Marvel comics writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, who after neglecting to return a phone call from her editor, found out through her Twitter feed. She responded by tweeting, “Did not see this coming.” And if the movies stay true to the comic books, the fighter pilot with half-alien DNA and a passing resemblance to Gloria Steinem in both looks and feminist conviction will be a far cry from the damsels in distress audiences have grown accustomed to seeing in superhero films.

The former Air Force pilot — who DeConnick says is meant to have the swagger of record-setting pilot Chuck Yeager — can fly and shoot beams out of her hands. And she fits nicely in the universe of cocky, wisecracking heroes that we’ve seen since the first Iron Man movie: She’s a control freak with a big ego and a quick temper. In fact, Danvers may prove to be a lynchpin in the Marvel universe. In the comics, she’s a member of the Avengers and works closely with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios has yet to announce whether Danvers will appear in either of these series, but it’s safe to assume that tapping someone connected to both universes wasn’t a mistake. Plus it can’t hurt that the company’s name is in her title.



Marvel Comic featuring Muslim-American teen becoming a top seller.

By Jesse SchedeenMarvel's All-New Marvel NOW promotion resulted in the launch of a lot of new superhero comics earlier this year. And while there were certainly a fair amount of Avengers and Wolverine-themed comics, there were also plenty of titles that focused on relatively lesser-known characters. Books like She-Hulk, All-New Ghost Rider, and Elektra have tried new things when it comes to storytelling and visual presentation. They've helped address the problem that not enough superhero comics focus on female and minority characters. They've earned Marvel plenty of critical praise, but not a lot of cold, hard cash.

The sluggish sales of these books would seem to support the notion that the general superhero audience just doesn't care for books that don't revolve around A-List characters and big, continuity-driven storylines. However, not every book has struggled to find and maintain a large audience. The new Ms. Marvel series might just be the biggest success story to come out of All-New Marvel NOW. It's new, it's different, and it's built up quite an impressive audience over the past nine months or so. Ms. Marvel (and books like it) taps into a niche that Marvel and DC haven't done enough to cater towards in the past. And it's a niche that will continue to be important not just in terms of comic sales, but the continued growth of the superhero film genre.

Clearly something about Ms. Marvel is hooking readers in a way books like She-Hulk haven't quite managed. Sales for monthly issues of the series are surprisingly robust. The first issue alone is going back to the presses for a seventh printing, which is something we haven't seen since the launch of DC's New 52 comics three years ago. And there are even rumors that Ms. Marvel is the rare sort of comic that sells better digitally than it does in print. There's no way to corroborate those rumors since publishers are still reluctant to reveal digital sales figures, but any way you slice it, the future is pretty rosy for this comic.

But why has Kamala Khan proven such a hit with readers when more established Marvel characters continue to struggle to find an audience? Even writer G. Willow Wilson seems surprised by the reception to the series, as she's admitted she never expected the book to last more than six months. Clearly it's not simply a matter of Marvel placing the spotlight on a female character. Otherwise She-Hulk and Elektra would be selling much better than they are.


Ashton Kutcher, Uber investor, wanders into the dumbest fight of his life

Uber investor Ashton Kutcher is defending Uber from comments that one of its executives made on Friday, in which the exec casually threatened to launch a smear campaign against a specific journalist who had written negatively about the company. In a series of tweets, Kutcher questioned whether Uber business exec Emil Michael's suggestion that the company hire researchers to dig up dirt on journalists was really a bad idea. "What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist?" Kutcher tweeted, without noting what was "shady" about the journalist in question.

Kutcher's argument was that everyone is now a public figure thanks to the internet. In particular, he writes that journalists are culpable because some print "half truths as facts" and then leave their subjects to defend themselves as a story spans the globe. "Questioning the source needs to happen... Always!" he writes. Kutcher also noted that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of Uber.

While Kutcher's point about questioning sources is a fine one, he seems to ignore the fact that Uber's executive is reported to have made a specific threat against one journalist, PandoDaily editor-in-chief Sarah Lacy. And that threat was not made because she was acting "shady," as he writes, but for writing negatively about what she calls Uber's "asshole culture." Kutcher eventually concedes that he's somewhat off the mark, though it's not totally clear where the change of heart comes from. "U r all right and I'm on the wrong side of this ultimately," Kutcher writes. "I just wish journalists were held to the same standards as public figures."

As PandoDaily editor Paul Carr points out, Kutcher's tweets still serve to support Uber even in the face of his changing course. "Of course backed down, but he did his celeb investor job for Uber — planted the idea that Sarah is 'shady' without facts," he writes on Twitter. It's also a case of Uber wildly missing the point. Lacy, or any other journalist, isn't what Uber should be fighting back against — its target should be the internal culture that has led to all of the bad decisions that keep bringing it negative press.


Joan Baez - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (VIDEO)

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