It looks like we are indeed going to be living in a gang injunction zone as I discussed awhile ago. D.A. Dennis Herrera has will argue for the injunction at a hearing on Sept. 18.
Thanks to the invaluable Real Cost of Prisons blog, I found this discussion of the injunctions written by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi:
Public Defender Adachi is a good guy and, as far as I know, a good public defender. I often cite him as the model of the perfect candidate for electoral office. (Yes, we elect our Public Defender here; I know that is unusual.) When blocked in his path to the office by some slightly sleazy politics, he made the decision to beat the establishment at the ballot box and devoted himself to being a candidate for a year. He worked himself to the bone to win -- and knew why he wanted the office. And he stuck to his principles: of Japanese-American heritage himself, within days after 9/11 he began to speak out against anti-Arab and anti-Muslim incidents.
I'm willing to listen to Jeff about the gang injunctions. If he says they are bad policy, I trust him.
Assemblyman Mark Leno has scored a pretty tough hit on State Senator Carole Migden in his primary battle for her seat. (We don't do Republicans -- whoever wins the primary gets the seat.)
Leno is telling the state Fair Political Practices Commission
Migden's political consultant Richie Ross isn't even denying the charges; he says they are "absolutely legitimate."
Frankly this sounds like classic Migden: she has long been able to raise bundles of cash; she has often acted as if rules and limits were for someone else.
Don't know whether the electorate will care about this; San Francisco is used to stringent election finance laws being evaded by winning candidates. If Leno can convince enough voters that she's a bit contemptuous of the law, it might help him, as will any restrictions on her use of her war chest. But I don't doubt her ability simply to raise more.
I remain neutral on the race. I didn't like either of them on the Board of Supervisors; both of them, in their own ways, have been good reps at the State Capital. All very interesting.