Entries by Nina Martin

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S.F.'s New District Attorney "Not Opposed" to Death Penalty

By Nina Martin, Jan 26, 2011 5:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—In a round table conversation with ethnic media on Tuesday, San Francisco’s new district attorney George Gascón sounded a lot like his predecessor, Kamala Harris, with one important exception: the death penalty.

“I think the death penalty is an important tool, and a very expensive tool… not to be used lightly,” said Gascón, who was the city’s police chief until his surprise appointment in early January to become it first Latino D.A. “Certainly under my administration it will not be used lightly.

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Older, White, Affluent Voters No Longer Rule Calif.

By Nina Martin, Dec 2, 2010 3:40 PM

Has era of the white, affluent, older voter finally ended in California?

That’s the provocative question raised by the new poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, looking at results of the November 2 elections.

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SF Lawyer Said to Prey on Immigrants

By Nina Martin, Nov 18, 2010 10:30 AM

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco city attorney’s office has filed suit against a disbarred immigration lawyer who allegedly cheated tens of thousands of clients over the past 35 years. The scams allegedly continued even after the attorney, Martin Resendez Guajardo, was forced to give up practicing law in 2008.

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SC Tea Party Accused of Trying to Stop Black Students from Voting

By Nina Martin, Nov 2, 2010 1:30 PM

From Jack & Jill Politics, a San Francisco-based blog site for the African-American community, came reports early Tuesday morning of Tea Partiers trying to prevent black people from voting.

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Ethnic Voters Rally Around Boxer, Field Poll Shows

By Nina Martin, Oct 29, 2010 7:07 AM

The most interesting thing about the latest Field Poll, which (like a slew of other recent surveys) shows Democrat Barbara Boxer widening her lead over GOP challenger Carly Fiorina (in this case, by a hefty 8 percentage points), is the ethnic breakdown of the results. Like the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jerry Brown, Boxer enjoys huge leads among blacks, Latinos, Chinese- and Korean-Americans (Fiorina is slightly ahead among non-Latino whites).