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  • Herrera Files Response to Marriage Rights Foes in Court of Appeals. City Denies Legitimacy of Discrimination Based on Unconstitutional "Social Ideal." Responding to arguments by appellants Campaign For California Families and the Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund that continued discrimination against gay and lesbian couples in marriage rights was warranted because "children inevitably resulting from sexual intercourse between men and women are raised by both of their biological parents in one household-the optimum setting for childrearing." Said Herrera: "To argue for the legitimacy of discrimination based on some ideal notion of biological parenthood is outrageous and insulting to millions of families and children." (Dec.16, 2005)
  • Herrera Launches Groundbreaking Civil Gang Injunction Program for S.F. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney to Head Innovative City-Federal Partnership to Pursue Civil Remedies to Stem Gang Violence. A groundbreaking municipal-federal partnership will pursue civil injunctions against gangs in San Francisco in an effort to stem the rising tide of gang-related violence plaguing City neighborhoods. Civil gang injunctions -- which have been used with remarkable success in Southern California since 1980 -- involve civil lawsuits against gang members to prohibit conduct that constitutes a public nuisance, including loitering, blocking traffic, vandalism, trespassing, conduct associated with drug trafficking and a variety of other activities. (Dec. 5, 2005)
  • Herrera Demand Letter Seeks to Avoid Litigation Against City's Emergency Warning System Vendor. In a sternly-worded demand letter to the City's outdoor warning system vendor, City Attorney Herrera charged the East Boston, Mass.-based ATI Systems, Inc. with material breach of contract for defective hardware that has caused the City's newly upgraded emergency notification system to fail to achieve specified sound pressure levels, leaving significant areas of San Francisco without coverage in the event of an emergency. (Nov. 11, 2005)
  • Herrera Files Response Brief in Court of Appeal in City's Marriage Equality Case. Asserting the longheld principle that "discrimination is not merely detrimental to the minority it singles out, but to the majority that would abide it," City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed in the California Court of Appeal the City's Respondent's Brief in its constitutional challenge to the provisions of the California Family Code that discriminate against gay and lesbian couples in marriage rights. Together with non-profit and private attorneys for more than a dozen same-sex couples, the City is seeking to defend the March 14th ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer that struck down as unconstitutional legal provisions excluding same-sex couples from civil marriage. (Nov. 9, 2005)
  • Herrera, Lockyer Settle City Tow Fraud Lawsuit for $5.7 Million. Dividing proceeds evenly from settlement with scandal-plagued former contractor, the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California have settled their three-year-old lawsuit alleging fraud, breach of contract, false claims, conversion and unfair business practices by Pick Your Part Auto Wrecking, the Anaheim, Calif.-based company that did business for 17 years in San Francisco as City Tow. Under terms of the settlement, the company denied liability for the lawsuit's allegations, but agreed to pay a total of $5,705,964 to the government plaintiffs. (Nov. 9, 2005)
  • Herrera Statement on Abortion Ban Arguments Before Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. With arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on whether to uphold a ruling by Federal District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton last year that struck down the federal abortion ban passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said that San Francisco is "Proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Planned Parenthood in the ongoing struggle to protect a woman's right to choose." With Herrera's intervention in the case, San Francisco became the only municipality in the nation to play so active a role in defense of reproductive rights. (Oct. 20, 2005)
  • PG&E Outage Settlement Targets Reliability, Public Safety Improvements in San Francisco. City Reaches Accord for $6.5 Million in Lieu of Fines for Massive Holiday Season Outage Caused By Mission Street Substation Fire in December 2003. City Attorney Herrera submitted for approval to the California Public Utilities Commission an agreement with PG&E in which the company will pay a total of $6.5 million -- of which $5.5 million will directly benefit San Francisco -- in lieu of fines for a massive holiday season power outage in December 2003 caused by a fire at the company's Mission Street substation. Targeting specific reliability, public safety and environmental justice improvements within San Francisco, the agreement includes: $3 million for reliability improvements; $1.5 million for fire and public safety improvements; and $1 million in capital expenditures for visual improvements to the Hunters Point substation. PG&E will pay an additional $1 million to the State of California, with half funding a CPUC substation inspection program and the other half going to the state's general fund. (Oct. 18, 2005)
  • Herrera Applauds Dedication of Junior Giants Field in Hunters Point Hill Neighborhood. City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised the opening of the new Junior Giants field on Hunters Point Hill and applauded the public-private partnership that is helping refurbish neighborhood facilities. The unveiling marks an important first among a number of community improvement projects scheduled for completion in the neighborhood, of which several will be funded by the City's $1 million settlement with AIMCO, a Denver-based real estate investment trust. (Sept. 13, 2005)
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera's Statement on the Supreme Court's Denial of Transfer Petitions in the California Marriage Equality Cases: The statement comes in response to the California Supreme Court's decision to deny without comment petitions by Herrera, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and attorneys representing a dozen gay and lesbian couples to bypass the state court of appeal and grant immediate review of a state trial court ruling that California laws prohibiting marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The high court's denial of the petitions merely means that the appeal process will begin on its usual course, at the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco. (Aug. 10, 2005)
  • Herrera Sues Chinatown Restaurateurs for Minimum Wage Violations on Behalf of Cheated Workers: In the City's first legal action to enforce provisions of the San Francisco Minimum Wage Ordinance passed by voters in November 2003, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against two Chinatown restaurateurs for failing to adequately compensate employees of the now-defunct King Tin Restaurant. The civil action seeks recovery of nearly $115,000 in back wages and penalties in addition to all legal fees and costs. (Aug. 3, 2005)
  • Herrera's "Good Government Guide," Online Video Training Offer Helpful Overview of Civic Rights and Responsibilities: Move over, Harry Potter!  The most eagerly anticipated book of the summer is here.  Journalists will likely find newly expanded City Attorney resources helpful for covering San Francisco City and County Government. (July 27, 2005)
  • Herrera Sues Defiant Polluter on Behalf of Port of San Francisco. Despite extensive efforts to solve company's problems cooperatively, Pacific Cement refuses to abate nuisances and environmental problems. (July 21, 2005)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Finds for City in San Remo Case. Herrera applauds a unanimous high court decision in the matter of San Remo Hotel v. City and County of San Francisco, holding that local and state governments regulating private property to protect the environment, affordable housing, and other community interests should not be forced to defend these regulations twice -- first in state court, and then again in federal court. (Jun. 20, 2005)
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera's statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gonzalez v. Raich. Herrera expresses disappointment with high court ruling, which holds that federal law is the controlling authority to prohibit the cultivation and use of medical marijuana "even if done in compliance with state law, even if done at a doctor's direction." (Jun. 6, 2005)
  • Herrera Sues AIG for Securities Fraud on Behalf of San Francisco Retirement System. Herrera files a class action lawsuit on behalf of San Francisco Employees' Retirement System ("SFERS") charging New York-based American International Group, Inc. with egregious business malfeasance and violations of federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The suit seeks to recover losses suffered by SFERS on shares of AIG stock that were purchased during the class period, between October 1, 1999 and March 30, 2005. (May 16, 2005)
  • Newsom, Herrera, Maxwell Hail Partnership With Boys & Girls Clubs of S.F. on Hunter's Point Center. In a big win for the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood, City officials hail a key areement with the century-old nonprofit that fulfills the promise of the City's AIMCO settlement and wins praise from partners, S.F. 49ers and S.F. Giants. (Apr. 5, 2005)
  • Newsom, Herrera Appeal to CPUC to Fine PG&E, Enforce Reliability Improvements. Following another major power outage resulting from another fire at PG&E's Mission Substation, Mayor Newsom and City Attorney Herrera call on the California Public Utilities Commission to fine PG&E and address the company's ongoing reliability problems in San Francisco. (Mar. 30, 2005)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in San Remo Hotel Case Today. The high court considers whether plaintiffs can relitigate their failed claims that San Francisco's Hotel Conversion Ordinance is an unconstitutional "taking." As City Attorney Herrera said, “Though the issue before the court is a narrow one, our efforts underscore the continued importance of thoughtful and effective public policies to protect affordable housing for our City’s most vulnerable tenants -- especially elderly, disabled and low-income San Franciscans. (Mar. 28, 2005)
  • Herrera Lauds Trial Court Decision Finding Discriminatory Marriage Laws Unconstitutional. City Attorney hails Judge Richard A. Kramer's "thoughtful, well reasoned and courageous" ruling finding discriminatory marriage laws unconstitutional. Herrera says it "rejects discrimination and affirms family values for all California families." (Mar. 14, 2005)
  • Herrera Calls on Governor to Help 'Kick Special Interest Butt' to Protect Telecom Customers, City Attorney Moves for CPUC Re-Hearing on Telecommunications Bill of Rights, Supended Last January at Behest of Wireless Telephone Special Interests. (Mar. 7, 2005)
  • Old Republic Throws in Towel--San Francisco Collects Additional $5 Million, Payout part of more that $50 million judgment that benefits City and County of San Francisco and consumers throughout the state. (Mar. 7, 2005)
  • Herrera Cracks Down on Hotel Sprinkler Scofflaws; 2001 Ordinance Helps 'Save Lives and Protect San Francisco's Most Vulnerable Tenants From Being Forced Into Sudden Homelessness,' City Attorney Says. (Feb. 22, 2005)
  • City Attorney's E-Rate Investigation, Whistleblower Suit Yields Second Major Settlement for S.F. Schools. Inter-Tel's $7 million settlement with U.S. Justice Department nets an additional $1 million reward for the San Francisco Unified School District, raising to $4.4 million the total whistleblower recovery to date. It is the second major settlement in the two-and-a-half year old lawsuit against multiple technology vendors and consultants for conspiring to defraud the federal E-Rate Program of millions intended for technology purchases for disadvantaged public schools. (Jan. 5, 2005)
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