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Joseph Alioto

Joseph Lawrence Alioto was the 36th mayor of San Francisco, from 1968 to 1976. Alioto was born in San Francisco in 1916, his father was a Sicilian immigrant who operated several fish processing companies. His mother, Domenica Mae Lazio, was born in San Francisco in 1893, his parents met on a fishing boat. He attended Sacred Heart High School, he graduated with honors from St. Mary's College, California in 1937 and from law school at The Catholic University of America with honors in 1940. Alioto worked for the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department and for the Board of Economic Warfare, he returned to San Francisco after World War II and started an antitrust practice, representing Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn, among others becoming a millionaire. He was on the briefs in Radovich v. National Football League and argued Continental Ore Co. v. Union Carbide & Carbon Corp. 370 U. S. 690, an antitrust landmark, Utah Pie Co. v. Continental Baking Co. 386 U. S. 685, all three Supreme Court of the United States cases.

In Radovich, the Supreme Court held that professional football, unlike baseball, was subject to antitrust laws. Continental Ore is one of the most comprehensive and important antitrust cases decided by the Supreme Court. In 1980, he represented Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders in a landmark antitrust case entitled Los Angeles Coliseum Commission v; the NFL. The case established the right of football franchises to move to football markets throughout the United States without the approval of other franchise owners. In 1993, he represented his father-in-law Billy Sullivan in his lawsuit against the NFL; the court ruled that Sullivan was forced by the league to sell his team at below market value and awarded him $114 million. Alioto served on the San Francisco Board of Education from 1948 to 1954, in the 1960s, served as the chair of the city's Redevelopment Agency. Alioto on the death of California State Senator J. Eugene McAteer, went from campaign finance chairman to candidate for mayor, he entered the mayoral race in 1967 when John Shelley, the incumbent, bowed out of the race because of poor health but because Alioto was more pro-development than Shelley.

Joseph L. Alioto was inaugurated on January 8, 1968, served a term, was handily re-elected in 1971. Alioto delivered the speech nominating Hubert Humphrey at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. There were rumors that Humphrey would select Alioto as his running mate, but Humphrey selected Edmund Muskie. An article in the September 23, 1969 issue of Look magazine claimed that Alioto had business and personal ties to the Los Angeles Mafioso boss Jimmy Fratianno. Alioto sued Look for libel and won a $450,000 judgment. In the course of the litigation, Alioto proved that Look, desperate and on the verge of bankruptcy conjured up an alleged mob meeting in Vacaville, California at the Nut Tree Restaurant, he claimed that he had documents that showed that the Nixon administration leaked disinformation to the magazine in order to stall his career. In January 1970, the State of Washington, three cities, a port authority, eight public utilities brought a civil suit against Alioto because he split a $2.3 million fee in an antitrust case with Washington State Attorney General John J. O'Connell and an O’Connell deputy, George Faler.

Attorney General O’Connell had maintained Public Utility Districts as private clients during his time as AG. The Public Utility Districts were suing electrical manufactures that were fixing prices at an improperly high level; the case began in 1962 and O’Connell retained Alioto, a successful anti-trust attorney, to work on the case. Alioto agreed to receive 15% of what was awarded with a $1 million cap. O’Connell without telling his clients, abolished the fee ceiling. Alioto ended up receiving $2.3 million and gave $802,815 of those fees to O’Connell and Faler. The state and other groups sued to have the entire $2.3 million returned. The trial took jury unanimously found the three were entitled to the $2.3 million. Alioto was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 1971 on bribery charges because of the means by which the fees were awarded; when the case went to court, Alioto was cleared of the federal charges by a judge who ordered acquittal because he was convinced a jury would not convict when it considered the evidence.

Under California law it was illegal for public employees to strike. City employees called a strike in March 1974, picketing city hall and shutting down municipal services. After a week Mayor Alioto and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed to the strikers demands; the city controller, refused to payout what he believed were illegal salaries. In April 1975 the California Supreme Court ordered the city controller to pay the salaries, with Justice Tobriner finding that contracts secured through illegal strikes are still enforceable. Major crime became a problem with the Zodiac Killer, the Symbionese Liberation Army attacks and the Black Power Zebra Murders all occurring under Alioto’s watch. During the Zebra Murders in 1974, Alioto's wife, Angelina Alioto, reappearing after 18 days to claim that she had taken off to "punish" her husband for neglect. During the time Angelina was missing, she toured the missions of California as part of a religious pilgrimage. Angelina filed divorce proceedin

Stef and Jim

SteF and JiM are a French comic duo consisting of Stéphane Anglio and Jimmy. The artists combine comedy, music and Human Beatboxing into a modern cabaret format. SteF and JiM have toured in France and several European countries including Spain, Portugal and Germany, they created their first show, SteF and JiM on Stage, which opened for Canadian performer Anthony Kavanagh. They worked on stage with the French singer Matthieu Chedid, they won the "Show of the Year" award from the "Salon des artistes" at Bordeaux in 2007 AND 2009. The pair have had some of their sketches, as "The DJ", "The World Tour", "The Cartoon", shown in Europe on TF1 and M6. Since March 2007, Stéphane Anglio and Jimmy Pagneux have been appearing at Le Moulin Rouge in Paris, they continue to work for cruises and theaters in Europe. Official Website

Progressive International

The Progressive International is an international organization uniting progressive left-wing activists and organizations. Its main proponents are Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis and it was launched by The Sanders Institute and DiEM25. Varoufakis, a co-founder of DiEM25, said in an op-ed that the Progressive International is created "to mobilize people around the world to transform the global order and the institutions that shape it"; the Progressive International was launched on 30 November 2018 at a Sanders Institute event attended by many progressive politicians and activists including Naomi Klein, Cornel West, Fernando Haddad, Jeffrey Sachs, Niki Ashton and Ada Colau. Some of the project's promotional videos were produced by Means of Production, the studio behind the campaign ad for American Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Official website