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Endorsements 2014

Vote to give Muni more money, raise the minimum wage, discourage real estate speculation, and send Campos to Sacramento

SF supervisors vote to legalize and regulate Airbnb’s short-term rentals

October 7, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved controversial legislation to legalize and regulate short-term housing rentals to tourists, voting 7-4 on the package...

Big soda explodes on SF, gives $7.7 million to fight beverage tax

If the soda tax proponents brought a supersoaker to the November ballot showdown, the soda industry brought a tsunami. New campaign finance reports filed...

Supervisor Mar calls for more bike access on Muni

With racks that can hold only two bikes on the front of most Muni buses, and no bike access on Muni's light rail fleet,...

Legal aid funding for undocumented youth clears board committee

September 10, 2014
Brian, who is 12, came to the United States from Guatemala with his younger brother, Edwin, who is seven. They arrived in a car...

Did Big Soda swing a key endorsement by a progressive democratic club?

Did the soda industry buy a prominent progressive political endorsement? Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle raised the question in a story by Heather Knight, who...

Who will San Francisco Dems back in November?

August 12, 2014
In a city dominated by Democrats, the endorsements of the San Francisco Democratic Party carry a lot of weight. Its slate card mailer, showing...

San Francisco’s shame and triumph: remembering the I-Hotel

San Franciscans today may be tempted to feel we're unique in our struggles with evictions and displacement, but one need not look far back...

Time for change

Retail Workers Bill of Rights calls for labor improvements beyond a higher minimum wage

The last Republican

BART Director James Fang faces a well-funded challenge for reelection

SF voters to weigh in on Beach Chalet turf war

A city project that would install artificial turf and stadium lighting at the Beach Chalet soccer fields at the west end of Golden Gate...

Big Soda’s big money

Pepsi and Coke may spend millions to defeat SF's sugary beverage tax

San Francisco to study dropping speed limit to 20 mph for pedestrian safety

July 15, 2014
As a part of a citywide effort to eliminate all pedestrian deaths by 2024, San Francisco will study the impact of reducing speed limits...

Angry building owners threaten lawsuit over anti-speculation tax

Opponents of the anti-speculator tax that will appear on the November ballot blasted the proposal in a City Hall hearing yesterday — pledging...

Nonprofit workers shout down Board of Supervisors meeting, 11 detained

Nearly 100 nonprofit workers and their allies, hungry for a raise, marched through the corridors of City Hall today and shouted down the Board...

Taxing speculators

Rival housing measures debated in City Hall, previewing high-stakes battles at the ballot


As recycling centers close en masse throughout the city, small businesses may owe millions in fees

Google Bus sewers

Bulky shuttles belong on car-centric corridors, not neighborhood streets

Don’t weaken protections against chain stores

EDITORIAL As we reported two weeks ago ("Breaking the chains," June 17), the San Francisco Planning Commission will soon consider rival measures to modify...

Painting with more colors

Study finds city arts funding disproportionately goes to arts created by and attended by white people

Free Sunday meters challenge rejected, SFMTA board’s independence questioned

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to reject an environmental appeal of the decision to repeal paying for parking meters on Sundays, which...

DCCC calls against Prop B did not have desired effect, did raise questions

June 17, 2014
Chairperson Mary Jung of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, a highly influential political body that governs the San Francisco Democratic Party, has...

Breaking the chains

Rival measures updating SF's formula retail controls stir controversy and debate

Extra! Extra! Sunshine advocates beat the Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall

June 13, 2014
 By Bruce B. Brugmann And so the  Anti-Sunshine Gang in City Hall, which for two years has been conducting a nasty vendetta against the...