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Was Oakland’s moment of silence for Ferguson buzzed by a police helicopter?

As many of us watched in horror as Ferguson, Missouri police lobbed tear gas grenades and fired rubber bullets into crowds of their own...

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...

New appointments to Sunshine Ordinance Task Force may help government watchdogs grow teeth

In a win for government transparency, a slew of strong new appointments for a city government watchdog group cleared their first round of approvals...

The anti-sunshine gang intensifies its attacks on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in City Hall

May 29, 2014
By Bruce B. Brugmann   (with special sunshine vendetta chronology by Richard Knee)  The Guardian story in the current issue demonstrates in 96 point...

Supervisors play politics with Sunshine appointments

The Board of Supervisors today considers reappointing three Sunshine Ordinance Task Force members after the board’s Rules Committee last week blocked other qualified...

Yee had a reputation for political corruption even before the federal indictment

Long before Sen. Leland Yee’s surprise arrest and arraignment on federal corruption charges today, Yee already had a reputation for, at best, political pandering...

Glimmers of sunshine

Freedom of information can take many forms, but the principle stays the same

Watchdogs in action

A look at the winners of this year's Freedom of Information Awards

Guardian investigation honored

Bay Guardian News Editor Rebecca Bowe and Staff Writer Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez are being honored by the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California with a...

Guardian honored for investigation of buying influence at City Hall

February 13, 2014
Bay Guardian News Editor Rebecca Bowe and Staff Writer Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez are being honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a James...

In the dark

Bay Area plaintiffs seek legal memo justifying drone strikes against US citizens

The NSA made the most boring and controversial Tumblr in the United States; also, best news reads on...

Tumblr is a hub for social media literate millenials, a magical place for Doctor Who animated GIFs, reblogged Instagram photos of your lunch and...

The other thing Chelsea Manning said, and more updates

August 22, 2013
By now, we all now that Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years on Aug. 21 for leaking classified U.S. government documents,...

Local activists respond to Bradley Manning verdict

July 31, 2013
Jeff Paterson, an organizer with the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist, didn’t hesitate when asked for his initial reaction to the...

Alerts: July 17 – 23, 2013

July 16, 2013
Wednesday 17 Panel: Upholding the People's Right to Know ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St, SF. 7-9pm, free. It seems the phrase "whistleblower"...

On Guard: The story behind the Bay Guardian’s new ownership and the departure of Editor-Publisher Tim Redmond

Longtime Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond left the newspaper last week in a dispute with its new owners over personnel changes and his...

Here’s which tech companies won’t turn your emails over to the feds

When you write a letter, seal it in an envelope, and drop it in the mail, federal law is clear that it’s a private...

Silent sting

To find criminal suspects, federal agents use a device that tracks everyone else too

Feds’ use of spy tools under scrutiny due to privacy concerns

April 3, 2013
If the FBI is trying to pinpoint the location of a suspect in your neighborhood, investigators could sweep up information from your mobile device...

Mayor Lee’s mysterious breakfast companions [UPDATED]

March 27, 2013
See an update to this story below. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has been having breakfast with CEOs to seek millions in funding for...

Pizza delivery drones?

March 18, 2013
Well, this is intriguing. According to an event announcement for an upcoming talk this Wednesday, there are some bizarre new developments on the "innovation...

The FBI and Occupy

March 14, 2013
A federal judge will decide March 15 whether to dismiss a lawsuit by the ACLU and the Bay Guardian seeking access to FBI records...

#OpenData just got a teeny bit more open

March 7, 2013
We were disheartened when, after submitting some fairly innocuous questions to the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath, we received zero answers. By the...

Information, please

The Bay Area leads the revolution in information sharing. So why is it still so hard to get basic public records in San Francisco?