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Now that Willie Brown is a lobbyist, will the SF Chronicle finally cut him loose?

Years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle handed Willie Brown a megaphone, but now that he's officially recognized as a paid lobbyist, isn't it time...

Deal reached in Transbay Tower tax district showdown

The deal almost sounds too good to be true. After threats of lawsuits, frantic backdoor dealmaking and a very harried week for the Board of...

Defend the deal

EDITORIAL Creating a functional and equitable San Francisco for tomorrow requires political will and foresight today. Do our current political leaders have the requisite...

Developers lobby hard to slash payments promised to Transbay Terminal and high-speed rail

September 8, 2014
Will the San Francisco Board of Supervisors let developers of the biggest office towers proposed for San Francisco renege on promises to help pay...

Contending with cars, at the polls and on vacation

STREET FIGHT San Francisco's politics of mobility devolved into a cesspit this summer. Beginning with Mayor Ed Lee's retreat on Sunday parking meters, purportedly...

Carmageddon cometh

San Francisco needs to radically rethink its transportation system to avoid gridlock

Guardian endorsements

Campos for Assembly, Yes on Props. B and 42, re-elect Gov. Jerry Brown — our recommendations for the June 2014 primary election

Time for a carbon tax

EDITORIALFor this week's Green Issue, our cover story ("Save the world, work less") looks at how our economic system is accelerating climate change, proposing...

SF bans water bottles

San Francisco continues to lead the way in the nation's environmental policy, with the Board of Supervisors on March 4 voting unanimously to bar...

California High-Speed Rail backers optimistic despite challenges

The California High Speed rail project has been facing resistance that threatens to derail the project. Not only has public support for the $68...

SFBG Wrap

No coal for Oakland, Newsom missed the train, and an app for SF's homeless

Is Newsom on the wrong side of high-speed rail history?

February 26, 2014
As California struggles to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and meet the long-term transportation needs of a growing population, officials from Gov. Jerry Brown...

California joins Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in climate action plan

October 28, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown announced a regional agreement Oct. 28 with Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia to align policies for combating climate change. “This is...

Everybody likes Jerry; now what?

February 21, 2013
For the first time in many years, Californians seem to like their governor. Jerry Brown's approval rating is now above 50 percent; actually, it's...

BART could shed light on shady contest between rival developers for Millbrae station

February 8, 2013
The BART Board of Directors will next week consider rival private development proposals for property it owns adjacent to BART's Millbrae station, the latest...

Our freak of a governor

January 24, 2013
We all know this, but I have to say it again: Jerry Brown is one strange agent.His State of the State address was blessedly...

Proposal to raze I-280 linked to train and real estate deals

January 23, 2013
It's a bold idea, discussed for years behind closed doors and recently announced in a strangely understated and pro-growth way: Tear down the last...

Manhattanization forgotten, Transbay Tower moves without the trains

December 28, 2012
Times in San Francisco have changed since the battles in the ‘80s against increased high-rise development and the “Manhattanization of San Francisco,” which peaked...

Millbrae BART development conflict raises ethical questions about Fang

November 17, 2012
BART Director James Fang is coming under fire for his close relationship with a developer who is trying to build a hotel project on...

Governor signs high-speed rail funding bill at Transbay Terminal

The mood was jubilant at the Transbay Terminal construction site in downtown San Francisco this afternoon as political leaders gathered to watch Gov. Jerry...

Housing and highrise offices

This city has a terrible jobs-housing mix

Does electrifying Caltrain really help high-speed rail?

Mayor Ed Lee and other regional political and transportation officials are celebrating this week's agreement to take bond money approved by state voters for...

The Obama budget, beyond the politics

February 14, 2012
Man, the way the president's talking it sounds as if he's appointed the General Assembly of OccupySF to write his budget plans. He's going...

Gov. Brown backs high-speed rail and other big ideas

January 18, 2012
California Gov. Jerry Brown this morning used a big portion of his annual State of the State speech to promote the construction of a...