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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...

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...

Racing for solutions

Candidates running in District 10 debate the myriad problems facing southeast San Francisco

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...

Messed up: Did this man vandalize Alejandro Nieto’s memorial?

Alejandro Nieto was killed after a hotly debated, horrifying confrontation with the SFPD nearly five months ago. Since his death, his family and loved...

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

Will San Francisco voters give Muni more money to serve a growing population?

Beating up on Muni and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is a perennial pastime for many San Franciscans, who will be given the...

SF and UC systems dragging their feet on fossil fuel divestment

July 22, 2014
The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System and University of California Board of Regents -- two local entities targeted by campaigns urging them to divest...

“Let’s Elect Our Elected Officials” rejected at the Board of Supes

July 15, 2014
At today’s (Tue/15) Board of Supervisors’ meeting, members of the board voted 6-5 against placing a proposal on the November ballot that would create...

Supes to vote on Avalos’ “Let’s Elect Our Elected Officials” measure

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote tomorrow (Tue/15) on whether to submit a charter amendment to the ballot that would require a...

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...

SF to consider joining Richmond in fighting banks over underwater mortgages

July 11, 2014
Plans to ease San Francisco’s often overlooked home foreclosure crisis will have to wait a bit longer. The San Francisco Board of...

San Jose cracks down on pot clubs after eschewing SF’s regulatory approach

San Jose’s current (and harsh) crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries contrasts with San Francisco’s decade-old (and still working well) regulations.Over the last five years,...

Taxing speculators

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

Pumping up awareness

Campaign to put climate change warnings at gas stations gains traction in Berkeley and San Francisco

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...

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...

Progressives challenge mayor’s abuse of authority

EDITORIAL Mayor Ed Lee has repeatedly overstepped his authority on behalf of the entrenched political and economic interests who put him into office, and...

Cash backwards

Ten things San Francisco should fund -- and 10 things it shouldn't -- to create a fair, equitable, and forward-thinking city budget

The strange, unique power of San Francisco mayors

Mayor Ed Lee wields a strange and unique power in San Francisco politics, passed down from Mayor Gavin Newsom, and held by Mayor Willie...

Supes won’t let mayor raid CleanPowerSF without a fight

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee today voted to reject the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission budget, an effort by Sup. John...

Political power play unseats SF Police Commissioner

Police Commissioner Angela Chan fought the federal government as they unjustly tried to deport undocumented San Franciscans who were guilty of no crimes, and...