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Democracy is stalled

September 30, 2014

Corporate cash flows in this election while federal campaign finance reform flounders

SEIU Local 1021 backs motorist measure and a Republican. WTF?!?!

September 23, 2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — which has long played an important role in San Francisco’s progressive movement, providing the money...

Grassroots campaigns work to counter the influence of big donors

September 16, 2014
Big money is pouring into a few campaign committees for the fall election, with Big Soda targeting the soda tax, Realtors gunning for the...

Realtors give $600,000 to defeat anti-speculation tax

September 9, 2014
Two Realtor groups have dumped nearly $600,000 into the campaign against Prop. G, the tax on flipping properties to discourage real estate speculation and...

Burners and residents matter

EDITORIAL Burning Man and San Francisco have developed a close and symbiotic relationship in recent years, with members of the Board of Supervisors doing...

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...

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...

Taxing speculators

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

As Ellis Act reform bill faced death, where was Ron Conway?

One week and one day -- that's how long Sen. Mark Leno has to push his Ellis Act reform bill through two committees in...

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

Ethics complaint says chair of DCCC deliberately tried to confuse voters

NOTE: This post has been updated from an earlier version.Right down to the wire, a complaint filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission today...

Citizen Agnos comes on strong for Proposition B in support of his Athenian oath

June 2, 2014
By Bruce B. Brugmann  (with the complete  text of Art Agnos speech  to the  May 21 dinner of San Francisco Tomorrow) When Art...

Agnos offers waterfront development history lesson during SFT speech

May 27, 2014
I am delighted to speak to the members and friends of SFT about the waterfront tonight…and a special shout out to Jane Morrison...

Marcus Books of San Francisco evicted

For months, we've been covering the story of Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest continuously operating black-owned, black-themed bookstore located in San Francisco's Fillmore District....

Guardian endorsements

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

Bicycling and equity: Heed the call, expand the movement

Street Fight covers the National Bike Summit and its outreach to women and minorities

Uber adjusts insurance policy in wake of fatal collision

Transportation Network Companies, more commonly known as "rideshares," have operated in legal limbo regarding their insurance since their creation. This came to a head...

Democratic party rejects bid to make waterfront development more democratic (UPDATED)

March 13, 2014
Note: This story has been updated (see below).The governing body of the San Francisco Democratic Party voted Wed/12 to oppose a controversial June ballot...

Making it fit

Housing crisis triggers new calls to legalize and build more granny units

Mayor Ed Lee’s committee gives $10,000 that it doesn’t have to the 8 Washington project UPDATED

November 1, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee presents himself as a model of fiscal responsibility, but the Mayor Ed Lee for San Francisco Committee that he...

Evictions and gentrification fuel widespread concern in the Mission

September 24, 2013
A mix of neighborhood merchants, community activists and a couple City Hall staffers met for a community forum Sept. 23 on Mission gentrification, voicing...

Fighting foreclosures

Richmond wins the first battles in its war against big banks on behalf of underwater homeowners

Threat to torpedo Richmond’s plan to help home owners through eminent domain dodged, for now

Last night, Richmond’s controversial plan for preventing home foreclosures using eminent domain was almost torpedoed. The stage was the regular Richmond City Council meeting,...