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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...

Chiu’s Airbnb legislation, still a controversial mess, moves to full board

September 30, 2014
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s reputation for forging decent compromises is being severely tested as his widely criticized legislation to legalize and regulate...

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...

Money for Muni

Learning the A, B, and Ls of this fall's transportation ballot measures

Guardian Intelligence: Sept. 24 – 30, 2014

September 23, 2014
MASONIC MOONWALKBeck brought his endlessly funky band to the new Masonic Sept. 19 for opening night, where they ran through melancholy new tunes from...

Airbnb says it will collect and pay local taxes in SF. Really.

September 17, 2014
In the wake of this week’s contentious hearing on legislation to legalize and regulate short-term housing rentals in San Francisco, where Airbnb was chastised...

Still not sharing

Airbnb slammed at city hearing for not paying taxing or cooperating with proposed regulations

Silicon-centric proposal to split California fails to make ballot

September 12, 2014
While we at the Bay Guardian have long been intrigued by the possibilities of splitting California up into several states — the Bay Area...

Lee and UC Berkeley institute take on income inequality

September 10, 2014
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society are teaming up today in Washington DC to...

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...

Under fire

Mezcal braces for the fight of its 400-year life

To the classrooms, Baby Boomers

OPINION As long as I've been substitute teaching, people have asked what I thought we could do to improve public schools. With all of...

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...

Voters still in the dark on campaign funding

September 3, 2014
A legislative attempt to shed light on major funders of political campaign ads died in Sacramento last week, and the politics surrounding its demise...

Norquist, tech titans, and whether Burning Man is positively affecting society

September 3, 2014
Is Burning Man really making Bay Area technology titans, right-wing ideologues, and other uber-capitalists more community-minded? Do they really come back from the desert...

Get to work

EDITORIAL The San Francisco Board of Supervisors returned to work this week after a month-long summer recess. While it may be too much to...

Burning Man jumps the shark

How a high-minded countercultural experiment ended up on everyone's bucket list

Paul McCartney bids Candlestick a fiery goodbye

August 15, 2014
My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously...

Wanted: more huddled masses

CAREERS + ED Tech companies lobby for more immigrant work visas, bypassing US residents and creating a labor force bound by golden handcuffs

Chiu’s proposed Airbnb regulations clear Planning Commission

Board President David Chiu’s proposed legislation regulating short-term rentals facilitated by tech companies Airbnb and VRBO won approval from the San Francisco Planning Commission...

Arguments against minimum wage increase are out of touch

EDITORIAL"Will the SF minimum wage hike kill our restaurants?" Zagat SF tweeted last week.No, Chicken Little, it won't. Not even if you tweet it.Two...

Tenants target Airbnb rentals before hearings on regulatory legislation

As the San Francisco Planning Commission prepares for an Aug. 7 hearing on Sup. David Chiu’s widely watched legislation to legalize and regulate short-term...