Today’s Stories (Last updated October 22, 12:00 AM)

Oct
20
Usual Suspects Election Contest
by Alex Clemens

Want to be publicly recognized as one of the sharpest political prognosticators around, and win some cool stuff as well? Enter our November Election contest and show everyone that you’re smarter than they are. (Or at least a better guesser.) The deadline is Friday at 5pm, so get your thinking cap on, and quick!

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Want to be publicly recognized as one of the sharpest political prognosticators around, and win some cool stuff as well? Enter our November Election contest and show everyone that you’re smarter than they are. (Or at least a better guesser.) The deadline is Friday at 5pm, so get your thinking cap on, and quick!

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November 2014 Election Contest
Suspects (10/20/2014)
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Oct
22
Matier & Ross
by Rosie Dilger
The Chron's dynamic duo report on a police scuffle with Sergio Romo, the Coliseum City stadium, and an Orinda school board candidate with a popular name. more
The Chron's dynamic duo report on a police scuffle with Sergio Romo, the Coliseum City stadium, and an Orinda school board candidate with a popular name. more

Matier and Ross: Giants pitcher Sergio Romo hurls heated words at S.F. police
Chronicle (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
SF Weekly's Election Issue
by Rosie Dilger
The Weekly has released their annual election issue, giving us the scoop on all the local propositions and candidates. more
The Weekly has released their annual election issue, giving us the scoop on all the local propositions and candidates. more

The Election Issue 2014: Understanding the Forces That Shape This Year's Ballot
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Eviction Payments Struck Down
by Rosie Dilger
On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge struck down the law that would provide higher payments for those who are forced to relocate due to Ellis Act evictions. more
On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge struck down the law that would provide higher payments for those who are forced to relocate due to Ellis Act evictions. more

Campos’ Ellis Act payment law invalidated by federal judge 
Examiner (10/22/2014)
Judge tosses S.F. law meant to shield evicted tenants
Chronicle (10/22/2014)
San Francisco Law Forcing Higher Relocation Payments For Evicted Tenants Struck Down
KCBS (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Golden Gate Park Fields
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Ex features an opinion piece by both Sup. Breed and Sup. Cohen urging voters to vote yes on Prop. I and no on Prop. H. My only question is how these measures will affect my next sloshball game. I mean, nooo I would never bring a keg to a public park... more
Today, the Ex features an opinion piece by both Sup. Breed and Sup. Cohen urging voters to vote yes on Prop. I and no on Prop. H. My only question is how these measures will affect my next sloshball game. I mean, nooo I would never bring a keg to a public park... more

Opinion: Golden Gate Park fields for kids from all neighborhoods 
Examiner (10/22/2014)
Propositions H & I: Turf Wars 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Drug Take-Backsies
by Rosie Dilger
On Tuesday, Board President David Chiu introduced legislation that would require pharmaceutical companies implement a citywide drug take-back program. more
On Tuesday, Board President David Chiu introduced legislation that would require pharmaceutical companies implement a citywide drug take-back program. more

San Francisco Looks To Require Pharmaceutical Companies To Fund Drug Take-Back Program
KCBS (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Home sharing and Airbnb
by Rosie Dilger
Despite a strongly worded opinion piece from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Board of Supervisors approved the new short-term rental proposal with a 7-4 vote. more
Despite a strongly worded opinion piece from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Board of Supervisors approved the new short-term rental proposal with a 7-4 vote. more

S.F. supervisors send 'Airbnb law’ to mayor despite objections
Chronicle (10/22/2014)
San Francisco moves closer to legalizing Airbnb
CNBC (10/22/2014)
Supervisors approve Airbnb legislation in final vote after further debate 
Examiner (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
BART Board
by Rosie Dilger
SF Weekly gives you everything you need to know about the BART Board election. more
SF Weekly gives you everything you need to know about the BART Board election. more

BART Board: A Strange, Unregulated World 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Transbay Transit Center
by Rosie Dilger
7x7 gives us a stunning look at the designs for the new Transbay Transit Center. more
7x7 gives us a stunning look at the designs for the new Transbay Transit Center. more

A First Look at San Francisco's Transbay District
7x7 (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Board of Ed
by Rosie Dilger
The Weekly gives us the long list of School Board candidates as well as their backgrounds and political connections. more
The Weekly gives us the long list of School Board candidates as well as their backgrounds and political connections. more

Board of Education: The Mysterious Professor Mayor 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
District 10
by Rosie Dilger
The Weeky's Joe Eskenazi gives us a look into the battle between incumbent Sup. Malia Cohen and her most competitive opponent, Tony Kelly. Sound familiar? more
The Weeky's Joe Eskenazi gives us a look into the battle between incumbent Sup. Malia Cohen and her most competitive opponent, Tony Kelly. Sound familiar? more

District 10: You Again?
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
David vs. David
by Rosie Dilger
In the epic battle of David versus David, the Weekly's Joe Eskenazi gives us the breakdown on the race for Assembly District 17. more
In the epic battle of David versus David, the Weekly's Joe Eskenazi gives us the breakdown on the race for Assembly District 17. more

State Assembly: David Vs. David 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Ethics Complaint Filed
by Rosie Dilger
Today we get more coverage on the ethics complaint filed against Assembly candidate Sup. David Chiu and his political consultant. more
Today we get more coverage on the ethics complaint filed against Assembly candidate Sup. David Chiu and his political consultant. more

Ethics complaint filed against Supervisor David Chiu and Airbnb’s strategy firm 
Examiner (10/22/2014)
Group files complaint over possible Chiu link to Airbnb lobbying
Chronicle (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
A Wager You Say?
by Rosie Dilger
Mayor Ed Lee and the Mayor of Kansas City are betting on their teams winning the World Series, but this wager is actually pretty warm and fuzzy. more
Mayor Ed Lee and the Mayor of Kansas City are betting on their teams winning the World Series, but this wager is actually pretty warm and fuzzy. more

KC, San Fran mayors announce World Series wager
Chronicle (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Jinx, You Owe Me A Coke
by Rosie Dilger
No one seems to be too surprised that Big Soda is spending oodles of cash to defeat Prop. E, but we are definitely going to keep talking about it. more
No one seems to be too surprised that Big Soda is spending oodles of cash to defeat Prop. E, but we are definitely going to keep talking about it. more

Proposition E: Rush and Crash 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Getting Older
by Rosie Dilger
The Weekly's Pete Kane reports on the aging of many of our elected officials. But age ain't nothing but a number, right? more
The Weekly's Pete Kane reports on the aging of many of our elected officials. But age ain't nothing but a number, right? more

Slow Rise of the Gerontocracy: The Oldening of California Politics 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Community College Board
by Rosie Dilger
CCSF has had some problems, but we have a long list of candidates who think they can make things better. The Weekly gives us the rundown on the Community College Board elections. more
CCSF has had some problems, but we have a long list of candidates who think they can make things better. The Weekly gives us the rundown on the Community College Board elections. more

Community College Board: Building the Minds of Tomorrow 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Politics, Tech, and Venture Capital (Oh My!)
by Rosie Dilger
The Weekly's Kate Conger gives us an interesting look into some of our biggest spenders in local elections. more
The Weekly's Kate Conger gives us an interesting look into some of our biggest spenders in local elections. more

Politics as Incubator: The Venture Capital Model Finds the Ballot 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Prop F
by Rosie Dilger
Because everyone loves voting on development, the Weekly's Pete Kane gives us some background on the waterfront development project proposed by Prop F. more
Because everyone loves voting on development, the Weekly's Pete Kane gives us some background on the waterfront development project proposed by Prop F. more

Proposition F: Development's Sweet Spot 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Props G & K
by Rosie Dilger
Props G & K are aimed at addressing the city's affordability crisis, but the Weekly's Pete Kane does not seem to be sold on either of them just yet. more
Props G & K are aimed at addressing the city's affordability crisis, but the Weekly's Pete Kane does not seem to be sold on either of them just yet. more

So Many Ways to Not Solve the Housing Crisis: Propositions Dance Around the Affordable Housing Problem 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Oct
22
Prop J: Minimum Wage
by Rosie Dilger
The Weekly's Anna Roth weighs in on the proposition to raise San Francisco's minimum wage to $15/hour. Now is when you remind yourself of what the minimum wage was back when you started your first job. And how much was a loaf of bread, gramps? Not that it matters now that we are all low-carb, right? Mmmm... bread. more
The Weekly's Anna Roth weighs in on the proposition to raise San Francisco's minimum wage to $15/hour. Now is when you remind yourself of what the minimum wage was back when you started your first job. And how much was a loaf of bread, gramps? Not that it matters now that we are all low-carb, right? Mmmm... bread. more

Proposition J: A Rising Tide 
SF Weekly (10/22/2014)
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Today’s Suspects Updater
Rosie Dilger
A former campaign operative with a history of championing women’s rights and those good old fashioned San Francisco Values, Rosie brings an insider perspective to city politics. When she’s not doing outreach in the community or assisting her clients, she enjoys riding her bike, practicing yoga, cooking and exploring the city and all it has to offer.

In the Past Week…

Oct
21
C.W. Nevius
by Jesse Feldman
There still hasn't been a decision on what to do with the 7,500 year old remains of a Native American found at the Transbay Transit Center construction site. This just makes me think, when it is my time... Bury Me a G. more
There still hasn't been a decision on what to do with the 7,500 year old remains of a Native American found at the Transbay Transit Center construction site. This just makes me think, when it is my time... Bury Me a G. more

C.W. Nevius: Construction crew’s discovery of human remains can’t stay buried
Chronicle (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Feinstein on Airbnb
by Jesse Feldman
Senator Dianne Feinstein pens an opinion piece in the Chron that urges the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee to forge a different deal with Airbnb than the one that the Board is likely to approve. Snoop Dogg did a good job addressing this issue seven years ago. more
Senator Dianne Feinstein pens an opinion piece in the Chron that urges the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee to forge a different deal with Airbnb than the one that the Board is likely to approve. Snoop Dogg did a good job addressing this issue seven years ago. more

Opinion: Don’t hand San Francisco over to Airbnb
Chronicle (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Clintoncisco
by Jesse Feldman
Hillary Rodham Clinton was the big to do at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's annual fundraiser for the DCCC yesterday in San Francisco. Here is another Clinton talking about the White House. more
Hillary Rodham Clinton was the big to do at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's annual fundraiser for the DCCC yesterday in San Francisco. Here is another Clinton talking about the White House. more

Clinton sounding like a candidate in latest S.F. appearance
Chronicle (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Development Deals
by Jesse Feldman
The Chron reports on the proposed affordable housing payment being made by the developers of 181 Fremont Street, in the Transbay District. Click here to hear what Bone Thugz N Harmony have to say about housing. more
The Chron reports on the proposed affordable housing payment being made by the developers of 181 Fremont Street, in the Transbay District. Click here to hear what Bone Thugz N Harmony have to say about housing. more

S.F. developer cuts deal for break on affordable-unit rule
Chronicle (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Take My Drugs
by Jesse Feldman
Supervisor David Chiu is proposing to put the financial responsibility of medication recycling on the pharmaceutical companies. Maybe the Supervisor should contact Wiz Khalifa -- he knows a thing or two about medication (so does more
Supervisor David Chiu is proposing to put the financial responsibility of medication recycling on the pharmaceutical companies. Maybe the Supervisor should contact Wiz Khalifa -- he knows a thing or two about medication (so does Eminem). more

S.F. supervisor proposes drugmakers fund take-back program
Chronicle (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Students Needing Homes
by Jesse Feldman
The number of public school students that are homeless in San Francisco has been on the rise. This issue is a real bummer that needs to be addressed, so here is an unrelated positive twist. more
The number of public school students that are homeless in San Francisco has been on the rise. This issue is a real bummer that needs to be addressed, so here is an unrelated positive twist. more

Thousands of SF public-school students are homeless 
Examiner (10/21/2014)
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Oct
21
Ethics Complaint Filed
by Alex Clemens
The League of Pissed Off Voters is filing an ethics complaint today against a member of the Board of Supervisors, a campaign firm, and a business that's been in the news a bit lately. Based on my 25 years of experience in this regard, I'm 138% convinced that a certain election happening two weeks from today has absolutely nothing to do with this story. At all. more
The League of Pissed Off Voters is filing an ethics complaint today against a member of the Board of Supervisors, a campaign firm, and a business that's been in the news a bit lately. Based on my 25 years of experience in this regard, I'm 138% convinced that a certain election happening two weeks from today has absolutely nothing to do with this story. At all. more
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Oct
20
Harshing My Mellow
by Jesse Feldman
In there-is-a-first-time-for-everything news, pot smokers are being asked to take an extra moment to figure things out. Well, not entirely. The City is contemplating issuing a new medical marijuana permit, as well as looking at the broader policies in place. tl;dr? Whatever, just watch this. more
In there-is-a-first-time-for-everything news, pot smokers are being asked to take an extra moment to figure things out. Well, not entirely. The City is contemplating issuing a new medical marijuana permit, as well as looking at the broader policies in place. tl;dr? Whatever, just watch this. more

SF medical marijuana industry expansion on hold 
Examiner (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
San Francisco Unified School Digital
by Jesse Feldman
SFUSD is ready to go all digital, but apparently computers, and iPads, and the Xbox, et al. are quite expensive. I think we need to invest in the kids -- these are the Facebook developers of the future! Think of the status updates that we may miss out on otherwise. (Pictured: ...I am not too sure, actually. I just know it is a really old piece of technology. Betamax? Laserdisc? I know! It's an 8-track!) more
SFUSD is ready to go all digital, but apparently computers, and iPads, and the Xbox, et al. are quite expensive. I think we need to invest in the kids -- these are the Facebook developers of the future! Think of the status updates that we may miss out on otherwise. (Pictured: ...I am not too sure, actually. I just know it is a really old piece of technology. Betamax? Laserdisc? I know! It's an 8-track!) more

SFUSD is ready to be a digital district but it needs money 
Examiner (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
Jail Deaths
by Jesse Feldman
Three individuals have died this year while in police custody in San Francisco. more
Three individuals have died this year while in police custody in San Francisco. more

Three in-custody death cases this year in SF remain in the dark 
Examiner (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
SFPD Policy
by Jesse Feldman
The Police Commission has developed a new policy that would prevent anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence from joining the force and would require that officers who respond to domestic violence calls not take immigration status into account. more
The Police Commission has developed a new policy that would prevent anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence from joining the force and would require that officers who respond to domestic violence calls not take immigration status into account. more

New rules bar domestic violence offenders from SF police ranks 
Examiner (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
Matier and Ross
by Jesse Feldman
The Chron's political duo give us the scoop on Prop A, Jerry Brown's spending habits, and the San Jose Mayor's Race. San Jose... San Jose... Hmmm... That's the place where Boiling Crab is, right? more
The Chron's political duo give us the scoop on Prop A, Jerry Brown's spending habits, and the San Jose Mayor's Race. San Jose... San Jose... Hmmm... That's the place where Boiling Crab is, right? more

S.F.’s Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last
Chronicle (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
Give me Wi-Fi or Give Me Death (or a Latte)
by Alex Clemens
Supervisor David Chiu is proposing an ordinance that would require anyone digging up the streets to allow for the placement of conduits that can be used to provide the public with internet. Thank God, because I am having so much trouble uploading/downloading/spam emailing cat images while on public property. This will definitely make me a lot more effective. At least in the cat meme world. more
Supervisor David Chiu is proposing an ordinance that would require anyone digging up the streets to allow for the placement of conduits that can be used to provide the public with internet. Thank God, because I am having so much trouble uploading/downloading/spam emailing cat images while on public property. This will definitely make me a lot more effective. At least in the cat meme world. There they call me "Whiskers." more

Chiu wants S.F. to seize openings to lay Wi-Fi cable
Chronicle (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
B3 (Bay Bridge Bumps)
by Alex Clemens
Those steel plates on the Bay Bridge? They're there for a good reason, but the serious traffic delays they caused last week seem to have outbid any structural reasons for their presence. Anyone have a better plan? Perhaps some sweet Evel Knievil jumps could be set up instead? more
Those steel plates on the Bay Bridge? They're there for a good reason, but the serious traffic delays they caused last week seem to have outbid any structural reasons for their presence. Anyone have a better plan? Perhaps some sweet Evel Knievil jumps could be set up instead? more

Cause of Bay Bridge delays is no mere bump in the road
Chronicle (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
Campos Vs. Chiu
by Rosie Dilger
Marisa Lagos reports on the race for Assembly District 17 heating up and some passionate political mailers being sent out. more
Marisa Lagos reports on the race for Assembly District 17 heating up and some passionate political mailers being sent out. more

City Insider: Outside mailers in Campos-Chiu campaign play loose with truth
Chronicle (10/20/2014)
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Oct
20
ShotSpotter, Surveillance cameras and safety
by Rosie Dilger
The SFPD and Supervisor David Campos are working with a variety of stakeholders to create a better early warning system using body cameras and ShotSpotter, which helps public safety first responders quickly figure out from where all that gunfire is coming. more
The SFPD and Supervisor David Campos are working with a variety of stakeholders to create a better early warning system using body cameras and ShotSpotter, which helps public safety first responders quickly figure out from where all that gunfire is coming. more

Gunshot detection system to expand for SF police; body camera program makes progress 
Examiner (10/20/2014)
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Oct
19
November 2014 Election
by Jesse Feldman
If you are the SFUSD, the November election  is a big deal. Just ask any of the nine candidates running for three available seats on the Board... more
If you are the SFUSD, the November election  is a big deal. Just ask any of the nine candidates running for three available seats on the Board... more

Nine candidates compete for three seats on SFUSD Board of Education 
Examiner (10/19/2014)
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Oct
19
Progressive Issue
by Jesse Feldman
The Chronicle discusses the sudden one-two punch to the gut many progressives are feeling after the loss of both the Guardian and Ted Gullicksen. more
The Chronicle discusses the sudden one-two punch to the gut many progressives are feeling after the loss of both the Guardian and Ted Gullicksen. more

Death of Ted Gullicksen and Bay Guardian blows to progressives
Chronicle (10/19/2014)
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Oct
19
Willie's World
by Jesse Feldman
Mayor Brown weighs in on those who have a monetary reason to celebrate the Giants' World Series berth, the imminent climax to the Chiu/Campos battle, and more. more
Mayor Brown weighs in on those who have a monetary reason to celebrate the Giants' World Series berth, the imminent climax to the Chiu/Campos battle, and more. more

Willie Brown: S.F.’s jubilant winners: the ticket resellers
Chronicle (10/19/2014)
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Oct
19
Matier and Ross
by Jesse Feldman
The Chron's dynamic duo reveal the raised eyebrows caused by returning Family Service Agency Head Robert Bennett. more
The Chron's dynamic duo reveal the raised eyebrows caused by returning Family Service Agency Head Robert Bennett. more

Matier and Ross: S.F. questions nonprofit chief’s quick return to work
Chronicle (10/19/2014)
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Oct
19
Goodbye Guardian
by Lower Case Productions
The San Francisco Bay Guardian is no more. (Unless you'd like to buy it, that is.) Several folks talk about what they think that might mean... more
The San Francisco Bay Guardian is no more. (Unless you'd like to buy it, that is.) Several folks talk about what they think that might mean... more

Progressives mourn demise of the Bay Guardian
Chronicle (10/19/2014)
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Oct
18
C.W. Nevius
by Jesse Feldman
C.W Nevius writes about how BART Board member James Fang, who is a Republican, has lined up some interesting endorsements from traditionally progressive institutions. more
C.W Nevius writes about how BART Board member James Fang, who is a Republican, has lined up some interesting endorsements from traditionally progressive institutions. more

C.W. Nevius: SEIU on board with Republican BART director Fang
Chronicle (10/18/2014)
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Oct
17
Oh, and... the Giants win the Pennant
by Jesse Feldman
For the third time in five years, the G-men are in the Fall Classic... and a gentle tear of joy runs down my face as I write those words. more
For the third time in five years, the G-men are in the Fall Classic... and a gentle tear of joy runs down my face as I write those words. more

Ishikawa’s walk-off homer in 9th sends Giants to World Series
Chronicle (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
More cameras, please
by Jesse Feldman
With a key public hearing approaching on the issue, Public Defender Jeff Adachi comes out in full support of body cameras for the SFPD rank-and-file. more
With a key public hearing approaching on the issue, Public Defender Jeff Adachi comes out in full support of body cameras for the SFPD rank-and-file. more

Opinion: Cop body cameras would be a beneficial watchdog 
Examiner (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
Golden Gate Bridge Bus Workers Don't Strike
by Jesse Feldman
Golden Gate Transit buses are running today thanks to a tentative labor agreement between the District and the Golden Gate Labor Coalition. Thank you, folks... As someone who will be using that stretch of 101 today, I really feel a need to hug someone. more
Golden Gate Transit buses are running today thanks to a tentative labor agreement between the District and the Golden Gate Labor Coalition. Thank you, folks... As someone who will be using that stretch of 101 today, I really feel a need to hug someone. more

Golden Gate Bridge workers unions, district reach tentative contract agreement 
Examiner (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
Parking Control Officers
by Jesse Feldman
Labor officials in San Francisco are rallying around Parking Control Officers in light of some recent incidents. They're asking the City to provide better security to these folks as they deal with an angry public. more
Labor officials in San Francisco are rallying around Parking Control Officers in light of some recent incidents. They're asking the City to provide better security to these folks as they deal with an angry public. more

Parking control officers in a huff over violent public, want city protection 
Examiner (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
Here comes the Sun
by Jesse Feldman
Solar panels on every new home and commercial building in San Francisco? That could be the case if Supervisor David Chiu's proposed new regulation gets approved in the future. more
Solar panels on every new home and commercial building in San Francisco? That could be the case if Supervisor David Chiu's proposed new regulation gets approved in the future. more

Proposed S.F. law would put solar panels on every new building
SF Business Times (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
Game On
by Jesse Feldman
The community's reaction to the Mission soccer field video has pushed the Recreation and Park Department to change its reservation policy. Now, the soccer fields will officially be free. more
The community's reaction to the Mission soccer field video has pushed the Recreation and Park Department to change its reservation policy. Now, the soccer fields will officially be free. more

In wake of viral video, permit rules changed at SF’s Mission Playground 
Examiner (10/17/2014)
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Oct
17
Soda Fight
by Jesse Feldman
The Chronicle's Chip Johnson provides his thoughts on the Big Soda campaigns going on in San Francisco and Berkeley. To put it bluntly: Chip ain't picking up what Big Soda is putting down. So he supports the tax measures. more
The Chronicle's Chip Johnson provides his thoughts on the Big Soda campaigns going on in San Francisco and Berkeley. To put it bluntly: Chip ain't picking up what Big Soda is putting down. So he supports the tax measures. more

Big soda’s campaign against S.F., Berkeley measures may fall flat
Chronicle (10/17/2014)
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