Fishermen Reject Water Bond, Skeptical of Proposition 1
Bay Area

Fishermen Reject Water Bond, Skeptical of Proposition 1

Bay Area fishermen are expressing their strong opposition to a $7.5 billion state water bond to be voted on in November that may result in…

Supe Breed Calls for Ballot Measure to Ensure Faster Ambulance Response Times
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Supe Breed Calls for Ballot Measure to Ensure Faster Ambulance Response Times

Lagging ambulance response times in San Francisco led Supervisor London Breed on Tuesday to introduce a request for a ballot measure requiring the fire department…

Muni Funding Measure Based on Population Added to November Ballot
Election

Muni Funding Measure Based on Population Added to November Ballot

Voters will decide whether to tie funding for San Francisco Municipal Railway to the city’s population growth this November after the Board of Supervisors voted…

Soda Tax Added to November Ballot
Election

Soda Tax Added to November Ballot

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a November ballot measure to tax soda and sugary drinks today, but not with the unanimous vote they…

Immigration Reform Rally Held Monday Morning
Bay Area

Immigration Reform Rally Held Monday Morning

Immigrant groups held a rally in San Francisco today to vocalize their dissatisfaction with how the Democratic Party has handled immigration reform. The Immigrant Youth…

Proposed Soda Tax Gains Traction Ahead of Tuesday Supe Vote
City Hall

Proposed Soda Tax Gains Traction Ahead of Tuesday Supe Vote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee unanimously voted today to recommend a tax on soda and sugary beverages sold in the…

Initiative To Increase Funding For SF Public Schools Added To November Ballot
City Hall

Initiative To Increase Funding For SF Public Schools Added To November Ballot

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with the full support of the Board of Supervisors today sent a charter amendment to the November ballot that aims…

CA Voters Will Decide On DA Gascon-Backed Plan To Reduce Sentences For Low-Level Crimes
Crime

CA Voters Will Decide On DA Gascon-Backed Plan To Reduce Sentences For Low-Level Crimes

An initiative backed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon that would reduce some low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and change sentencing guidelines…

Competing Ballot Measures Would Ask Voters To Make Decision On Beach Chalet Astro-Turf Plan
City Hall

Competing Ballot Measures Would Ask Voters To Make Decision On Beach Chalet Astro-Turf Plan

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and eight city supervisors announced a ballot measure Monday to ask voters in November to allow improvements to city children’s…

“Oakland isn’t ungovernable, it’s just ungoverned”: Rebecca Kaplan Joins Packed Mayor’s Race
Bay Area

“Oakland isn’t ungovernable, it’s just ungoverned”: Rebecca Kaplan Joins Packed Mayor’s Race

City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan announced today that she is making a second attempt to become Oakland’s mayor. Reversing her previous pledge that she wouldn’t run…

David Chiu, David Campos Gear Up For November Fight For State Assembly Seat
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David Chiu, David Campos Gear Up For November Fight For State Assembly Seat

Two San Francisco supervisors will face each other in a runoff race for one of the city’s state assembly seats this November following Tuesday’s primary…

SF Voters Approve Waterfront Development Restrictions, $400 Million Earthquake Safety Bond
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SF Voters Approve Waterfront Development Restrictions, $400 Million Earthquake Safety Bond

A proposition to put future San Francisco waterfront development decisions to a vote and a measure for a $400 million earthquake safety bond both appear…

SF Voters Prepare To Decide Fate Of Waterfront Development, $400 Million Earthquake Safety Bond
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SF Voters Prepare To Decide Fate Of Waterfront Development, $400 Million Earthquake Safety Bond

San Francisco voters will be deciding whether to put future waterfront development decisions to a public vote and also determining the fate of a $400…

Deadline To Register To Vote By Mail Swiftly Approaches
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Deadline To Register To Vote By Mail Swiftly Approaches

The last day to request to vote by mail in next month’s primary election is Tuesday, according to San Francisco elections officials. Those interested in…

Today’s The Last Day To Register To Vote In The June Election
Election

Today’s The Last Day To Register To Vote In The June Election

Monday is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming primary election on June 3. San Francisco residents can register to vote or…

Officials Use Bike To Work Day To Promote $500 Transportation Bond, Vehicle License Fee Increase
City Hall

Officials Use Bike To Work Day To Promote $500 Transportation Bond, Vehicle License Fee Increase

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined other city leaders and thousands of other cyclists throughout San Francisco as he pedaled to City Hall this morning…

Be A Poll Worker, Make $145 Bucks!
Election

Be A Poll Worker, Make $145 Bucks!

The San Francisco Department of Elections is looking for poll workers for the upcoming June election. The city hires about 2,500 poll workers to hold…

Mayor Ed Lee, SF Chamber Of Commerce Could Be At Odds Over Plan To Raise Minimum Wage To $15/Hour
Business

Mayor Ed Lee, SF Chamber Of Commerce Could Be At Odds Over Plan To Raise Minimum Wage To $15/Hour

A coalition of community and labor advocates today planned to submit a proposed ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15…

Jerry Brown Files Papers To Run For Historic Fourth Term As California Governor
Bay Area

Jerry Brown Files Papers To Run For Historic Fourth Term As California Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown filed papers at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office in Oakland today to run for an unprecedented fourth term as California’s…

Kamala Harris Hits SF City Hall, Takes Out Papers To Run For Re-Election
City Hall

Kamala Harris Hits SF City Hall, Takes Out Papers To Run For Re-Election

2:56 PM: California Attorney General Kamala Harris took out papers to run for re-election this morning at San Francisco City Hall. Harris, who is the…

Supes Agree To Add $400 Million Public Safety Bond Measure To June Ballot
City Hall

Supes Agree To Add $400 Million Public Safety Bond Measure To June Ballot

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to place a $400 million bond measure on the June ballot to fund improvements to…

SF Working To Verify Massive Number Of Signatures Calling For Tighter Waterfront Development Rules
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SF Working To Verify Massive Number Of Signatures Calling For Tighter Waterfront Development Rules

More than 21,000 signatures were submitted to San Francisco’s Department of Elections today in support of a measure for the June ballot that would impose…

Group Gears Up To Fight New Law Intended To Protect Transgender Students
Bay Area

Group Gears Up To Fight New Law Intended To Protect Transgender Students

Transgender students at schools throughout the state will be able to use bathroom, locker rooms, and play sports with the gender they identify with starting…

President Obama In SF Next Week For Fundraiser
Election

President Obama In SF Next Week For Fundraiser

President Barack Obama is returning to the Bay Area next week for a Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco. Obama will attend a Democratic National Committee…

Supes Gearing Up To Get Sugary Beverage Tax On Next Year’s Ballot
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Supes Gearing Up To Get Sugary Beverage Tax On Next Year’s Ballot

Four San Francisco supervisors today expressed their commitment to get a measure on the city’s ballot in 2014 that would impose a tax on sugary…

Election 2013: Voters Reject Waterfront Condo Plan
City Hall

Election 2013: Voters Reject Waterfront Condo Plan

San Francisco voters today rejected two ballot measures that would have allowed a condominium project to be built along the city’s waterfront. Propositions B and…

Election 2013: No Surprises, As All Incumbents Retain Seats In Largely Uncontested Races
City Hall

Election 2013: No Surprises, As All Incumbents Retain Seats In Largely Uncontested Races

San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang today won the lone contested race on the city’s ballot. Tang, who represents the Sunset District, held onto the seat…

Movement To Ban Transit Strikes Gains Steam
Bay Area

Movement To Ban Transit Strikes Gains Steam

As Bay Area commuters deal today with the second BART union strike this year, a movement to ban the state’s public transit workers from striking…

Michelle Obama Skips Planned Weekend Trip To SF
Election

Michelle Obama Skips Planned Weekend Trip To SF

A fundraiser brunch with First Lady Michelle Obama and other democratic leaders scheduled for this weekend has been postponed in the wake of the partial…

Yes, We Have An Election Next Month: Early Voting Begins In SF
City Hall

Yes, We Have An Election Next Month: Early Voting Begins In SF

Early voting began today in San Francisco for the November election, with four ballot measures and four races to be decided by voters. Voters can…

504,760 Signatures In 150 Days: The Race To Bring Pot Legalization Initiative To The Ballot
Election

504,760 Signatures In 150 Days: The Race To Bring Pot Legalization Initiative To The Ballot

A new voter initiative to legalize marijuana in California was cleared for signature gathering today by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Supporters of the measure,…

Officials Tout New(ish) Option To Register To Vote Online
Election

Officials Tout New(ish) Option To Register To Vote Online

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, hailed today as the state’s first Online Voter Registration Day in an effort to get more residents to register…

Supes Go Head To Head: Chiu, Campos Both Running Away From City Hall, Towards Ammiano’s Seat In Sacramento
City Hall

Supes Go Head To Head: Chiu, Campos Both Running Away From City Hall, Towards Ammiano’s Seat In Sacramento

San Francisco Board of Supervisors president David Chiu today announced his candidacy for a state Assembly seat. Chiu is seeking to replace Assemblyman Tom Ammiano,…

President Obama To Dine At Getty Mansion Next Week
Election

President Obama To Dine At Getty Mansion Next Week

President Barack Obama is coming to the Bay Area for four separate fundraising events next week—two held by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in San…

Ed Lee Drops Into Daly’s Dive To Deliver Donkey, Sips N/A Beer, Declares it “Cozy”

Ed Lee has been waiting six months for this. So has the donkey. The San Francisco mayor popped by former Supervisor Chris Daly’s bar on…

Boxer, Fiorina Debate Hits On Jobs, Taxes, Abortion, Same Sex Marriage

Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina squared off on jobs, global warming, immigration reform, gay marriage and other issues tonight in…

Judge: Voters Will See SF Pension Reform Bill On Nov Ballot
Election

Judge: Voters Will See SF Pension Reform Bill On Nov Ballot

A San Francisco Superior Court judge today agreed to let a city pension and health care reform measure promoted by Public Defender Jeff Adachi onto…

Tani Cantil-Sakauy Confirmed As Chief Justice
Election

Tani Cantil-Sakauy Confirmed As Chief Justice

Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye was unanimously confirmed by a state commission in San Francisco today to be California’s next chief justice. Cantil-Sakauye’s name…

Chief Justice Nominee’s Confirmation Hearing In SF Today
Election

Chief Justice Nominee’s Confirmation Hearing In SF Today

A state commission will hold a confirmation hearing in San Francisco today on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nomination of state Court of Appeal Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye…

Court Denies Supe Alioto-Pier’s Bid For One More Term, But She’s Still Fighting
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Court Denies Supe Alioto-Pier’s Bid For One More Term, But She’s Still Fighting

A state appeals court today ruled against San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s bid to run for another four-year term. The unanimous ruling by the three-judge…