New Sheriff Vicki Hennessy Plans Policy for Deputies to Communicate With ICE
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New Sheriff Vicki Hennessy Plans Policy for Deputies to Communicate With ICE

Vicki Hennessy today said that after winning the race for San Francisco Sheriff one of her first orders of business will be to instruct sheriff’s…

Paid Parental Leave for City Employees Approved, Expanded Meeting Broadcasts Rejected
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Paid Parental Leave for City Employees Approved, Expanded Meeting Broadcasts Rejected

While high-profile housing measures got most of the attention on Tuesday’s ballot, San Francisco voters also decided on some other issues including paid parental leave…

Hennessey Defeats Scandal-Plagued Mirkarimi in Sheriff’s Race
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Hennessey Defeats Scandal-Plagued Mirkarimi in Sheriff’s Race

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, plagued by scandals from the start of his term, appears to have been defeated by former Chief Deputy and one-time…

Mayor Lee Wins Re-Election with 57 Percent of Vote
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Mayor Lee Wins Re-Election with 57 Percent of Vote

Mayor Ed Lee appears to have won re-election after defeating a diverse group of candidates Tuesday, according to complete unofficial election results. Lee, the 43rd…

Former Supe Aaron Peskin Defeats Mayor-Appointed Julie Christensen
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Former Supe Aaron Peskin Defeats Mayor-Appointed Julie Christensen

Aaron Peskin appears to have come out ahead of Julie Christensen in the San Francisco race for District 3 supervisor in Tuesday’s election, according to…

Airbnb Restrictions, Mission Moratorium Fall Short, Other Housing Measures Pass
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Airbnb Restrictions, Mission Moratorium Fall Short, Other Housing Measures Pass

San Francisco voters on Tuesday rejected tighter restrictions on short-term housing rentals, as well as a moratorium on building market-rate housing in the Mission District,…

SF Offers Numerous Languages, Methods for Voting in Election
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SF Offers Numerous Languages, Methods for Voting in Election

San Francisco voters have numerous ways to cast their votes in Tuesday’s election, which will determine the fate of 11 propositions as well as the…

Supervisor Campos Rallies with Mission Moratorium Supporters
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Supervisor Campos Rallies with Mission Moratorium Supporters

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos and proponents of Proposition I, which aims to suspend market-rate development in the Mission District for 18 months, held a…

Program Launched to Help Low-Income Residents Find Safe Banking Options
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Program Launched to Help Low-Income Residents Find Safe Banking Options

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg was in San Francisco today to help launch a program that helps low-income residents across the country access…

Prop F Aims To Place Expanded Restrictions On Short-Term Rentals
Bay Area

Prop F Aims To Place Expanded Restrictions On Short-Term Rentals

A measure on San Francisco’s ballot in next week’s election will decide whether there needs to be stricter enforcement and limits on short-term rentals of…

Lt. Gov. Newsom Announces 2016 Ballot Initiative to Curb Gun Violence, Strengthen Gun Laws
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Lt. Gov. Newsom Announces 2016 Ballot Initiative to Curb Gun Violence, Strengthen Gun Laws

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a 2016 ballot initiative today that would require background checks for ammunition sales, prohibit possession of large-capacity magazines and…

Oakland, SF Mayors Endorse State Ballot Initiative to Raise Minimum Wage
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Oakland, SF Mayors Endorse State Ballot Initiative to Raise Minimum Wage

The mayors of San Francisco and Oakland met with workers today to express their support for a statewide proposition that would increase the minimum wage…

Mission District Housing Moratorium Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot
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Mission District Housing Moratorium Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

A proposal to enact interim zoning controls, and thereby freeze the development of market-rate housing for 18 months in San Francisco’s Mission District, has qualified…

Ballot Initiative Challenging Airbnb Law to Come Before Voters
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Ballot Initiative Challenging Airbnb Law to Come Before Voters

The Airbnb law, which has divided San Franciscans on whether there should be limits to short-term housing rentals to mitigate their impact on the long-term…

BART Staff Violated Code of Conduct in Senate Race, Early Findings Show
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BART Staff Violated Code of Conduct in Senate Race, Early Findings Show

A preliminary investigation by BART lawyers and managers into campaign activities surrounding a state Senate race found that employees violated BART’s conduct code, according to…

State Senate Candidate Accuses BART Union of Illegal Campaign Against Him
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State Senate Candidate Accuses BART Union of Illegal Campaign Against Him

With the special election for the state Senate District 7 seat just over a week away, Democratic candidate Steve Glazer is accusing BART unions of…

SF Sheriff Candidates Mirkarami, Hennessy Participate in Community Forum
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SF Sheriff Candidates Mirkarami, Hennessy Participate in Community Forum

A community forum will be held this evening to allow incumbent San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and challenger Vicki Hennessy to debate their views on…

Voters Approve Funding for Traffic Safety Improvements as Pedestrian Fatalities Surge
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Voters Approve Funding for Traffic Safety Improvements as Pedestrian Fatalities Surge

Pedestrian safety advocates held a rally today to mourn 28 people killed on city streets this year and to urge city officials to step up…

Campos Concedes to Chiu in District 17 Assembly Race
Bay Area

Campos Concedes to Chiu in District 17 Assembly Race

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos has conceded the race for the District 17 state assembly seat, his rival Supervisor David Chiu said this evening. Campos…

SF Election 2014 Wrap Up: Chiu Leading Assembly Race; Incumbents Re-Elected; Soda Tax Falls Flat
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SF Election 2014 Wrap Up: Chiu Leading Assembly Race; Incumbents Re-Elected; Soda Tax Falls Flat

David Chiu appears to be coming out in front of David Campos in the San Francisco race for District 17 state assemblymember, but the race…

Voters Approve Use of Artificial Turf, Lighting at Golden Gate Park Soccer Fields
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Voters Approve Use of Artificial Turf, Lighting at Golden Gate Park Soccer Fields

Voters appear to have rejected San Francisco’s Proposition H and approved Proposition I, clearing a path for the installation of artificial turf and nighttime lighting…

Voters Approve Two Transportation Measures, Reject Third
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Voters Approve Two Transportation Measures, Reject Third

Two out of three transportation measures on Tuesday’s ballot in San Francisco appear to have been approved, according to complete unofficial election results. The first…

Four Board of Supervisors Incumbents Up for Re-Election Beat Out Competition
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Four Board of Supervisors Incumbents Up for Re-Election Beat Out Competition

Four members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors up for re-election appear to have beat out their competition to hold on to their spots…

Voters Support Increase of Minimum Wage to $15 by 2018
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Voters Support Increase of Minimum Wage to $15 by 2018

San Francisco voters appear to be supporting a measure on Tuesday’s ballot to increase the city’s minimum wage, according to complete unofficial election results. The…

Soda Tax Falls Flat in SF, Similar Measure Wins in Berkeley
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Soda Tax Falls Flat in SF, Similar Measure Wins in Berkeley

Voters in San Francisco appear to have rejected a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot, according to unofficial election results. The tax of two cents…

Close Race Between Supervisors Campos, Chiu for State Assembly
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Close Race Between Supervisors Campos, Chiu for State Assembly

David Chiu appears to be coming out in front of David Campos in the San Francisco race for District 17 state assemblymember, but the race…

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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…