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Sonoma County Library Hours Remain Cut By 25% While Prison Spending Skyrockets

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 05.28.2016 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

It has been a phenomenal year for Sonoma County's surging economy. Joblessness is below 5%, home values are soaring, and the County's treasury has been fattened by a record surplus of $13.5 million.

Bobby Shriver - Chamber Made

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Because Richard Nixon earned the reputation as "Tricky Dick" and was later associated with the Watergate scandal, many Americans mistakenly believe that Republicans have a monopoly on dirty tricks. They don't.

'Champion of Labor' Sheila Kuehl's Next Challenge: LA County Government

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

Kuehl is well-known for her legislative skills, her compassion, and her quick sense of humor. What many don't know is that she's also a policy wonk who already understands the details of LA County's complex $26 billion budget.

'We Are One Community': Interview With Cindy Chavez

Amy B. Dean | Posted 07.17.2013 | San Francisco
Amy B. Dean

Cindy Chavez is running for Supervisor District 2 in Santa Clara County. In March, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors called a special election to fill the vacancy for Supervisor in District Two. The primary will be held June 4th.

Friday Frustration: Pier 29 Hung Out to Dry

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Some victory laps are expected, and some are not. S.F.'s agreement with the America's Cup organizers is finally going to the full Board of Supervisors next week. Many are relieved, but the manner of this victory lap is particularly odd.

San Francisco's Next Sheriff Faces Troubling Allegations Of Domestic Violence

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.07.2012 | San Francisco

Only days before being sworn in as the next Sheriff of San Francisco, former Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has become the subject of a domestic abuse inve...

Report: Laura's Law Works for Mentally Ill Los Angelenos

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.15.2012 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

A little noted Laura's Law Progress Report quietly filed by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health earlier this year shows Laura's Law has reduced the incarceration and hospitalization of people with severe mental illness.

Aaron Sankin

Mayor Lee Proposes 'Job Killer' Killer | Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.14.2011 | San Francisco

Fulfilling a campaign promise to focus his four-year term on job growth, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed one of the most business-friendly pieces of legisla...

San Francisco Needs Long-Term Budget Solutions

Michela Alioto-Pier | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Michela Alioto-Pier

I am pleased this year's budget was passed with less conflict than in past years. But ultimately, this year's budget, passed by an interim mayor, is full of interim solutions to our long-term budget challenges.

Maintaining San Francisco's Trees -- Lots to Do and No Money

Scott Wiener | Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco
Scott Wiener

Two-thirds of street trees are the responsibility of adjacent property owners, even if they didn't plant the trees, don't know how to care for them, and don't want them. It's not surprising that maintenance by property owners is spotty.

San Francisco at 50

Michael Yaki | Posted 09.14.2011 | San Francisco
Michael Yaki

If you asked a thousand residents what defines San Francisco, they probably wouldn't agree. But I would say we are restless, inventive, and maddeningly maddening about anything and everything.

Mayor Lee Lays Out Vision For Next Muni Chief

Aaron Sankin | Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco

Correction: It turns out that the quote from Ed Lee was purely the invention of one of our favorite columnists, Melissa Griffin. Oops! She was indicat...

No Time For Retreat On Homelessness

Michela Alioto-Pier | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Michela Alioto-Pier

Five members of the Board of Supervisors want to revisit fights of the past by dismantling Care Not Cash, San Francisco's landmark policy that has delivered real results for thousands of formerly homeless San Franciscans.

Sustainable Housing, 30/10 and Public Transit in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Metro's extensive and costly building program supported by revenue from voter-approved Measure R will create a true transit system out of our already extensive collection of bus and rail lines.

The New Grassroots: Social Media and the Post-Post Modern Campaign

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I'm currently consulting for a friend's political campaign, which is for a position (county supervisor) that while extremely important, is one about w...