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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 26

Inequality in San Francisco breeds political unease FPPC to investigate contributions made to Gov. Brown, but not Brown himself Union pressures L.A. County to make it easier to promote probation workers with discipline problems Volunteer imposter causing trouble for Assembly candidate?

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San Francisco inequality breeds political unease

  As San Francisco’s sharp inequality draws national attention this election year, California Democrats have begun to question how to explain their role in fostering — and reversing — the trend. The gulf between the progressive city’s richest and poorest,

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Bay Area making life difficult for tech firms

SACRAMENTO – In most of the country, a region’s “big” industry – think automotive companies in Michigan’s heyday, the oil business in Houston and entertainment in Los Angeles – is treated with deference by locals. Sometimes that attitude morphs into

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Local officials race to stymie Gov. Brown’s housing push

Gov. Jerry Brown appears to have made some progress in securing crucial building trade unions’ support for his push to streamline housing construction in California by dropping his objection to the requirement that construction workers be paid “prevailing” — i.e.,

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Defiant San Francisco police union rejects criticism

The abrupt May 19 resignation of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr after police Sgt. Justin Erb shot and killed Jessica Williams, an unarmed African-American woman fleeing in a stolen car, drew national and international attention to the city’s Police

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 24

  Bay Area court stops suspending driver licenses over unpaid fines SF to look at its sanctuary city policies Bernie and Hillary come to SoCal State Senate votes to ban private communications with Coastal Commission Under pressure from civil liberties

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 23

After a year of controversy surrounding his department’s actions, including sending racist and homophobic text messages and questionable use of force incidents, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr stepped down last week. But will his resignation quiet the political and

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LAO raises doubts about teachers’ pension bailout

A new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office is raising questions about the long-term effectiveness of the Legislature’s 2014 bailout of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which will nearly double annual funding to cover CalSTRS’ obligations when it

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Schism grows between San Francisco leaders, police

San Francisco could be on the brink of a schism between the police union and city leaders that rivals or exceeds the animosity seen in New York City between the police union and Mayor Bill de Blasio in the winter

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CA lawsuit challenges cash bail

The procedure of charging and posting cash bail has prompted a historic lawsuit out of San Francisco. Evidence has been mounting for years that the bail system places the poor in an untenable position when they are arrested. As the

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