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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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Hillary Clinton moves to consolidate support of CA Dems

Sensing an opportunity to shore up her base and fuel a resurgence, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has moved swiftly to consolidate support and spur new enthusiasm among friends and allies in California. Return visits An early November sweep through the Bay Area

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Poll: Voters hesitant on potential 2016 tax hike initiatives

A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll took the measure of many of the potential tax initiatives on the 2016 ballot. This snapshot in time indicates supporters of the tax increases have a lot of work to do to convince

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S.F. politician aims to make city more felon-friendly

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is continuing her push to eliminate some of the life obstacles that people with criminal records face. Her latest proposal, to come before the Board of Supervisors in coming weeks, is to drop the requirement

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San Francisco voters to weigh temporary ban on new construction in Mission District

A housing moratorium on San Francisco’s November ballot is aimed at keeping rents and housing prices affordable in the city’s Mission District, where prices have nearly doubled in five years. But opponents say it will have the opposite effect. Proposition

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New fee would push S.F. housing costs even higher

The cost of housing in San Francisco and Silicon Valley has been a national news story throughout 2015. On Wednesday, for example, USA Today reported that teachers could no longer afford to live in San Francisco. This has prompted hand-wringing

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