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Not just Seattle: Tech backlash roils San Francisco politics

The Seattle City Council’s interest in imposing an unusual “head tax” on large employers based on their number of employees won international headlines this month after giant online retailer Amazon protested by freezing a plan to add 1 million square

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‘Moderates’ brawl with ‘progressives’ in San Francisco mayoral special election

The Dec. 12 death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee from a heart attack has set the city up for another of the periodic battles between liberal Democrats and even more liberal Democrats for control of City Hall. Members of

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Los Angeles, San Francisco homeless woes worsen despite funding boosts

The homelessness problem has gotten steadily worse over the past two years in both Los Angeles and San Francisco – even as local officials devote more resources than ever to an issue they say is their highest priority. Both cities cite

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2011 pension fixes in L.A., San Francisco not working

Earlier this decade — before Gov. Jerry Brown launched his successful 2012 push for state pension reforms in Sacramento — the leaders of Los Angeles and San Francisco executed retirement-benefit reforms that they said would keep the pension tsunami at

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Tension builds in San Francisco over police conduct

Recent attention has focused on the Oakland Police Department scandal, in which evidence shows several officers took advantage of a young prostitute. But across the bay, the tension between police and community leaders keeps building in San Francisco one month after

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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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San Francisco police chief out — mayor or fire chief next?

After a year of controversy over his officers sending racist and homophobic text messages and killing crime suspects in questionable circumstances, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is gone, resigning at the request of Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday. The

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Another top San Francisco official under fire

It’s not just San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr facing sharp criticism. Now another top city official is under fire: Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who is accused of being unresponsive to public concerns, indifferent to complaints from

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Subsidized housing new front in CA teacher pay

The San Francisco Unified School District is following Los Angeles Unified’s lead with plans to build subsidized housing for schoolteachers and teaching assistants. The districts’ actions may foreshadow a new era in which teachers unions try to use their clout to

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CA response to Boston terror attack mostly measured, muted 7

April 17, 2013 By Chris Reed Unlike officials in New York, Washington and some other cities in the Northeast, elected leaders and law-enforcement officials in California took a generally measured and in some cases muted response to Monday’s terrorist attack

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