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Honeymoon between Santa Clara and 49ers now distant history

In 2010, when Santa Clara voters approved creating a city-run stadium authority to build an NFL stadium to attract the San Francisco 49ers, politicians patted themselves on the back for getting things done and luring a storied franchise 45 miles

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San Francisco leaders seem overwhelmed by homeless crisis

On June 30, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom won national headlines when he announced his “Ten Year Plan to Abolish Chronic Homelessness.” Newsom said he wanted a “dramatic shift” from reactive policies used to deal with those without shelter who

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San Francisco’s $15 minimum wage goes into effect for all businesses

San Francisco this week enacted its $15 minimum wage, making it the first major U.S. city to mandate a $15 wage floor for all businesses. It’s the last phase of Proposition 14, which voters passed in 2014 and raised the

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Housing Costs Are Making Bay Area Residents Reconsider

Bay Area residents are unhappy with their current economic lot and anxious, despite a strong overall economy, according to a poll released Sunday by the Bay Area Council. While California, with its vast housing market, suffered grievously during the Great

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San Francisco voters may have chance to overturn vaping ban

SACRAMENTO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in June to make the city the first in the country to impose a total sales ban on flavored tobacco products, as similar ordinances spread across the Bay Area. It’s also

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San Francisco sues Uber in battle over driver privacy

SACRAMENTO – The city of San Francisco filed suit last week against the ride-sharing service Uber after the company filed a motion in court to block the release of a drivers’ personal information. This sets up the latest battle between

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California high court sets stage for major pension ruling

SACRAMENTO – The battle over reforming California’s underfunded system of pension benefits does not involve any particular legislative proposal or initiative idea at this time but is centered on a coming state Supreme Court battle over an arcane legal concept.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 13

Lawmaker targets Uber’s self-driving vehicles in new legislation  Scientists rebuke Coastal Commission over desalination Does Consumer Watchdog actually help lower insurance rates? Brown cuts doctors out of tobacco tax money Democratic lawmakers pushing for cap-and-trade extension Good morning! TGIF. One lesson

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Police-reform spotlight shines on the local level

SACRAMENTO – The presidential campaign focused some attention on the long-simmering debate over policing and the appropriate uses of force, but as is typical with national campaigns, the nuances got lost amid ideologically charged soundbites such as “law and order”

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San Francisco threatens suburb over housing

The times seem to be changing in California when it comes to housing. The decision of Brisbane, a tiny suburb of San Francisco, to exclude housing from a huge new development project has triggered harsh criticism and suggestions from several San

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