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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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San Francisco police chief may be in jeopardy

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr’s future has come into doubt in recent days as four members of his city’s 12-member Board of Supervisors have joined protesters in calling for his ouster. Now newspaper analysis pieces are wondering how long

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Villaraigosa record has pluses for Senate bid — and landmines

The signs are growing that state and national Democrats’ attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren’t working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and at least a couple seem

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Charles Calderon ‘head and shoulders’ above brother Ron caught in scandal

Editor’s Note: This is Part One of a series on the Calderon family. June 13, 2013 By John Hrabe It wasn’t quite the Academy Awards. But the 60 or so people assembled last Saturday afternoon at the Whittier Center Theatre

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Why Kamala Harris is probably not thrilled with compliment 79

April 7, 2013 By Chris Reed The instant national chortling Thursday over the fact that President Obama had called California’s Kamala Harris the “best-looking” state attorney general ended up being more about seeing the usual slippery standards on political correctness.

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AG Harris’ housing bubble lawsuits ignore what inflated bubble 6

Feb. 10, 2013 By Chris Reed California Attorney General Kamala Harris is among the many Americans of all political persuasions who are outraged that few are taking the fall for the grotesque irresponsibility that led to the housing bubble, its

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Willie Brown wants to gut Prop. 13 9

Dec. 10, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Willie Brown just reminded us why in 1990 voters passed term limits largely to move him out of his seat as California Assembly-Speaker-for-Life. Brown wrote that Prop. 13 should be reformed by “cleverly” by making “a

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CA: Best State Billionaires Can Buy 12

Chriss Street: Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, has come out with a powerful call to arms in opposition to a half dozen ballot initiatives funded by billionaire California crony capitalists. The tax increases often are designed

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Treasure Isle: Greed, Gold, Toxic Waste 4

Yo ho ho and and a pot of redevelopment gold. For 15 years San Francisco has tried to transform Treasure Island from a sandy former Naval base into a gold and jobs-generating new urban community with 40-story skyscrapers interspersed by

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