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Democracy How? For the Voter Who Stayed Home This Year

Who's got time for an off-year local election for uncontested incumbents and ballot measures running the gauntlet from "arcane" to "trivial?" (They even snuck in a non-binding resolution!) San Francisco can take the drama right out of participatory democracy. It…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Takes Public Dig at Former Muni Chief Nat Ford

Mayor Ed Lee Takes Public Dig at Former Muni Chief Nat Ford

UPDATE: Upon review, SF Weekly learned that the original story from Huffington Post San Francisco erroneously reported comments Mayor Lee made at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The comments had been lifted from a parody written by the Examiner's Melissa Griffin. We…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco May Save $15 Million Via 'Coordinated Healthcare'

San Francisco May Save $15 Million Via 'Coordinated Healthcare'

When SF Weekly yesterday broke the story that the city is entering into a novel "coordinated healthcare" program that may save millions of dollars, we noted that the pitch sounded an awful lot like something you'd hear from a used…
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News, The Snitch Fake Pot Crime Stats Continue to Gall Police Commissioner, Cannabis Patients

Fake Pot Crime Stats Continue to Gall Police Commissioner, Cannabis Patients

Petra DeJesus isn't angry -- she's just frustrated. The criminal defense attorney and San Francisco Police Commissioner last year publicly remonstrated then-Captain Denise Schmitt of the SFPD's Taraval Station for Schmitt's claims that medical cannabis dispensaries cause crime, ranging from…
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News, The Snitch Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

In our cover story this week, we explore the little-publicized form of compensation known as "premium pay" -- a vast range of bonuses available to government employees for performing certain types of work, many of which are in their job…
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News, The Snitch David Chiu Makes Committee Assignments That 'Complete the Coup'

David Chiu Makes Committee Assignments That 'Complete the Coup'

Former supervisor Chris Daly noted on his Facebook page that the "coup is complete," referring to the new committee appointments for the Board of Supervisors.Board president David Chiu on Tuesday afternoon announced the new sitting members of the seven Board…
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News, Sucka Free City Proximity of Sunset District Pot Club to School Sparks Outrage

Proximity of Sunset District Pot Club to School Sparks Outrage

Supervisor Carmen Chu's most memorable moment in politics was when she was appointed to replace the disgraced Ed Jew — or it was, until the Sunset District representative took on the issue of medical cannabis. For more than a year…
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News, The Snitch Pot Dispensary in the Sunset Galls School District. In the Mission, Not So Much.

Pot Dispensary in the Sunset Galls School District. In the Mission, Not So Much.

Kids these days have plenty to worry about, not the least of which is the threat posed by medical cannabis. Recent studies show more high schoolers in America use pot than smoke cigarettes, and San Francisco public school officials are…
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News, The Snitch Will Milton Marks Take On Carmen Chu in District 4?

Will Milton Marks Take On Carmen Chu in District 4?

If you believe what you hear from progressive members -- and former members -- of the Board of Supervisors, Carmen Chu may have a little competition next time around in her thus far uncluttered race for District 4 supe. Her…
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Drug policy: Pot-club paranoia

Marijuana is alive and well in the Sunset District — just not the legal kind. San Francisco police bust illegal grow houses on the city's west side with a comforting regularity, but one must travel a minimum of two miles…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors Vote To Give Undocumented Kids Their Day In Court

Board of Supervisors Vote To Give Undocumented Kids Their Day In Court

The Board of Supervisors made a statement today against Mayor Gavin Newsom's 2008 decision to report undocumented juveniles accused of felonies to immigration authorities. Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd cast the only votes against David Campos' resolution that would…
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News, The Snitch Use Your Good Judgment When Donating Lascivious Outfits to Supervisor's Costume Givewaway For Kids

Use Your Good Judgment When Donating Lascivious Outfits to Supervisor's Costume Givewaway For Kids

Is there any limit to the Halloween costumes that can be rendered prurient via the placement of the word "sexy" ahead of the outfit's description? There's sexy nurse, sexy cop, sexy inmate, sexy construction worker, sexy mayor, and of course,…
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News, The Snitch Unhappy Hookers: Supervisor Carmen Chu Meets Anti-Harlotry Crusader Melissa Farley Today

Unhappy Hookers: Supervisor Carmen Chu Meets Anti-Harlotry Crusader Melissa Farley Today

Petite, understated, and measured Supervisor Carmen Chu isn't the first person one might choose to face off against crowds of angry hookers. But after months of chaperoning controversial legislation that tightens the City's reigns on massage parlor brothels, Chu has…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's Campaign Finance Laws Are Complex. Eluding Them? That's More Simple.

San Francisco's Campaign Finance Laws Are Complex. Eluding Them? That's More Simple.

San Francisco's campaign finance rules are so beastly complex that professional treasurers with decades of experience have been known to drive sharpened pencils through their palms in fits of desperation. Yet eluding these Byzantine laws need not require the greatest…
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News, The Snitch The Wire: San Francisco's Orthodox Jews Rejoice, as They Can Now Legally Schlep Their Children On Sabbath

The Wire: San Francisco's Orthodox Jews Rejoice, as They Can Now Legally Schlep Their Children On Sabbath

In a story that may have slipped under the wire -- somewhat literally -- San Francisco last week got its first eruv since at least the days when Levi Strauss decided to make pants out of tent material; more likely…
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News, Sucka Free City During budget talks, the mayor is on the job - technically

During budget talks, the mayor is on the job - technically

In the hours leading up to last week's 11th-hour compromise on the Municipal Transportation Agency's budget, Mayor Gavin Newsom engaged in some dubious multitasking. During the sensitive negotiations about MTA's finances, Newsom took some time to send out a message…
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News, The Snitch Who Won and Who Lost In the MTA Budget Battle? David Chiu, Of Course.

Who Won and Who Lost In the MTA Budget Battle? David Chiu, Of Course.

Where deals are doneAs you heard from us earlier, the standoff over the Municipal Transportation Agency's budget was defused today at City Hall. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu -- who had earlier introduced a motion to reject…
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News, The Snitch Can PG&E Make Carmen Chu into a Star? You Bet, Kiddo!

Can PG&E Make Carmen Chu into a Star? You Bet, Kiddo!

"Here's a little number I call 'To Hell with Prop. H.' One, Two, Three, FOUR!" Anti-Proposition H ads festooned with pictures of District 4 Supe -- even as she runs for re-election -- don't bend city rules. But, still...…
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