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News, The Snitch Supervisor: Homelessness is in "State of Emergency" in SF

Supervisor: Homelessness is in "State of Emergency" in SF

Supervisor David Campos says homelessness in San Francisco has reached a state of emergency. He is blaming Mayor Ed Lee for not doing enough to alleviate the problem, while calling on his colleagues on the board to take immediate…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor London Breed Calls for a Federal Investigation into the SFPD's Shooting Death of Mario Woods

Supervisor London Breed Calls for a Federal Investigation into the SFPD's Shooting Death of Mario Woods

With tears in her eyes, Board of Supervisors President London Breed today introduced a resolution calling for a federal investigation into the death of Mario Woods. “San Francisco needs to follow Chicago’s example,” Breed said, referring to that city's investigation…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors Poised to Reject New Jail

Board of Supervisors Poised to Reject New Jail

After weeks of controversy and a high stakes game of legislative musical chairs set off by the election of Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote today on a package of legislation to fund the construction…
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News, The Snitch The Feds Lose Hundreds of Guns a Year, and They Keep Turning Up in Bay Area Homicides

The Feds Lose Hundreds of Guns a Year, and They Keep Turning Up in Bay Area Homicides

A sick sense of déjà vu accompanied the announcement last week that the gun used to kill Oakland muralist Antonio Ramos in September was the same weapon stolen from a federal agent’s car in San Francisco weeks earlier. A…
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News, The Snitch Suspect Arrested in Anti-Chinese Graffiti Case, Supervisor Makes Pro-Chinese Political Hay

Suspect Arrested in Anti-Chinese Graffiti Case, Supervisor Makes Pro-Chinese Political Hay

The police have arrested a suspect in the case of racist, anti-Chinese graffiti that was painted around the Portola and Bayview neighborhoods over the weekend. On Sunday, the slogan "NO MORE CHINESE" was spray-painted in large orange letters in six…
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News, The Snitch David Campos Has a Plan to Make Sure SF Keeps its Soul

David Campos Has a Plan to Make Sure SF Keeps its Soul

The cost of doing business in San Francisco, like the cost of everything else, is unforgiving. According to the San Francisco Business Times, a city report released last fall showed an 884 percent increase in business closures and relocations,…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors Delays Vote on Competing Airbnb Measures

Board of Supervisors Delays Vote on Competing Airbnb Measures

The expected showdown over the two competing Airbnb/short-term rental bills did not materialize at today's Board of Supervisors meeting, thanks to a delaying move by Supervisor Mark Farrell. Farrell successfully moved to put off a vote on both bills until…
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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Adds $50 Million to the Housing Bond Pot

Ed Lee Adds $50 Million to the Housing Bond Pot

In the first round of affordable housing bond poker, Mayor Ed Lee came in with a proposal of $250 million. Supervisor John Avalos countered with $500 million, an admitted ploy to get Lee to up his figure. Now, a…
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News, The Snitch Round Two of the Mission Moratorium Fight Begins with Ballot Initiative

Round Two of the Mission Moratorium Fight Begins with Ballot Initiative

Just days after a moratorium on developing market-rate housing in the Mission failed to pass the Board of Supervisors, the text and summary of a ballot initiative to accomplish similar ends has been filed with the San Francisco Department of…
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News, The Snitch The Mission Moratorium and the Other Bubble

The Mission Moratorium and the Other Bubble

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted against the proposal for a 45 day moratorium on market-rate development projects in the Mission District last night. The measure needed nine votes to pass, and received only seven. Supervisors David Campos, Eric…
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News, The Snitch Anti-Moratorium Supervisors Propose Delay to Study Impacts

Anti-Moratorium Supervisors Propose Delay to Study Impacts

Opponents of Supervisor David Campos's proposed moratorium on market-rate housing development in the Mission District have a come up with a way to delay consideration of the delay on housing, the San Francisco Business Times reports. Supervisors Mark Farrell…
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News, The Snitch Mission Development Moratorium Could Be Heading to the Ballot

Mission Development Moratorium Could Be Heading to the Ballot

A moratorium on market-rate housing construction in the Mission could be heading to the ballot in November, the San Francisco Business Times reports.  Edwin Lindo, the Vice President of External Affairs for the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, told the…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Low Tide: City Progressives Cling to Moral Victories. Actual Victories Remain Elusive.

Low Tide: City Progressives Cling to Moral Victories. Actual Victories Remain Elusive.

One of the more beguiling scenarios journalists face is the on-the-record-yes, off-the-record-no. That is, when knowledgeable sorts are asked a question, they'll tell you the truth in secret, but offer a bald-faced lie for attribution. This pretty well annihilates the…
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News, The Snitch SideCar CEO Helps Boost the Anti-Campos Campaign

SideCar CEO Helps Boost the Anti-Campos Campaign

The fight over David Chiu's newly-ratified Airbnb legislation heated up two weeks ago, when word got out that Airbnb investor Ron Conway and his wife, Gayle, had poured some $75,000 into an independent expenditure committee to crush Chiu's rival, David Campos,…
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News, The Snitch This Is What a David Campos Happy Hour Is Like

This Is What a David Campos Happy Hour Is Like

Thursday night at Raven, which is a vaguely noir-themed bar on Folsom Street in SoMa, a small group of self-identified tech workers and David Campos supporters gathered to hear the state assembly candidate and District 9 Supervisor give a…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Scott Wiener Comes Out About Using Anti-HIV PrEP Pill

Supervisor Scott Wiener Comes Out About Using Anti-HIV PrEP Pill

In an essay published Wednesday on Huffington Post, Supervisor Scott Wiener confessed that he uses of Truvada, a pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among its users. Truvada is a pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly known as PrEP, that can…
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News, Feature Queer Flight: Does the Success of Gay Rights Mean the End of Gay Culture?

Queer Flight: Does the Success of Gay Rights Mean the End of Gay Culture?

When Lary Abramson moved to San Francisco from Detroit in July 1960, police raids on gay bars were commonplace. Nightlife existed at the decree of morals cops who could be bought off, and patrons of gay establishments who didn't play…
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News, Sucka Free City See Jane Endorse: Jane Kim Backs Everyone, But Things Still Get Nasty

See Jane Endorse: Jane Kim Backs Everyone, But Things Still Get Nasty

In the game of political endorsements, Supervisor Jane Kim has navigated a path down the double-yellow line in the middle of the road. In 2011, she backed John Avalos, David Chiu, and Ed Lee for mayor — a simultaneous political…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake it in the street

Shake it in the street

Carnaval San Francisco is now in its 36th year of free and fabulous outdoor festivities in the Mission that celebrate Latin American and Caribbean culture through dance and music. The main event in the weekend-long festival is the Grand…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Labor Pains: A Major Rift Could Divide San Francisco's Unions. So, What's It to You?

Labor Pains: A Major Rift Could Divide San Francisco's Unions. So, What's It to You?

San Francisco's long-simmering labor war erupted last month with neither a bang nor a whimper but a conundrum. Attendees at the Labor Council's annual fundraising banquet were beset with a spectacularly San Franciscan paradox: The city's most stalwart labor backers…
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