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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland Attempts to Storm City Hall, Occupy Mayor Jean Quan's Office

Occupy Oakland Attempts to Storm City Hall, Occupy Mayor Jean Quan's Office

It seems that Occupy Oakland's initial intent to dismantle big banks has shifted to a more tenable goal: to make Mayor Jean Quan's first term a living hell. More than two dozen protesters attempted to overtake City Hall this afternoon,…
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News, The Snitch Who Understands Ranked-Choice Voting? Nobody.

Who Understands Ranked-Choice Voting? Nobody.

The one thing that makes perfect sense about ranked-choice voting is that nobody seems to understand it. And a new poll validated this notion recently. According to a Chamber of Commerce poll, more than half of those who responded indicated…
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News, The Snitch Ranked-Choice Voting Will Force Politicians To Swallow Their Pride

Ranked-Choice Voting Will Force Politicians To Swallow Their Pride

Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Mark Farrell have proposed measures to end Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco, while David Campos and John Avalos have proposed allowing even more ranked choices on the ballot. What is the best voting system for…
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News, The Snitch Don Perata Deserved to Lose

Don Perata Deserved to Lose

Don Perata today conceded the race for Oakland mayor, capping an improbable victory for Councilwoman Jean Quan. We'll never know if Perata would have been a better mayor than Quan. But we already know that Quan certainly deserved to be…
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News, The Snitch Jean Quan Declared Oakland's Mayor

Jean Quan Declared Oakland's Mayor

Completing a mathematical miracle, Councilwoman Jean Quan upset longtime Bay Area power player Don Perata to become mayor of Oakland. While Perata heavily outpolled Quan on election day, the councilwoman received far more second- and third-place votes to catch and…
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News, The Snitch How Jean Quan May, Astoundingly, Become Mayor of Oakland

How Jean Quan May, Astoundingly, Become Mayor of Oakland

As we wait for final election results to come in for the Oakland mayor's race, it's not premature to say that City Councilwoman Jean Quan will have pulled off one of the great political Lazarus acts in recent Bay Area…
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The New Kid

Political etiquette in the state capitol dictates that you don't take on an incumbent in your own party. Even if said incumbent re-enacts scenes from Mad Max on the freeway; treats her employees in a manner even Naomi Campbell would…
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News, The Snitch John Burton’s Murky Role in Perata Probe

John Burton’s Murky Role in Perata Probe

By Will Harper On Monday the Chronicle reported that the FBI was looking into state Sen. Don Perata’s role in steering business to a Washington lobbyist. While Chron reporters Susan Sward and Lance Williams made it read like this…
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Senate aides ignore leader, don't help Migden

Yet another sign that state Senator Carole Migden's re-election campaign resembles a ship wrecked by a train: Several Democratic legislative aides in the Capitol apparently didn't want to spend their free time campaigning for the embattled incumbent from San Francisco.…
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Toothless Watchdog

You might expect our regulation-happy state to have a toothy watchdog agency to keep students from getting ripped off by shady colleges and diploma mills. If so, you'd be very, very wrong. The agency charged with keeping tabs on more…
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