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News, The Snitch City College Debates Whether to Arm Campus Police

City College Debates Whether to Arm Campus Police

Should campus cops carry guns? That’s the question being debated at City College of San Francisco, where a would-be shooter forced the school library to evacuate last month. On Oct. 13, an altercation between three students spilled into the…
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News, The Snitch New Poll Shows Gavin Newsom Mostly Leading Other (Potential) Gubernatorial Candidates

New Poll Shows Gavin Newsom Mostly Leading Other (Potential) Gubernatorial Candidates

As the Los Angeles Times reports, the poll surveyed…
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News, The Snitch California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

SF Weekly recently reported on SB 128, a controversial bill that would allow doctors in California to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. Today, after a nearly two hour debate, the state Assembly passed the bill with a 42-33…
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News, The Snitch Governators Get Serious About CA Drought, in Their Own Ways

Governators Get Serious About CA Drought, in Their Own Ways

While current Governor Jerry Brown was preparing to roll out proposed legislation to combat water waste, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was fighting the drought in his own manner: by blowing up a kiddie pool with a hand grenade.  Schwarzenegger…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Speakeasy Celebrates 17 Years of Beer

Speakeasy Celebrates 17 Years of Beer

Vinos rejoice ... sort of. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 8 allowing patrons to participate in wine tastings at farmers markets offered by winemakers who bottle their own product. Both houses of the Legislature approved the bill…
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Wine Tastings Now Allowed at Farmers Markets

Vinos rejoice ... sort of. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on July 8 allowing patrons to participate in wine tastings at farmers markets offered by winemakers who bottle their own product. Both houses of the Legislature approved the bill…
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Veto Liberally: The Governor's Winning Strategy: Enrage Local Progressives

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 805 bills to date this year, and vetoed just 96 — meaning material wending its way out of the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature stands an 89 percent chance of approval. Among legislative Democrats, however, Brown does…
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News, The Snitch Gov. Jerry Brown Rejects Drug Sentencing Reform Which Would Have Helped With Prison Crowding

Gov. Jerry Brown Rejects Drug Sentencing Reform Which Would Have Helped With Prison Crowding

California just can't shake its prison problem. The state has been on notice to reduce crowding in stuffed state prisons for years. And now an end-of-the-year deadline to reduce its prison population by thousands of inmates is looming since the…
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News, The Snitch BART Strike: Gov. Brown Will Ask Court To Save Bay Area

BART Strike: Gov. Brown Will Ask Court To Save Bay Area

If you're a BART commuter, you have a governor -- and a judge -- to thank if you get to work on time Monday. With the Bay Area mere days away from the second BART strike in as many months,…
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News, The Snitch Jerry Brown: The Philosopher-Governor

Jerry Brown: The Philosopher-Governor

The days of the philosopher-king are long gone. Slipping away, too, are the days when the citizenry was familiar with the concept of a benevolent despot shaping a state in his mind's image. But not in California. The picture painted…
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SF Weekly Letters

A Public Death A man's suicide immortalized online: Wow, this is an amazing and heartbreaking story . I wish it hadn't needed to have been written, but appreciate the care and effort that went into…
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News, Sucka Free City The Big Veto: Our Governors Hate Inmate Media-Access Bills

The Big Veto: Our Governors Hate Inmate Media-Access Bills

For a branch of government famous for its ability to find novel ways not to get things done, it's impressive that California's state Legislature has overwhelmingly supported policy to grant journalists easier access to interview prison inmates. Nine times over…
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News, The Snitch Gov. Brown Won't Let Reporters Have Easy Access to Prison Inmates

Gov. Brown Won't Let Reporters Have Easy Access to Prison Inmates

Assembly Bill 1270, passed by both chambers of the state legislature, would have allowed journalists to set up interviews with specific inmates in state prisons. Eight times over the past two decades a similar bill had passed through to the…
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News, The Snitch Amazon Welcomes Back California Bloggers, Keeps Some Money They Earned

Amazon Welcomes Back California Bloggers, Keeps Some Money They Earned

In June 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring that out-of-state retailers with an in-state "nexus" collect state sales tax from California residents. At that point, Amazon.com extinguished its in-state nexus -- thousands of California bloggers and website owners…
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News, The Snitch California Law Now Says You Can Park for Free at Broken Meters

California Law Now Says You Can Park for Free at Broken Meters

To those city drivers dragged into teeth-grinding anguish by this morning's KQED report that SFMTA is hiring 14 new meter maids to take your money, there's some soothing news coming out of Sacramento: Free parking at broken meters is now…
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News, The Snitch Here's What the State's Historic Foreclosure Protection Bill Means to Homeowners

Here's What the State's Historic Foreclosure Protection Bill Means to Homeowners

One of the worst parts of going through a foreclosure is the sense of helplessness. There's a lot of waiting and hoping and let-me-transfer-you-over run-arounds. The process feels closed and distant, marked by indifferent operators and vague brief loan modification…
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News, Sucka Free City Muni Money: Caltrain Connection Could Fund Central Subway

Muni Money: Caltrain Connection Could Fund Central Subway

A disconnect over the meaning of the term "connectivity" is at the heart of the latest debate over Muni's Central Subway project. But it's more than semantics at stake. If Muni loses its argument, it also loses out on $61…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Land is Our Land

This Land is Our Land

Longtime National Park Service Director Newton B. Drury once said about the U.S. park system, “If it means anything, it means that America presents to its citizens an opportunity to grow mentally and spiritually, as well as physically.” Anyone who…
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Is Medical Marijuana a Low Priority for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown?

Blindsided as he was during a "bloodbath" of a House Judicial Committee hearing, in which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hung out to dry over the teeny-tiny issue of injecting American-made weaponry into the Mexican cartel wars, you could…
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News, The Snitch Governor Jerry Brown Approves Dead Mountain Lion Bill, Sends Blunt Message to Legislators

Governor Jerry Brown Approves Dead Mountain Lion Bill, Sends Blunt Message to Legislators

Bipartisan spirit is alive and well today, folks. Maybe it was a recent viewing of the most popular movie in America right now -- The Lion King -- that made S.B. 769 such a no-brainer for state politicians. Governor Jerry…
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