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News, The Snitch Breitbart Blogger Back in S.F., Ready to Confront John Avalos

Breitbart Blogger Back in S.F., Ready to Confront John Avalos

Last week, while covering a public meeting concerning San Francisco's Sanctuary City laws, Breitbart News scribe Lee Stranahan — a self-described protege of the conservative news site/home for online agitators' eponymous founder — became the story.  And today, the story…
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News, The Snitch Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

When word got out yesterday that the Department of Justice would review the San Francisco Police Department, activists hoped that meant a sweeping investigation of the SFPD’s pattern of racial bias and civil rights violations, similar to federal probes…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors Passes Bike Yield Law, But it Fails Anyway

Board of Supervisors Passes Bike Yield Law, But it Fails Anyway

Nothing on two wheels in San Francisco is fast enough to escape controversy. Odd as it sounds, city government ended up divided on ideological grounds Tuesday over the question of whether or not bikes should have to heed stop…
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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 Mayor Lee Will Use His Veto Power to Make Sure Bicyclists Stop at Stop Signs

Mayor Lee Will Use His Veto Power to Make Sure Bicyclists Stop at Stop Signs

Controversy over the “Idaho stop” law — which would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and ride through without coming to a complete halt — continues to fester. As the Chronicle reports, Mayor Lee has vowed…
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News, The Snitch The 2016 Election is Already Heating Up, and a Familiar Name Has Thrown His Hat Into the Ring

The 2016 Election is Already Heating Up, and a Familiar Name Has Thrown His Hat Into the Ring

Only one supervisor’s seat is up for grabs this year: that of District 3, which includes North Beach and Chinatown. Incumbent Julie Christensen is squaring off against former Supervisor Aaron Peskin for that seat, but the real drama will…
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News, The Snitch Labor Joins Protest Against 16th and Mission Developer

Labor Joins Protest Against 16th and Mission Developer

The labor union that represents janitors, SEIU United Service Workers-West, joined forces with the Plaza 16 Coalition and Causa Justa Just Cause to storm the offices of Robert Rosania today. Rosania is the real estate investor behind the so-called "Monster…
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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 Eric Garner Verdict Reignites Body Camera Debate in San Francisco

Eric Garner Verdict Reignites Body Camera Debate in San Francisco

Body-mounted police cameras got a spate of publicity after the March shooting of Alex Nieto in Bernal Heights Park, which inspired Supervisor John Avalos to stump for the devices. At an April Board of Supervisors hearing, he argued that they'd…
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News, Sucka Free City Oversight TV: Supervisors Assess the Cost of Body-Mounted Police Cameras

Oversight TV: Supervisors Assess the Cost of Body-Mounted Police Cameras

The public outcry that followed a group of San Francisco police officers' fatal March 21 shooting of Alejandro Nieto is now reverberating through city government. Supervisor John Avalos invoked Nieto at a Board of Supervisors hearing last week, at which…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Not Going Anywhere

Uber Unfair Taxi drivers have a new ally in S.F. politics — or at least the ear of a Supervisor who's grown disenchanted with Uber's ideological line. "I have heard the word DISRUPT 5x today & met with Uber just…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Is Still San Francisco's Political Loser

Marijuana Is Still San Francisco's Political Loser

Judging by the smell test alone, you might think that everyone in San Francisco is a marijuana lover (and a connoisseur of various strains by default). You'd be wrong. Lest we forget in light of polls that say 58 percent…
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Cup of Merde: News of the City Being “Fucking Played” Reaches France

Anyone curious about the French take on the America's Cup fiasco is in for a lesson on the difficulties of translating colloquialisms, bureaucratic frustration, and swears. Le Monde recently covered the fiscal tussle surrounding the incredible shrinking regatta: Organizers claim…
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Cup Runneth Under: Bad News About America's Cup Forecasts

Last week, readers of the San Francisco Business Times on March 11 learned "America's Cup economic impact lowered to $780 million from $1.4 billion." Examiner readers on March 12 saw "Cup economic benefits downsized." For the most part, that's bad…
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News, The Snitch Julian Davis Faces Another Accuser

Julian Davis Faces Another Accuser

A law school colleague of Julian Davis is claiming that she was the victim of an unwanted physical advance by the District 5 supervisoral candidate in late 2010, and is urging him to drop out of the race.Earlier this month,…
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SF Weekly Letters

"Questionable Behavior" Sour note to progressive's race: I'm not sure how dragging someone's name . If anything it shows how petty and horrible people…
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News, Julian Davis: Will S.F. Progressives Stand by Their Man?

Julian Davis: Will S.F. Progressives Stand by Their Man?

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Bay Guardian awarded Julian Davis its top endorsement for District 5 supervisor. It did so despite penning this cryptic sentence: "His personal life and behavior in his 20s were not always admirable." This is…
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News, The Snitch Julian Davis' Attack on <i>SF Weekly</i> Gets It Wrong

Julian Davis' Attack on SF Weekly Gets It Wrong

When confronted with allegations from Kay Vasilyeva that he inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing, Julian Davis attacked. He had his attorney send a cease-and-desist letter threatening her with "significant legal liability." It was this action, according to Supervisors John…
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News, The Snitch John Avalos and David Campos Withdraw Endorsements of Julian Davis

John Avalos and David Campos Withdraw Endorsements of Julian Davis

An allegation of questionable behavior with a woman didn't sour the progressive establishment on candidate Julian Davis. His legal threat to the woman might. Earlier this month, the San Francisco Bay Guardian awarded Julian Davis its top endorsement for District…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 19 Arrested at de Young Museum: Labor Fights Continue

19 Arrested at de Young Museum: Labor Fights Continue

Usually, says Cristal Java, an organizer for Service Employees International Union Local, negotiations over museum workers' contracts, like the employees themselves, tend to be quiet and polite. That's why some eyebrows went up when those workers and their supporters marched…
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