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News, The Snitch City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

Look: San Francisco is rich. It may not necessary feel that way while walking down any number of potholed streets strewn with detritus (and that's a nice euphemism), but S.F. is filthy loaded. We have $9.6 billion in the…
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News, The Snitch VIDEO: Batshit Old Man with TV Show Calls for Arrest of Supervisor Malia Cohen

VIDEO: Batshit Old Man with TV Show Calls for Arrest of Supervisor Malia Cohen

San Francisco's politicians enjoy taking a swipe at right-wing Fox News every now and then. Witness Supervisor Scott Wiener's much-lauded assertion that "Fox News is not real news" when a cameraman dogged him in the corridors of City Hall over…
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News, The Snitch Pro-Airbnb Campaign Racks Up Political Endorsements

Pro-Airbnb Campaign Racks Up Political Endorsements

Mayor Ed Lee, Assemblyman David Chiu, and Supervisors Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell have signed on to Airbnb's campaign to defeat a ballot initiative aimed at strictly regulating short-term rentals in San Francisco. The initiative, sponsored by ShareBetter SF, would…
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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 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 Mark Farrell Loosens Screws Holding Ranked-Choice Voting Together

Mark Farrell Loosens Screws Holding Ranked-Choice Voting Together

Supervisor Mark Farrell wins points for honesty. He doesn't bother trying to argue that there's some sort of ideological or logistical reason why it makes sense to elect district supervisors via ranked-choice voting but use the traditional runoff system in…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Rollout of the "We Screwed Up!" Storyline Under Way

America's Cup: Rollout of the "We Screwed Up!" Storyline Under Way

The San Francisco Chronicle today continued to thump the tub Supervisor Mark Farrell and others wheeled out last week. It's the "San Francisco and its Board of Supervisors screwed up the America's Cup deal because we're an insufferable, NIMBY city…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Rancor Over Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Easier than Real Analysis

America's Cup: Rancor Over Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Easier than Real Analysis

With the pricey former America's Cup deal now residing in the vicinity of Davy Jones' Locker, it's high time for the types of folks who comment frequently on the SFGate webpage to decry San Francisco blowing a "golden opportunity" for…
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News, The Snitch List: What's the Best Voting System for San Francisco?

List: What's the Best Voting System for San Francisco?

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 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 Supe Races Over: Tony Kelly Concedes to Malia Cohen in District 10

Supe Races Over: Tony Kelly Concedes to Malia Cohen in District 10

With yesterday's concessions by District 2 candidate Janet Reilly and District 10's Tony Kelly, the San Francisco supervisorial races are, at long last, kaput. The new supervisors on the 2011 board will be Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, Mark Farrell, and…
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News, The Snitch Mark Farrell Declares Victory in District 2

Mark Farrell Declares Victory in District 2

Update: Janet Reilly ConcedesMark Farrell -- who didn't have very many endorsements but did end up with more ranked-choice votes than favorite Janet Reilly -- has declared victory. "As of this evening, all the votes have been counted in District…
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News, The Snitch Michela Alioto-Pier Picks a Successor. Do Voters Care?

Michela Alioto-Pier Picks a Successor. Do Voters Care?

The Chronicle is reporting that termed-out Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier will throw her support to would-be successor Mark Farrell. This confirms what we'd heard, too. The question is -- do voters give a damn? It's a legitimate question in a district…
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The Fantasticks

The longest-running play in American history is also musical theater's cheesiest self-parody, a sweet, dumb story about two fathers who pretend a Montague-and-Capulet-style feud as an excuse to keep their kids, Luisa and Matt, apart. The hope, of course, is…
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