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News, The Snitch Hearing About Haight Gas Leaks Turns Into Game of Hot Potato: Who’s to Blame?

Hearing About Haight Gas Leaks Turns Into Game of Hot Potato: Who’s to Blame?

A long train of stupid events pulled into its final station last night with an official postmortem on that infamous Haight Street public works project — the one whose five gas leaks stopped just short of destroying the historic corridor.…
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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 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, Sucka Free City A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

There was a time when having the surname "Yee" was an asset for a San Francisco politician. No alleged ties to Filipino jihadis or a crime boss named for a crustacean. Back then, Leland Yee was an energetic state senator…
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News, Sucka Free City Bundles of Joy: City Lobbyists Eat Fundraising Rules for Breakfast

Bundles of Joy: City Lobbyists Eat Fundraising Rules for Breakfast

An invitation for breakfast or a cocktail is always welcome. But less so when a contribution of $250 is mandated to earn the title of "friend." In San Francisco, however, affection is one more commodity to be bought and sold.…
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Penny for Your Votes: Supervisors Lend Funds to Curious Causes

"Streamlining" and "pandering" are both terms that raise red flags when applied to local government. So it warrants mentioning that San Francisco has streamlined pandering. Under the city's budgetary process, the mayor sets the city's budget and the Board of…
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News, The Snitch District 7: There Will Be No Recount

District 7: There Will Be No Recount

Earlier today, we reported on the detailed costs of a potential recount in District 7, where Norman Yee edged F.X. Crowley by 132 votes. Department of Elections head John Arntz now says he received a call earlier today from the…
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News, The Snitch District 7 Recount's Potential Costs Tabulated

District 7 Recount's Potential Costs Tabulated

Anyone examining the bizarre and tedious process of recounting a district election may be wondering, since these things are so much fun, why don't we do more of them? The answer, as revealed late Friday by the Department of Elections,…
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News, The Snitch District 7: Recount Effort Moving Forward; Cost Estimate Could Be Generated Today

District 7: Recount Effort Moving Forward; Cost Estimate Could Be Generated Today

The process of initiating a recount in the wafer-thin District 7 supervisoral contest is moving forward, as election lawyer Jim Sutton has sent the city a letter listing the things he'd like counted, how he'd like them counted, and requesting…
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News, The Snitch District 7: Cost Unclear on Recount

District 7: Cost Unclear on Recount

A consortium of labor groups this week moved to ask for -- and fund -- a recount in the razor-thin loss of labor leader F.X. Crowley in the District 7 race. This move was not unanticipated. But its cost remains…
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Ranked-Choice Voting: Does Anyone Really Understand It?

Every local election since 2004 has allowed voters the option of ranking their top three choices for office. If a voter's top choice is eliminated from contention, they can at least rest assured their support went to a similar candidate.…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Norman Yee: How Did This Happen?

Supervisor Norman Yee: How Did This Happen?

It's not commonplace for San Franciscans to squire their out-of-town guests for sightseeing tours to District 7. You don't see pictures of well-manicured lawns or the Tower Market on postcards. People who like to use the term "San Francisco values"…
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News, The Snitch District 7: Norman Yee Now Up By 33 Votes Over F.X. Crowley

District 7: Norman Yee Now Up By 33 Votes Over F.X. Crowley

Today's daily Maalox Moment for District 7 supe candidates Norman Yee and F.X. Crowley -- and their supporters -- has arrived.In the brutally close race, today's latest count has Yee up by 33 votes. He was up by 20 as…
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News, The Snitch District 7: Only 97 Votes Separate F.X. Crowley and Norman Yee

District 7: Only 97 Votes Separate F.X. Crowley and Norman Yee

As the Department of Elections churns through the uncounted ballots, the race in District 7 has been transformed from ridiculously tight to preposterously tight. As of 11 p.m. on Election Day -- following the reversal of a "formatting error" --…
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News, The Snitch Election 2012: Winners and Losers

Election 2012: Winners and Losers

There ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk -- Tom WaitsThe striking thing about assessing San Francisco's big winners and losers emerging from last night's election is that they're often the same people. In District 5, tech investor…
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News, The Snitch Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

In the abysmal 1992 flick The Distinguished Gentleman, a character played by Eddie Murphy ascends to higher office thanks to having the same name as a longtime office-holder. Could it happen here? Perhaps. District 7 Supervisorial candidate Norman Yee turned…
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