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News, The Snitch California Lawmakers Like Free Tickets to SF Giants Games

California Lawmakers Like Free Tickets to SF Giants Games

If the gifts given to state lawmakers are any indication, the San Francisco Giants are much more popular than the Los Angeles Dodgers. But neither baseball team attracts the interests of politicians quite like a golf match. The Los Angeles…
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News, The Snitch Michael Breyer Says State Assembly Race Is Sacramento Reform vs. Politics As Usual

Michael Breyer Says State Assembly Race Is Sacramento Reform vs. Politics As Usual

Updated 3:50 p.m. with response from Phil Ting's campaign. State legislature races occupy a sort of no-man's land between the intensely local city hall elections and the highly covered national ones. Moreover, in a dark blue city like San…
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News, The Snitch Michael Breyer: Good Job, Dad!

Michael Breyer: Good Job, Dad!

Michael Breyer, the Assembly candidate who will duel Phil Ting to represent the segment of San Francisco where people have lawns -- and mow them -- made an announcement today. The candidate let it be known that this morning's Supreme…
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News, Feature Prop 13: The Building-Sized Loopholes Corporations Exploit

Prop 13: The Building-Sized Loopholes Corporations Exploit

Illustration by David Flaherty. Copper thieves are pilfering copper. Carjackers are jacking cars. Home burglars, however, are not making off with homes. The plot of the recent film Tower Heist did not involve stealing an office tower. It remains…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

When I was a high school senior, I had a girlfriend who was in college. She studied philosophy and was also a fiend for literature. I was so impressed with my overachieving little brainiac self. Then she gave me a…
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News, The Snitch Facebook: The New S.F. Voter Guide

Facebook: The New S.F. Voter Guide

Long gone should be the days of those wasteful and cumbersome voter guides delivered to your mailbox every election cycle. Just weeks before Election Day, some local programmers invented a much more efficient and less sterile way to get to…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Checking In with the S.F. Mayoral Race

Where does the San Francisco mayoral race stand this month? • Leland Yee supports medical marijuana in districts 5 and 9 and is Chinese in districts 3 and 6 • Tony Hall is thrilled to be mentioned in an actual…
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News, Matt Smith

Ranked-Choice Voting Makes for a Boring, Undemocratic Political Mess

On April 29, the University of San Francisco hosted a debate that seemed to promise the first shots fired in the 2011 mayoral campaign. But in three hours of questions, answers, and follow-ups, I didn't hear a single utterance that…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting Is a Buzz Kill, Talks About Extra Tax on Medical Marijuana

Phil Ting Is a Buzz Kill, Talks About Extra Tax on Medical Marijuana

Taxes are Phil Ting's business -- when the assessor-recorder isn't campaigning for San Francisco mayor, that is. But when Ting recently took stock of the Bay Area tax scene on medical marijuana, he realized that San Francisco could be bringing…
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News, The Snitch The Phil Ting Happy Hour

The Phil Ting Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, SF Weekly told readers about how, in a desperate attempt to be cool, mayoral candidate Phil Ting challenged his supporters to come up with the wildest, tastiest, alcoholic beverage as part of a campaign cocktail contest.…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting: What Alcoholic Drink Would He Be?

Phil Ting: What Alcoholic Drink Would He Be?

Yesterday SF Weekly gave you the breakdown of mayoral candidates -- who's hot and who's not. But you didn't really need us to tell you that assessor-recorder Phil Ting is sooooooo not hot, politically speaking. Ting and his campaign are…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Mayoral Candidates: Who's Hot, Who's Not

S.F. Mayoral Candidates: Who's Hot, Who's Not

After Supervisor John Avalos jumped into the mayor's race Monday afternoon, we started thinking: with so many candidates now running, how will voters decide?To date, there are more than 30 potential candidates who want to be the city's chief executive.…
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News, The Snitch Wannabe Mayors Descend on S.F. This Weekend

Wannabe Mayors Descend on S.F. This Weekend

While everyone else is kicking back for the weekend, the many, many aspiring mayors of San Francisco will spend their free time aggressively campaigning. On the exhausting list are a slew of events aimed to court voters of all types…
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News, The Snitch YouTube: City Hall Petitioned to Accept Public Comment Via Video

YouTube: City Hall Petitioned to Accept Public Comment Via Video

Remember in January when Phil Ting carved out a tiny, tiny place for himself in the mayoral race by protesting Muni parking tickets? We had almost started to forget about Ting again -- until today, when he fired people up…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting Upstaged by Lenny the Service Dog

Phil Ting Upstaged by Lenny the Service Dog

When Phil Ting, the city's assessor-recorder, mounted the City Hall steps today, he faced two obstacles. One was getting the general public to comprehend a complex and disturbing situation involving foreclosures that he'd like to remedy. The other was getting…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting Carves Out a Place in Mayor's Race

Phil Ting Carves Out a Place in Mayor's Race

Phil Ting might have just saved himself from being a nobody on the campaign trail for San Francisco mayor.In a stroke of genius, San Francisco's assessor camped on the one issue that makes voters convulse with rage: parking tickets. Muni…
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News, The Snitch Phil Ting Launches Slick New 'Reset S.F.' Site -- But Not to Bolster Mayoral Run. Right?

Phil Ting Launches Slick New 'Reset S.F.' Site -- But Not to Bolster Mayoral Run. Right?

Perhaps it's a bit of a simplification, but the city's assessor-recorder has two jobs: assessing and recording. So it came as a bit of a surprise when assessor-recorder Phil Ting launched a handsome new website, "Reset San Francisco," which purports…
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News, The Snitch Pride Rides: The Mayor's Convoy, The Public Defender's Truck, The Assessor's Last-Minute Call -- and a Big Surprise From Eric Mar

Pride Rides: The Mayor's Convoy, The Public Defender's Truck, The Assessor's Last-Minute Call -- and a Big Surprise From Eric Mar

Answers are trickling in from our elected officials on how they plan on cruising at this weekend's Pride Parade. Starting at the top, Mayor Gavin Newsom takes the same approach with vehicles as he does with spokesmen -- if one…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Assessor Phil Ting Takes on the Catholic Church Tomorrow Morning

S.F. Assessor Phil Ting Takes on the Catholic Church Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow morning, assessor Phil Ting will be arguing in front of the San Francisco Appeals Board that the Catholic Church owes San Francisco up to $15 million in transfer taxes -- one of the largest tax bills in the city's…
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News, The Snitch Hardline Catholics: Just Because You Gays Can't 'Marry' Doesn't Mean We Should Have to Pay Taxes!

Hardline Catholics: Just Because You Gays Can't 'Marry' Doesn't Mean We Should Have to Pay Taxes!

San Francisco and Catholics just ain't gettin' along these days (if they ever did). We recently wrote about the Catholic Right urging believers nationwide to tell Mayor Gavin Newsom he's responsible for the recent graffiti on Most Holy Redeemer Catholic…
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