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News, The Snitch Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

Crunching the Numbers Behind SF Public Employees' Bonuses

In our cover story this week, we explore the little-publicized form of compensation known as "premium pay" -- a vast range of bonuses available to government employees for performing certain types of work, many of which are in their job…
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City Hall aide running for office owes city money

With San Francisco government desperate for cash in this era of historic budget deficits, dozens of municipal collections agents have been scouring records and cracking down on those who owe the city money. The list of deadbeats includes parking ticket…
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News, Matt Smith What's the Beef with Vegetarianism?

What's the Beef with Vegetarianism?

As official exhortations go in this city, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell's recent nonbinding Meatless Monday resolution — suggesting restaurants, stores, and schools offer plant-based food for those who want it — was pretty mild. Notwithstanding, the symbolic measure provoked outrage among…
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News, The Snitch Outraged Carnivores To Boycott San Francisco Over 'Meatless Mondays'

Outraged Carnivores To Boycott San Francisco Over 'Meatless Mondays'

Colorado Bank VP: "I've attended my last meeting In San Francisco!" Illinois Financial Adviser: "I"m going to start conducting my business meetings in Napa Valley!"As official exhortations go, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell's recent non-binding Meatless Monday resolution -- suggesting restaurants, stores…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Suggests Eating Less Meat, FOX Commenters Lose Their Shit

Supervisor Suggests Eating Less Meat, FOX Commenters Lose Their Shit

So, FOX Nation seems to have the scoop on a new local government entity: The San Francisco Food Police! It's like the fashion police, but with less telling you not to wear leggings as pants and more telling you to…
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News, Feature The ABCs of Ditching School

The ABCs of Ditching School

In the late morning of the first day of the new semester at John O'Connell High School of Technology, two boys stage their finely choreographed escape. While the security guard's back is turned, they scamper out the front door onto…
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News, Sucka Free City Pension tension: S.F. spikes retirement pay

Pension tension: S.F. spikes retirement pay

In July, the city's Civil Grand Jury released a report condemning what it described as the "institutionalized and ongoing" practice of pension spiking among San Francisco's public safety personnel. Pension spikes happen when employees receive promotions a year or two…
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News, The Snitch Breaking: Board Votes to Save SEIU Jobs -- Until Mid December

Breaking: Board Votes to Save SEIU Jobs -- Until Mid December

UPDATE, 5:30 P.M.: MAYORAL SPOKESMAN SAYS NO MONEY WILL BE SPENT TO STAVE OFF LAYOFFS; DETAILS BELOWIt'd be cruel to lay off scads of city workers right before Thanksgiving -- so let's think about axing 'em right before Christmas. Okay,…
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News, The Snitch Bayview Activists Threaten To Recall Sophie Maxwell. Yes, Again.

Bayview Activists Threaten To Recall Sophie Maxwell. Yes, Again.

Critics looked into recalling Supervisor Sophie Maxwell in 2003, and collected signatures to do so in 2004.  But the District 10 supervisor's vote this week to help the Navy circumvent a citizen's advisory group has gotten the usual suspects back…
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News, The Snitch No Smoking: City Attorney Announces Settlement to Shut Mirant Potrero Power Plant 'Irrevocably' By 2010

No Smoking: City Attorney Announces Settlement to Shut Mirant Potrero Power Plant 'Irrevocably' By 2010

The answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera. And as soon as we saw Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and Public Utilities Commission head Ed Harrington in the City Hall elevator, we guessed it…
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News, The Snitch Friday Evening News Black Hole Sucks Up Newsom's Veto of Tenant-Friendly Laws

Friday Evening News Black Hole Sucks Up Newsom's Veto of Tenant-Friendly Laws

If Mayor Gavin Newsom harbors a desire to, say, tear the copper wiring out of the walls of City Hall and sell it on the black market -- he could do worse than trashing the building on Friday afternoon…
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News, The Snitch Pride Rides: How Will Our Elected Officials Be Cruising This Weekend?

Pride Rides: How Will Our Elected Officials Be Cruising This Weekend?

In case you missed the proliferation of rainbow flags and the huge influx of prideful people heading into our fair city, things are ramping up for the big Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28.As the knives begin to come out…
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News, The Snitch Once Again, Sophie Maxwell Pulls Football Away From Progressives

Once Again, Sophie Maxwell Pulls Football Away From Progressives

City Hall Johnny-on-the-Spot Chris Roberts is the first to report that the supes today passed a series of extremely tenant-friendly rent laws. We'd explain them to you, but since Mayor Gavin Newsom is all but certain to smite them with…
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News, The Snitch Market Watch: Real Estate Division Feeling Heat over Alemany

Market Watch: Real Estate Division Feeling Heat over Alemany

We reported this week that the city's Real Estate Division, roughly 10 months after engineering a hostile takeover of the United Nations Plaza antiques market, had fallen a cool half-million short of its revenue projections from the new business. This…
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News, The Snitch Supes' Resolution Links Arrest of Alleged Cop-Killers to Iraq Torture Scandals

Supes' Resolution Links Arrest of Alleged Cop-Killers to Iraq Torture Scandals

Sgt. John V. YoungIf leftist supervisors sought to show the world that their sympathy for a group of alleged cop-killers in San Francisco was more than a zany political stunt, they have done themselves no favors with a…
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News, The Snitch Union President: Supervisors' Resolution Supporting Alleged Cop Killers is 'Spitting in the Face of Every Cop in San Francisco'

Union President: Supervisors' Resolution Supporting Alleged Cop Killers is 'Spitting in the Face of Every Cop in San Francisco'

The president of San Francisco's police union railed against supervisors Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell today for their sponsorship of a resolution asking that charges be dropped against the seven men charged with killing a city police sergeant in 1971.Gary…
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News, The Snitch Supervisors Push for Resolution Supporting Alleged Cop Killers

Supervisors Push for Resolution Supporting Alleged Cop Killers

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution tomorrow urging that charges be dropped against the "San Francisco Eight," a group of allegedly violent former radicals who police say are responsible for the murder of San Francisco Police…
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News, The Snitch Who Won and Who Lost In the MTA Budget Battle? David Chiu, Of Course.

Who Won and Who Lost In the MTA Budget Battle? David Chiu, Of Course.

Where deals are doneAs you heard from us earlier, the standoff over the Municipal Transportation Agency's budget was defused today at City Hall. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu -- who had earlier introduced a motion to reject…
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News, The Snitch Blackberry Lessons for Sophie Maxwell

Blackberry Lessons for Sophie Maxwell

What do the lone African-American on San Francisco's left-wing Board of Supervisors and Republican Sen. John McCain have in common? Hint: It's not the maverick thing. No, what unites the cranky septuagenarian former fighter pilot who last year snagged…
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News, Feature The Failed Experiment

The Failed Experiment

Imagine having a father like Emmett Brown, the crazy tinkerer from Back To The Future. Among friends, one could brag about genetic proximity to DeLorean-based time travel. At home, however, one would live in a shed because Dad burned the…
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