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News, The Snitch David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws

David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws

Ever wanted the glory of being a politician without any of the bullshit? If you live in California’s 17th Assembly District (which includes San Francisco), you’ll soon have your chance. Assemblyman David Chiu, who represents the district, today launched…
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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 SF Techie Launches Grassroots Campaign to Mobilize Techies

SF Techie Launches Grassroots Campaign to Mobilize Techies

Ask any political wonk who runs the tech lobby in San Francisco, and he'll cite all the usual suspects: Sean Parker, whose $2.46 million in political contributions dwarfed those of any other donor; Ron Conway, who pushed the 2011 Twitter…
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News, The Snitch SideCar CEO Helps Boost the Anti-Campos Campaign

SideCar CEO Helps Boost the Anti-Campos Campaign

The fight over David Chiu's newly-ratified Airbnb legislation heated up two weeks ago, when word got out that Airbnb investor Ron Conway and his wife, Gayle, had poured some $75,000 into an independent expenditure committee to crush Chiu's rival, David Campos,…
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News, The Snitch Protesters Accuse Airbnb of Desecrating San Francisco's Neighborhoods

Protesters Accuse Airbnb of Desecrating San Francisco's Neighborhoods

Community activists are scattering flowers and planting votive candles outside the mayor's office this morning as a symbolic memorial to San Francisco's neighborhoods, which, they say, will deteriorate as more and more people convert their homes and apartments into Airbnb…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors to Vote on Airbnb Legislation Today (Update)

Board of Supervisors to Vote on Airbnb Legislation Today (Update)

Update, 5:34 p.m.: The Board of Supervisors passed David Chiu's Airbnb legislation 7-4, with substantive amendments to be discussed later. The most noteworthy amendment was Supervisor Jane Kim's proposal to allow a third party to initiate litigation. Debates over the…
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News, Sucka Free City See Jane Endorse: Jane Kim Backs Everyone, But Things Still Get Nasty

See Jane Endorse: Jane Kim Backs Everyone, But Things Still Get Nasty

In the game of political endorsements, Supervisor Jane Kim has navigated a path down the double-yellow line in the middle of the road. In 2011, she backed John Avalos, David Chiu, and Ed Lee for mayor — a simultaneous political…
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The Snatch: Money for Pride, Cash for Free

Easy Money Before you call mom and dad for help with next month's rent, read this: There's a new social experiment happening on Twitter in which an anonymous person hides $100 bills around San Francisco and tweets photos with some…
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News, Your Humble Narrator City for Let: The Sharing Economy Proves It Can Do Whatever It Wants

City for Let: The Sharing Economy Proves It Can Do Whatever It Wants

In a recent radio interview, Ed Lee, San Francisco's incredibly lifelike mayor, extolled the virtues of the so-called sharing economy. "This is happening in, literally, every industry," he said. "Having access should trump ownership because of the expensiveness to own…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Labor Pains: A Major Rift Could Divide San Francisco's Unions. So, What's It to You?

Labor Pains: A Major Rift Could Divide San Francisco's Unions. So, What's It to You?

San Francisco's long-simmering labor war erupted last month with neither a bang nor a whimper but a conundrum. Attendees at the Labor Council's annual fundraising banquet were beset with a spectacularly San Franciscan paradox: The city's most stalwart labor backers…
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News, Sucka Free City Sell on Wheels: A Supervisor Courts the Roller-Disco Vote

Sell on Wheels: A Supervisor Courts the Roller-Disco Vote

The Facebook invite for David Chiu's roller disco birthday party urged guests to wear their most garish '70s attire — "the more polyester, the better." Within half an hour of the announcement, one friend of the city Supervisor had already…
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The Snatch: Learning About Our Bodies, Together

Two Vaginas Walk into a Bar San Francisco's incredibly lifelike mayor, Ed Lee, has a tendency to say odd things when the words aren't written down, as 300 guests at Supervisor David Chiu's Friday wedding reception can attest. In an…
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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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Duel Purpose: Opponents Accuse a Supervisor of Introducing Legislation to Clean up the Mess he Made

Come November, San Franciscans will all but surely have to decide between ballot measures regarding whether we should or shouldn't build the luxury waterfront condo project at 8 Washington as it's currently proposed. Last week saw the somewhat bizarre introduction…
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News, Fat Cats and Big Fish: New Rules Won't Starve Those at the Top of the Political Food Chain

Fat Cats and Big Fish: New Rules Won't Starve Those at the Top of the Political Food Chain

There's a San Francisco worldview in which Willie Brown is omnipresent: He sits high above us in a skyscraper, reclining in a black leather chair with a fluffy white cat in his lap, absorbing his cut from all the transactions…
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News, The Snitch Board of Supervisors: Get Used to Muddle in the Middle

Board of Supervisors: Get Used to Muddle in the Middle

By this time next week, barring an event recalling a Strom Thurmond phone book-reading filibuster, San Francisco will have a newly minted Board of Supervisors president.Incumbent David Chiu is in a solid position, but others, including Scott Wiener, are making…
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News, The Snitch Nudists Want to Know Why City Supervisor Didn't Want the City to Film Them Naked

Nudists Want to Know Why City Supervisor Didn't Want the City to Film Them Naked

That's the thing about nudists -- they want to be seen. So you can only imagine how upset they were to discover their naked bodies were never documented during a recent public meeting when a handful of them took off…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art of Gold

Art of Gold

The arts sector is one of our city's major life forces -- not only do the arts feed the city's soul, but also its pockets -- four times as many jobs and three times as much city revenue than other…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Sunshine Committee Strife

S.F. Sunshine Committee Strife

There are four vacant seats on the city's Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. Contenders have been lining up, but there seems to be plenty of strife to go around when it comes to the governing body that's supposed to promote transparency…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor David Chiu Is Thirsty for Water-Saving Law

Supervisor David Chiu Is Thirsty for Water-Saving Law

Supervisor David Chiu is really trying to make it easier for developers to install new on-site water treatment systems on properties with new legislation he plans on introducing today. The legislation would help developers, builders, and contractors cut right through…
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