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Letter From the Editors: Don't Take Civil Rights for Granted

Jan 19 2017 - 6:33pm

Education or deportation? That’s one startling question we are grappling with as San Francisco becomes more of a political outlier in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. The imminent need for documenting this divergence makes our jobs as independent local journalists more important than ever.

This letter is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Community Leaders Strategize How Noncitizens Can Vote Amid Trump Vow of Deportation

Helena Ong, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 14 2016 - 6:19pm

The election of Donald Trump has cast a pall of fear and uncertainty after passage of Proposition N, as local stakeholders scramble to figure out how to enable the city’s undocumented immigrant residents to vote for members of the Board of Education without increasing their risk of deportation, which the president-elect has threatened.

Lack of Shelter for Homeless Collides With Voters’ Wish to Clear Tent Encampments

Helena Ong and Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 7 2016 - 6:04pm

San Francisco voters narrowly passed Proposition Q, creating new policies for how the city clears tent encampments where homeless people live. But that law may be a nonstarter, because there is virtually no indoor shelter available to get tent dwellers off city streets.

Record Number of S.F. Voters Cast Ballots

Noah Arroyo, Zachary Clark and Helena Ong, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 21 2016 - 2:40pm

More people voted in this election than in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president.

S.F. Vote Counters Pushing to Finish by Thanksgiving

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 18 2016 - 5:36pm

With San Franciscans still focused on President-elect Trump as Thanksgiving approaches, city officials continue to feverishly tabulate tens of thousands of ballots from the Nov. 8 election.

Contributors to Superior Court Race Include Lawyers, Prosecutors — and SFPD Chief

Chris Roberts, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 7 2016 - 3:33pm

Nearly a third of the campaign contributions in Tuesday’s election for Superior Court judge come from San Francisco’s legal community. This raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest or bias — or just the appearance of impropriety.

$744 Million Bond Would Upgrade S.F. Schools — But It Won’t Be the Last

Nadia Mishkin, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 3 2016 - 2:40pm

Since 2003, the San Francisco Unified School District has raised more than $1 billion for school construction and improvements. But because of aging buildings, technology upgrades and projected enrollment growth, even more money will be needed before long.

Proposition D Drains Mayor’s Power in Filling Supervisor Seats, Other Major Vacancies

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 3 2016 - 5:00am

Since 1948, every San Francisco mayor but one has appointed at least two people to vacancies on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbency has proven crucial, with nearly 80 percent being subsequently elected. On Nov. 8, voters will decide if they want to take back some power from the mayor's office.

Study: Health, Economic Benefits Emerging From Mexico’s ‘Soda Tax’

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 10:00am

A Mexican tax on sugary beverages has reduced consumption since 2014, and as a result is projected to help cut rates of diabetes, improve overall health and bring other indirect cost savings, according to a study published Tuesday.

Diabetes, Obesity Drain S.F. Economy Even More Than ‘Soda Tax’ Backers Proclaim

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 5:00am

Proposition V, which would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, underplays big health and associated costs linked to those drinks. Top estimates approach $1 billion a year.

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