Elections

Election Ads Overshadowed TV News 7-to-1

Noah Arroyo, Meka Boyle and Cody Wright, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 7:45am

Bay Area stations surveyed aired a combined 25.8 hours of paid political ads. By comparison, they aired about 3.5 hours of election news coverage.

What Don’t We Know About Campaign Finance?

Sara Bloomberg, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 8:00am

The Public Press spent six months digging and sorting, and many hours talking with staff at the Ethics Commission for clarification on the best ways to find and distill the information on the 2015 elections.

In Bid for Dominance, Mayor’s Allies Flood S.F. Politics With Corporate Cash

Angela Woodall and Michael Stoll, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 8:00am

Last year spending on local elections was the highest on record, reaching nearly $28 million. The infusion of cash demonstrates how politicians and their powerful associates wield an influence on the political process that our campaign finance laws cannot effectively or appropriately manage.

Big Money Already Pouring Into November Campaigns

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 16 2016 - 4:01pm

San Franciscans will not vote for nearly three months, but big money is flowing into the fall election already. Local campaigns have spent $3.15 million, with more than half going to just six of 25 measures on the ballot.

Measure to Raise Sales Tax Qualifies for November Ballot

Noah Arroyo and Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 5 2016 - 7:01pm

A measure to raise the city’s sales tax to 9.25 percent qualified for the November ballot on Friday.

IN THE WEEDS: Will Voters Restrict Lobbyists in Effort to Clean Up Politics?

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 3 2016 - 6:34pm

IN THE WEEDS parses the nitty-gritty of important issues and laws affecting San Francisco. Check back for updates as new information surfaces.

S.F. Ballot Measure Takes Aim at Lobbyists’ Fundraising

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 1 2016 - 4:42pm

San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to restrict a type of lobbyist activity that benefited Mayor Ed Lee’s re-election campaign more than any other in 2015.

Waterfront Developers Would Be Winners in Proposed Property Tax to Fight Sea Level Rise

Kevin Stark, San Franciso Press — May 31 2016 - 8:30am

If passed, Measure AA would help protect coastal real estate from sea level rise by funding wetland restoration. Beneficiaries could include major developers and tech companies in Silicon Valley.

‘Shrimp Boy’ Lawyer Claims Judge Shielded San Francisco Mayor in Corruption Probe

Max A. Cherney, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 26 2016 - 12:09am

The lead attorney for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the reputed Chinatown gangster who was convicted of murder and a long list of other crimes two weeks ago, is now alleging that a federal trial judge failed to disclose a conflict of interest, and that he downplayed evidence implicating Mayor Ed Lee in a sprawling public corruption investigation.

Candidates: Uncontested Races

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 21 2015 - 6:59pm

Three of the city’s top officials are running unopposed in November: District Attorney George Gascón, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Treasurer José Cisneros.

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