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Most-Read Public Press Stories of 2015

Olivia Henry, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 11 2016 - 6:03pm

At the Public Press, we don’t only measure the success of a story by pageviews or clicks — we value impact over reach. But we do track which stories catch your eye. Here's what you read in 2015.

Hidden Costs of Affordable S.F. Public Transit

Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 10 2015 - 7:00am

Lacking transportation options or flexibility to reach jobs, shopping and other necessities, lower-income riders often trade comfort, promptness and even safety for affordability.

When Sea Level Rises, How Long Can Mission Rock Survive?

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 2 2015 - 1:51pm

Voters approved the Giants’ $1.6 billion waterfront development, but environmental questions linger about whether Mission Rock could be occasionally or permanently submerged as bay waters rise by many feet before the end of the 21st century.

Media Struggled With How to Cover S.F.’s 2015 Mayoral Race

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 4 2015 - 6:15pm

With limited time and resources, San Francisco reporters said they chose not to focus on the mayor's race, instead dedicating copy to races whose outcomes were less certain — a choice that left some reporters conflicted about journalism’s watchdog mandate.

Candidates: Uncontested Races

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 21 2015 - 5:59pm

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

Candidates: Community College Board

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 21 2015 - 5:12pm

Three candidates are challenging incumbent Trustee Alex Randolph for a seat on the Community College Board: Wendy Aragon, Tom Temprano and Jason Zeng.

Candidates: Sheriff

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 20 2015 - 3:04pm

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is facing two challengers in his bid for re-election: Vicki Hennessy, who spent three decades in the department and served as interim sheriff in 2012 (after Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi over a domestic-violence case involving the new sheriff and his wife) and John Robinson, a retired sheriff’s commander.

Candidates: District 3 Supervisor

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 19 2015 - 2:00pm

District 3 supervisorial seat on Nov. 3: incumbent Julie Christensen, former supervisor Aaron Peskin and Chinatown organizer Wilma Pang. Who are they and what are their priorities?

Candidates: Mayor

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 19 2015 - 1:49pm

Mayor Ed Lee is running for a second four-year term without any prominent, powerful or well-financed opposition. But five eclectic challengers hope the city’s ranked-choice ballot will deliver a surprise victory to one of them.

Proposition A: Affordable Housing Bond

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:18pm

Proposition A would create a fund with up to $310 million for helping people remain in, and move to, San Francisco if they otherwise could not afford to do so.

Proposition B: Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:13pm

Proposition B would increase paid parental leave for qualified city government workers.

Proposition C: Registering Lobbyists

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:11pm

Proposition C would require more people to register as official lobbyists if their behaviors merited that title, potentially increasing transparency in government.

Proposition D: Mission Rock Waterfront Development

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:08pm

Proposition D would make it possible for the Mission Rock waterfront development to move forward in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

Proposition E: Requirements for Public Meetings

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:06pm

Proposition E would give members of the public more access to, and control over, the meetings of San Francisco government’s “policy bodies,” which direct City Hall’s political agendas.

Proposition F: Regulating Short-Term Rentals

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:05pm

Proposition F would actively regulate the city’s short-term rental industry, much of which operates largely outside of City Hall’s knowledge and control.

Propositions G and H: Defining ‘Clean’ or ‘Green’ Energy

Noah Arroyo, SF Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:03pm

To wrap your head around these dueling ballot measures, you first need to understand CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s forthcoming municipal utility system that breaks Pacific Gas & Electric’s monopoly on delivering electricity to city residents.

Proposition I: Mission District Housing Moratorium

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:00pm

Proposition I would block the construction, demolition or conversion of nearly all new, unpermitted market-rate housing in the Mission District for 18 months, giving city officials and community groups time to create a long-term plan for helping low- to middle-income people who live in the neighborhood. Projects for 100 percent affordable housing would not be affected.

Proposition J: Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 2:54pm

Proposition J aims to help longtime businesses continue operating in San Francisco.

Proposition K: Using City Land for Affordable Housing

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 2:38pm

Proposition K aims to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing using city-owned land.

Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings

Kevin Stark, Winifred Bird and Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 1:39pm

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century. Land-use records reveal that the building boom, fueled by a white-hot tech economy, is moving too fast for regulators to keep pace. (Cover story from the summer 2015 print edition)