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What Nevius Gets Wrong About Tech and Politics

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 9 2016 - 3:28pm

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chuck “C.W.” Nevius is imploring tech companies “to get into politics, particularly grassroots politics in cities like Oakland and San Francisco.” But he misses the obvious: the tech industry is and has been deeply involved with local politics, led by Ron Conway (photo).

$2 Million Fills War Chests of S.F. Candidates as Races Heat Up

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 7 2016 - 2:55pm

With two months until Election Day, more than $2 million has been amassed in the collective war chests for local candidate campaigns, 90 percent of which has been raised for six Board of Supervisors seats.

Mining the Internet Archive’s TV News

Noah Arroyo and Hyunha Kim, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

The director of the TV News Archive sits down with us to explain how people can use the database to search for news segments and share them on social media.

Online TV Archive Preserves History of Politics Coverage

Noah Arroyo, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

This publicly accessible tool helps journalists (and anyone else who's interested) for the first time to perform data-driven analyses of the content found on television.

Tracking TV News — and the Challenges Involved

Meka Boyle, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

Despite numerous challenges, our findings quantified how the local election was covered: Coverage was scarce — and repetitive.

The Most Misleading Political Ads of 2015

Noah Arroyo and Meka Boyle, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 8:00am

The Public Press reviewed more than 3 ½ hours of television news in the two months leading up to the November 2015 election, and found that ads far outstripped news about the elections in terms of airtime. 

Slick, Misleading TV Ads Paid Off

Meka Boyle, Cody Wright and Michael Winter, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 8:00am

The 2015 election united the political clout of two rich, powerful industries that will exert an enduring in uence across the city, Bay Area and nation: real estate and technology.

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.

Homeless Lose Economic Opportunity as Goodwill Flagship Store Closes

Hye-Jin Kim, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 12:51pm

The charity is closing its flagship Mission Street location, which was a financial lifeline for many homeless or low-income residents. In its place will rise two gleaming towers, one featuring 448 market-rate and 112 below-market-rate apartments.

Change of Address: Voices Humanize Homelessness

Stacy Bond, Ellison Libiran and Chloe Davidson, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 8:00am

The San Francisco Public Press and Sonic SF present a collection of eight audio portraits giving voice to people who are — or are on the verge of becoming — homeless.

How Media Coverage on Homelessness Falls Short (And What Reporters Can Do About It)

Hye-Jin Kim and Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 22 2016 - 8:00am

In many newsrooms, “the homeless” is a well-worn catchphrase for the often-anonymous people on the street or in shelters. But many professionals who work with these populations on a daily basis find the term offensive and misleading.

Supes Crack Down on Airbnb, Scofflaw Hosts

Hye-Jin Kim, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 14 2016 - 4:27pm

The Board of Supervisors gave final approval to new rules that would force several thousand residents to register their units or homes or be barred from posting on Airbnb and its competitors.

SF Public Press Talks Cost of Living on Local Radio Show

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 2 2016 - 1:44pm

Reporter Angela Woodall appears in a panel to discuss the Public Press’ recent special report, which characterizes in detail how expensive San Francisco has become.

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.