Politics

What Don’t We Know About Campaign Finance?

Sara Bloomberg, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 7:00am

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.

Big Money Already Pouring Into November Campaigns

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 16 2016 - 3:01pm

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 - 6:01pm

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 - 5:34pm

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 - 3:42pm

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.

SF Public Press Talks Cost of Living on Local Radio Show

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 2 2016 - 12:44pm

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 - 7:30am

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 25 2016 - 11:09pm

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.

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.

Cities ponder tighter rent controls

Laura Impellizzeri, San Francisco Public Press — May 15 2015 - 7:31am

A city councilmember in San Jose has said he may propose strengthening his city's loose rent controls to keep at least some housing there affordable. But rents in Oakland continued to soar after it made the same move last summer. Few other solutions to the Bay Area's housing crisis have emerged, and even San Francisco's stringent controls haven't kept a lid on evictions or rent increases.

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