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After Exporting Raisins, Tech Pioneer Brought Campaign Finance Disclosures Online

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 1 2017 - 11:12am

David Montgomery never planned to go into software engineering and never thought he would be a trailblazer bringing campaign finance disclosures online to help hold candidates, lobbyists and committees more accountable to the public.

With Obamacare Facing Repeal, Supervisors Consider Bolstering S.F. Health Program

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 17 2017 - 5:17pm

San Francisco officials have created a new legislative committee solely for dealing with the local consequences of the Trump administration’s actions. Among the committee’s top concerns: protect beneficiaries of the city’s health care program.

Gov. Brown Rallies Climate Scientists Worried That Trump May Destroy Key Data

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 14 2016 - 7:43pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday rallied scientists fearful that decades of crucial climate data could disappear after President-elect Donald Trump takes control of the federal government.

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.

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.

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.

San Francisco’s Multilingual Schools Could Forge Path if California Measure Succeeds

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 28 2016 - 2:51pm

If California goes the way of San Francisco — creating more dual-language immersion programs and reviving bilingual education for immigrants — it would not just signal a dramatic change in education policy. It would also symbolize a massive cultural shift in the state. 

What Nevius Gets Wrong About Tech and Politics

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 9 2016 - 2:28pm

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 - 1:55pm

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.

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