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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.

Ethnic Voters Bolster Democratic Edge in State, Poll Finds

Lissette Alvarez, SF Public Press — Nov 4 2012 - 12:56pm

California is reliably “blue” — Barack Obama carried the state by 23 points in the last election — largely because of the rise of ethnic voters, a new survey by the Field Poll found. “This hasn’t always been the case,” said the poll’s director, Mark DiCamillo. Republicans won seven of the nine elections between World War II and 1982, when the state became solidly Democratic in federal elections. “The main reason for it is because of the growth of ethnic population.”

Lee and Gascón continue as mayor and D.A.; Mirkarimi new sheriff in town

T.J. Johnston, SF Public Press — Nov 9 2011 - 7:24pm

Incumbent Ed Lee was elected as San Francisco’s mayor following Tuesday’s ballot, in the first truly competitive race for the office using ranked-choice voting, according to unofficial results announced late Wednesday. George Gascón, who like Lee was appointed to his position during the previous administration, was sent back to the office for a full term, while Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi became the first sheriff elected in 31 years, preliminary results show.

Effort to recall Oakland mayor faces uphill battle

Jennifer Inez Ward, Oakland Local — Nov 9 2011 - 12:36pm

Mayor Jean Quan is facing the toughest fight in her tenure as CEO of Oakland – a recall effort. But whether the recall movement will gain traction and usher Quan out of office is far from clear. Although the recall effort has received extensive media coverage, and there were plenty of folks marching with "Recall Quan" signs at the city's hugely popular general strike Nov. 2,  the quest to replace the mayor will be a long process that could carry on well into mid-2012.

Voters' guide to S.F. mayoral candidates

Josh Wilson, — Nov 7 2011 - 2:02pm

The 2011 Nonpartisan Voter Guide  is a succinct, printable listing of S.F. mayoral candidate positions and quotes on more than two-dozen key policy issues and ballot initiatives, including pensions, taxes, transportation and homelessness. The research and survey were conducted by University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and the San Francisco Public Press. The voter guide was produced by

Ranked-choice voting explained

Matthew Green, KQED News — Oct 31 2011 - 2:45pm

In November, San Franciscans choose their next mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting. Also known as "instant runoff voting," voters will pick three candidates (instead of one), and rank them in order of preference, eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. It’s the first time San Francisco will use this system to decide a competitive mayor’s race, and many are waiting to see how well it all works out.

Supervisors announce open house for mayor’s office

T.J. Johnston, SF Public Press — Nov 17 2010 - 8:52pm

Supervisors approved the selection and nomination process for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s successor and decided to hold a series of public meetings to solicit input.

SF Election 2008 Proposition Fliers Decoded

Nov 3 2008 - 10:07pm

San Francisco election fliers 2008

View a sampling of dozens of fliers distributed in San Francisco to sway voters for and against propositions at our Flickr site -- and mouse over the graphics to read our reporters' commentary.

Prop. D: Consensus on Pier 70?

Nov 3 2008 - 9:26pm

By Bernice Yeung, Public Press

Although development is a perennially hot-button topic in San Francisco due to concerns about gentrification, Proposition D, which would facilitate Pier 70 revitalization, is a seemingly controversy-free measure that has garnered wide support from neighborhood groups, environmentalists, city officials and developers.

JROTC and Proposition V: Lessons in How Not to Listen

Tim Kingston, Public Press — Oct 31 2008 - 5:40pm

• Sidebar: "Moderate vs. Progressive?"

For a measure that is completely nonbinding there is much sturm und drang around the "Policy Against Terminating Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) in Public High Schools."

Debate is a limited commodity in the case of Proposition V; instead the two sides talk past and through each other -- loudly and heatedly. They also make claims that cannot be verified.

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