Politics

Every election is a puzzle, and each candidate is looking to arrange the pieces so that when it’s finished it’s a picture of their victory. The current race for District Supervisor between appointed incumbent Vallie Brown and two-time challenger Dean Preston is no different. To understand wh…

Even as transit funds from Regional Measure 3 remain tied up in court, a far larger new tax proposal to overhaul Bay Area transportation faces a critical go or no-go decision if it is to appear on the November ballot next year.

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Editor's Note: In honor of San Francisco Hep B Free Bay Area's annual fundraising gala the Bay City Beacon is re-printing a USA Today essay written by Joel Engardio in 2009.

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Supervisor Gordon Mar recently proposed a November 2020 ballot measure that would prohibit the Mayor from making appointments within 90 days of Election Day. He vehemently argued that it is “undemocratic and wrong to appoint a candidate...to the office they’re running for weeks before the el…

As of last month, "qualified non-profits" will have the first crack at multi-unit buildings in the City of San Francisco. When owners intend to sell their multifamily residential property, a vetted pool of organizations will be the first to come to the trough, courtesy of COPA. 

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Progressive opponents of Mayor London Breed are shocked (shocked!) that she has appointed Suzy Loftus as interim District Attorney, when Loftus is running for the job.

French inventor Frank Zapata grabbed headlines around the world when he flew his hoverboard across the English channel from Pas de Calais, France, to the famous white cliffs of Dover.

A spike in traffic deaths places the City’s traffic safety initiatives on the back foot after years of incremental success. Agencies are regrouping with new initiatives, focusing on reducing traffic speeds and overall car use. 

Austin Vincent has become the center of controversy and soul-searching about homelessness and street crime in San Francisco. But who is he as a person, and how did he come to be where he is today? 

After a contentious summer rally between environmentalists and union workers, the Richmond Planning Commission voted unanimously to keep coal in Richmond.

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Cue the eye rolling. You can imagine how it played around the country when San Francisco Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution calling the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.”

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Amid an ongoing repudiation of the Twitter tax break by San Francisco's self-proclaimed "progressives," one of their thought leaders uses a recent study to denounce Mayor Ed Lee's legacy of job creation in an editorial. In doing so, he leaves out some inconvenient facts. On reading it, we wo…

Despite an initial defeat, the lawsuit filed by opponents of the Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330 continues. Exemplifying the continued difficulties the City has in securing sites for shelter, the case also highlights how long-term planning for the bayfront lot has alway…

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Supervisor Vallie Brown announced on July 22nd that she is introducing legislation that will end natural gas use in new municipal construction and major building renovations. The bill, co-sponsored by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, will move San Francisco towards its goal of producing net-zero…

After a year of fine-tuning, the Board of Supervisors may finally enact new regulations on office cafeterias. Ostensibly protecting restaurants and other small businesses adjacent to tech companies, the legislation has troubling aspects, including further expansion of  Conditional Use.

Every election year, San Francisco voters show how much they love the initiative process. Stakeholders who consider themselves more informed or experienced may roll their eyes, but for better or worse, San Francisco more often than not gets a full plate of issues to vote on along with the va…

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Safe-street advocates gathered before San Francisco City Hall last week to urge city leaders to declare a state of emergency for traffic safety. The rally, which was organized by Walk San Francisco, follows in the wake of two fatal crashes in the past two weeks. The San Francisco Bicycle Coa…

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I recently visited the City of Cupertino. I didn’t go to appreciate its restaurants and parks, or to critique its low-density exclusionary zoning, or even to fantasize about affording a home there with a median price of $2 million. No, I went to defend my right to free speech against an abus…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin's demolition legislation didn't go over well at last week's joint meeting of the San Francisco Planning and Building Inspection Commissions. Stakeholders remain unimpressed by what increasingly looks like an example of kitchen sink legislation, designed to stop almost…

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Welcome to the latest episode of Fogcast: The Bay City Beacon's local politics podcast.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s legislation to limit demolitions of residential property is back from the dead, with the Planning Commission holding an informational presentation on the revised legislation this Thursday. Although its stated intent is to prevent loss of affordable housing through “…

It's blisteringly hot in San Francisco right now. The Department of Homeless Services has activated special policies to help get people inside. It's a Spare the Air day, which means we are all supposed to figure out how to avoid driving private vehicles. And, most worryingly, fire season has…