By this time next week, barring an event recalling a Strom Thurmond phone book-reading filibuster, San Francisco will have a newly minted Board of Supervisors president. Incumbent David Chiu is in a solid position, but others, including Scott Wiener, are making plays of their own. It'll be intriguin ... More >>
Backers of marijuana legalization measures on the ballot next week in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon -- sorry, California, but nobody ponied up the cash to give us the choice -- have an enemy with means: Mexican drug cartels, whose profits might dip as a result of legalization, according to a new ... More >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is rallying Democrats to defend the sundry Occupy movements that have sprung up across the country, appealing in a fundraising e-mail for money to help combat a "message war" against protesters orchestrated by GOP-connected lobbyists.Pelosi's e-mail was provoked ... More >>
Note: unused pills do not make appropriate Christmas gifts.Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has called off negotiations with drug manufacturers, and will on Tuesday introduce legislation setting up an industry-funded program encouraging consumers to return unused prescription drugs to pharmacies.With Ma ... More >>
Remember the Board of Supervisors' tepid boycott of Arizona to revolt against that state's strict "papers please" immigration law? Many lambasted our city's boycott as yet another symbolic, feckless meddling in affairs far afield of San Francisco's issues. But San Francisco was not alone in ... More >>
Matt SmithHere's what we'll do, y'see: We'll put out crazy-assed think-tank reports, and see if people believe 'em.The Pacific Research Institute bills itself as a think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions. But judging fr ... More >>
techzblog.inHey, Mom! I want a rainbow in my brain, too! Lobbyists from the Cellular Telephone Industry Association are suing San Francisco over the Cell Phone Right-To-Know ordinance, claiming the city is not allowed to make decisions involving the wireless industry. But they're not doing th ... More >>
Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.
Whether you're a king or just a street-sweeper, sooner or later you dance with the ... State Legislation CommitteeWe've written a bit about how San Francisco recently officially lobbied for a state Assembly bill that would limit public access to government data. AB 1336 would allow cities to moun ... More >>
Yesterday we reported on how, despite detailed complaints from the public, San Francisco's lobbyists were skipping out on requirements to file with the Ethics Commission and report how they're using public money. Now, open government activists, spurred into sifting through some of the city's Sacr ... More >>
The San Francisco Examiner this week reported that while the lobbyists San Francisco employs to push for the city's interests in Sacramento and elsewhere are required to file reports detailing how they're spending nearly half a million dollars of public money four times a year, they have, in ... More >>
Barack Obama kicked off his presidency by limiting his administration's vulnerability to lobbyists. By May, however, it seemed clear that resourceful Democratic Party insiders would circumvent the limited ban. San Francisco's Amazon Watch has just denounced former Clinton Administration trade repres ... More >>
S.F. unions do a lot of lobbying. They just don't report it.
Sure you can give a suit like this to a city official. Just remember to report it within 10 days.On Friday we reported on how an ad campaign pushed by San Francisco's firefighter union -- but conspicuously not listing the union's name -- apparently violated San Francisco's lobbying laws. In this cit ... More >>
Whether an orchestrated campaign to spur the general public to call or write their city councilmen is benevolent or nefarious depends upon the cause at hand. But to argue that such a campaign doesn't constitute "lobbying" is to take up a losing battle with the good folks at Merriam-Webster. The ad t ... More >>
With the eyes of every reporter and politico on today's budget-cutting Board of Supervisors meeting, the city's Ethics Commission will open discussion this afternoon on myriad changes to the city's lobbyist ordinance, including whether to do away with rules preventing consultants from accepting pay ... More >>
Troublemaker H. Brown makes trouble in District 3 supes race.
Tycoons will pay to generate leftist ideas in voters' minds, but now they want to see results
The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients
Why voters should defeat the move to recall Gov. Davis -- and then work to eliminate the recall and initiative provisions from state law
A deft film in which a southland legislator and lazy journalists rewrite history, blame Enron for the energy crisis, and leave Sacramento corruption untouched
Valencia Street Bike Lane
Once-secret documents reveal the tobacco industry's battle to gut anti-smoking education in California. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and former Gov. Pete Wilson helped.
The computer revolution still hasn't come to San Francisco government
Although Mayor Brown's opening acts have impressed, he's also allowed more than a few rogue elephants under his Big Top. We begin our stampede watch.
The medical-marijuana movement is riled by the generosity of a pro-legislation PAC
Dark-horse mayoral hopeful Joel Ventresca wants your vote
A guide toSan Francisco political corruption -past, present, and future
National group soaks donors for telemarketing scheme as Republicans seize Capitol Hill