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San Francisco residents cast their votes at the City Hall voting center on May 7, the first day of voting for the June 5 primary election. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A few easy ways to save our democracy

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you like to know what’s…

 

Jon Golinger's book is "Saving San Francisco's Heart." (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Learning the lessons of the June election

So many times during this spring’s election season I found myself at…

 

Newly appointed Muni Union President Roger Marenco poses for a portrait in front of a Muni bus in San Francisco’s Mission District on Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 2018. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New Muni union president to take office after dispute

Muni service, the backbone of San Francisco’s transit infrastructure, lives or dies…

 

Supervisor Scott Wiener defeated his opponent Jane Kim, also a city supervisor, in the race to represent District 11 in the state Senate. (Anna Latino/2013 S.F. Examiner)

Scott Wiener declares victory in state Senate race

Supervisor Scott Wiener has declared victory in the District 11 state Senate…

Supervisor Scott Wiener defeated his opponent Jane Kim, also a city supervisor, in the race to represent District 11 in the state Senate. (Anna Latino/2013 S.F. Examiner)
Voters cast their ballots at San Francisco's City Hall Tuesday, November 8, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF City Hall sees second highest early voter turnout

Election Day at City Hall in San Francisco did not appear to…

Voters cast their ballots at San Francisco's City Hall Tuesday, November 8, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Here’s a tip for reading your ballot: You can figure out pretty much whatever you need to know by following the money. (Courtesy photo)

Who do you believe, the Realtors or your own lying eyes?

On behalf of all San Francisco voters, I demand an apology for…

Here’s a tip for reading your ballot: You can figure out pretty much whatever you need to know by following the money. (Courtesy photo)
“Evicted” signs placed by protesters associated with San Francisco Tenants Union sit outside a home at 1937 Mason St. in North Beach that, demonstrators said, was illegally used as an Airbnb hotel. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Vote to evict the lobbyists

Corporate lobbyists and big money dominate San Francisco politics today more than…

“Evicted” signs placed by protesters associated with San Francisco Tenants Union sit outside a home at 1937 Mason St. in North Beach that, demonstrators said, was illegally used as an Airbnb hotel. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Too little, too late

At the San Francisco Tenants Union, we regard it as a badge…

Proposition R on the November ballot is meant to ensure that police address property crimes as well as violent crimes, according to its supporters. (Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)

Neighborhood crime unit proposed for SFPD

A proposal to create a special neighborhood crime fighting unit within the…

Proposition R on the November ballot is meant to ensure that police address property crimes as well as violent crimes, according to its supporters. (Cindy Chew/2006 S.F. Examiner)
A lazy way to govern

A lazy way to govern

In 43 days, San Franciscans will face a ballot with 25 local…

A lazy way to govern
All that Ahsha Safai can be judged on is his donors and his actual record of public service, the latter of which seems to consist of nothing.  (Courtesy Ahsha Safai)

Ahsha Safai’s distinguished record of not much

News site 48Hills recently reported something that would appear shifty if it…

All that Ahsha Safai can be judged on is his donors and his actual record of public service, the latter of which seems to consist of nothing.  (Courtesy Ahsha Safai)
Californians do not need the government’s permission to take and share pictures of themselves with their own ballots. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Ballot selfies: Post away

After months of debate, the California legislature finally reversed a decades-old law…

Californians do not need the government’s permission to take and share pictures of themselves with their own ballots. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco resident Nicanora Contreras places a sticker on her shirt after casting her vote at City Hall during California’s primary election on June 7. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Stirring up San Francisco’s alphabet soup ballot

With an increasingly unpopular mayor, a divided Board of Supervisors and polls…

San Francisco resident Nicanora Contreras places a sticker on her shirt after casting her vote at City Hall during California’s primary election on June 7. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco will be presented with opportunities to increase transparency and accountability at the polls in November. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Effective governance starts with accountability

From bonds to tax renewals to new revenue proposals, I would not…

San Francisco will be presented with opportunities to increase transparency and accountability at the polls in November. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bernie Sanders supporters who are unwilling to give up the fight are best served shifting their attention to Senate races. (Courtesy photo)

Time to Bern the Senate

As of this writing, the Delphic Oracle of the millennium, Nate Silver,…

Bernie Sanders supporters who are unwilling to give up the fight are best served shifting their attention to Senate races. (Courtesy photo)
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Too many taxes headed to November ballot

The scrambling to propose measures for the November ballot is over, and…

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Red and blue footprints direct voters to polling places during California’s primary election at San Francisco City Hall on June 7, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Fighting forward to November

On Thursday night, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph Ellis was in town…

Red and blue footprints direct voters to polling places during California’s primary election at San Francisco City Hall on June 7, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Senate hopefuls Supervisor Scott Wiener (left) and Supervisor Jane Kim at their separate election parties in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner, Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

71K SF ballots remain uncounted in June primary

Supervisor Scott Wiener retained his narrow lead over Supervisor Jane Kim in…

Senate hopefuls Supervisor Scott Wiener (left) and Supervisor Jane Kim at their separate election parties in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Rachael Garner, Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with his supporters in San Francisco's Mission District on Monday. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Weekday with Bernie

We followed Bernie down Mission Street like he was the Pied Piper…

Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with his supporters in San Francisco's Mission District on Monday. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
People cast their vote for the California presidential primary at Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco, Calif. on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Progressive slate gains ground in bid to take over DCCC

The progressive slate has apparently failed to achieve a clean sweep in…

People cast their vote for the California presidential primary at Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco, Calif. on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)