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Another Supreme Court case with California implications

California was prominently featured in the U.S. Supreme Court's recently ended because…

 

Why BART workers can't be replaced during strike

At office water coolers across the Bay Area, the conversations lately have…

 

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Race for state controller could use some pizzazz

I attended a fundraiser Tuesday night organized by my friend Marianne Thompson…

 

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Diversity matters, until it doesn’t anymore

The appointment of a new San Francisco ethics commissioner at Tuesday's Board…

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Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoA general obligation bond

Muni’s contribution to San Francisco’s mental health

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine ranks the nation’s 50…

Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoA general obligation bond

State needs voter registration fix

Last year, the Sacramento County registrar of voters rejected thousands of voter…

Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photoAn ad campaign on Muni buses that urged support for Israel while deriding “savages” was roundly condemned

Avalos has very flexible hate-speech standards

On Aug. 24, 2011, I moderated a debate among mayoral hopefuls at…

Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photoAn ad campaign on Muni buses that urged support for Israel while deriding “savages” was roundly condemned

Our citizens gripe about craziest stuff

I spend a fair amount of time digging through reports to find…

Warren Beatty and Halle Berry starred in “Bulworth

What Barack Obama could learn from Jerry Brown

Recently President Barack Obama admitted that he thinks of “going ‘Bulworth’” from…

Warren Beatty and Halle Berry starred in “Bulworth
Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoBay Bridge engineers are still grappling with dozens of broken bolts on the new eastern span. Officials are loath to push back the Labor Day debut date

Government accountability can be hard

When the news broke last week that the Internal Revenue Service had…

Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoBay Bridge engineers are still grappling with dozens of broken bolts on the new eastern span. Officials are loath to push back the Labor Day debut date
Jeff Chiu/2011 AP file photoDistrict Attorney George Gascón’s bare office sparked a political kerfuffle when he solicited donations of furniture to the tune of $26

If only S.F. supervisors usually listened to the city attorney

In Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors debate over the personal use of furniture,…

Jeff Chiu/2011 AP file photoDistrict Attorney George Gascón’s bare office sparked a political kerfuffle when he solicited donations of furniture to the tune of $26
A lawsuit filed against the California Teachers Association questions the role of seniority and tenure in collective bargaining decisions.

Teachers’ suit could rock unions

According to California Watch, an affiliate of the Center for Investigative Reporting,…

A lawsuit filed against the California Teachers Association questions the role of seniority and tenure in collective bargaining decisions.
S.F. Juvenile Probation Commission

Children who misbehave, indeed

Dear Supervisor John Avalos, I watched your performance at the May 2…

S.F. Juvenile Probation Commission
S.F. Examiner file photo

Wit and wisdom of the S.F. pro-life movement

I’m definitely in favor of abortion rights, but I understand that abortion…

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The passage of an Assembly bill that would stick noncitizens with jury duty ignited a party-line war of words at the Capitol this week.

California Assembly passes non-citizen juror bill amid controversy

Each year, 164,000 Californians serve on a jury out of 10 million…

The passage of an Assembly bill that would stick noncitizens with jury duty ignited a party-line war of words at the Capitol this week.
ALL: mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photosMayor Ed Lee

More money has supervisors doing less

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, board President David Chiu…

ALL: mike koozmin/s.f. examiner file photosMayor Ed Lee
S.F. EXAMINER photo illustrationOusted Housing Authority Director Henry Alvarez didn’t file his economic disclosure forms

Politicians report their wacky donations

April 15 wasn’t just Tax Day, it was the deadline for public…

S.F. EXAMINER photo illustrationOusted Housing Authority Director Henry Alvarez didn’t file his economic disclosure forms
s.f. examiner photo illustrationSupervisors voted to pull investments from oil companies

San Francisco giveth, taketh away from oil company

Recently, after years in office, members of the Board of Supervisors have…

s.f. examiner photo illustrationSupervisors voted to pull investments from oil companies
AP file photoU.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed ban on assault weapons failed last week

Gun lobby wins round, but may lose war

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to regulate assault weapons was considered Wednesday in…

AP file photoU.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed ban on assault weapons failed last week
S.F. EXAMINER photo illustrationThe way the state’s Capitol

City policymakers casting big shadow across state

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown practically declared defeat in his effort to…

S.F. EXAMINER photo illustrationThe way the state’s Capitol