Melissa Griffin

AP File PhotoWal-Mart is reportedly looking into buying Fresh & Easy’s locations in San Francisco.

Nobody wants to see Wal-Mart in San Francisco — except Fresh & Easy

At a dinner party Tuesday night, some friends and I were discussing…

AP File PhotoWal-Mart is reportedly looking into buying Fresh & Easy’s locations in San Francisco.

Pension fixes are false hope of real reform

At the Jan. 24 meeting of the state Senate Budget Committee, Sen.…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe Board of Supervisors has received oodles of mail opposed to renaming SFO after Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk-SFO renaming inspires letter-writers

San Francisco International Airport activity is at a record high — a…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe Board of Supervisors has received oodles of mail opposed to renaming SFO after Harvey Milk
S.F. Examiner File PhotoAttorney Dennis Herrera is targeting restaurants that have a health care surcharge
S.F. Examiner File PhotoAttorney Dennis Herrera is targeting restaurants that have a health care surcharge
S.F. Examiner File PhotoSan Francisco reimburses BART for in-city rides taken by Fast Pass holders

Supervisors call payment plan to BART a ripoff

On the little macaroni noodle that passes for a political spectrum in…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoSan Francisco reimburses BART for in-city rides taken by Fast Pass holders
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Fiscal prudence a smokescreen to state's tax issues

It was heartening to hear Gov. Jerry Brown talk about fiscal prudence…

AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee
Getty Images File PhotoNew York City is on a deadline to decide whether to hold future elections using ranked-choice voting.

Is ranked-choice voting headed to the Big Apple?

The race to be the next mayor of New York City could…

Getty Images File PhotoNew York City is on a deadline to decide whether to hold future elections using ranked-choice voting.
AP File PhotoIvory Madison

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi faces new legal fight with neighbor Ivory Madison

Ivory Madison was the person who filmed Eliana Lopez tearfully describing the…

AP File PhotoIvory Madison
AP File PhotoSome legislation is pushed through the state Legislature quickly — last year

Democrats should ensure that public has adequate time to review proposed laws

Requiring a two-thirds legislative majority to pass a state budget repeatedly led…

AP File PhotoSome legislation is pushed through the state Legislature quickly — last year
S.F. Examiner File PhotoBoard President David Chiu stretched his labored Giants analogy from home plate straight out to McCovey Cove. He might want to send his writer back to Triple-A.

Board President David Chiu’s board of ‘Giants’ shuffled into committees

After being sworn in as president of the Board of Supervisors, David…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoBoard President David Chiu stretched his labored Giants analogy from home plate straight out to McCovey Cove. He might want to send his writer back to Triple-A.
AP File PhotoAlthough some current supervisors are pushing to rename SFO to Milk Airport

Hold it: Harvey Milk was an occasional SFO foe

The proposal to change the name of San Francisco International Airport to…

AP File PhotoAlthough some current supervisors are pushing to rename SFO to Milk Airport
AP file photoJohn Perez

John Perez tries to block media from the Assembly

This year, state Assembly Speaker John Perez reversed a protocol in the…

AP file photoJohn Perez
S.F. Examiner File PhotoJROTC programs

JROTC programs soldier on in San Francisco

In 2008, the fight over whether to allow students in San Francisco…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoJROTC programs
The Board of Supervisors president has zero authority

Board of Supervisors president: a hall monitor for City Hall

When I was in high school, both of my older brothers played…

The Board of Supervisors president has zero authority
Getty Images File Photo“We just have to take a deep breath and put our egos aside for this country’s sake and make those compromises that allow us to still stand tall. I am only 5 feet

Fiscal cliff deal brought out rhetorical flourishes from lawmakers

Not since the attempt to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998 has…

Getty Images File Photo“We just have to take a deep breath and put our egos aside for this country’s sake and make those compromises that allow us to still stand tall. I am only 5 feet
S.F. Examiner File PhotoJudge Katherine Feinstein's last day as a San Francisco judge will be Feb. 1

Judge Katherine Feinstein leaving Superior Court position has politicians shrieking

A collective shriek rang out Wednesday when Judge Katherine Feinstein announced she’ll…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoJudge Katherine Feinstein's last day as a San Francisco judge will be Feb. 1
AP File PhotoL.A. lawmaker Mike Gatto is taking action after a prankster called SWAT teams to celebrities’ homes.

Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto ‘swats’ at flies

The state Legislature doesn’t even meet until Jan. 7, but already our…

AP File PhotoL.A. lawmaker Mike Gatto is taking action after a prankster called SWAT teams to celebrities’ homes.
Sean Elsbernd: For this termed-out supervisor

If Santa runs out of lumps of coal, San Francisco Board of Supervisors deserve these under the tree

The holidays are upon us and City Hall is decorated beautifully, complete…

Sean Elsbernd: For this termed-out supervisor
Former state Sen. Leland Yee was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Leland Yee’s gun control measure should fare better this time around

After Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut, all eyes are on President Barack…

Former state Sen. Leland Yee was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
AP File PhotoProp. 209 under attack? A Southern California legislator has introduced a measure designed to weaken Ward Connerly’s 1996 limitation on affirmative action.

Sacramento supermajority has Democratic legislators eager to amend state constitution

Just because the state legislature isn’t schedule to meet again until Jan.…

AP File PhotoProp. 209 under attack? A Southern California legislator has introduced a measure designed to weaken Ward Connerly’s 1996 limitation on affirmative action.