Melissa Griffin

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Los Angeles dislikes San Francisco’s tax approach

Just days after the Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed a measure that…

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Death penalty measure on state ballot a tight fight

Proposition 34 on November’s ballot would end the use of the death…

GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOThe tobacco tax measure

Melissa Griffin: Welcome to the age of ballot recounts

In the weeks leading up to the June election, a campaign ad…

GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOThe tobacco tax measure
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Retiree health costs weigh on San Francisco

San Francisco is often rated No. 1. This is the No. 1…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin
Courtesy RenderingSanta Clara County is trying to reclaim $30 million the 49ers want for their stadium.

Bad plays dragging down Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County is in financial trouble. On July 25, the credit-rating…

Courtesy RenderingSanta Clara County is trying to reclaim $30 million the 49ers want for their stadium.
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Campaign contributions could affect Mirkarimi’s fate

The first round of campaign contribution reports have been filed for November’s…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin
Courtesy artThe mighty California Teachers Association is not excited about Proposition 32

A pricey campaign all about the money

Proposition 32 on November’s ballot would prohibit unions and corporations from using…

Courtesy artThe mighty California Teachers Association is not excited about Proposition 32
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Diversity feud colors board clash

Last week, the Board of Supervisors considered three Planning Commission appointments: Cindy…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin
Melissa Griffin

Pensions miss target, deal blow to budget

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors passed a two-year budget that assumed…

Melissa Griffin
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Third tax measure is under radar

Now that ballot propositions for November’s election have been given names, the…

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all: s.f. examiner file photosCast of characters: The testimony of Mayor Ed Lee

Hearings create strange alliances Ethics Commission

From the looks of the headlines, anyone visiting San Francisco would think…

all: s.f. examiner file photosCast of characters: The testimony of Mayor Ed Lee
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Protecting teachers hurts students

Mark Berndt was a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles…

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Talk about witness intimidation

The atmosphere was jovial and insular last Thursday afternoon as supporters of…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin

Duplicity as usual on Jerry Brown tax bill

Even the presiding officer of the Senate knew that Assembly Bill 1499…

Melissa Griffin

Rainbow flag, colorful chatter

Rainbow flag, colorful chatter The annual Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club…

Melissa Griffin

San Jose pension fight has statewide ramifications

I imagine the mayor of San Jose must have felt a restrained…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoSupervisor John Avalos

Avalos suffers attack of fiscal prudence

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor John Avalos derailed a final…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoSupervisor John Avalos
Debra Bowen.

Melissa Griffin: When employee benefits are bad for all

Can we all just hold hands for a minute and agree that…

Debra Bowen.
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We’re not done with pension reform in S.F.

With the overwhelming voter endorsement of pension reforms in San Jose and…

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State faces congressional shuffle

California has 53 congressional representatives, and right now 34 are Democrats and…