Politics

Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 5, 2021. Haugen said the Securities and Exchange Commission was the agency that she believed could rein in the company. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

Facebook faces a public relations crisis. What about a legal one?

‘I filed with the SEC because Facebook lied to regulators and their investors’

  • Oct 26, 2021

 

Jennifer Stout, vice president for global public policy for Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, testifies before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee in Washington about mounting concerns that some social media platforms can harm children and teenagers. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times)

YouTube, Snap and TikTok executives take their turn answering to Washington

By David McCabe New York Times WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Tuesday grilled…

  • Oct 26, 2021

 

San Franciscans are likely to have the opportunity to vote in four different elections in 2022. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Electionpalooza: SF school board recall will kick off a flurry of local races

‘It’s going to be a lot of elections and a lot of decisions for voters to make’

San Franciscans are likely to have the opportunity to vote in four different elections in 2022. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
Political consultant Ace Smith in his Financial District office. After handling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign, Smith will now run Supervisor Matt Haney’s bid for state Assembly.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

A conversation with top political consultant Ace Smith

‘Never allow a recall to become a referendum on your person’

Political consultant Ace Smith in his Financial District office. After handling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign, Smith will now run Supervisor Matt Haney’s bid for state Assembly.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Nearly 300 SFPD officers are refusing to get vaccinated despite a city mandate for public employees.

COVID is a cop killer. Why are California police officers rejecting vaccines?

Anti-vaccine police officers risk public safety, unfit to serve in San Francisco

  • Oct 1, 2021
Nearly 300 SFPD officers are refusing to get vaccinated despite a city mandate for public employees.
California congressional districts are drawn by an independent citizens commission, which is hearing from candidates and party officials who don’t disclose their partisan affiliations. (iStock)

Between the lines: Hidden partisans try to influence California’s independent redistricting

‘Smaller voices … might otherwise get drowned out by these louder coordinated efforts’

  • Sep 30, 2021
California congressional districts are drawn by an independent citizens commission, which is hearing from candidates and party officials who don’t disclose their partisan affiliations. (iStock)
Kate Tibbitts is pictured in an ad which falsely blames Attorney General Rob Bonta for supporting policies that let her suspected killer out of jail. <ins>(Screenshot/ieforannemarie.com)</ins>

A terrifying murder on a quiet street highlights California’s blame game over crime

Historically low crime rates can’t stop Republicans from blaming Democrats for murder and theft

Kate Tibbitts is pictured in an ad which falsely blames Attorney General Rob Bonta for supporting policies that let her suspected killer out of jail. <ins>(Screenshot/ieforannemarie.com)</ins>
City Attorney Dennis Herrera in 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

City Attorney Herrera OK’d as new SFPUC head

Appointment likely to bring further changes to City Hall

City Attorney Dennis Herrera in 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

What Newsom’s victory in Orange County says about 2022

Region is no longer a reliably conservative enclave

  • Sep 23, 2021
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”

Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

  • Sep 23, 2021
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)

‘Radiant Fugitives’ explores ties that bind, and divide, a Muslim family

Nawaaz Ahmed’s SF-set novel links personal, political conflicts with passion, empathy

“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
The numbers show nearly 14 percent of San Francisco voters who participated in the Sept. 14 recall election wanted to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from elected office. (Shutterstock photo)
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How San Francisco neighborhoods voted in the Newsom recall

Sunset tops the list as the area with the most ‘yes’ votes

The numbers show nearly 14 percent of San Francisco voters who participated in the Sept. 14 recall election wanted to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from elected office. (Shutterstock photo)
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Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Bay Area turns out in huge numbers to support Newsom’s victory

More than a quarter of statewide votes opposing the recall came from the Bay Area

Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)

As California votes, it rethinks its tradition of direct democracy

‘This is a system that was put in place 100 years ago’

  • Sep 14, 2021
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)
Huge turnout from Bay Area Democrats could sway the recall vote in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s favor. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Bay Area could swing Newsom recall, with early data showing huge turnout

Nearly 45% of region’s heavily Democratic voters have returned ballots

Huge turnout from Bay Area Democrats could sway the recall vote in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s favor. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>

California recall election is an expensive lesson for Gov. Gavin Newsom

By Gil Duran Examiner Opinion Editor The last time I wrote about…

  • Sep 11, 2021
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Companies that handle San Francisco’s trash collection have agreed to pay a large fine in connection with fraud charges that are part of an ongoing corruption probe of the Public Works Department. <ins>(Mira Laing/ Examiner file photo)</ins>

Nuru scandal: Facing federal prosecution, Recology agrees to pay $36M

Subsidiaries must comply with terms of a three-year agreement

Companies that handle San Francisco’s trash collection have agreed to pay a large fine in connection with fraud charges that are part of an ongoing corruption probe of the Public Works Department. <ins>(Mira Laing/ Examiner file photo)</ins>