Politics Blog

Uber vs. SFO: Will Mayor Lee take sides?

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NOTE: This post has been updated from an earlier version.

 Police at the San Francisco International Airport have been cracking down lately on unauthorized drivers working for Uber and other app-based “rideshare” companies. Drivers have been stopped and warned that it’s not legal to operate at the airport without required permits. But three rideshare companies have banded together to fight back – and now they’re trying to get Mayor Ed Lee to intervene on their behalf. Read more »

Student protesters file claim against City College and SF citing injuries, defamation

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Student protesters filed a claim against City College of San Francisco and the city and county of San Francisco today, citing excessive use of force by San Francisco Police Department and City College police officers.Read more »

Tune in to SFBG's Alternative Ink, the Holiday Party Edition LISTEN NOW

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While everyone is out partying it up on the long three-day weekend, the dedicated staff here at the Bay Guardian will still take a break from the mayhem to bring you two hours of local music and lively, information talk during our bi-weekly Alternative Ink radio show from 6-8pm Sunday, May 25, on BFF.fm. UPDATE: Listen to the show hereRead more »

The strange, unique power of San Francisco mayors

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Mayor Ed Lee wields a strange and unique power in San Francisco politics, passed down from Mayor Gavin Newsom, and held by Mayor Willie Brown before him.

No, we're not talking magic, though mayors have used this ability to almost magically influence the city's political winds. Read more »

Does carsharing really reduce overall driving?

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At the Share conference that I covered for this week’s Guardian, there were wildly divergent claims for how many vehicles carsharing companies such as City Car Share, Zipcar, and Getaround take off the road. I was also a little skeptical of claims that carsharing dramatically reduces overall driving and greenhouse gas emissions, so I decided to take a deeper look at the issue.Read more »

San Franciscans join international Ride of Silence to honor fallen cyclists

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Nearly 100 San Francisco bicyclists joined thousands of pedal-powered citizens from more than 300 cities around the world yesterday [Wed/21] evening for the Ride of Silence, honoring cyclists killed by motorists by riding to the collision spots to leave flowers and signs noting their deaths.Read more »

The legacy of Harvey Milk, and remembering the "Twinkie Defense"

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Today is Harvey Milk's birthday, but are we celebrating the life of a champion for social justice, or only remembering his assassination? As San Franciscans mourn the city supervisor who fought for gay rights and other progressive issues in San Francisco and statewide, we thought we'd share with you selected articles from our "Milk Issue, [11/18/08]" that discussion his death by examining his life. Read more »

BART delays progress on wheelchair access in Fleet of the Future

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A group of wheelchair users and others from the disability community plan to speak out against BART's new "Fleet of the Future" at tonight's BART Board of Directors meeting -- again.

They've rallied for months, but so far, it seems the shiny new trains will be worse off for people with disabilities than the current fleet.Read more »

Supes won't let mayor raid CleanPowerSF without a fight

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The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee today voted to reject the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission budget, an effort by Sup. John Avalos and others to force Mayor Ed Lee to the bargaining table over the city’s neglected sustainable energy infrastructure needs.Read more »

Asking questions inside Airbnb's SF headquarters

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As I covered the last week’s Share conference for this week’s Guardian, I finally got the chance to poke around the 888 Brannan Street headquarters of Airbnb, the company I’ve been doggedly reporting on and getting stonewalled by over the last year or so. Read more »