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Streetcar standoff

Muni sickout echoes earlier labor clashes and economic inequities

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joe@sfbg.com

San Francisco's municipal transportation system stood still, stranding middle class riders. Riots raged throughout the city as over 1,500 streetcar drivers, known as carmen, literally fought with bottles and stones for higher wages. Left with few options, stranded San Franciscans took to other means to get to work: by foot, by bicycle, and by horse-drawn carriage.Read more »

SFMTA launches "Google Bus" pilot program map, promises increased enforcement

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The Google Bus plan is now rolling forward. Last night [Mon/9] the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released a map of shuttle stops to be studied in the contentious commuter shuttle pilot program, and proposed new means of cracking down on shuttle scofflaws.Read more »

Venture capitalist cat-fight as Ron Conway angrily defends Mayor Ed Lee

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Wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway shouted down a fellow VC at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing summit, after VC Chamath Palihapitiya dared criticize Ron's biggest political investment: Mayor Ed Lee.Read more »

New appointments to Sunshine Ordinance Task Force may help government watchdogs grow teeth

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In a win for government transparency, a slew of strong new appointments for a city government watchdog group cleared their first round of approvals yesterday.Read more »

Muni sickout: Q&A with transit union president

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It's fair to say San Francisco is sick of the sickout.

Three days after hundreds of Muni workers called in sick to work, crippling the city's transit system, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a legal action against Muni workers' union to end the pseudo-strike. 

Just as Herrera announced his intentions, the Bay Guardian sat down at the Transit Workers Unit local 250-A for an interview with Eric Williams, president of Muni's worker union. Read more »

No Wall on the Waterfront wins big, Chiu prevails in Assembly race by slim margin

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Developers looking to build high-end luxury condos on the waterfront lost big last night. 

Proposition B, backed by a campaign committee known as No Wall on the Waterfront, won handily with a 19 percentage point lead at the polls. 

At the Yes on B campaign party at Sinbad's, former Mayor Art Agnos described the outcome as a win for the people of San Francisco.Read more »

LIVE June election coverage UPDATED

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Follow the San Francisco Bay Guardian tonight [Tue/3] as we cover the 2014 Primary Election live! 

A war on the waterfront is brewing, with Proposition B set to decide if voter approval should be required for increases in height limits for waterfront development, an issue we've long covered. Additionally, tonight's primary will set the tone of the David Chiu vs. David Campos Assembly race.Read more »

"E" is for "evidence"

Mayor Ed Lee drafts a policy allowing him to delete emails deemed "routine."

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Former Mayor Willie Brown was infamous for keeping the workings of San Francisco government secret. Now his successor, Mayor Ed Lee, has codified government secrecy into written policy.

A Bay Guardian review of Lee's newest public records retention schedule found the mayor granted himself the ability to destroy public records with broad power: deleting emails deemed "routine," drafts of legislation, and records of telephone calls to the office of the mayor.Read more »

Political insider targeted for possessing explosives

Ryan Chamberlain described history of depression, being burned by political losses in cryptic note

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San Francisco PR consultant Ryan Chamberlain was apprehended by the SFPD on the night of June 2. The well-connected social media and campaign consultant allegedly possessed explosives in his apartment, and was described as being on "armed and dangerous." But in a letter he wrote to personal contacts via iCloud that many interpreted as a suicide note, Chamberlain recalled the road to his depression.Read more »

Muni sickout continues for second day

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Update: At 2:23pm the SFMTA sent an update on shortened Muni Metro service. See our guide to Muni sickout service below.

Muni delays are expected for a second day as the sickout continues through Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency confirmed early this morning.

The reduction in service is slightly alleviated by an additional 100 buses in service, bringing the scheduled running fleet of buses to 300 out of 600.Read more »