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A worker labors on a housing project on Mission Street in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, California April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

What Are Sanctuary Cities, Anyway?

At Donald Trump’s immigration-themed rally Wednesday night, the Republican nominee said that in a Trump administration, he administration would move to “block funding for sanctuary cities… We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths.” So what is a sanctuary city, and are sanctuary cities less safe because of how they treat undocumented immigrants?

September 2, 2016
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field before their NFL pre-season football game against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, California, U.S. August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

NFL’s 49ers Support Quarterback After He Refused To Stand For Anthem

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick later told NFL Media in an article posted on Saturday. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”

August 28, 2016
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Measure To Restrict Airbnb Rentals Loses In San Francisco; Mayor Ed Lee Re-Elected

Housing is a major issue in a city where the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom is $4,000.

November 4, 2015
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LA, On Cusp Of Controversial Quake Retrofit, May Want To Follow SF’s Blueprint

Los Angeles’ law would require as many as 13,500 quake-vulnerable wood-frame apartments to be strengthened, compared to 5,000 in San Francisco.

October 7, 2015

Uber Reaches $50 Billion Valuation With New Funding, Report Says

Uber, the gorilla of ride-booking apps, has raised close to $1 billion from investors.

July 31, 2015

Coach Denny, Grandma Nancy, And America’s Family Values

Unlike Newt Gingrich, whose own serial adulteries became a national joke, Dennis Hastert was evidently never suspected of any such “misconduct,” as the indictment described it. Republicans keep telling everyone how shocked they are, but they really shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

June 3, 2015

Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up To Keep Lawns Lush

“How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able to buy their way out of it.”

April 16, 2015
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Once Stored Under A Couch, A Long-Lost Masterpiece By Mexico’s Cabrera Has Resurfaced

An infamous scroll painting from colonial New Spain depicting racial castes was found under a San Franciscan’s couch.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco 16-Year-Olds Could Vote Under Proposed Amendment

San Francisco is considering a big step to expand voting rights.

March 23, 2015
Link Light Rail Seattle - Opening Day

Lower Fares No Substitute For Higher Wages

Low-income workers don’t need noble gestures; they need higher wages.

March 5, 2015
Protesters yell outside of the Berkeley Police Department protesting police violence in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Protests Against Police Continue In Bay Area; Oakland Websites Hacked

Protests over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings are continuing in northern California.

December 11, 2014

San Francisco Shout Helped Set Stage For Obama Immigration Action

Meet one of the immigration protesters who spurred the White House to action.

November 21, 2014

Weekend Getaways From Cities Around the United States

Great ideas for weekend trip destinations from cities around the country.

October 6, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison’

Today The Weekend Reader brings you Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein. A former Soros Justice Media Fellow and also the author of All Alone in the World, Bernstein is well known for advocating on behalf of children who have been let down by the juvenile prison system. Burning Down the House […]

July 26, 2014

Lawmakers Ask San Francisco Archbishop Not To Attend Anti-Gay Marriage Rally

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has made no secret of his stance on same-sex marriage. As chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops subcommittee for the promotion and defense of marriage, he backed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution earlier this year that would […]

June 12, 2014

Man Accused Of Having Explosives Arrested Near Golden Gate Bridge

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times A San Francisco social media expert wanted for allegedly keeping explosive materials in his home was reportedly found by police reclining in his car near the Golden Gate Bridge. A bystander who was at Crissy Field next to the bridge entrance on Monday witnessed San Francisco police, responding to […]

June 3, 2014
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FBI Manhunt For San Francisco Man Surprises His Colleagues

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times A nationwide FBI manhunt for a San Francisco man suspected of possessing explosives shocked some in the Bay Area public-relations industry where he is well known. Over the weekend authorities announced they were looking for Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II after FBI agents raided his Russian Hill apartment Saturday and […]

June 2, 2014

Earthquake Cluster Likely To Strike San Francisco Bay Area, Scientists Say

By Becky Bach, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Bay Area’s Big One will still be plenty big, but it might not be just one, according to a study released Monday by U.S. Geological Survey scientists. A flurry of midsized quakes is more likely to strike the San Francsico Bay Area rather than […]

May 20, 2014

Two Small Planes Collide Over Northern Part Of San Francisco Bay

By Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times Two small planes collided Sunday afternoon over a northern area of the San Francisco Bay, sending one crashing into the water, according to the Coast Guard. The collision involved a Cessna 210 and a Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, which collided over San Pablo Bay about 4:05 p.m., […]

April 28, 2014

‘Shrimp Boy’ Pleads Not Guilty In Sweep That Ensnared California Lawmaker

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — Chinatown figure Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court here in connection with a sweeping corruption probe that also ensnared state Sen. Leland Yee. Chow, who heads a Chinatown organization called the Chee Kung Tong, was charged with eight counts of money laundering, […]

April 15, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts California State Senator Leland Yee, 28 Others In Corruption Probe

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A federal grand jury indicted 29 suspects, including California state Senator Leland Yee, with a wide range of crimes, including firearms trafficking and public corruption, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Friday. Yee, a Democrat who represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, and other […]

April 4, 2014

California State Senator Indicted On Arms Trafficking, Corruption Charges

By Josh Richman, Howard Mintz, Jessica Calefati and Robert Salonga, San Jose Mercury News SAN FRANCISCO — In a stunning criminal complaint, California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the San Francisco Bay Area, casting yet another cloud […]

March 27, 2014

San Francisco: Massive Fire Causes Catastrophic Damage In Mission Bay

By Katie Nelson, San Jose Mercury News SAN FRANCISCO — A huge, out-of-control fire caused catastrophic damage to a quarter-billion-dollar apartment complex under construction at Fourth Street near China Basin in San Francisco on Tuesday evening, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. The massive blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m., spreading through the building […]

March 12, 2014

Google Glass-Wearing Woman Posts Video Of Alleged Bar Attack

By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells, Los Angeles Times A San Francisco woman who says she was attacked at a bar on Haight Street after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass has released video footage of the incident that she filmed with the new technology that spurred the confrontation in the first place. In a video […]

February 26, 2014

In Real Life, Higher Minimum Wage Doesn’t Kill Jobs

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — Economists and government officials endlessly speculate on the impact of raising the $7.25 federal minimum wage. Most recently, a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour might cut employment by 500,000 workers. That is balanced by the projection that higher […]

February 24, 2014