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Q&A: November’s Measure E, the “Soda Tax”

Voters will decide in November if San Francisco may levy a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks. The American Beverage Association has launched the Stop Unfair Beverage Taxes campaign to oppose the...
Erika Hathaway sits in front of the entrance to Planned Parenthood clinic on Valencia Street. A new buffer zone law will prohibit antiabortion protesters such as Hathaway from staying within 25 feet of the facility. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Supervisors Move to Pass Planned Parenthood Buffer Zone

Anti-abortion activists outside Planned Parenthood’s Valencia Street clinic vowed to fight on Thursday despite initial approval this week by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors of an expanded 25-foot buffer zone around reproductive healthcare facilities...
Supervisor David Campos talks about MEDA's new initiative to end childhood lead poisoning. Photo by Erica Hellerstein.

MEDA Launches New Program to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Have you had your home inspected for lead recently? If you’re anything like most San Franciscans, the answer is probably no. But consider this: 94 percent of the city’s houses were built before 1978, when...