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Court of Appeal sides with San Francisco on Prop. C — City on cusp of unlocking hundreds of millions of dollars for homeless services

In the same week the International Municipal Lawyers Association named a prestigious award after deceased Deputy City Attorney Buck Delventhal, a Court of Appeals ruling affirmed the legal theory the City Hall maven co-developed underpinning Proposition C. That 2018 voter-generated initiative established a business tax aimed at raising some $300 million a year for homeless and […]

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Juul blindsides its own campaign, extinguishes Prop. C. But, federally, will it be a big winner — or a big loser?

When Francisco-based vaping giant Juul decided to suspend its Proposition C campaign, it came as a surprise to most everyone. And that includes the Proposition C campaign.  Workers on the ballot measure — which would undo City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton’s legislation demanding Juul receive FDA approval before its vaping devices can […]

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Election 2018: Final tally from Election Night — Prop. C wins, Haney declares victory

Prop. C garners 60 percent; Mandelman wins; Haney holds commanding lead; Mar, Stefani, Walton win initial ranked-choice tally “Our opposition worked to our advantage, because they fucking sucked,” crows Prop. C architect Jennifer Friedenbach Update, 1:35 a.m., Nov. 7:  See Wednesday analysis here.  The final report of the day has been posted by the Department […]

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Listen Local: Talking with formerly homeless man Zak Franet about Prop. C

In an analysis of Proposition C, a ballot measure that would roughly the double the city’s homeless services budget, Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi wrote: The No on C campaign belittles the very notion of competent government; it borders on nihilism. And this message is, bewilderingly, reiterated by its government allies, who are, amazingly, claiming that they […]

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Prop. C: In liberal San Francisco, government leaders fight a measure to fund homeless services by assailing voters’ confidence in the very concept of government

The mayor agrees: This city can’t responsibly spend money on homeless services — at least not money gleaned by taxing big business via Prop. C It’s cold outside. As the sun slips behind the city skyline, more and more people gather here along the fetid streets, huddling on blankets and bedding down in corners. Zak […]

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Orgy of big-money donations flowing into Prop. C battle — both for and against

On Monday, Oct. 8, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff enthusiastically threw himself behind the effort to pass homeless measure Prop. C, less than one business day after Mayor London Breed, Sen. Scott Wiener, and Assemblyman David Chiu’s coordinated Friday announcement saying they were against it. Benioff pledged some $2.5 million of his and Salesforce’s money — […]

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Marc Benioff’s backing, donation for Prop. C came following late-night Twitter interaction with bookstore owner

On Friday, Oct. 5, Mayor London Breed, Sen. Scott Wiener, and Assemblyman David Chiu made a coordinated announcement that they were opposed to Proposition C, a November measure that would tax the wealthiest San Francisco businesses to potentially double funding to treat and house the homeless. On Monday, Oct. 7 Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced […]

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Mayor London Breed’s huge political fumble on Prop. C

San Francisco’s mayor could have confounded and neutralized the city’s political left for years by embracing homeless measure Prop. C. Instead, she isolated herself, rejecting it with specious arguments. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. London Breed is the mayor, and you are not. We have “takes.” She makes “decisions.” The mayor’s decisions […]

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The Chronicle’s endorsement of Prop. 22 was as loathsome as it was predictable

Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Doordash and Postmates have poured $181 million — so far — into bankrolling Proposition 22, which they created. They’re not doing it to help you. They’re not doing it to help their workers.  They’re doing it to preserve a status quo that’s exceedingly lucrative for company higher-ups and shareholders — at the expense […]