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While the city raises the specter of invasion of out-of-town homeless, one of its own dies on the street — denied a hotel room

When Ian Carrier departed this Earth, he left behind only two items: His wheelchair and his discharge papers from the hospital.  They were printed up almost exactly a week ago, at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Mary Howe found the wheelchair, the papers, and Carrier on Hyde and Eddy one day later. He’d been […]

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Election 2020: Check back early and often for updates on the California Primary

Please return to this page throughout the day for results, updates, analysis, and coverage from Mission Local Update, Mar. 4, 5:50 p.m. 320,000 votes still left, as Fielder hovers at 30 percent As new election results were reported on Wednesday, the registration and turnout number on the department’s website changed from 144,667 to 180,205, leaving […]

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In state senate hopeful Jackie Fielder, San Francisco progressives see their Ocasio-Cortez

Standing beneath a tarp as rain poured down on the back patio of El Rio Friday night, state senate candidate Jackie Fielder introduced herself.  She’s 25 and of Mexican and indigenous (Lakota and Hidatsa) descent. She’s a lecturer at San Francisco State University’s ethnic studies department. To supplement her income, she’s served at restaurants and […]

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S.F. Election 2019: Check back all day for updates and analysis

Please return to this page throughout the day for results, updates, analysis, and coverage from Mission Local’s Lydia Chavez, Joe Eskenazi, Abraham Rodriguez, Julian Mark, William McCarthy and Robin Estrin 12:45 a.m. Wednesday: Leads change and races tighten with ranked-choice run It’s late. It’s early. And the Department of Elections has crunched a ranked-choice voting […]

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Mission Local’s managing editor wins top honors as Journalist of the Year

 Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local’s managing editor, won top honors as Journalist of the Year, the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California announced Tuesday.  “I cannot think of another journalist who writes as consistently, cogently and beautifully about any city as Joe Eskenazi writes about San Francisco,” I wrote in my nomination letter.  That remains […]

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SF Board of Supervisors advances consensus plan to spend $185 million in ‘windfall’ funds

Some clarity was reached today on how the city figures to spend $185.4 million in so-called “windfall” funds, after the Budget Committee moments ago passed an appropriation item following nearly four hours of impassioned public testimony. After today’s 3-0 committee vote — to establish a reserve fund enabling teacher raises, and putting scores of millions […]

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Election 2018: SF voters just kicked the YIMBYS right in their backyards. Where do things go from here?

Laura Foote sat alone in “the clubhouse,” the YIMBY movement’s inner sanctum on Mission Street. Streamers of Pepto Bismol-pink Sonja Trauss fliers, emblazoned with the candidate photogenically staring into the middle distance, still dangled from the ceiling like Christmas decorations. Literature, paraphernalia and window signs for perhaps half-a-dozen San Francisco candidates were stacked on every […]

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Leno maintains slim lead over London Breed as marathon vote count ensues

Update, 12:21 a.m, June 6: We’ve got another ranked-choice voting run and, tentatively, it puts Mark Leno atop London Breed by a 50.42 to 49.58 percent margin. That is not razor thin. It’s thinner than that. How is this happening? It’s happening because Leno received 25,231 of Jane Kim’s 32,807 second-place votes — an astounding […]