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After Proposition 47: Following the money

Posted November 25, 2014 by Lizzie Buchen

Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration and to support some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. With the passage of Proposition 47, drug possession and petty theft-related offenses were
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San Jose Enacts Affordable Housing Impact Fee

Posted November 20, 2014 by Charisse Ma LeBron

San Jose City Councilmembers made a bold and much needed move this week toward providing more affordable housing with the passage of a Housing Impact Fee. The $17 per square foot fee charged to market-rate housing projects will take the
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The blue shading represents votes for Dave Cortese, green is for Sam Liccardo

A Tale of Two San Jose’s

Posted November 13, 2014 by Bob Brownstein

A number of blogs have called attention to the precinct map of San Jose from the Election for Mayor on November 4th.  That visual presentation reveals a harsh reality better than any lengthy text. The image shows a city as
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Social Media's soda tax activism is a model for other campaigns

Social Media Beat Big Soda

Posted November 10, 2014 by

All activists should examine how Berkeley’s soda tax got a staggering 75% of the vote and San Francisco’s got over 50% despite a nearly $10 million opposition campaign. Because for all the phone calls, framing and other standard grassroots campaign
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The Real Winners, Losers in Election 2014

Posted November 6, 2014 by

Mayor Ed Lee was not on the ballot this week, but he may be the San Francisco election’s biggest political winner. Prop A, the transit bond that was the mayor’s top priority, won handily. The mayor’s late endorsement of Assembly
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Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager Alex Knox, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Chevron “Air War” Fails To Sink Richmond Progressives

Posted November 6, 2014 by Steve Early

Election day, 2014, was not ending well for Nat Bates, a mayoral candidate in a largely non-white city long dominated by Chevron. The small crowd of supporters gathered in his storefront campaign headquarters on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond was beginning
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Jerry Brown endorsing Libby Schaaf, both winners last night

Schaaf Wins Big in Oakland Mayor’s Race

Posted November 5, 2014 by

Capping a powerful stretch drive to the finish, Libby Schaaf won a commanding victory over  longtime frontrunner Rebecca Kaplan to become Oakland’s next mayor. With ranked choice votes counted, Schaaf won a 63%-37% victory over Kaplan,  with incumbent Jean Quan
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