Rebecca Bowe

So much for civility

Mayor's race gets interesting as barbs fly

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The San Francisco mayor's race went from a lackluster affair to a dynamic match as the Aug. 12 filing deadline drew near and two prominent city officials who had previously said they wouldn't run tossed their hats into the ring.Read more »

Advocates aim to change youth sentencing of life without parole

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Christian Bracamontes was 16 years old and had never been in trouble with the law when he made a decision that landed him in a California prison, serving out a sentence of life without parole.

He was part of a tagging crew, and he and a friend had gone down to a wash to hang out and do graffiti. When his friend showed him that he had a gun in his bag, he was surprised. A group of kids came down to the wash and offered to sell them weed, but they refused. Then his friend got an idea.  Read more »

It's official: Adachi's in the race (VIDEO)

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Public Defender Jeff Adachi filed to run for mayor of San Francisco on Aug. 12, the last possible day to enter the race.  Adachi said he'd decided to run in order to "make sure there's a voice in there that's talking about the fiscal realities of our city."Read more »

"Ed heads" deemed inappropriate at Lee support rally

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At a rally for Mayor Ed Lee at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center Aug. 11, many turned out to demonstrate their support for the mayoral candidate. But several were asked to alter their signs and appearance before the press event got underway. Read more »

Environmentalists: America's Cup not green enough

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A preliminary planning document for the America's Cup doesn't go far enough to protect San Francisco's natural environment, a coalition of environmental organizations has said. Read more »

Shelter from the storm

San Francisco strengthens protections for low-wage workers as the economy worsens

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Ms. Li has a petite build, but she's physically strong. Hauling around dish bins and boxes of produce weighing 50 pounds was part of her daily routine when she worked shifts lasting 12 hours a day, six days a week, at a San Francisco Chinatown eatery that later made headlines for its poor labor standards.Read more »

Ecological rewind

Environmentalists want to tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam and restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley, but does their plan hold water?

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Follow the trail from Yosemite National Park's Rancheria Falls up along dusty switchbacks and down through a canopy of pines and madrones for roughly three miles, and you will reach Tiltill Valley.Read more »

As a candidate, Lee takes a few lumps

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It was a lively scene at the Castro Theater Aug. 8 as leading mayoral contenders -- including interim Mayor Ed Lee, who that morning announced he had changed his mind and was going to run after all -- squared off before a jocular crowd that peppered the politicians with cheering, clapping, booing, hissing, and shouting out of turn. 

"If you can't get booed on the stage of the Castro theatre, you're not breathing," quipped former District 8 Sup. Bevan Dufty, drawing laughter and applause. Read more »

Ed Lee does some 'splainin

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Ed Lee, appointed San Francisco's interim mayor early this year after giving the San Francisco Board of Supervisors his word that he would not seek a full term, filed papers to enter the race as a mayoral candidate on Aug. 8.

"I haven't changed at all," Lee said when reporters questioned his 180-degree turnaround. "I've just made a change of mind in terms of running for this office." Read more »

A song and dance at City Hall

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It was a lively scene on the steps of City Hall Aug. 2, as back-to-back press events featured live performances, lots of cheering, and support for new legislation that supporters hope will benefit low-wage workers, small businesses, and musicians.

Spirits were high at the Progressive Workers' Alliance (PWA) rally, as organizers anticipated strong support for an ordinance they helped craft which aims to prevent wage theft by strengthening the powers of the city's Office of Labor Standards & Enforcement (OLSE). Read more »