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Matthew Green

Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.

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Meet the Ellis Act, the Law Driving Many San Francisco Evictions

November 8, 2013 | 8:00 am

Meet the Ellis Act, the Law Driving Many San Francisco Evictions

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Law passed in the ’80s lets landlords ‘go out of business’ — and force tenants out of their units.

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What is May Day, Anyway?

May 1, 2012 | 1:38 pm

What is May Day, Anyway?

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So … what is May Day anyway? For some, it means prancing awkwardly around a feather-wreathed pole. But that ancient Druid rite of Spring that school kids for some reason still rehearse is probably not what today’s Occupy protesters have in mind. In countries throughout the world, May Day is actually the official labor holiday, […]

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Ranked-Choice Voting Explained (One More Time)

November 8, 2011 | 11:45 am

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained (One More Time)

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San Francisco voters will elect a mayor using ranked-choice voting for the first time today. As KQED’s Matthew Green writes below, while the system has its avid supporters, “a variety of opponents have cried foul, calling the system too complex and undemocratic.” Officials have gone the extra mile in trying to simplify their explanations of […]

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Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

October 28, 2011 | 3:53 pm

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

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In November San Franciscans choose their next mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting (RCV). Also known as “instant run-off voting,” voters will pick three candidates (instead of one), and rank them in order of preference, eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. Although this is not the first time San Francisco has […]

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