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Ed Lee Takes Commanding Lead in Mayoral Race

November 9, 2011 | 5:34 pm

Ed Lee Takes Commanding Lead in Mayoral Race

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(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Interim Mayor Ed Lee is poised to become San Francisco’s first elected Asian-American mayor. With some 85 percent of the vote counted in the mayoral race, Lee soared ahead with 61 percent of the tally. The city’s elections department says City Supervisor John Avalos is trailing far behind, with about 39 […]

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Bay Area Election Night 2011 Preview

November 8, 2011 | 2:24 pm

Bay Area Election Night 2011 Preview

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Today’s off-year election may be characterized on a national level by the search for signs and portents of things to come in next year’s Big Show — the 2012 presidential contest. But in the Bay Area, several interesting questions will be decided, not the least of which is who will be the next mayor of […]

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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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November 8, 2011 | 8:38 am

California’s Secretary of State Sending Election Monitors to San Francisco

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Update: KQED’s Katrina Schwartz called the Secretary of State’s office for comment. Nicole Winger, a spokesperson for the California Secretary of State, said that after receiving concerns from “a range of San Franciscans” about potential improprieties in today’s mayoral election, the state decided to send an undisclosed number of observers to “be extra eyes and […]

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October 25, 2011 | 10:58 am

Music Video: Brian Wilson, MC Hammer, will.i.am, Ronnie Lott in Ed Lee Endorsement

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Here are some people you may not have known are endorsing Ed Lee for mayor, at least if this video is any indication. MC Hammer Biz Stone, Twitter Co-Founder will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas Ronnie Lott, 49ers Legend Marissa Mayer, Google Hunter Walk, YouTube Brian Wilson, The Beard and Willie Brown, Former SF Mayor Well […]

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Vote-Tampering Charges Just the Latest Controversy Surrounding Committee For Ed Lee

October 24, 2011 | 4:06 pm

Vote-Tampering Charges Just the Latest Controversy Surrounding Committee For Ed Lee

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“My initial reaction was just utter astonishment. I think it’s unimaginably absurd for folks affiliated with his campaign or an independent committee to think that’s at all helpful… It’s almost as if they’re trying to see if they can make the race more interesting by really raising questions about the ethics of the people who […]

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Ex-Insider Scott Shafer on Why Politicos Hate Ranked-Choice Voting

October 24, 2011 | 9:55 am

Ex-Insider Scott Shafer on Why Politicos Hate Ranked-Choice Voting

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The November 8th mayoral election in San Francisco is ranked choice voting’s biggest moment. Other cities (including Oakland and even San Francisco in previous less-contested elections) have used this “instant runoff system” before. But this is by far the most consequential: A major U.S. city that’s politically progressive and has a diverse population with many […]

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A.M. Splash: Occupy Oakland Defiance; Occupy SJ Arrests; Vote-Tampering Charges Against Lee Supporters; SJ Officer-Involved Shooting

October 24, 2011 | 8:49 am

A.M. Splash: Occupy Oakland Defiance; Occupy SJ Arrests; Vote-Tampering Charges Against Lee Supporters; SJ Officer-Involved Shooting

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Occupy Oakland shuts streets, defy eviction order (SF Chronicle) Hundreds of activists with the Occupy Wall Street movement marched Saturday from Oakland City Hall, snaking their way through downtown and around Lake Merritt while they flouted an eviction order. They closed thoroughfares and freeway ramps, invaded one bank and temporarily shut down another as they […]

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What Are the Real Issues in 5 San Francisco Neighborhoods?

October 19, 2011 | 5:42 pm

What Are the Real Issues in 5 San Francisco Neighborhoods?

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So…what do you people really care about going into this mayoral election? The spread of public nudity? The disqualified circumcision ban? The page-turning Ed Lee biography? A lot of topics float in and out of the media maelstrom in this town, but traditional concerns about public safety, economic opportunity and the cost of living are […]

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October 19, 2011 | 10:00 am

Video: What are the SF Mayoral Candidates Reading, What Books Can’t They Finish?

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Friends of the San Franciso Public Library asked nine of the mayoral candidates what book is on their nightstands right now. Spoiler alert: No one said either the Bible or the The Ed Lee Story, the hagiography of the mayor that began showing up around the city last week. (Lee wasn’t interviewed, though he’s probably […]

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