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Four in 10 California Lawmakers Get Outside Income

April 14, 2014 | 5:50 am

Four in 10 California Lawmakers Get Outside Income

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State conflict-of-interest law allows legislators to vote on measures affecting the fields they work in.

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Behold the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge

February 11, 2014 | 11:50 am

Behold the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge

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Over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown and many locals, Bay Bridge span renamed for former mayor.

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Legislators Toss Gov. Brown Some 400 Bills at Deadline

September 13, 2013 | 4:41 pm

Legislators Toss Gov. Brown Some 400 Bills at Deadline

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Fracking, raising the minimum wage, and driver’s licenses for immigrants top the list.

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Bay Bridge? Willie Brown Bridge? Fight Over Span’s Name Erupts

September 13, 2013 | 10:19 am

Bay Bridge? Willie Brown Bridge? Fight Over Span’s Name Erupts

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Lawsuit follows Legislature’s vote to rename Bay Bridge after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

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Resolution Introduced to Name Part of Bay Bridge After Willie Brown

June 13, 2013 | 4:03 pm

Resolution Introduced to Name Part of Bay Bridge After Willie Brown

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Oy. This could be even better than the Harvey Milk Airport thing. News has broken about a resolution introduced in the Assembly to name the western span of the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, “the Willie L. Brown Bridge,” after Da Mayor himself. Which raises the question: Does anyone want […]

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January 7, 2013 | 4:05 pm

Video: ‘Don’t Call It Pork’ — Willie Brown Defends Handouts in Fiscal Cliff Deal

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You may have heard that the deal avoiding the “fiscal cliff” national budget crisis included some tax breaks for some rather narrow constituencies. Such as Puerto Rican and Virgin Island rum makers. And NASCAR track owners. And movie producers. Some critics have derided these giveaways as “pork barrel” legislation, a kind of cynical deal making […]

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Is Willie Brown Still Running San Francisco?

July 23, 2012 | 11:00 pm

Is Willie Brown Still Running San Francisco?

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When it comes to film criticism, Willie Brown is of a less-is-more mindset. His complete take on Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, for instance, from one of his recent San Francisco Chronicle columns: “This movie has been playing for a while, and for a very good reason. It’s a winner.” Mick LaSalle, you can give up […]

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Controversial Mortgage Bailout Plan Relies on Eminent Domain Seizures

July 17, 2012 | 10:33 am

Controversial Mortgage Bailout Plan Relies on Eminent Domain Seizures

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By Matt Smith, The Bay Citizen Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and a longtime business partner are among investors in a company drawing criticism for working with local government officials to take over and discount underwater mortgages. The plan gained impetus last month, when officials in San Bernardino County formed a joint powers authority to […]

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March 16, 2011 | 2:59 pm

Wednesday Weeklies: What Will Twitter Deal Really Cost?; Willie Brown as Lobbyist

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This week’s new articles from the alternative weeklies… Behind the tweets (San Francisco Bay Guardian) A Guardian review of the voluminous e-mails and other public records behind the proposed Mid-Market tax exclusion zone shows how public officials and private power brokers promised millions of dollars in benefits to Twitter and greatly expanded the tax-exclusion zone […]

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Who is Ed Lee? Scott Shafer Elucidates

January 5, 2011 | 12:09 pm

Who is Ed Lee? Scott Shafer Elucidates

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Ed Lee, on the verge of winning San Francisco’s interim mayor sweepstakes, has a long and interesting history in city government. Mayor Art Agnos brought Lee into his administration in 1989, where he eventually became director of the Human Rights Commission. (Full disclosure: I worked for Mayor Agnos as press secretary). Ed Lee is a decent […]

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