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Barbara Taylor

barbarataylor kcbs 0001r Barbara TaylorBarbara Taylor is the long time San Francisco City Hall Bureau Chief specializing in government and political reporting. For over twenty years Barbara also hosted the “The City Desk News Hour,” a television program especially popular with local politicians and City Hall Insiders for its in-depth analysis of government and political events. She has been a political columnist and op-ed columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

Barbara’s radio career occurred by chance. She was working as a counselor at a Residential Care facility for emotionally troubled children and after one frustrating day realized she needed a profession that offered some “instant gratification.” A chat with a Journalism professor resulted in a job referral to a news radio station. She’s been in the broadcast news business ever since and getting more immediate gratification than she ever thought possible. Both her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from San Diego State University taught her skills that have been indispensable in probing and poking for news stories.

Barbara has received numerous awards for journalistic achievement, among them, honors from the San Francisco Bar Association, the National Association of Realtors, the Associated Press, United Press International, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Peninsula Press Club.

Her contributions to government reporting have been recognized in commendations from the Mayor of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly, as well as many civic and business associations.

Barbara lives in San Francisco with her husband and their dogs and cats. Her passions include aerobics, fitness, reading, Country Western music, Sci-Fi, Animal Rescue and her wonderful Brussels Griffons.

Vacancy Rate For U.S. Apartments Reaches Highest Rate In 20 Years

San Francisco Seeks To Regulate Home-Sharing Services Such As Airbnb Over Eviction Concerns

As the popularity of online services like Airbnb have risen, legislation was introduced in San Francisco on Tuesday to halt people from converting their apartments into short-term vacation rentals.

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A gay rights activists takes part in a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

SF Supervisor, Gay Rights Activists Call On City Employees To Divest From Russian Investments

The call has been led by Supervisor Scott Wiener, after Russia passed a law criminalizing any activity that supports gay rights.

04/10/2014

San Francisco's Parking Ticket Fees To Become Nation's Most Expensive

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While popular with weekend drivers in the city, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s request to eliminate Sunday parking meters has not found much support among city transit officials.

04/10/2014

A sign advertising an apartment for rent hangs from a fire escape in front of an apartment building July 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the economy continues to falter, vacancy rates for U.S. apartments have spiked to a twenty two year high of 7.5 percent, just short of the record high of 7.8 percent set in 1986. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Landlords Threaten To Sue City Over Increased Ellis Act Fees

A group of San Francisco landlords said they are preparing to file a lawsuit against the city after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to increase the amount of tenant relocation fees for Ellis Act evictions.

04/09/2014

California State Sen. Leland Yee gets into an awaiting car as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Sen. Yee’s Suspension Leaves Fate Of 17 Bills In Doubt

Last week’s suspension of State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the fate of 17 bills pending in California’s Legislature in doubt.

04/02/2014

San Francisco supervisors voted to approve the legalization of in-law units on April 1, 2014. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Legalization Of In-Law Units

Now, property owners can voluntarily apply to legalize their in-law units, of which there are thousands in San Francisco.

04/02/2014

Passengers board a Muni bus along Market Street in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Approved Transportation Project Seeks To Change SF Muni’s Negative Narrative

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved the Transit Effectiveness Project on Friday, touted as the city’s first major transportation overhaul in 30 years.

03/28/2014

Leland Yee arrives at the San Francisco Federal Building in custody. (CBS)

SF City Hall Shocked by State Sen. Leland Yee’s Alleged Criminal Activity

While there had been rumors of improper behavior by State Sen. Leland Yee, the scope of the indictment has many at City Hall by shocked after his arrest Wednesday.

03/27/2014

A sign advertising an apartment for rent hangs from a fire escape in front of an apartment building July 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the economy continues to falter, vacancy rates for U.S. apartments have spiked to a twenty two year high of 7.5 percent, just short of the record high of 7.8 percent set in 1986. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rent Board Report: San Francisco Demolition Evictions Up 300 Percent

Tenant activists say a new evictions report by San Francisco’s Rent Board shows how serious the housing crisis has become in the City.

03/24/2014

Castro Street in San Francisco on October 16, 2010. (Wikimedia Commons)

Major Improvements, Rainbow Crosswalks Coming To San Francisco’s Castro Street

The Castro Streetscape project will help beautify Castro Street, while also making it more friendly for pedestrians.

03/13/2014

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