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.

Large Winter Storm Brings Heavy Rains To Northern California

San Francisco Trying To Keep Up With Damage From December Downpours

As the Bay Are gets a break Saturday from rainy weather, the city of San Francisco is getting a better picture of the damage done during December’s downpours.

12/20/2014

Live music at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, which closed in early 2014. (Red Devil Lounge/Facebook)

San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Legislation To Protect City’s Live Music Venues From Closing

Supervisor London Breed is hoping her legislation will keep the music playing at long-standing entertainment venues across the city.

12/17/2014

Bike Shop (credit: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

SFPD Arrest Juvenile In Connection With String Of Attacks On Panhandle Cyclists

San Francisco Police have arrested a juvenile in connection with a string of attacks on bicyclists in Golden Gate Park’s Panhandle during September and October. However, police are still eyeing other possible suspects.

12/16/2014

California Attorney General Kamala Harris  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Warns Undocumented Immigrants Against Driver’s License Scams

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is issuing a warning to undocumented immigrants to beware of scams that offer help to obtain a driver’s license or obtain legal status under President Obama’s Deferred Action Program.

12/05/2014

A view of Market Street heading east toward the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (CBS)

New Driving Restrictions On San Francisco’s Market Street Will Cut Down Private Vehicle Use

It will be a lot more challenging to drive down Market Street in downtown San Francisco next year as a host of new traffic restrictions are planned that will make it difficult—if not impossible—to get onto the busy corridor.

12/05/2014

A car damaged by falling boulders near San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. (CBS)

6-Month Telegraph Hill Rockslide Prevention Project Begins In San Francisco

San Francisco Public Works began a six-month project this week to stabilize the crumbling cliff at Telegraph Hill below Coit Tower to improve the stability of the hillside and to prevent future rockslides.

11/21/2014

Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. (CBS)

Rapid Bus Lanes Coming To San Francisco’s Van Ness Ave.; Expect Less Parking Space

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors has approved major changes to traffic and parking along Van Ness Avenue to make way for Bus Rapid Transit lanes.

11/19/2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

After San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Announces Intention For Second Term, Progressives Say He’s ‘Beatable’

While San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made the announcement on Thursday that he will run for re-election on Thursday, The city’s progressives think he will face serious a serious challenge as the city’s wealth gap widens.

11/07/2014

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Lawsuit Seeks To Block SF’s Airbnb Legislation; Calls It ‘Unconstitutional’

San Francisco’s new law legalizing home shares suffered a setback Monday when HomeAway filed a lawsuit challenging the measure.

11/03/2014

A voter fills out their ballot at a polling station inside San Francisco City Hall. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Senator Mounts Fight To Counter Voter Photo ID Laws

California Senator Barbara Boxer plans to introduce a bill in Congress that would ensure voters in states which require them to show a photo ID at the polls have easy access to acceptable forms of identification.

10/30/2014

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