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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.

(CBS SF)

State Legislature Pushing Multiple Bills To Make Covered California More Accessible And Affordable

The state legislature is wrapping up its summer business next week and a consumer group is pushing hard for passage of four bills dealing with Covered California, with hopes of cutting down out-of-pocket costs.

08/19/2014

Candlestick Park is made ready for the Paul McCartney concert Thursday. (CBS)

Plans For Candlestick Park’s Demolition Underway

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will meet with Khofi Bonner, the executive vice president of Lennar Urban, next week to discuss the demolition of Candlestick Park.

08/15/2014

Rendering of the office building at 270 Brannan Street in San Francisco, California. (steelblue)

Office Building In South Of Market Neighborhood Of San Francisco Touts Green Space, Sustainability

The space at 270 Brannan Street has already been leased by tech company Splunk, and features more than four times the amount of bike parking than car parking.

08/14/2014

Immigration. (AP)

Bay Area Students Hold Hunger Strike To Raise Awareness About Unaccompanied Minors Crossing The Border

Eleven Bay Area students are in the middle of a five day fast in San Francisco to call attention to the plight of children fleeing Central America for the United States.

08/14/2014

(CBS)

San Francisco’s AIDS Memorial Grove Vandalized For The Fifth Time This Year

For the fifth time this year, the AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has been vandalized.

08/13/2014

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nancy Pelosi Drops By SF Central Subway Project; Talks Up Middle Class Jumpstart Campaign

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dropped by the Central Subway construction project at San Francisco’s Moscone Center Tuesday to campaign for the election of House Democrats in November.

08/12/2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Chiu (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Mayor Lee Announces Loan Program That Helps Non-Profits Acquire Buildings To Protect Low-Income Tenants From Displacement

San Francisco is setting aside $3 million from the city’s affordable housing pool to protect low-income residents from being displaced from their apartments as part of a new non-profit loan program.

08/11/2014

Netstop Internet cafe in San Francisco's Excelsior District. (CBS)

San Francisco Supervisor Losing Patience With Excelsior’s Internet Gambling Cafes

Supervisor John Avalos wants to know what’s going on with City Business Center on Mission Street in the Excelsior, which was told to close down in April because it allowed internet gambling on its computers.

08/08/2014

AHF Hollywood Pharmacy (CBS)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Files Suit Over San Francisco’s Strict Rules On Chain Stores

The organization has filed a lawsuit against the city over its strict rules regarding chain stores, after trying to move to a new office and pharmacy in the Castro District.

08/07/2014

A passenger boards a San Francisco Muni bus on June 3, 2014 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Muni Fares To Increase First Time In 5 Years Starting September 1st

For the first time in five years, the basic fare to ride San Francisco’s Muni is going up 25 cents on September 1st.

08/06/2014

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