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.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White speaks during a news conference at San Francisco International Airport.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Second Letter Sent To Mayor Lee Asking For San Francisco Fire Chief’s Removal

The San Francisco Fire Chiefs Association has joined rank and file groups in calling for the removal of Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and now they’re pressuring Mayor Ed Lee to react.

10/01/2014

Scene of toppled tree on Vallejo St. in San Francisco. (Joe Vazquez/CBS)

Making San Francisco Homeowners Responsible For Care Of Trees Was Mistake, City Supervisors Say

Some San Francisco supervisors are calling for a hearing to look into the city’s policy making property owners responsible for maintaining city-owned trees.

10/01/2014

A San Francisco Police motorcycle officer. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Police Increase Traffic Citations, Reduce Traffic Fatalities

San Francisco police wrote 62 percent more traffic tickets this year than they did last year. The increase is part of stepped-up effort aimed at keeping pedestrians safe under the Vision Zero program.

09/30/2014

Rendering of the proposed Apple Store at Post and Stockton in San Francisco. (Foster + Partners)

Apple’s Plan To Cut Down Trees To Build Union Square Store In San Francisco Stalled

Apple’s plan to build a new flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square has been complicated by seven 35-foot tall trees that line the sidewalk on Stockton Street and the question now is whether the trees can be removed to make way for the project.

09/23/2014

The 'Light Rail' light sculpture would stretch the length of Market Street in Downtown San Francisco (TheLightRail.org)

San Francisco Supervisor’s Streetlight Legislation Aims To Improve Maintenance, Safety

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has been beating the drums for better street lighting for years and now he’s pushing some legislative changes.

09/15/2014

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UCLA Economists Predict ‘Painfully Plodding’ Recovery For California

California incomes have been rising and the state continues to create new jobs, but a group of leading economists still does not expect the recovery to pick up steam any time soon.

09/11/2014

View of the Golden Gate Bridge. (John G. Mabanglo/AFP/Getty Images)

Golden Gate Bridge Tourism Becomes Urgent Traffic Matter

One of the Bay Area’s most popular attractions has also become one of the region’s biggest traffic headaches due to increasing numbers of tourists.

09/08/2014

J-Church Muni light rail

San Francisco Muni Plan To Replace Aging Subway Cars Moves Forward

A San Francisco supervisors committee has added its stamp of approval to a plan to upgrade Muni’s entire underground fleet with new light-rail vehicles that can hold more passengers.

09/04/2014

A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.

San Francisco Supervisor Wants To Lessen The Pain For Victims Of Car Theft

A San Francisco Supervisor is hoping to lessen the pain for people who get their cars stolen and then have to pay towing and storage fees if the car is found.

09/02/2014

View of counterfeit dollar notes seized by the Department of Criminology (Dirincri) during a presentation to the press in Lima on October 29, 2013. About four million dollars and 422 thousand Euros were seized by the Peruvian Police from a specialized criminal organization. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

UC Berkeley Offers 2nd Opinion On San Francisco’s Proposed $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

UC Berkeley researchers have given a second opinion on how raising San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would impact the city and its employment rate and they seem to think it’s a good idea.

08/27/2014

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