Barbara 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.
Tenants advocates in San Francisco want the Board of Supervisors to do more about the number of evictions in the city.
A $54 million contract to replace San Francisco’s aging parking meters has run into trouble at the Board of Supervisors. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to include 10,000 additional meters than the 29,000 needed to change out the existing ones.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday over whether the U.S. Postal Service is required to deliver mail to tenants in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels. The outcome will impact tens of thousands of low-income tenants.
In anticipation of Twitter’s initial public offering this week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took a stroll down Market Street on Monday to check out and assess the rapidly changing Mid-Market area.
Fifteen veteran San Francisco firefighters will share $3.7 million awarded by a jury in their age discrimination suit against the city’s fire department.
Members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are considering the City declare a State of Emergency over what they claim is an epidemic number of rising Ellis Act evictions.
The BART strike forced Muni into service along routes that would otherwise carry BART passengers. While the final cost has yet to be calculated, MTA Director Ed Reiskin said it’s taken a huge financial toll.
A San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered a janitorial company on Wednesday to pay $1.34 million to 275 workers who didn’t receive health benefits required by city law.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is keeping a close eye on the potential BART strike and he’s trying to minimize the impact on the city and its residents.
San Francisco Supervisors will soon be voting on some new controls on the use and ownership of firearms and ammunition. The legislation was approved by a supervisors’ committee this week.