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Phil Matier: Independent Voters No Strangers To Bay Area

You wouldn’t necessarily know it considering all of the politically charged rhetoric in the Bay Area during the recent Republican and Democratic party conventions, but it turns out there’s a sizable number of voters who consider themselves Independents.


Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (NPS)

Phil Matier: Effort To Restore Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Headed For SF Ballot

Advocates of an effort to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley planned Monday to turn in about 16,000 signatures to San Francisco elections officials – more than enough signatures to qualify a measure for the ballot this November.


Artist's conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

Phil Matier: Caltrain Electrification Comes With Side Deals

A recently announced agreement to pour $1.5 billion of high speed rail money into the effort to “electrify” the Caltrain tracks apparently has some strings attached.


Ross Mirkarimi's mugshot upon booking on domestic violence charges. (SFPD)

Judge Allows Key Evidence In Mirkarimi Abuse Case

A judge ruled Monday that a critical piece of video evidence in the domestic violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will be admissible in his upcoming trial.