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Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisors Pass Controversial Airbnb Law

San Francisco Supervisors have passed a controversial proposal on how the city should handle people who rent out their homes and apartments on websites like Airbnb.

10/07/2014

Coca-Cola. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Bay Area Proponents Of Soda Tax Measures Battle ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Beverage Industry Money

The campaign over San Francisco and Berkeley’s so-called ‘soda-tax measures’ is taking on a David versus Goliath theme with the amounts of money being invested.

10/07/2014

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Gov. Brown Signs California Gun Restriction Law, First In The Country

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat.

09/30/2014

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San Francisco Public Defender Begins Study Of ‘Unconscious Bias’ In Arrests, Judgments For Minorities

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi wants to pull the curtain back on racial disparity in the justice system to determine how much race plays a part in arrests, charging and sentencing by launching an ambitious study that will examine a decade’s worth of cases.

09/23/2014

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Plastic Bag Ban At Walnut Creek Stores Takes Effect Thursday

Starting Thursday, customers at Walnut Creek retailers will have to bring a reusable bag or pay 10 cents for a paper bag to carry their purchases as the city’s plastic bag ban takes effect.

09/18/2014

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Law Requiring Ridesharing Company Drivers To Carry Minimum-Level Insurance Passes

Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under a new state law that will take effect next summer.

09/17/2014

Bicyclists rides their bikes down Market Street on Bike to Work Day May 13, 2010 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New Law Requires California Drivers To Leave 3-Feet When Passing Bicyclists

A new law requiring California drivers to keep a buffer between cars and bicyclists goes into effect Tuesday.

09/15/2014

A sign is posted near a row of Kale at the City Hall Victory Garden August 11, 2008 at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco First California City To Test Urban Farming Tax Break Law For Property Owners

San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break.

09/02/2014

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El Cerrito On Track To Have Strictest Smoking Rules In California

El Cerrito is going from zero to 100 in a move that would ban smoking from most public, residential and commercial areas.

08/21/2014

Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino,  January 30, 2014 (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Plans To Vote On New Water Bond Measure For November Election

Pressed by a deadline and California’s severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot.

08/13/2014

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