Mark Leno

This September 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette (electronical cigarette). The National Association of Attorneys General on September 24, issued a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to clamp down on the fast-growing e-cigarette market, saying manufacturers are enticing teenagers to smoke with cartoon characters, television ads and bubble-gum flavors. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

State Lawmakers Block Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes; SF Senator Leno Renounces His Own Bill

A California legislative panel opted not to vote Wednesday during a heated hearing on a bill that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products after lawmakers gutted its key provision.

07/08/2015

Mark Leno

California State Sen. Mark Leno Wants To Raise State Minimum Wage To $13 An Hour

California state Sen. Mark Leno is pushing a plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour, but some critics say the wage increase would be a “job killer”.

06/02/2015

A Dunlin, a very small shorebird, is washed of a mystery contaminant at the San Francisco Bay Center. (Cheryl Reynolds/International Bird Rescue)

State Of California Stiffs Bird Rescuers With Bill Over Mystery Goo

International Bird Rescue in Fairfield says the State of California will not reimburse them for the money they spent cleaning up hundreds of birds injured during the recent “mystery goo” spill in the Bay.

03/23/2015

Vaping Lounge

Bay Area Lawmaker Proposes Banning E-Cigarettes In California Bars, Public Buildings

SB140 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would classify the devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor as tobacco products similar to cigarettes. That would prohibit Californians from using the devices in restaurants, buses, hospitals and other places they cannot smoke.

01/27/2015

Mark Leno

State Sen. Mark Leno Could Challenge Ed Lee In 2015 San Francisco Mayor’s Race

The race for mayor in San Francisco could become a serious showdown. Rumors of State Sen. Mark Leno challenging incumbent Mayor Ed Lee are picking up steam, and Leno is not denying the possibility of a campaign.

11/18/2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

After San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Announces Intention For Second Term, Progressives Say He’s ‘Beatable’

While San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made the announcement on Thursday that he will run for re-election on Thursday, The city’s progressives think he will face serious a serious challenge as the city’s wealth gap widens.

11/07/2014

Proposition G rally on City Hall steps heats up when both sides of the debate expressed their views. (photo courtesy Irwin Swirnoff)

Flipped Real Estate Tax Measure G Draws Dueling Rallies At San Francisco City Hall

A real estate taxation measure on San Francisco’s ballot prompted dueling rallies on the steps of City Hall Monday morning.

10/06/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Kill Switch Legislation Passes Assembly, Now Heads Back To State Senate For Vote

The bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is headed back to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

08/07/2014

Judge Rules On Whether Gay Marriages Can Resume In California

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Approving Gender-Neutral Terms In State Marriage Statutes

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation replacing language in state law that defines marriage as “between a man and a woman.”

07/07/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Committee Passes Phone Anti-Theft, Kill-Switch Measure—Heads To Full State Assembly

A measure that would force smartphones sold in California to include a kill switch to try to stop the epidemic of phone thefts is now headed to the full state Assembly.

06/24/2014

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