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A clerk stocks a shelf with Diet Coke at a convenience store on December 9, 2013.

San Francisco Supervisors’ Vote Narrowly Puts Soda Tax Measure On November Ballot

A two-cents per ounce sugary beverage tax, commonly called the soda tax, could be put on the November ballot in San Francisco depending on the city’s board of supervisors vote on Tuesday.

07/22/2014

Confetti and streamers are lauched at the climax of a ribbon cutting ceremony at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, July 17, 2014. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Grand Opening For Levi’s Stadium Leaves Former SF Mayor Willie Brown Feeling ‘Bitter’

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is officially open. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss yesterday’s opening ceremony. Brown says he was disappointed that there was no evidence of a proper handoff between Candlestick Park and the new stadium.

07/18/2014

Handicap parking, disabled parking,

Phil Matier: D.A. Issues Warning To San Franciscans Who Abuse Disabled Parking Placards

An anonymous tip to the DMV has lead to the arrest of three people in San Francisco on charges including; fraud, perjury and burglary for their use of disabled parking placards.

07/15/2014

Fans fight in the stands at Candlestick Park, Saturday Aug. 20, 2011. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Rowdy Fan Behavior Still Exists Despite Bryan Stow Case

Despite added security at many sports venues, including in the Bay Area, there are still plenty of cases of fan altercations, more than three years after the Bryan Stow attack.

07/10/2014

Jed Lowrie #8 and Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at O.co Coliseum on July 7, 2014 in Oakland. Lowrie and Donaldson scored on a two-run rbi double hit by Alberto Callaspo #7. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

City Councilman: ‘We’re Very Close To The A’s Leaving Oakland’

Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo says his city is close to losing the A’s because the government officials are undecided about agreeing to a 10-year lease deal proposed by the organization.

07/08/2014

Construction on the Central Subway Tunnel in San Francisco. (Photo by Anna Duckworth)

San Francisco’s Central Subway Milestone: Tunnel Boring Completed

The tunnel for Central Subway, the first new subway line in almost 50 years in San Francisco, is now completely bored though, according to a news report on Monday.

06/16/2014

Campaign 2014

Phil Matier: What Happens When You’re 1st At The Polls On Election Day?

The turnout at the polls was so light this morning that our own Insider Phil Matier was the first to vote at his polling place.

06/03/2014

State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Legislators Opting To Vote In Capitol Building Hallways Instead Of On The Floor

Bills that could have a big impact on Bay Area residents have failed this week in the state Senate, including a proposal that would have strengthened the Ellis Act, as it applies to landlords in San Francisco.

05/29/2014

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California Legislators Are Highest Paid In Nation

A new report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that California legislators make over $90,000 a year and may still be getting a raise.

05/27/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly (left), Neel Kashkari. (California State Assembly, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California’s Tea Party Candidate Resists GOP’s Slump

This week the Tea Party took some hits nationally by losing several primary battles against the GOP establishment, but a California Tea Party Republican continues to lead as the Republican candidate for governor.

05/23/2014

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