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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson (left), challenger Marshall Tuck. (Torlakson Campaign, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Torlakson Stakes Early Lead In Race For State Schools Superintendent

In the race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tom Torlakson staked an early lead over fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck while a a third GOP candidate had a surprisingly strong showing, according to early results.

06/03/2014

Muni sickout causes more transit delays in San Francisco Tuesday.

SFMTA Asks Muni Workers Out Sick To Provide Doctor’s Note Or Not Get Paid

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees who called in sick Tuesday will have to provide verification from their health care provider in order to be eligible to receive paid sick leave.

06/03/2014

(CBS)

California Schools Superintendent Race Features Competing Visions In Unions, Reformists Proxy Fight

The race for state schools chief in California is typically a sleepy affair. With the authority to set education policy vested in the Legislature and a state board of education appointed by the governor, the superintendent’s job has served primarily as a pulpit with no real power.

05/30/2014

Democrats Steve Glazer (left) and Tim Sbranti are competing to represent the 16th District in the Assembly. (CBS)

Business, Labor Spend Millions In Battle For East Bay Assembly Seat

The battle lines are drawn in a hotly contested Assembly race in the East Bay. With less than one week, two powerful special interest groups are dividing Democrats.

05/28/2014

BART Strike Hampers Bay Area Monday Morning Commute

Unions Spending Big To Defeat ‘Ban BART Strike’ Politician In State Assembly Run

Last year’s Bay Area Rapid Transit strikes are a central issue in one Bay Area election this year, as State Assembly candidate Steve Glazer faces an unlikely opponent for democrats, organized labor.

04/28/2014

Protesters gather in front of Twitter headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco on December 9, 2013. (Bay City News Service)

Union Plays Big Role In San Francisco Protests Over ‘Google Buses,’ Tech Tax Breaks

Many of the fights involving “Google Buses” and tech tax breaks are actually being stoked by the politically powerful Service Employees International Union, which represents thousands of San Francisco city workers. Coincidentally they are also in the midst of negotiations with the city for a new proposed contract.

04/16/2014

California v Stanford

Stanford Football Coach Questions Unionizing College Athletes

Stanford coach David Shaw is questioning what’s behind the union movement by Northwestern football players, saying everything they are asking for is already being provided by most universities.

03/31/2014

Technology Business Leaders Address Salesforce Conference

Phil Matier: Height A Factor In Proposed SF Moscone Center Expansion

A proposed expansion of San Francisco’s Moscone Center has some residents in the city’s SoMa District upset over height issues, but with tech and tourism driving local industry, the only way to build just might be up.

02/21/2014

Passengers get off of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train as it arrives at the Daly City station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Done Deal: BART’s Largest Union Approves Contract

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers’ largest union ratified its contract with the agency on Monday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region and during which two workers were fatally struck by a train.

01/13/2014

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains sit idle at a BART maintenance facility. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California Lawmakers Kill Proposal To Ban Transit Strikes

With little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.

01/13/2014

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