New Law Bans Smoking at California State Beaches and ParksCalifornia will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by the governor. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches.
SF Lawmaker's Bill to Ban Paper Receipts Fails in State LegislatureThe California Legislature had been considering banning paper receipts unless requested by a customer but a legislative committee voted Friday not to send the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.
San Rafael Mayor To Keep Flags At Half Staff To Protest Inaction On Gun ControlCommunities across the country have lowered their flags to half staff to honor the victims of the mass shootings, but one Bay Area city plans to keep them down as an act of protest.
Protesters Hired To Oppose Proposed Law Banning Animal Fur SalesCalifornia might soon be the first state in the nation to ban the sale of fur, but only if paid fake protesters don’t convince lawmakers otherwise.
Controversial Ad Campaign Recalls Race-Based S.F. 'Urban Renewal' ProgramsCritics call out advertisements opposing legislation encouraging construction of housing near public transit as shameless attempts to stir up resentment among African Americans.
SF Lawmaker Aims to Limit Traffic on 'Crooked' Lombard StreetTo straighten out traffic along San Francisco's celebrated -- and congested -- "crooked" street, assemblyman Phil Ting, (D-S.F.) is proposing charging drivers for making the trip down Lombard Street.
East Bay Legislators Propose Tax Increase For Companies Netting Over $10MDemocratic East Bay lawmakers hope to address income inequality and fund education by increasing the tax rate by 2 percent on the top 0.2 percent of corporations that do business in California.
California Assembly Bill Would Expunge 8 Million Criminal ConvictionsAssemblyman Phil Ting joined San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Thursday to announce state legislation he's introducing that would use technology to clear records for former convicts eligible under existing laws.
Bay Area Lawmakers Mount Effort to Ban Flavored Tobacco, E-CigarettesA half-dozen state legislators led by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), announced Thursday a proposal to ban store and vending machine sales of flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products.
S.F. Assemblyman to Reintroduce Gun Restraining Order Bill After Bar MassacreThe bill would expand the list of people who can file for a gun violence restraining order, in which a person's firearms are taken away for 21 days -- in some cases up to a year -- if they're proven to be a lethal threat to themselves or someone else.
Despite Booming Economy, Vacant Storefronts Common In San FranciscoThe increasingly common site of vacant buildings and empty storefronts around San Francisco despite the thriving economy has local business owners and city officials pushing for change.