State Lawmakers Block Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes; SF Senator Leno Renounces His Own BillA 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.
California State Sen. Mark Leno Wants To Raise State Minimum Wage To $13 An HourCalifornia 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".
State Of California Stiffs Bird Rescuers With Bill Over Mystery GooInternational 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.
Bay Area Lawmaker Proposes Banning E-Cigarettes In California Bars, Public BuildingsSB140 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.
State Sen. Mark Leno Could Challenge Ed Lee In 2015 San Francisco Mayor’s RaceThe 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.
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.
Flipped Real Estate Tax Measure G Draws Dueling Rallies At San Francisco City HallA real estate taxation measure on San Francisco's ballot prompted dueling rallies on the steps of City Hall Monday morning.
Kill Switch Legislation Passes Assembly, Now Heads Back To State Senate For VoteThe bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is headed back to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.
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."
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.
State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco’s Bid For Ellis Act ExemptionSan Francisco has lost its bid, for now, to change state law to make it harder to evict renters from housing properties. City officials are trying to change California's Ellis Act to help reduce rental evictions.
Bill To Halt Mass Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco RevivedA bill that would allow the city of San Francisco to limit the mass eviction of tenants in rent-controlled properties has squeaked through the state Senate after the author agreed to make changes.
Ellis Act Legislation By State Senator Mark Leno Of San Francisco Passes SenateThe measure passed after a few tweaks by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco. It heads to the Assembly this summer.
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.
Bill Requiring Mandatory ‘Kill-Switch’ In Smartphones Passes California SenateA bill by state Sen. Mark Leno, that would require all smartphone manufacturers sold in California to come equipped with anti-theft “kill switches" passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday in the state Senate with a 26-8 vote.