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Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax

Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax
If you are in the Bay Area, you won't be surprised to hear that the beverage association and its member companies have spent quite the hefty total on the two measures. But the number still may seem excessive: a top soda lobbyist — yes, of course that's a real thing — has spent $9.4 million in the Berkeley and San Francisco blasting the tax.
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First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On

First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On
San Francisco is looking to join the $15/hr minimum wage bandwagon. After Seattle passed a living wage referendum, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to push for the increase, being the second in what we can hope to be waves of cities finally giving workers a better chance to succeed.
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Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract

Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract
After months of tense negotiations and labor actions, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 has voted to accept a revised contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The other union involved, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on January 13th. Both unions originally agreed to the contracts on November 1st, 2013, only to have BART reneg claiming they did not approve of a provision dealing with family sick leave.
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Chaz Bolte
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San Fran's BART Grinds to a Halt, Second Strike in Four Months

San Fran's BART Grinds to a Halt, Second Strike in Four Months
The San Francisco area's BART ground to a halt as employees called to strike, the second in four months for the mass transit system. Management and unions negotiated well into the night, but management balked when the unions called for arbitration.
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Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight

Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight
A major San Francisco Bay-area transit strike was averted for at least a day after two labor unions extended contract negotiations beyond a midnight deadline and agreed not to walk off the job Monday to allow more talks.
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Lisa Leff
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BART Managers Dig in Heels, Bay Area Transit Workers Prepare to Strike

BART Managers Dig in Heels, Bay Area Transit Workers Prepare to Strike
With management resisting any attempt a fair negotiation, the Bay Area's BART transit system unions are preparing to strike. Rebuffed after multiple concessions, there are few options left to the workers.
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SF Newspaper Editor 'Quits' Rather Than Cut Staff — and Other Lowlights of Local Reporting's Demise

SF Newspaper Editor 'Quits' Rather Than Cut Staff — and Other Lowlights of Local Reporting's Demise
Recent stories in San Francisco highlight the struggle of some publishers to maintain a viable local reporting staff — the boots on the ground of journalism — among a new, Internet-driven information economy (and a recession-era real life economy). What's a paper to do? "Do more with less," as they say in season five of "The Wire."
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Study Shows Austin is Pretty Dense

Study Shows Austin is Pretty Dense
Nationwide, the cities that have the most college grads living in the suburbs are ones you'll recognize as having some of the highest costs of living in the U.S. - New York, San Francisco and the Bay Area, Washington, DC, and Boston.
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