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From the back rooms of City Hall to the crowded and chaotic streets of downtown, the San Francisco City Insider podcast is there, providing insight into the biggest news stories and most pressing issues facing one of the most-interesting cities in the world. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight hosts the podcast, with regular appearances from The San Francisco Chronicle’s City Hall team – Rachel Swan, Trisha Thadani and Dominic Fracassa. They ask the tough questions of our city’s leaders to find out what’s going right and what needs to change to make life better for everyone who lives and works in the city.

From the back rooms of City Hall to the crowded and chaotic streets of downtown, the San Francisco City Insider podcast is there, providing insight into the biggest news stories and most pressing issues facing one of the most-interesting cities in the world. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight hosts the podcast, with regular appearances from The San Francisco Chronicle’s City Hall team – Rachel Swan, Trisha Thadani and Dominic Fracassa. They ask the tough questions of our city’s leaders to find out what’s going right and what needs to change to make life better for everyone who lives and works in the city.
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From the back rooms of City Hall to the crowded and chaotic streets of downtown, the San Francisco City Insider podcast is there, providing insight into the biggest news stories and most pressing issues facing one of the most-interesting cities in the world. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight hosts the podcast, with regular appearances from The San Francisco Chronicle’s City Hall team – Rachel Swan, Trisha Thadani and Dominic Fracassa. They ask the tough questions of our city’s leaders to find out what’s going right and what needs to change to make life better for everyone who lives and works in the city.

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Episodes

Does City Hall Have the Fix for District Six?

1/11/2019
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New Supervisor Matt Haney has barely begun his new job representing District 6, but he’s already deluged with meeting requests, emails and tweets from residents fed up with the filth, needles and feces on their sidewalks. He’s fed up with it too and said the Tenderloin and South of Market can no longer be the city’s dumping ground and residents can no longer be ignored. He even says there’s been a city conspiracy to allow these issues to fester in District Six, but we’ll let him...

Duration:00:32:58

The Great Progressive Compromise

1/10/2019
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For the first time in years, progressives have a majority on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but their inability to unify around a single candidate for board president shows they have a long way to go to exert their power. Trisha Thadani reports on the victory of gentlemanly Norman Yee over firebrand Hillary Ronen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:07:36

Best of City Insider: Jane Kim

1/4/2019
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Jane Kim was a San Francisco Supervisor who was running for mayor when she talked to Chronicle columnist Heather Knight for this episode, which ran on March 21, 2018. Kim, who lost in her mayoral bid and was termed out from her seat on the Board of Supervisors, is known for big, bold ideas, only a fraction of which became reality at City Hall. But she centered her mayoral campaign on a very practical policy initiative: cleaning the city’s notoriously dirty streets. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:16:09

Best of City Insider: Marc Benioff

12/31/2018
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The 61st floor of the Salesforce Tower was the setting for San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight's interview with CEO Marc Benioff just before the 2018 election. Benioff talks about his support for Prop. C, the initiative to tax big businesses — like Salesforce — to raise money for homeless services, and why he scolded other San Francisco CEOs for not doing the same. From Nov. 2, 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:20

Best of City Insider: Police Chief Bill Scott

12/27/2018
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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight talks to SFPD Chief Bill Scott about the epidemic of car break-ins and what residents and the police can do to prevent these crimes. Scott also talks about homelessness and injection drug use on the city’s streets. From April 2, 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:17

The San Francisco Movie Special

12/24/2018
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Chronicle columnist Heather Knight talks to Bay Area movers and shakers about their favorite San Francisco films. "Vertigo" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" get a lot of votes as Mayor London Breed, Marc Benioff, State Senator Scott Wiener and others weigh in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:47

Best of City Insider: Candidate London Breed

12/18/2018
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When London Breed sat down with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight in April, she was the president of the Board of Supervisors and the former acting mayor — after her colleagues had booted her from office. She was also running for mayor, a race she would win in June. In the April 4, 2018, episode of San Francisco City Insider, then-candidate Breed talks about her childhood in the Western Addition, her plans for San Francisco, and the fact that she worries about her own housing...

Duration:00:32:40

Divvying up San Francisco's unexpected windfall

12/12/2018
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Late last month, San Francisco woke up to find itself $415 richer. The question now is: Where is all that money going to go? Competing plans have already emerged, and some groups, including education advocates, are already making the case for why they should get a piece of the pie. City Hall reporter Trisha Thadani is here to help us make sense of it all. Hosted by Dominic Fracassa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:41

State Senator Scott Wiener

12/11/2018
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The San Francisco Democrat talks with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight about his proposal to give all homeless people in California a right to shelter, his second try at making car break-ins easier to prosecute, and one surprising benefit of being 6-foot-7. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:58

Election 2018: Analysis from The Chronicle's political team

11/7/2018
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An all-star cast of Chronicle political experts breaks down the biggest races and issues on election night 2018. San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli hosts this episode with editor in chief Audrey Cooper, editorial page editor John Diaz, political writer John Wildermuth, Sacramento bureau chief Melody Gutierrez and columnist Heather Knight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:17

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on homelessness

11/2/2018
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Marc Benioff has been making headlines for his support of Prop. C to tax big businesses to raise money for homeless services — and for his scolding of other San Francisco CEOs for not doing the same. Heather Knight talked to him on the 61st story of the new Salesforce Tower, where you’re looking down on the top of the TransAmerica Pyramid and pretty much everything else in the Bay Area. He talked about why he backs Prop. C, why he’s taking other billionaires to task so publicly and how his...

Duration:00:19:17

San Francisco Fire Chief hangs up her helmet

10/22/2018
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San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is the first woman to ever hold the job and the longest serving big city fire chief in the country. After nearly 15 years on the job, she has a big announcement: she's ready to hang up her helmet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:12:58

SF District Ten Candidate Shamann Walton

10/18/2018
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San Francisco District Ten Candidate Shamann Walton, a former school board president, has a lot of support from San Francisco and California political veterans. He also has a long history of work in the neighborhood. But some political observers have questioned how voters will respond to his track record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:04

SF District Ten Candidate Tony Kelly

10/18/2018
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San Francisco District Ten Candidate Tony Kelly, the current president of the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association, is a longtime neighborhood activist who has run for the seat twice before. He considers himself a democratic socialist -- but the question is how voters will respond to that label. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:24

SF District Ten Candidate Theo Ellington

10/18/2018
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San Francisco District Ten Candidate Theo Ellington, the current board president for the Bayview opera house, grew up in the Bayview and said his top three priorities would be "affordable housing, affordable housing and affordable housing." Ellington is the youngest candidate in this race, and the question some voters have about Theo is if he has enough experience to run a district. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:36

SF District Six Candidate Christine Johnson

10/16/2018
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San Francisco District Six Candidate Christine Johnson is a former planning commissioner with an engineering degree. A self-described a policy wonk, she is the only one in the race with experience working in a city department. But, so far, her campaign has failed to get as much momentum as her competitors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:27

SF District Six Candidate Sonja Trauss

10/16/2018
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San Francisco District Six Candidate Sonja Trauss is a prominent housing activist who started the YIMBY movement and is running to bring a pro-housing voice to the Board of Supervisors. Trauss is often described as tenacious, outspoken and blunt. The question with her is how those qualities will translate into the board's chambers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:35

SF District Six Candidate Matt Haney

10/16/2018
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Matt Haney is a school board member and a progressive candidate running for a district long held by supervisors of similar political stripes. He's running to create more shelter beds in District Six and to get the streets cleaned up. But he's up against two pro-housing moderates running a one-two ranked-choice voting strategy, and both have been endorsed by the mayor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:12

SF District Four candidate Trevor McNeil

10/10/2018
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San Francisco District Four candidate Trevor McNeil, a public school teacher, is the only candidate in the District Four race who would support a Navigation Center in the district. He's picked up a smattering of endorsements, but whether he can get enough traction before November remains an open question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:48

SF District Four candidate Gordon Mar

10/10/2018
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San Francisco District Four candidate Gordon Mar is a longtime labor activist in the city, who has a broad coalition of support from the building and labor and trade groups. But can this progressive candidate who sees housing opportunities on the westside win over a district long held by moderates? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:51