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Alison Vekshin

Marijuana Vote in California May Herald End of Prohibition Era

U.S. voters next month in five states, including bellwether California, are poised to expand the legal use of recreational marijuana to almost a quarter of the American population, a move that could prove to be one of the most consequential shifts in U.S drug policy since the 1930s.

Pfizer and Merck Join $500 Million California Ballot Stampede

As California voters prepare to consider the most ballot measures in almost two decades, companies such as Merck & Co. Inc. and Pfizer Inc. and other interests have already plowed $160 million to sway the outcomes, a sum that could more than triple before the Nov. 8 election.

Rare San Francisco Republicans Are Objects of Desire

Alan Burradell walks his rat terrier, Django, around San Francisco in a red, white and blue Donald Trump dog sweater. Across town, Tom Canaday sports a Ted Cruz button as he calls neighbors from a rent-controlled apartment urging them to support the conservative Texas senator.

Apple Encryption Spurn Stirs Statehouse Push for Backdoor Access

Apple Inc.’s decision to defy a court order demanding the company help federal agents unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in a California terrorist attack has emboldened a state lawmaker seeking to mandate that smartphones come equipped with a backdoor access feature.

San Francisco Nudges Homeless Away From Super Bowl Fan Village

When a million people descend on San Francisco later this month to revel in Super Bowl festivities, they can see a performance by Alicia Keys, a fireworks display and art by local artists. What they won’t see much of are hordes of homeless people.

San Francisco Voters Reject Ballot Measure to Curb Airbnb

Airbnb Inc. has fought off a San Francisco ballot measure that sought to limit the short-stay rental service in its hometown, an effort to contain housing costs that some say has made the city a playground for well-heeled techies.