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May 28, 2013 One of the more interesting votes in the California Legislature this week involves Senate Bill 383 ...It would extend consumer privacy protections to online sales of downloadable products.

By John Diaz
Editorial Page Editor
San Francisco Chronicle

May 28, 2013

Frying Pan News/Huffington Post: John Thomas and Hans Burkhardt have a lot in common. For more than 17 years each man had a good paying union job, with health and pension benefits, near San Francisco Bay. Thomas worked as a warehouseman for VWR International, a medical supply company with a warehouse in Brisbane, south of Candlestick Park. Burkhardt also worked as a warehouseman, for BlueLinx, a building products company with a facility across the bay in Newark.

May 27, 2013

Appeal Democrat: If there's one dominant reason for the distrust many Californians feel for governments at all levels, it's the sense that special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into federal, state and local election campaigns while contriving to hide their identities.

May 27, 2013

Pacifica Patch: Thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts from around the Bay Area, including packs and troops from Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, placed small American flags on more than 112,000 graves in observance of Memorial Day Saturday, May 25, at the Golden Gate National Cemetery on Sneath Lane in San Bruno.

May 25, 2013

KGO-TV: Thousands of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts took part in an event that's been a Memorial Day tradition in the Bay Area decades. Soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered and honored at the annual event.

May 20, 2013

Los Altos Patch: Enough of the armchair grumbling about our state budget, which got its latest revision last week. How would you do it? In less than two hours, more than 100 residents armed with "personal response clickers" at Foothill College rebuilt the $98 billion state budget more to their liking Wednesday night—and enjoyed doing it.

May 17, 2013

San Mateo Patch: Law enforcement officials, political leaders and community members gathered Friday at a ceremony naming the rest area on Highway 280 just past the Doran Bridge after a fallen California Highway Patrol officer.

May 17, 2013

Daily Journal: A well-known rest stop off of Interstate 280 just north of Hillsborough will be officially dedicated today in the honor of a California Highway Patrol officer murdered in a Burlingame coffee shop.

May 17, 2013

KGO: A rest stop on Interstate 280 in San Mateo County was named Friday in honor of a California Highway Patrol officer who was gunned down 51 years ago.

May 16, 2013

Mercury News Editorial: "I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message." Voters are used to that tagline on political ads, and most get the idea behind the decade-old law requiring it in federal campaigns. Known as the Stand By Your Ad provision, it forces candidates to take responsibility for whatever facts or foolishness their TV commercials contain. Without it, the mudslinging might be even dirtier. Shouldn't the same principle apply to political ads made by people and groups who aren't officially associated with candidates and ballot measures, but wield just as much influence in elections?