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Steve Kawa is the powerhouse behind San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

sfgate.com — He's called the enforcer. The shadow mayor. The sphinx. Most San Franciscans have never heard of one of the most powerful people in the city, and Steve Kawa likes it that way. He's the 52-year-old chief of staff to Mayor Ed Lee, held the same position under Mayor Gavin Newsom and was a top aide to Mayor Willie Brown.
Aug 31, 2014

Is this the first profile of Steve Kawa...ever? the man who actually runs SF. sfgate.com/default/articl…

Aug 31, 2014

RT @JoeArellano: Great profile by @hknightsf/@johnwcote on fmr colleague, SF Mayoral Chief of Staff & all-around great guy, Steve Kawa http…

Aug 31, 2014

RT @SFjkdineen: @johnwcote and @hknightsf land historic interview w/ Steve Kawa, the Man Behind The Curtain at City Hall. tinyurl.com/ld2rhec

Aug 31, 2014

@johnwcote and @hknightsf land historic interview w/ Steve Kawa, the Man Behind The Curtain at City Hall. tinyurl.com/ld2rhec

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Fun in the sun - SF Giants win sixth straight, rout Brewers

blog.sfgate.com — The Giants didn't want August to end. Now they can't wait for September to begin. Ending the penultimate month of the regular season with a six-game win streak, the Giants crushed the Brewers 15-5 on a picture-postcard Sunday by the bay that kept most fans to the finish.
Aug 31, 2014

RT @JohnSheaHey: Bring on September. #sfgiants rout #brewers, end August with 6-game win streak (Splash blog): blog.sfgate.com/giants/2014/08… Via @sfgate

Aug 31, 2014

Bring on September. #sfgiants rout #brewers, end August with 6-game win streak (Splash blog): blog.sfgate.com/giants/2014/08… Via @sfgate

California school retires divisive Arab mascot

sfgate.com — The bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game on Friday. The district submitted five designs to the civil rights group last spring, and the group has favored a design depicting a stoic man with a neatly trimmed beard.

Widened Panama Canal may threaten West Coast port jobs

sfgate.com — After three months of negotiations, there is no agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association that represents port employers at 27 West Coast ports. The contract expired July 1, and the parties did reach a tentative agreement on health benefits Aug. 26.
Aug 31, 2014

A wider Panama Canal may make it cheaper to ship cargo to East Coast ports and bypass the West Coast. bit.ly/1Ch972n Jobs at stake!

Small wineries suffer big losses in Napa quake

sfgate.com — The wine is flowing, grapes are being picked and Napa Valley vineyards are open for business, but it could take most of this week before the real victims of last week's earthquake - small specialty wineries - finish tallying their damages.
Aug 31, 2014

RT @SFGate: Some small wineries are suffering from significant or catastrophic losses from the Napa quake sfg.ly/1tQcr0s pic.twitter.com/dChchHEicE

Aug 31, 2014

The real catastrophic losses of last week's #napaquake: small specialty craft wineries @pfimrite reports bit.ly/Z3poJ3 via @SFGate