San Francisco Chronicle

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The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young.[1] The paper grew along with San Francisco and was the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the United States in 1880; today it is Northern California's largest newspaper, serving primarily the San Francisco Bay Area, but distributed throughout Northern California, including the Sacramento area and North Coast. Today only the Los Angeles Times exceeds the Chronicle's circulation on the West Coast, while the paper is ranked 20th by circulation nationally.

Editorial positions on California ballot propositions

February 2008

Proposition Description This paper's editorial position Yes Votes No Votes
California Proposition 91 (2008) Transportation funding - - -
California Proposition 92 (2008) Community College funding - - -
California Proposition 93 (2008) Alter term limits
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California Proposition 94 (2008) Tribal Gaming Compacts
- -
California Proposition 95 (2008) Tribal Gaming Compacts
- -
California Proposition 96 (2008) Tribal Gaming Compacts
- -
California Proposition 97 (2008) Tribal Gaming Compacts
- -

Initiative coverage

The Chronicle has recently tended to have a conservative outlook on initiatives often supporting those that enforce less spending and less government. For instance, the Chronicle recently came under attack[2] for writing a negative article[3] on affordable housing measure in San Francisco.

It has also taken a conservative position on the coverage of "Arnoldcare" an universal health care measure proposed for the 2008 ballot.[4]

Traditionally, the newspaper has a liberal standpoint that endorses progressive measures.

External links


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  2. Chronicle Begins Attack on Affordable Housing Measure, BeyondChron, Dec. 14, 2007
  3. C.W. Nevius: Supervisor Chris Daly gets kudos of a sort, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 13, 2007
  4. Schwarzenegger, Assembly speaker file health care ballot measure, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 28, 2007

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