Giving up on the gridlock at the federal and state levels, progressives are turning their attention to local ballots to get their ideas passed. But policies that sell well in cities won't always work statewide.
It was a major issue in recent mayoral races. This year, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is one of the few candidates talking about it.
Most incumbents are safe bets for re-election, but races remain unpredictable in several big cities.
Municipal finances look stable on paper, but cities still struggle with slow revenue growth and rising costs, according to a new report.
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