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Housing supply and demand theory on trial at City Hall

The November ballot is shaping into a housing supply theory showdown, and yesterday’s Board of Supervisors Rules Committee hearing was the first round.The...

The politics behind today’s dueling Airbnb rallies

Today’s dueling rallies at City Hall on whether to fully ban or fully allow the short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and other companies --...

New coalition opposes Chiu’s Airbnb legislation UPDATED

An unlikely coalition has formed to oppose legislation sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu that would legalize and regulate short-term apartment rentals...

Sue Hestor’s 70th birthday party: “We Shall Overcome.”

February 5, 2014
By Bruce B. BrugmannPlus: Tim Redmond reports on Sue Hestor and her environmental legacy on his new local  website 48 Hills.org.  How do you...

Manhattanization revisited

Is more, taller, and denser housing the answer to San Francisco's affordability crisis?


October 16, 2013
Bruce Brugmann, Jean Dibble, and Tim RedmondThe San Francisco Bay Guardian — which has had a significant impact on the Bay Area's cultural and...

Tim’s San Francisco

Former Guardian editor launches nonprofit media venture, promising progressive reporting delivered daily online

Planning for displacement

Regional planners want to put 280,000 more people into San Francisco — and they admit that many current residents will have to leave

The real CPMC story

Unsung heroes and how it all went down

CPMC deal gets warm welcome despite some shortcomings

Even though the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the term sheet for the California Pacific Medical Center's hospital deal this week, comments from the...

A developer’s wet dream

Wiener offers far-reaching proposals to amend environmental-review laws

Guardian Voices: There’s something happening here

July 20, 2012
There are distinct signs of the rebirth of a grassroots  balanced-growth  movement in San Francisco, and some small indication that it’s even beginning to...

Guest opinion: RCV is good for progressives

Since San Francisco began using ranked choice voting in 2004 and public financing of campaigns in 2002, the city has been a leader in...

Guardian Voices: The case against RCV

July 13, 2012
“The Cure for the Ills of Democracy is More Democracy”                                 -- old Progressive Party sloganMy friends here at the Guardian have elevated support...

Guardian Voices: Stop and Frisk didn’t work last time

Mayor Lee’s musings before the Chronicle editorial board, in which he revealed his thoughts about instituting a “stop and frisk” policy in San Francisco,...

Guardian voices: The labor agreement that changed SF

June 29, 2012
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the beginnings of  negotiations between the International Longshoreman’s and Warehouseman’s Union and the Pacific Maritime Association over...

Hospital standoff

A skeptical Board of Supervisors opens hearings on the massive, high-stakes CPMC project

Sutter’s CPMC deal isn’t healthy

At 10am on Friday, June 15, at the main chambers of the Board of Supervisors, the first of a series of public hearings will...

Why the May 15 vote on 8 Washington matters

May 14, 2012
Brad Benson, the special projects director at the Port of San Francisco, took me on a tour of the 8 Washington project and gave...

Guest opinion: It’s not about Mirkarimi, it’s about us

April 5, 2012
Virtually unmentioned in the torrent of words that have flowed over the Ross Mirkarimi false imprisonment, suspension and pending vote to determine...

The big problems with Mayor Lee’s CPMC deal

March 30, 2012
The mayor announced a deal for the largest private hospital construction project in San Francisco history with great fanfare, and the folks at Beyond...

Redistricting: A Guardian Forum

January 25, 2012
The new supervisorial districts could change the makeup of the board and have a lasting impact on local politics. There's been a lot of...

Lessons from 2011 for 2012

November 14, 2011
With the release of precinct results for the 2011 election, we are able to actually see, for the first time, what San Francisco voters...

Is SF moving to the right?

November 11, 2011
The Bay Citizen/New York Times thinks so. The headline on the story -- "more conservative is the new normal" -- says it all. Matt...