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SF bankers now exporting tenant-displacing TIC loans

Fractional mortgage loans used to convert apartments into owner-occupied tenancies-in-common have fed the eviction and displacement crisis in San Francisco, where the median home...

Chiu mailer highlights Guardian praise, despite our Campos endorsement

Politics is dirty business, and I should never underestimate the willingness of politicians to turn any editorial praise they receive into an electoral advantage,...

Chiu for Assembly

OPINIONSan Francisco is at a crossroads. While some residents benefit from prosperity, an affordable housing crisis coupled with income inequality make this a time...

Staying power

San Francisco tenants' movement rises up and sets the agenda

Alerts: February 5 – 11, 2014

February 4, 2014
THURSDAY 6 Speaking event: After the Arab Spring 312 Sutter, 2nd Floor Auditorium, SF. www.globalexchange.org/events. 7-8pm, $15 or $5 for students. Three years ago, the...

Into thin air

"Shareable housing" is causing apartments to vanish from SF's rental market — yet popular, profitable sites like Airbnb violate local laws

Chiu becomes City Hall’s go-to guy for solving tough problems

At the start of this year, when I wrote a Guardian cover story profile of Sup. Scott Wiener (which SF Weekly and San Francisco...

Everyone but Mayor Lee sees SF’s worsening “housing affordability crisis”

There was a clear theme that ran through yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting from beginning to end, something understood equally by renters, homeowners, and...

Supervisors approve condo legislation with veto-proof majority

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today voted to approve compromise legislation that will allow more than 2,000 tenancy-in-common homeowners to convert to condominiums...

Rival condo conversion measures finally up for board vote

Controversial condominium conversion lottery bypass legislation is finally headed for a vote by the full Board of Supervisors this Tuesday. Befitting legislation that has...

Condo bypass legislation now before the full board

Controversial condominium lottery bypass legislation -- sponsored by Sups. Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener but substantially modified by tenant group that strongly opposed the...

Proposal would halt condo conversions for ten years

April 15, 2013
San Francisco Supervisors Norman Yee, Jane Kim and Board President David Chiu gathered with a cluster of tenant advocates at City Hall April 15...

No progress in condo conversion standoff, despite the Chron’s spin

Perhaps it was just an unfunny April Fool's Day joke or some wishful political spin, but the San Francisco Chronicle's April 1 article about...

The “mystery” of the homeless families

March 22, 2013
The Chron's having a hard time figuring out why there are so many more homeless families looking for help."It's been difficult to pin down...

Condo conversion compromise in the works despite Realtors’ resistance

Negotiations between tenant advocates and real estate interests (including the political advocacy group Plan C) over the controversial condo lottery bypass legislation haven't...

Compromised position

Mayor Lee's waffling on big issues is hurting the city's ability to cut the best deals for the public

Plan C, and the C stands for Condo conversions

February 21, 2013
No politically savvy San Franciscan has ever really bought the rhetoric espoused by the so-called “moderate” political action group Plan C that it's all...

Can we have cool new additions without gentrifying the Mission?

February 19, 2013
Do livability and gentrification go hand-in-hand? In other words, as you improve a neighborhood like the Valencia Street corridor with bike lanes, wide sidewalks,...

Supes scramble to find TIC deal

February 14, 2013
Some San Francisco supervisors are scrambling to find an acceptable compromise that would prevent condo-conversion legislation by Sups. Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell from...

No sympathy for TICs

February 11, 2013
Got a fascinating letter from a local lawyer named Richard Hurlburt, who has some thoughts on the TIC-condo conversion legislation sponsored by Sups. Scott...

Editor’s notes

Sorry we're not sorry, TIC owners -- the law applies to you, too

The mayor and condo conversions

February 4, 2013
We all know how Mayor Ed Lee got his start as a tenant advocate, and we all know that every tenant group in the...

Was it a great year?

December 19, 2012
At noon Dec. 19, a group of about 50 housing activists led by the Housing Rights Committee gathered at 18th and Castro, next to...