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Privatization of public housing

Many residents feel they're moving from the frying pan of Housing Authority control into the fire of developer and nonprofit management

How SF politics (and journalism) really works

The internal report on SF Housing Authority management berates ousted director Henry Alvarez as a jerk and a bully, somone who made racist and...

Family of teen shot in Alice Griffith still waiting for Housing Authority help

March 1, 2013
Aireez Taylor, a 15-year-old Mission High School student and a resident of the Alice Griffith public housing project in Bayview, was shot seven times...

Should city employees be commissioners?

February 14, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee had to do something radical with the Housing Authority, and I'm glad he did. The commissioners who oversee this mess, particularly...

Editor’s notes

Think of it as a managerial tool: the guy who runs public housing should live in it

Feds downgrade troubled Housing Authority

January 8, 2013
The federal government has declared the San Francisco Housing Authority a “troubled” agency and dispatched agents to review the agency’s finances and management failures.The...

Editor’s notes

Outlook is Supreme-ly sunny for gay marriage

Lee ducks tough questions about Alvarez and diversifying SF’s economy

December 11, 2012
For a career bureaucrat who was appointed mayor supposedly as a sort of straight-shooting un-politician, Mayor Ed Lee today once again demonstrated a real...

The Housing Authority mess

December 10, 2012
Mayor Ed Lee seems to think that the controversy over Housing Authority Director Henry Alvarez is just going to blow over, but he's wrong....

What did the mayor know?

December 5, 2012
So let's get this straight:Three lawsuits have been filed against the head of the Housing Authority. Some 30 staffers have complained about Alvarez to...

Crossing over

Arizona law changing the political dynamics on immigration, in SF and across the country

Insuring against asbestos exposure, SF style

June 30, 2009
Text By Sarah Phelan Serpentinite rock with veins of naturally occurring asbestos Henry Alvarez, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Authority, acknowledges that a judge...