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SF Board of Supervisors approves new tenant protections

The Board of Supervisors today (Tues/17) gave unanimous final approval to legislation aimed at giving renters in the city additional protections against being displaced...

Mantra from the Milk/Moscone memorial march: “Fight back!”

Hundreds of activists and progressive San Franciscans marked the 35th anniversary of the Mayor George Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk assassinations on Wednesday night...

Mantra from the Milk/Moscone memorial march: “Fight back!”

November 29, 2013
Hundreds of activists and progressive San Franciscans marked the 35th anniversary of the Mayor George Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk assassinations on Wednesday night...

Eviction epidemic spurs legislative solutions

Tenants, organizers and residents impacted by Ellis Act evictions packed the Board of Supervisors Chambers at San Francisco City Hall Nov. 14 for a...

Hundreds attend hearing to call for action on evictions

November 14, 2013
Tenants, organizers and residents impacted by Ellis Act evictions packed the Board of Supervisors Chambers at San Francisco City Hall today, Thu/14, for a...

Reduce California’s prison population

EDITORIAL California must reduce its prison population — as federal judges have been ordering for years to address severe overcrowding and substandard health care...

Industrial hemp legalized in California

After being stuck in legislative limbo for 14 years, industrial hemp will soon be a legally sanctioned agricultural crop in the state of California.The...

Industrial hemp legalized in California

September 27, 2013
After being stuck in legislative limbo for 14 years, industrial hemp will soon be a legally sanctioned agricultural crop in the state of California....

Bay Bridge turns Brown

The California Senate gave its blessing to the rename the western span of the Bay Bridge after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown on...

Challenge Mayor Lee and his lies

EDITORIAL In the long history of San Francisco political corruption caused by Pacific Gas & Electric's willingness to do and spend whatever it takes...

Power struggle

Mayor Lee misrepresents CleanPowerSF in defending his appointees' effort to kill it

Senate OKs Bay Bridge name change, lawsuit seeks to overturn it

September 12, 2013
The California Senate gave its blessing to the rename the western span of the Bay Bridge after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown on...

Are Yee’s anti-tenant votes about courting contributions from landlords?

September 4, 2013
Sen. Leland Yee has never been a vote that renters could count on, from his days on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors...

“Refeeding” is prison authorities’ new word for force-feeding

The practice of force-feeding inmates has a branding problem. The issue first came to light after a U.S. District Judge last week granted the...

Stand up for the little guy

OPINION Last week, my partner and I journeyed early one morning to Sacramento to sign documents at the Secretary of State. We did this...

Inmates on hunger strike win support from California legislators

July 15, 2013
The largest prison hunger strike in California history officially began on July 8, and though some California legislators have voiced support for state prison...

On pins and needles

Same-sex marriage ruling hits San Francisco on the eve of Pride -- oh hey, we won stuff!

Some wins, some losses in Sacto

June 3, 2013
The state Assembly and Senate passed the usual flurry of bills on May 31, the last day for initial-house approval, with some unusual drama...

Catch up!

Boo Williams, Afrolicious, DJ Quality, House of Stank, Derrick May, Kitsune, Wolf + Lamb, Kim Ann Foxman, and more fast-forward nightlife

When conservatives love Leno

April 15, 2013
State Sen. Mark Leno is used to facing opposition. His efforts to regulate chemicals, end gender discrimination in insurance, and force cell-phone makers to...

Willie Brown and Ammiano’s pot bill

March 26, 2013
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s new medical marijuana bill seems pretty straightforward. Almost everyone in the medpot biz thinks there ought to be some sort of...

Should bars be open until 4 am?

March 15, 2013
State Sen. Mark Leno is introducing a bill that would allow (not require, allow) cities to designate areas where bars could stay open and...

Everybody likes Jerry; now what?

February 21, 2013
For the first time in many years, Californians seem to like their governor. Jerry Brown's approval rating is now above 50 percent; actually, it's...

Finally, a way to get toxics out of furniture

February 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown has finally done what the state Legislature refused for six years to do: He's eliminating the requirement that household furniture and...