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Chuck Prophet on glam rock, his new record, and how the Castro is turning into a strip mall

October 2, 2014
Chuck Prophet's been around the San Francisco music scene long enough to make a name for himself in a few regards: He can be...

Airbnb must work with SF

EDITORIALAirbnb and other companies that facilitate illegal short-term apartment rentals to tourists visiting San Francisco need to engage in a more honest and direct...

San Francisco’s shame and triumph: remembering the I-Hotel

San Franciscans today may be tempted to feel we're unique in our struggles with evictions and displacement, but one need not look far back...

Last chapters?

The threat to San Francisco bookstores goes beyond Amazon and ebooks to rising rents and demand for commercial space

Boom asks “What’s the matter with San Francisco?” and offers insightful answers

“What’s the matter with San Francisco?” asks the Summer 2014 issue of the Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine produced by the...

Tobener Law Center

Guardian Small Business Award winner has helped lead the current housing rights movement

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 --...

Lawsuits target Airbnb rentals

LAWSUITS TARGET AIRBNB RENTALSThe San Francisco City Attorney's Office last week filed a pair of lawsuits against local landlords who illegally rent out apartments on a short-term...

Lawsuits go after SF landlords doing illegal short-term apartment rentals

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office today filed a pair of lawsuits against local landlords who illegally rent out apartments on a short-term basis,...

SFBG Wrap, April 9-16

Shrimp Boy is innocent (say his attorneys), Airbnb comes clean, and Ellis Act reform advances

Stop the eviction of Benito Santiago

OPINIONI attended a rally in support of eviction fighter Benito Santiago as he battles to keep his home of more than 30 years from...

Leno’s Ellis Act reform bill clears first legislative hurdle

Sen. Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 — which would protect rent-controlled housing in San Francisco by amending the Ellis Act, including making...

Dispatches from SXSW: Painted Palms

March 14, 2014
After a long day of waiting in line in the sun, catching various 15-minute sets, and just being downright baffled by the enormity and...

Is Airbnb’s day of reckoning in SF on its way?

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is finally preparing to take action against the illegal short-term housing rentals facilitated by Airbnb, something we’ve been...

Tech must support Ellis reforms

EDITORIALSan Francisco is facing an eviction crisis, a reality that politicians of all ideological stripes have finally begun to address. It was good to...

Ammiano and Leno seek to reform the Ellis Act and slow SF evictions [UPDATED]

February 21, 2014
State lawmakers from San Francisco are launching a two-pronged attack on the Ellis Act, which real estate speculators are increasingly using to...

Staying power

San Francisco tenants' movement rises up and sets the agenda

A radical proposal: Squat Airbnb hosts’ homes to create affordable housing

February 10, 2014
When I interviewed attorney Joseph Tobener for the story in our current issue on Airbnb being used to take affordable housing units off of...

Residents vs. tourists

How many rent-controlled apartments is Airbnb taking off SF's housing market?

Local journalists starting to catch onto Airbnb’s subversion of SF’s rental market

January 22, 2014
Airbnb and other so-called “shared housing” sites allow hundreds of rent-controlled apartments in San Francisco to be essentially removed from the housing...

Debunking SF Mag’s Ellis Act apologist article, point by point

Well, everyone’s got an opinion. And when it comes to San Francisco’s housing crisis, that’s doubly true.San Francisco Magazine’s opinion though, amounts to a...

Confronting the speculators

Tenant activists spotlight serial evictors in online rogues gallery

In SF and Oakland, activists block tech buses to protest displacement

December 20, 2013
Between 70 and 100 protesters gathered at 24th and Valencia streets this morning (Fri/20) for yet another blockade of a private tech shuttle, this...

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...