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Forum begins to bridge the housing-transportation divide

October 10, 2014
Advocates for sustainable transportation and affordable housing in San Francisco — who have been pitted against each other in this election — discussed their...

Endorsements 2014

Vote to give Muni more money, raise the minimum wage, discourage real estate speculation, and send Campos to Sacramento

SF to consider joining Richmond in fighting banks over underwater mortgages

July 11, 2014
Plans to ease San Francisco’s often overlooked home foreclosure crisis will have to wait a bit longer. The San Francisco Board of...

As Ellis Act reform bill faced death, where was Ron Conway?

One week and one day -- that's how long Sen. Mark Leno has to push his Ellis Act reform bill through two committees in...

Guardian Intelligence: May 21 – 27, 2014

May 20, 2014
P>Because nothing screams "invest in healthcare" like an aging Sammy Hagar: The former Van Halen rocker teamed up with Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's...

Chiu introduces legislation to regulate Airbnb and short-term housing rentals UPDATED

After more than a year in development, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is introducting legislation today to legalize and regulate the short-term housing...

Rising tide of plutocracy

EDITORIAL The pace of life under late capitalism seems to be speeding up these days, and so too have the bad news developments and...

Yee had a reputation for political corruption even before the federal indictment

Long before Sen. Leland Yee’s surprise arrest and arraignment on federal corruption charges today, Yee already had a reputation for, at best, political pandering...

Alerts: March 12 – 18, 2014

March 11, 2014
WEDNESDAY 12San Francisco Neighborhoods on the Brink Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery, SF. www.birdbeckett.com. 7pm, free. A panel discussion on displacement,...

Three upcoming events on housing in San Francisco

March 6, 2014
There are a few upcoming opportunities to have your say in the ongoing dialogue about the San Francisco tenants’ struggle as long-term renters grapple...

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...

Airbnb under fire in New York

joe@sfbg.comAirbnb, a mainstay of the "sharing economy" that connects hosts with guests for short-term apartment rentals, allegedly flouts city and state regulations across the...

City ignores public on bus plan

EDITORIAL San Francisco's tech bus saga has proven to be a source of fascination to national and international media outlets. Blockades of Google, Apple,...

“Tale of two Davids” elevates Campos

David Campos presented "a tale of two Davids" Jan. 23 in his first debate with David Chiu in their race to replace Assemblymember Tom...

“Tale of Two Davids” casts Campos as the progressive hero

January 23, 2014
David Campos presented “a tale of two Davids” tonight in his first debate with David Chiu in their race to replace Assemblymember Tom...

Tenant battle brewing

Housing activists and local politicians push parallel reform agendas

State of the City: spin over substance

It was maddening to watch Mayor Ed Lee deliver his annual State of the City address on Jan. 17. This was pure politics, from...

State of the City speech filled with unsupported promises

January 17, 2014
It was maddening to watch Mayor Ed Lee deliver his annual State of the City address this morning. This was pure politics, from the...

Left turn?

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel launches Oakland mayoral campaign

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

When is a public opinion poll a valid representation of how people feel? That turns out to be a tricky and ever-evolving question, particularly...

“Poll” showing 73 percent approval for Mayor Lee was flawed

January 10, 2014
There was a poll conducted in late November by the University of San Francisco, the results of which were released in conjunction with...

Homework troubles

School district helps the city with affordable housing, but teachers say they're the ones who need help