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A call to arms

OPINION No one can deny that the San Francisco of the new dot-com boom is a scary place to live. Rents are astronomical: $2,353...

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...

Time to enforce the law

Airbnb owes the city some money -- will we ever collect?

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

Earthquake safety legislation could hit renters hard

February 13, 2013
Pending legislation that would require seismic retrofitting of thousands of properties at the building owners' expense could hit renters harder than anyone, causing evictions...

Two good questions for Mayor Lee

February 12, 2013
UPDATED When Mayor Ed Lee appears before the Board of Supervisors this afternoon (Tues/12) for the voter-mandated monthly “Formal Policy Discussions” (aka Question Time),...

Out of place

Evictions are driving long-time renters out of their homes -- and out of SF. Here are the stories of several people being evicted

The machine

Sup. Scott Wiener is relentless, driven, prolific — and changing San Francisco in sometimes alarming ways

Housing stability for all

Think of the TIC owners, says Supervisor Wiener

LGBT icon evicted, leaving town, blasting Wiener

January 29, 2013
Documentary filmmaker and longtime queer community activist and leader David Weissman is leaving San Francisco -- because he and three other tenants of his...

Condo conversion legislation on hold for now

January 28, 2013
Following a contentious five-hour hearing, a committee of the Board of Supervisors postponed voting on a controversial housing proposal, and agreed to revisit the...

Disappearing poles

New supervisors Breed and Yee help create a less predictable board

Sharing the sun

Solar energy entrepreneurs are pioneering new models for democratizing power

The plutocrat

Tech mogul Ron Conway is trying to buy San Francisco politics and sell his pro-business agenda

Sorting out a strange election

What the Nov. 6 results mean -- and don't mean

D5 race displays key SF political dynamics

November 7, 2012
There’s so much to say about the District 5 supervisorial race, whose top five finishers’ parties I attended tonight, gathering interesting perspectives from each...

Economic cleansing, part two

Don't let realtors' cash determine the future of San Francisco

Endorsements 2012: San Francisco propositions

Yes (sigh) on Prop B. And vote hell yes to deny corporations personhood -- that'd be Prop G

Farmville, for real

City spaces like Hayes Valley Farm, Kezar Gardens, and the Free Farm are disappearing. Is there a future for urban agriculture in San Francisco?

Compromise measures

Housing and business tax propositions don't solve the city's problems, but both sides say they're the best we can expect

Guardian Voices: Hassle-free housing

July 30, 2012
I'm talking to the amazing organizers at Causa Justa:: Just Cause (CJJC) about their work to protect homeowners from foreclosure by the big banks,...

Earthquake Survival Guide*

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Brown, Pak, and Olague

July 3, 2012
Christina Olague was a great planning commissioner. I've always liked her, and when she was appointed we pointed out how strongly she was rooted...