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Guns, gods, and government

EDITORIAL Humans tend to believe that we're smarter than we really are. It's a problem that can be exacerbated by concentrations of wealth and...

Residents vs. tourists

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

Presidio Trust decides on museum proposals

The Presidio museum showdown has come to an end for now, and the winner of the hotly contested mid-Crissy Field site is (drum roll,...

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...

New, final Presidio museum proposals are in

The final round of project proposals for the Crissy Field Presidio site are in, and boy do they sure look... almost exactly the same...

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...

The Rise of Candidate X

The absolutely true story of how a complete unknown rocketed from political obscurity, electrified the city, tackled real problems, and beat Ed Lee in 2015. 

Read this: 11 national news outlets cover SF’s tech culture war

Those of us in the Bay Area have long followed the rising rents, floods of evictions, and growing resentment between long-time Bay Area residents...

Defining problems and shaping solutions

EDITORIAL Our attitudes and ideologies shape how we see the world. How we define the problems and challenges we face in San Francisco and...

Homeless hater Greg Gopman was a jerk at the office, too

Former AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman not only fanned the flames of San Franciscan tech resentment by calling the homeless “degenerates” and “trash” on Facebook,...

Freedom is slavery, privacy is theft

BOOKS ISSUE: 'The Circle' projects Bay Area technology culture into a dystopian near-future

The Presidio Strikes Back

As George Lucas' tech-focused art museum duels with history and nature museums for a key spot on Crissy Field, the Presidio Trust considers going big and allowing all three

Mayor Ed Lee’s committee gives $10,000 that it doesn’t have to the 8 Washington project UPDATED

November 1, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee presents himself as a model of fiscal responsibility, but the Mayor Ed Lee for San Francisco Committee that he...

Corporate welfare booming

San Francisco's business tax breaks reach $14.2 million for 2012, up from $4.2 million in 2011

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...

Corporate welfare boom: SF’s business tax breaks jump to $14.2 million annually

September 16, 2013
Business tax breaks instituted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other corporate-friendly local politicians to stimulate growth in tech, biotech, and cleantech, diverted...

Into thin air

"Shareable housing" is causing apartments to vanish from SF's rental market — yet popular, profitable sites like Airbnb violate local laws

Mr. Mayor: Stop supporting tax cheats

Businesses don't write the law books, remember?

The adulation of the technoriche

June 5, 2013
It’s hardly news at this point that billionaire tech mogul Sean Parker tore up a public campground to build the sets for his $10...

Banned by Facebook

Seeking answers from Big Tech — and continuing to be stonewalled

Censored by Facebook and I don’t know why

UPDATED Today I got banned from posting on Facebook and I don’t know why, but it has left me feeling very unsettled about this...

Airbnb is still snubbing SF, even after a NY judge rules it illegal there

Now that a judge in New York has ruled that Airbnb is illegal there, a model that violates city tenant laws and state law,...

The Ro Khanna party

May 17, 2013
When Ro Khanna, a young, energetic intellectual property lawyer, ran for Congress against Tom Lantos, he was the candidate of the progressives. I liked...

The hype, reality, and accountability of collaborative consumption

Collaborative consumption, aka the shareable economy – the labels given to a new generation of Internet-based companies that facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges of goods and...