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Planning for displacement

Regional planners want to put 280,000 more people into San Francisco — and they admit that many current residents will have to leave

Week One

I took this gig a week ago---multiple posts a week, basically a news-based version of what I did for the SFBG in the 90's....

Housing for the rootless superrich

May 20, 2013
When San Francisco looks at building ultra-luxury housing -- places like 8 Washington -- and some city officials and "experts" say it's going to...

Do falling jobless numbers mean we’re smart and focused, or rich and exclusive?

The unemployment rate continues to drop in San Francisco and all over California, according to new numbers released today by the California Employment...

Can the tech boom solve our housing crisis? No, but it can make it worse

 San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and San Francisco Magazine posed an intriguing question at a forum they sponsored last night in the W Hotel:...

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...

“Ten more Ron Conways” would destroy San Francisco

As I reported in this week's cover story, San Francisco has lost its balance under Mayor Ed Lee, with economic development pushing sustainability –...

Indicator city

If cutting edge San Francisco can't meet the challenge of climate change and related environmental issues, are we all doomed?

The art of staying put

The area is thriving, but will Mid-Market arts center plan survive the tech boom?

On KPFA, Gavin Newsom ducks the tough ones

March 21, 2013
Gavin Newsom sat down for an hour with Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's Up Front, and the show is remarkable. Brian was a little less...

Harvey Milk and Cesar Chavez

February 1, 2013
The Chron continues its jihad against Harvey Milk Airport today, arguing that the price tag airport administrators came up with -- $4 million --...

The machine

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

The inauguration and the economic divide

January 21, 2013
Second inaugration speeches are hard; you have to be political without sounding partisan, inspiring without being divisive -- and promise change and progress even...

Texas and tax cuts suck; CA leads job growth

January 16, 2013
How many times have we heard that jobs are leaving California for Texas? How many times have big-business groups and the polticians who play...

Twitter, tax breaks and the New York Times

December 3, 2012
Just about everyone who watches news media is calling it the Story of the Week, and it's probably going to be one of the...

The plutocrat

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

Who’s counting the money?

Grow a backbone and actually negotiate with those who'd develop a new arena for the Warriors

The fallout from Twitter continues

November 9, 2012
San Francisco has never been able to do big-scale economic redevelopment without displacement of existing residents and businesses, and the "revitalization" of mid-Market is...

The displaced businesses

There's a downside to the real-estate boom on Market Street

Editor’s notes: The flood at home

How would the Bay Area fare in a big storm? It's not pretty, but worth thinking about while we can

Olague attacks led by billionaires and a consultant/commissioner with undisclosed income

October 31, 2012
Understanding how political activists are being paid is important to understanding what their motivations are. For example, is Andrea Shorter – a mayor-appointed former...

San Francisco Stories: The literary life

October 16, 2012

On our 46th anniversary, we tell tales of the city

Local censored 2012

Our picks for SF stories that didn't get the attention they deserved

SF sucks. More machines will fix it. Really.

October 9, 2012
How many ways is this video by the tech flackery sf.citi really embrassing and whiny? Let's start:Gee -- San Francisco is just horrible. There...