Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century.

Articles by Randy Shaw

Supporters of Station 40 hold March 2 rally at BART Plaza

The Mission’s Future

Posted March 3, 2015 by

March 2 saw another eviction protest in San Francisco’s Mission District. This eviction targets the Station 40 collective, whose eclectic programming has included a workshop on “The Art of Resistance: Anti-Gentrification Screen Printing.” The landlords are evicting the tenants for
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Can Anyone Figure Out SF Gate?

Posted March 3, 2015 by

Since the renovation of the SF Chronicle’s SFGate.com website, I have found it very difficult to access. In fact, everyone I mention this to has problems finding stories on the site. Some even wonder whether the Chronicle’s goal is to
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Kim-Wiener Senate Showdown Takes Shape

Posted March 2, 2015 by

With Mayor Lee facing no serious re-election opposition, the next big San Francisco political showdown is the expected 2016 State Senate fight between Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. Both have hit the ground running since easily winning re-election last
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Coney Island Exposed America’s Spirit

Posted February 27, 2015 by

There may be no five-mile area in the United States that better captures the nation’s democratic spirit than New York City’s Coney Island. Coney Island came to symbolize America’s working-class dreams, growing ethnic and racial diversity, love of amusement, and
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Oakland Should Call Raiders Bluff

Posted February 24, 2015 by

For a city moving forward on multiple fronts, Oakland now finds itself facing another “Raiders to LA” threat. The city’s response should be obvious: tell the Raiders to leave for Los Angeles and don’t slam door on the way out.
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Nonprofits' July 2014 protest inside Supervisors chamber

SF Should Send Airbnb Taxes to Nonprofits

Posted February 23, 2015 by

Airbnb ‘s announcement last week that it has paid San Francisco tens of millions of dollars in back taxes  came at a perfect time.  That’s because on February 25 at 10am the Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee is considering giving
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Media Misleads Public on SF Fires

Posted February 20, 2015 by

The recent fire at 22nd and Mission Streets should have been a game-changer. It should have created a public groundswell for improvements in fire department inspection practices. It also should have led to front-page editorials demanding apartment sprinkler laws to
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Testifying at SF public hearings is often a waiting game

Will SF Change Public Comment Rules?

Posted February 17, 2015 by

San Francisco generously allows nearly unlimited public comment at Supervisors and Commission hearings. Yet people often must wait hours for their agenda item to come up, having to leave before that occurs. This does not foster civic engagement. San Francisco’s
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