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

Ellen Pao leaving the courthouse

Three Cheers for Ellen Pao

Posted March 27, 2015 by

(Editor’s Note: A jury ruled Friday afternoon against Ellen Pao on all her damage claims against Kleiner Perkins) Jury verdicts can be a crapshoot, but to my mind Ellen Pao has already won. She has done more to expose Silicon
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DPW, under Mohammed Nuru, should lead homeless outreach efforts

SF Homeless Outreach Needs New Direction

Posted March 24, 2015 by

San Franciscans learned this weekend that the primary purpose of the SF Health Department’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is not getting people off the street. As DPH’s Rachael Kagan told the SF Chronicle’s Matier & Ross,   “‘I’m not sure the
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, center, with NYC's Bill de Blasio on right

The Real March Madness

Posted March 23, 2015 by

The U.S. Conference of Mayors City of Opportunity Task Force meets in Boston today. Its focus is on “transportation, housing and inequality,” and how “federal policy can help close the wage gap and lift individuals and families out of poverty
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Can Chiu, Ting Win Ellis Act Reform?

Posted March 20, 2015 by

As San Francisco gears up for enacting Ellis Act reform legislation in Sacramento,  passage likely depends on the city’s two Assembly members, David Chiu and Phil Ting. An Assembly committee killed Ellis reform in 2014 after Senate passage, and winning 
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Tenant activists stop Ellis Eviction: Can Imhoff eviction be stopped?

New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission

Posted March 18, 2015 by

Notorious Mission District landlord Robert Imhoff has filed Ellis Act eviction notices at a 12-unit building on 3301-3311 Cesar Chavez Street (at South Van Ness). The mass evictions primarily targets Latino families and include a tenant who has lived in
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How Statistics on Crime, Housing Can Mislead

Posted March 17, 2015 by

Jonah Owen Lamb’s March 16 SF Examiner story (“SF Police Report Drop in Crime But Numbers Are Inconsistent”) highlights an increasing problem: urban policies wrongly driven by misleading statistics. We see this in the testing obsession dominating public schools, in
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Mayor Lee announcing new supportive housing for veterans

5 Actions for Mayor Lee on Homelessness

Posted March 16, 2015 by

San Francisco’s homeless problem is front and center in news coverage for the first time in years. One reason was the trio of March 11 events—a Supervisors hearing on supportive housing in the morning, Mayor Lee and Nancy Pelosi opening
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TNDC's majestic Ambassador Hotel

SF Business Times Attacks the Poor

Posted March 13, 2015 by

According to the March 6 SF Business Times, San Francisco’s SRO hotels are “typically old buildings of questionable safety, usually in poor repair, sometimes vermin-infested, often willing enablers for the urban pathologies that accompany extreme poverty.” Its lead editorial asks
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