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. His new book is The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw

Trump, GOP Set to Worsen Housing Crisis

Posted November 9, 2017 by

Federal Cuts Undermine Local Efforts It’s only been two months since California passed fifteen housing bills to address its affordable housing crisis, and the federal government is again up to its old tricks. The GOP tax bill reduces investment in
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50 Years Later: Who Still Rules America?

Posted November 7, 2017 by

University of Santa Cruz Professor William Domhoff released a book in 1967 that forever changed how scholars looked at power in the United States. Ambitiously titled Who Rules America?, Domhoff’s book arrived like a sociological earthquake shaking the foundations of
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Leno Goes Left

Posted November 2, 2017 by

San Francisco’s 2019 Mayor’s race is still two years away, but Mark Leno is already moving to secure progressive votes. In the past week Leno endorsed Rafael Mandelman for supervisor in D8 and Matt Haney in D6. Both will get
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Tim Lee, Tenants Legal Champion, Retires

Posted November 2, 2017 by

Tim Lee, for over three decades a preeminent legal champion for California tenants, retires from the San Francisco Rent Board next month. Lee’s career reflects the evolution of tenants’ rights in California as well as efforts by courts, politicians and
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SF’s Choice: A Chain Store or Housing?

Posted October 31, 2017 by

New Test for SF’s Pro-Housing Direction 1600 Jackson Street along San Francisco’s Polk Gulch is the perfect housing site. It’s a choice corner location on a transit and retail corridor a short walk from shopping.  The project’s residents would increase
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Will Voters Repeal Costa-Hawkins in 2018?

Posted October 26, 2017 by

Activists Plan Repeal Measure for November ’18 Ballot Liam Dillon’s October 23 Los Angeles Times story broke the news:  activists are moving forward toward placing an initiative repealing California’s Costa-Hawkins law  on the November 2018 ballot. I recall that dark
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Why Is Liberal SF Blocking Cannabis?

Posted October 24, 2017 by

City’s Double Standard Over Exposing Kids to Drugs As I entered City Hall last Thursday I confronted a large crowd creating a huge line in front of the metal detectors. All were Asian and wore white baseball caps. I asked
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