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SF’s Housing Showdown

Posted July 30, 2015 by

After all the rallies, signature gathering and last minute deals, San Francisco’s approach to its housing crisis heads for a fall showdown. And while many activists are drawn to issues in conflict—-e.g. initiatives regulating short-term rentals and imposing a Mission
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Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert A McDonald

Blame Republicans for VA Health Delays

Posted July 30, 2015 by Suzanne Gordon

Any US veteran who depends on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for their healthcare should check out CSPN’s broadcast of the July 25 House Committee on Veterans Affairs. For over two hours, Congressional representatives grilled the Secretary of the Department
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More Reviews from the 35th SF Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 30, 2015 by

Viewers who approach David Simanis’ oddball semi-documentary “Escaping Riga” with hopes of seeing a Latvian version of Guy Maddin’s wonderfully bizarre “My Winnipeg” will be disappointed.  Maddin’s presence provided a lens to view his love/hate relationship with his birthplace.  Simanis
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Inset of Seattle parking rate map. Image via The Urbanist

Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle

Posted July 30, 2015 by Brad Aaron

Seattle is set to improve upon its successful street parking program by setting meter rates based on demand. The Seattle Department of Transportation keeps a close watch on curbside parking, reports Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist, with regular audits and
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A Clinton campaign house meeting in 2008

Will UFW Strategy Elect the Next President?

Posted July 28, 2015 by

In my book, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, I describe how the farmworkers movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s impacted social and political movements beyond the fields. Barack Obama
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SF Tenants, Labor Push to Stop Evictions

Posted July 28, 2015 by

Last year, San Francisco tenant rights’ supporters scored an important victory when voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition K, requiring all new housing developments provide 33% low and moderate-cost units. The objective was to put a lid on the unregulated, speculative construction
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Silicon Valley realtors on Sacto lobbying visit; realtors across state pushed for Costa Hawkins and against Ellis Act reform

Blame Realtors for SF’s Housing Crisis

Posted July 27, 2015 by

Who is to blame for San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis? According to SPUR’s Gabriel Metcalf (“What’s the Matter With San Francisco?”), it’s the city’s progressives. Metcalf argues in a story last week that San Francisco progressives had “a fatal, Shakespearean
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