California’s Epic Housing Fail

Posted August 25, 2016 by

California will not be spending $400 million for affordable housing this year, thanks to a mammoth strategic screw-up that should embarrass a state with a Democratic Governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature. While the legislative session has not ended, the deal conditioning
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'The trolls who rule the comment seas may actually have won.' (Image: Dan Sipple/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

Goodbye to the Loudest Drunk in NPR’s Online Bar

Posted August 25, 2016 by Alicia Shepard

// // // // Once seen as a way to democratize the media, news site commenting sections have become playgrounds for nasty trolls. // // // // Good riddance to NPR’s comment section, which is shutting down Tuesday after eight
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Mayor Lee, Jane Kim and the public  backed the Mid-Market tax incentive that some progressives opposed.

Who Runs San Francisco?

Posted August 23, 2016 by

In his August 21 SF Examiner column, labor activist Nato Green offered a popular left analysis of who runs San Francisco: it is “the Realtors, Airbnb and sundry like-minded oligarchs who govern San Francisco through their avatar Mayor Ed Lee.”
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A mother nurses her baby while talking about welfare reform on local public radio, 2014, Selma, Alabama. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Veit)

Shaming Welfare Recipients

Posted August 23, 2016 by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

After returning from the South, I was determined to complete my interrupted studies, and I moved to California to work as a research assistant for Hortense Powdermaker, my undergraduate mentor at Queens College who had just retired and moved to
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Aaron Peskin gesturing in support of Cindy Wu's election to head the SFDCCC

SF Democrats’ Endorsement Problems

Posted August 22, 2016 by

Now that the candidates to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (the DCCC) have been elected and endorsements made, it’s time to assess what it all means. And the answer is: not much. Unlike other presidential election years, an
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Lower Turk in 1944. The Silver Rail, then an underground gay bar, is on the right.

Honoring SF’s Historic GLBT Legacy

Posted August 16, 2016 by

Fifty years ago, in August 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and gay street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what became known at the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. This occurred at Turk and Taylor Streets in San
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