Bay Area / California


Court Unfairly Rejects Ellis Relocation Law

Posted October 7, 2015 by

For non-attorneys wondering how San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay could have struck down San Francisco’s latest measure increasing Ellis Act relocation payments, the answer is simple: he used a legal standard that allows judges to throw out any
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Mr. Broad’s New Art Museum

Posted October 1, 2015 by Marc Haefele

There now is a flow of fresh  cultural monuments in Los Angeles that runs from the High School of the Arts over to Disney Hall. This includes, of course, the 36-year-old Museum of Contemporary Art, with which billionaire philanthropist Eli
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Fight to Save Homes and History

Posted September 28, 2015 by Debra Varnado

History may record the August 2014 sale of the Villa Carlotta in Hollywood’s Franklin Village neighborhood as the moment in time when the legendary ‘Grande Dame’ became a statistic. The 1926 apartment building was famously a stop along the path
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Takele Gobena behind the wheel.

Uber Drivers Running on Empty

Posted September 24, 2015 by Seth Sandronsky

Twenty-six-year-old Takele Gobena is part of the “on-demand” economy, working full-time as a driver for Uber and part time for Lyft. The Ethiopian immigrant quit his job at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and purchased a new car to drive for
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Drought Lawns: The Ungreening of Los Angeles

Posted September 22, 2015 by Mark Vallianatos & Robert Gottlieb

In the 1947 science fiction novel Greener Than You Think, a scientist invents a powerful fertilizer intended to boost crop production and combat hunger. The salesman she hires, however, sees more business potential in lawn care, and convinces a Los
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Historic, Affordable Bungalows Saved from Wrecking Ball

Posted September 21, 2015 by Lovell Estell III

Thanks to the determined efforts of tenant activists and area residents, real estate developer Matthew Jacobs’ plan to demolish eight affordable housing units in the Fairfax District and replace them with “luxury” living accommodations has been put on hold—for now.
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The Willie Brown Obsession

Posted September 15, 2015 by

Willie Brown was on the front page again last week, as the media examined his role in representing a digital ad executive charged with domestic violence.  As often occurs in stories involving San Francisco’s former mayor, reports of Brown’s involvement
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California’s Great Leap Forward on Voter Registration

Posted September 15, 2015 by Sophie Schuit, Jonathan Brater

The California legislature just passed a bill that has the potential to add millions of new voters to the rolls. If Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs it into law, the plan would dramatically modernize voter registration in the Golden State
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