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Supporters of Station 40 hold March 2 rally at BART Plaza

The Mission’s Future

Posted March 3, 2015 by

March 2 saw another eviction protest in San Francisco’s Mission District. This eviction targets the Station 40 collective, whose eclectic programming has included a workshop on “The Art of Resistance: Anti-Gentrification Screen Printing.” The landlords are evicting the tenants for
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Can Anyone Figure Out SF Gate?

Posted March 3, 2015 by

Since the renovation of the SF Chronicle’s website, I have found it very difficult to access. In fact, everyone I mention this to has problems finding stories on the site. Some even wonder whether the Chronicle’s goal is to
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Kim-Wiener Senate Showdown Takes Shape

Posted March 2, 2015 by

With Mayor Lee facing no serious re-election opposition, the next big San Francisco political showdown is the expected 2016 State Senate fight between Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. Both have hit the ground running since easily winning re-election last
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Nonprofits' July 2014 protest inside Supervisors chamber

SF Should Send Airbnb Taxes to Nonprofits

Posted February 23, 2015 by

Airbnb ‘s announcement last week that it has paid San Francisco tens of millions of dollars in back taxes  came at a perfect time.  That’s because on February 25 at 10am the Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee is considering giving
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Media Misleads Public on SF Fires

Posted February 20, 2015 by

The recent fire at 22nd and Mission Streets should have been a game-changer. It should have created a public groundswell for improvements in fire department inspection practices. It also should have led to front-page editorials demanding apartment sprinkler laws to
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Momentum Builds for Public Hearing Reform

Posted February 19, 2015 by Sade Kammen

(Ed. Note: Our February 17 article (“Will SF Change Public Comment Rules?” described a new effort to improve San Francisco’s public hearing process.  Sade Kammen’s complaint to the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force Complaint Committee triggered this momentum, and is a
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Testifying at SF public hearings is often a waiting game

Will SF Change Public Comment Rules?

Posted February 17, 2015 by

San Francisco generously allows nearly unlimited public comment at Supervisors and Commission hearings. Yet people often must wait hours for their agenda item to come up, having to leave before that occurs. This does not foster civic engagement. San Francisco’s
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The media rarely missed a Google Bus protest

Media Stops Promoting SF Tech “Backlash”

Posted February 13, 2015 by

“Is the antitech movement obsolete”? So asked the San Francisco Chronicle this week. It concluded that “San Francisco’s antitech movement, it appears, has fizzled before it ever really took off.” Is the Chronicle correct? Has the “backlash” lost steam? Or
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