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1481 Post could leverage major affordable housing benefits

SF Housing Politics Exposed

Posted February 4, 2016 by

San Francisco has a housing crisis. And while some see new market rate housing as worsening it, the November defeat of the Mission Moratorium (Prop L) and passage of the $310 Affordable Housing Bond (Prop A) shows most San Francisco
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Supervisor Aaron Peskin Seeks to Expand Rent Control

Peskin’s Rent Control Expansion: Will it Work?

Posted February 1, 2016 by

After winning election pledging to address San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is now promoting a novel strategy: expanding rent control to newly constructed buildings. While state law bars rent control on post-1979 buildings, Peskin correctly believes that
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Mayor Lee announcing dramatic strategy to save and revive SF's public housing

The “Pay to Play” Myth at SF City Hall

Posted January 26, 2016 by

Unless independently wealthy, candidates for public office in the United States have to raise money. And this political reality guarantees that elected politicians will take actions that benefit campaign contributors. That’s why all the talk about “pay to play” at
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0418_SF SB50 Aerial

5 Top SF Media Angles for Super Bowl 50

Posted January 25, 2016 by

The run up to Super Bowl 50 has begun. Now it’s time to predict how the media will cover San Francisco’s happenings over the next two weeks. Before starting, my early December forecast that San Francisco would “not go for
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Short-term rentals are more lucrative than permanent housing

Stopping SF’s Illegal Airbnb Rentals

Posted January 19, 2016 by

Regular readers know that I favor solving problems over talking about them. That’s why it’s frustrating to read stories about abuse of San Francisco’s short-term rental law when at least 75% of illegal rentals could be stopped with a single
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Mary Jung, after winning election as Chair of the SFDCCC in 2012

SF’s June Election Surprise

Posted January 14, 2016 by

As San Francisco faces another low turnout June election, the city’s progressives are trying to change this pattern. Seeking to win control of the city’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC),  progressives are using June ballot initiatives to get their voters
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Why the Media Believed Shrimp Boy

Posted January 11, 2016 by

Last Friday, a San Francisco jury convicted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow of all 162 charges against him. They included racketeering, murder and conspiracy to commit murder. “It’s clear the jury didn’t believe a thing about what Chow’s defense said,” said
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Los Feliz: Piñatas & Eviction Notices

Posted January 11, 2016 by Luke Dowling

“It’s raining! It’s pouring! Evictions are soaring!” chanted the small but defiant crowd on the corner of Vermont and Franklin avenues in Los Angeles’ gentrifying Los Feliz neighborhood. Holding signs reading, “Honk if your rent is too high” and “Where
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