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Avalos seeks to legalize and spread camping citywide

Support for Camping Will Doom SF Progressives

Posted April 26, 2016 by

In my political forecast for 2016, I saw San Francisco progressives having a big edge in the November elections. The housing crisis, inequality, and perceptions that the system is “rigged” benefited progressive supervisor candidates as well as Jane Kim in
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Is SFFD Committed to Protecting Tenants?

Posted April 26, 2016 by Steve Clayton

The Board of Supervisors recently passed legislation changing how the San Francisco Fire Department enforces the Fire Code.  SFFD has long been criticized for failing to perform adequate Fire Code enforcement in SF’s apartments and SRO hotels.  In light of
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Peskin Moves to Save SRO Hotels

Posted April 25, 2016 by

Last week, Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced plans to strengthen San Francisco’s landmark SRO hotel conversion and demolition ordinance (Chapter 41 of the SF Administrative Code, hereafter “the HCO”). This law, which originally passed in 1981 and was then significantly strengthened
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Celebrating Herb Caen on his 100th Birthday

Posted April 4, 2016 by

April 3 would have been Herb Caen’s 100th birthday. Caen was the greatest newspaper columnist in San Francisco history.  By far. He died in 1997 after a remarkable career chronicling San Francisco and remains the unofficial historian of the city.
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Bernie Sanders Could Reshape SF Politics

Posted March 29, 2016 by

Young Voters Feeling the Bern Could Decide June Races San Francisco progressives had local reasons to be thrilled over Bernie Sanders’ big victories on Saturday. Sanders’ wins ensures a strong California presence, which translates into a much larger voter turnout
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Campos pushes SF to return to failed "Shelter First" strategy

SF’s Homeless Amnesia

Posted March 28, 2016 by

Campos Forgets What Works, Promotes Shelters Over Housing “The department would represent the most significant effort to end homelessness since then-Mayor Gavin Newsom created his 10-year plan to end homelessness in 2004.”—SF Chronicle, December 3, 2015, responding to Mayor Lee’s
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Activists Blur the Tenderloin with the Mission

Posted March 24, 2016 by

Activists Mistakenly View Tenderloin Projects Through a Mission Lens At the March 17 SF Planning Commission hearing on the Shorenstein Company’s 304-unit rental project in the Tenderloin (it passed 5-2), opponents argued it would cause displacement and gentrification.  Speakers saw
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