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Increased police presence removed drug dealers from lower Turk Street

Yes, Police Can Reduce Crime

Posted June 29, 2015 by

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors debated whether adding more police would reduce crime. In backing this position, the Board’s “moderate” majority sought to raise the city’s number of mandated cops; progressives argued that adding police does not
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New Book Touts Community Building in Chinatown

Posted June 26, 2015 by

When Gordon Chin and fellow activists formed the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) on April 1, 1977, San Francisco’s Chinatown was at risk. Powerful interests were out to transform the neighborhood, and that August saw the mass eviction (and later
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A summer outdoor screening in SF

SF’s Top 5 Unmet Needs

Posted June 23, 2015 by

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the 2015-16 budget this week, after the quietest budget process in years. Skyrocketing revenue has avoided the big budget fights, but key needs remain unmet. Limiting my choices to what
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A Moratorium on SF Jobs?

Posted June 22, 2015 by

On June 19, a report was issued that explains a lot about San Francisco’s housing crisis. According to SocketSite, “the number of employed residents in San Francisco has increased by 88,900 since January of 2010, a 20 percent jump in
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The SF Examiner zealously backed the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2. It publicly apologized for its position in 1992.

The SF Examiner’s Real History

Posted June 19, 2015 by

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, the San Francisco Examiner recently sent a message to readers: “we begin our next 150 years with the outlook that guided us for the first century and a half: a dedication to telling
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Ceiling missing at 938-940 Hampshire  Photo by CJJC

Mission District Speculator Torments Tenants

Posted June 16, 2015 by

We hear a lot about Mission district landlords upgrading properties and raising rents, but the old fashioned style of landlord malfeasance continues. That’s why in April 25 Latino tenants had to be relocated from 938-940 Hampshire Street due to collapsing
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Tenderloin residents failed to get preference for 111 Jones

SF Backs Neighborhood Housing Preference

Posted June 15, 2015 by

Last week, SF Mayor Lee and four supervisors introduced a long overdue plan to give neighborhood residents preference in securing affordable housing in their communities. The legislation gives low- and moderate-income households priority for 25 percent of all City-sponsored affordable
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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Why Mayor Lee is Running Unopposed

Posted June 10, 2015 by

Today is the deadline for entering the San Francisco mayor’s race, and no major candidate is challenging incumbent Ed Lee. Why? The obvious answer is that Lee is politically popular. Yet that’s a political fact that some progressives cannot accept. 
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