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Should Mayors Influence Commissioners?

Posted May 19, 2015 by

According to the May 17 SF Examiner, a San Francisco Planning Commissioner changed their vote on a key short-term rental policy after getting a text message from Mayor Lee’s liaison to the commission. The vote switch angered Planning Department staff
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Revisiting the SF Housing Debate

Posted May 18, 2015 by

As the San Francisco Board of Supervisors holds a hearing today on new short-term rental legislation, the real news was last week’s Harvey Rose report showing that Airbnb rentals take up as many as 24% of vacant units. This amounts
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San Francisco: The High Life of the Lowlifes

Posted May 18, 2015 by Paul Buhle

The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, by Randy Shaw. San Francisco: Urban Reality Press, 2015. (Ed. Note: Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. Original article in Truthout) If your life was changed by a spell
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Moratorium backers filled City Hall on May 8

SF’s Mission After the Moratorium

Posted May 12, 2015 by

Let’s assume that either the Board of Supervisors or voters pass the proposed Mission moratorium on market rate housing. And that it continues for the maximum allowable time of two years. How will this change the neighborhood’s future? Best Case
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Tenant Claudia Tirado and supporters protest her Ellis eviction

Tenants Triumph Over Google Attorney

Posted May 8, 2015 by

In a San Francisco Ellis Act eviction case that included mass protests and the blocking of Google buses, a court has stopped the eviction of tenants at 812 Guerrero by Google attorney Jack Halprin. The case, Jack Halprin v. Claudia
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