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The Return of Aaron Peskin

Posted March 31, 2015 by

Former Board of Supervisors President and SF Democratic Party head Aaron Peskin formally announced on March 30 that he is running for D3 Supervisor. This was expected following Mayor Lee’s bypassing Chinatown tenant activist Cindy Wu in favor of Julie Christensen
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The Sept 2013 Lee family eviction galvanized SF's anti-displacement mood

San Francisco’s Anti-Displacement Mood

Posted March 30, 2015 by

On March 27, two high profile San Francisco eviction cases abruptly ended: the landlord of Station 40 dropped efforts to evict tenants who had openly lived for years in commercial office space, and the owners of a Chinatown SRO said
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DPW, under Mohammed Nuru, should lead homeless outreach efforts

SF Homeless Outreach Needs New Direction

Posted March 24, 2015 by

San Franciscans learned this weekend that the primary purpose of the SF Health Department’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is not getting people off the street. As DPH’s Rachael Kagan told the SF Chronicle’s Matier & Ross,   “‘I’m not sure the
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Tenant activists stop Ellis Eviction: Can Imhoff eviction be stopped?

New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission

Posted March 18, 2015 by

Notorious Mission District landlord Robert Imhoff has filed Ellis Act eviction notices at a 12-unit building on 3301-3311 Cesar Chavez Street (at South Van Ness). The mass evictions primarily targets Latino families and include a tenant who has lived in
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How Statistics on Crime, Housing Can Mislead

Posted March 17, 2015 by

Jonah Owen Lamb’s March 16 SF Examiner story (“SF Police Report Drop in Crime But Numbers Are Inconsistent”) highlights an increasing problem: urban policies wrongly driven by misleading statistics. We see this in the testing obsession dominating public schools, in
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Mayor Lee announcing new supportive housing for veterans

5 Actions for Mayor Lee on Homelessness

Posted March 16, 2015 by

San Francisco’s homeless problem is front and center in news coverage for the first time in years. One reason was the trio of March 11 events—a Supervisors hearing on supportive housing in the morning, Mayor Lee and Nancy Pelosi opening
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TNDC's majestic Ambassador Hotel

SF Business Times Attacks the Poor

Posted March 13, 2015 by

According to the March 6 SF Business Times, San Francisco’s SRO hotels are “typically old buildings of questionable safety, usually in poor repair, sometimes vermin-infested, often willing enablers for the urban pathologies that accompany extreme poverty.” Its lead editorial asks
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