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SF Politics 2016: Fall Elections

Posted December 15, 2016 by

We ended Part One of our 2016 San Francisco politics review with the city’s supervisors qualifying ballot measures for November that they thought would help their campaigns and candidates they backed. This strategy backfired big time for progressives, and did
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CCDC and SRO tenants citywide rally in front of Hotel Des Artes, which later withdrew its conversion application.

Peskin Protects SRO’s as Planning Commission Rejects Conversions

Posted December 8, 2016 by Randy Shaw and Rio Scharf

SRO Tenants Celebrate, Mobilize Six SRO’s withdrew their conversion application in the wake of strong opposition by the San Francisco Planning Commission.  This represents a major victory for SRO tenants and their allies,  sending a powerful message of Planning Commission
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Mayor Lee campaigning for the failed Props J & K. Jeff Kositsky is on right.

Is SF Making Progress on Homelessness?

Posted December 6, 2016 by

One year ago, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the city was creating a new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (hereafter DHSH). While Director Jeff Kositsky and DHSH did not formally begin until last June, the new department brought
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The Union Square Plaza Hotel, 432 Geary, is one of 6 hotels seeking to convert

SF SRO’s at Risk

Posted December 5, 2016 by

Planning Commission to Decide SRO’s Future On December 8, the San Francisco Planning Commission will hear a case seeking to reverse the city’s 36 year history of protecting single room occupancy hotels (SROs). Six hotels with 214 residential units seek
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From Nevius to Talbot, SF Chronicle Moves Left

SF Chronicle Moves Left

Posted December 1, 2016 by

David Talbot to Replace Nevius C.W. Nevius retires from 36 years at the San Francisco Chronicle today. Once a sportswriter, Nevius became San Francisco’s version of Boston’s Mike Barnicle or New York City’s Pete Hamill—-he was the voice of San
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SF's tenant movement must be heard at City Hall

Are SF Supes Abandoning Tenants?

Posted November 29, 2016 by

Despite ongoing rent hikes and evictions, San Francisco’s self-proclaimed progressive Supervisors appear to have other priorities. Consider: *A massive, only in San Francisco rent control loophole that allows huge operating and maintenance passthroughs continues to cause tenants hardship without Supervisor
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