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Calvin Welch

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The mayor’s latest housing plan won’t work

Mayor Lee and Supervisor Tang are at it again: They’ve proposed a density bonus plan for the second most dense city in the nation....

Scott Wiener’s housing straw man

 “The market is powerful, but we need other things. That’s why we have regulations. We have to go against the flow and re channel...

Alternative facts and the mayor’s housing plan

Mayor Ed Lee two weeks ago launched a new effort to bring about "affordable" housing opportunities for San Franciscans by proposing, as he did...

Defending us from Trumpism? Jerry Brown is no help

At the heart of the appeal of Trump's successful campaign message was (is) the accusation that the leadership of the Democratic party was (is)...

The SF election: What happened?

 The 2016 election may well be a turning point in our national and local politics. The problem is that it’s unclear what direction the...

Obama’s supply-side toolkit attacks local housing policy

On September 27th the Obama administration released a "Housing Development Toolkit" promoting a deregulation program for market rate housing development at the local level....

The Chron’s C.W. Nevius again gets the housing market all wrong

The Chron’s C.W. Nevius announced last week for all the honest world to see that the law of supply and demand is alive and...

The real housing record of London Breed

Sup. London Breed’s campaign website makes the ambiguous claim that she is “creating more affordable housing,” as if she has a hammer and is...

A real answer to the mayor’s (latest) bogus housing plan

Market based “solutions” to our housing affordability crisis come and go like spring fashions; only the crisis persists. Eight years ago, it was removing maximum...

The lessons of last fall’s Airbnb campaign

Last month, at its annual meeting in Puerto Rico, the American Association of Political Consultants gave the $10M Airbnb-financed No on F campaign its...