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FBI complaint alleges widespread corruption by DPW chief

Ongoing investigation also references other city officials but charges limited to Nuru and restaurateur.

FBI arrests DPW director in corruption case

BREAKING: Mohammed Nuru, ally of Willie Brown and Ed Lee, facing unspecified charges.

Could SF take over thousands of rent-controlled apartments?

Preston wants the city to put together a bid for some of the 2,164 units that a huge landlord has suddenly put on the market.

When Jerry Brown sounds like Donald Trump

Plus: Bridge funding (not a band-aid) for City College, locking up too many kids -- and the Chron just keeps getting it wrong about the new DA. That's The Agenda for Jan. 27-Feb 2

The Chron’s embarrassing attack on Boudin just got worse

Why is SF's biggest daily running an oped from the Trump campaign attacking the new DA as a communist?

Terence Hallinan, rebel and advocate for the oppressed

Civil rights activist, lawyer, supervisor, DA, he always fought the good fight -- and usually the local press was against him.

Oakland moms make national statement with housing victory

Deal to put vacant Oakland home in a land trust sparks national discussion over real-estate speculation and vacant houses.

How corporate rentals are taking away rent-controlled housing

Planning Commission hearing sheds some light on the latest way landlords are making money by not renting to people who need a place to live in San Francisco.

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The Agenda

When Jerry Brown sounds like Donald Trump

Plus: Bridge funding (not a band-aid) for City College, locking up too many kids -- and the Chron just keeps getting it wrong about the new DA. That's The Agenda for Jan. 27-Feb 2

Why so little state money for housing?

Plus: The next move to take over PG&E, saving City College classes -- and another big payout for police misconduct. That's The Agenda for January 12-19.

Wiener’s housing deregulation bill is back!

Plus: A settlement with the city's worst planning scofflaw -- and what is a sustainable neighborhood? That's The Agenda for Jan. 5 to Jan 12.

The Agenda, New Year’s edition: Saving City College …

... plus the future of Commissioner Dennis Richards and a big thanks to all the 48hills readers.

Downtown prepares attack on jobs-housing measure

But the arguments are bogus. Plus: Breed goes after Mental Health SF and threatens budget cuts as Preston prepares to join the board. That's The Agenda for Dec. 16-22

Opinion

Forget SB 50 — San Francisco needs a bold plan for social housing

European cities show how more than half the housing stock can be taken out of the private market -- and it works.

The violence of wealth-hoarding

The billionaires have undiagnosed hoarder-clutter disease -- and their greed is killing the rest of us.

OPINION: Golf courses or affordable housing?

Just one of San Francisco's five public courses, which consume 1.5 percent of the city's land, could provide affordable housing for 10,000 people.

Should the Dems impeach Trump — next summer?

Progressives may find that the best timing for a devastating blow to the GOP is for Democrats to keep the investigations going, keep the dirt coming out -- and file articles of impeachment in July 2020.

UC’s deal with Big Pharma should raise red flags

Why is there so little outcry over GlaxoSmithKline's role in a new genomic lab at two public universities?

Tenant Troubles

Tenant Troubles: What Prop. 10 is really about

The measure does nothing but allow local control; for a lot of tenants, it could make a huge difference

Tenant Troubles: My washer broke — should I sign a lease?

In San Francisco, if you don't have a lease it may be harder for the landlord to evict you.

Tenant Troubles: Can I add two roommates? Should I?

Is it a good idea to move out, sort of, but keep a rent-controlled unit by subletting to new "roommates?"

Tenant Troubles: How do I get my roommate to leave?

It's not easy -- and it shouldn't be. Hiring a lawyer and doing an eviction is expensive and ugly, so look for other options

Tenant Troubles: Can my landlord refuse to let me have a service animal?

In many cases, no -- but be careful about the paperwork

Foreign Correspondent

Foreign correspondent: Trump backs down, but Iran conflict continues

No war yet — but president's actions have alienated tens of millions of people.

What’s really going on with the US and Iran?

Reese Erlich, who has reported from the region for 20 years, sorts out the impact of Trump's drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general.

Foreign Correspondent: An open letter to a Trump-supporting friend

Robby reflects the views of some older white workers who are critical of the system and blame Democrats and liberals for its breakdown. Here's why they are wrong.

Foreign Correspondent: What’s next for Bolivia after military coup?

'Morales was the glue that held everything together.'

Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination

Campaign Trail

Teacher’s Union endorses Wiener opponent for state Senate

Upstart candidate Jackie Fielder wins UESF nod

With Fewer retiring, Connie Chan takes up progressive banner in D1

Longtime City Hall aide files for run with the support of the past three supes from the Richmond.

Sorting out the California presidential primary

The rules are confusing. Read this if you want your vote to count.

Preston to join board Dec. 17

New supe will be the first Democratic Socialist on the board since Harry Britt.

Control of SF Democratic Party up for grabs in March

DCCC Chair Campos has a slate of candidates -- and it appears that the mayor and the conservative interests do too.

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Top reads

FBI arrests DPW director in corruption case

BREAKING: Mohammed Nuru, ally of Willie Brown and Ed Lee, facing unspecified charges.

FBI complaint alleges widespread corruption by DPW chief

Ongoing investigation also references other city officials but charges limited to Nuru and restaurateur.

Could SF take over thousands of rent-controlled apartments?

Preston wants the city to put together a bid for some of the 2,164 units that a huge landlord has suddenly put on the market.

The Chron’s embarrassing attack on Boudin just got worse

Why is SF's biggest daily running an oped from the Trump campaign attacking the new DA as a communist?

When Jerry Brown sounds like Donald Trump

Plus: Bridge funding (not a band-aid) for City College, locking up too many kids -- and the Chron just keeps getting it wrong about the new DA. That's The Agenda for Jan. 27-Feb 2

Fiery flamenco meets rousing gospel in ‘Soul Y Alma’

Theatre Flamenco's Carola Zertuche speaks about collaborating with Glide Ensemble for a very unique show.

How corporate rentals are taking away rent-controlled housing

Planning Commission hearing sheds some light on the latest way landlords are making money by not renting to people who need a place to live in San Francisco.

Indiefest electrifies with punk and sci-fi royalty, surreal thrillers, local debuts

As always, the 22-year-old film fest lights up screens with the challenging, the curious, and the profound.

Topics

FBI complaint alleges widespread corruption by DPW chief

Ongoing investigation also references other city officials but charges limited to Nuru and restaurateur.

Teacher’s Union endorses Wiener opponent for state Senate

Upstart candidate Jackie Fielder wins UESF nod

Police Commission votes against using cops to address homelessness

Measure seeks to move the city away from sweeps and law-enforcement approaches to people living on the streets.

Moms4Housing stand up to eviction

'This isn’t the end, this is the beginning of a movement'

Why so little state money for housing?

Plus: The next move to take over PG&E, saving City College classes -- and another big payout for police misconduct. That's The Agenda for January 12-19.

When Jerry Brown sounds like Donald Trump

Plus: Bridge funding (not a band-aid) for City College, locking up too many kids -- and the Chron just keeps getting it wrong about the new DA. That's The Agenda for Jan. 27-Feb 2

Indiefest electrifies with punk and sci-fi royalty, surreal thrillers, local debuts

As always, the 22-year-old film fest lights up screens with the challenging, the curious, and the profound.

How corporate rentals are taking away rent-controlled housing

Planning Commission hearing sheds some light on the latest way landlords are making money by not renting to people who need a place to live in San Francisco.

Teacher’s Union endorses Wiener opponent for state Senate

Upstart candidate Jackie Fielder wins UESF nod

Walton wants SF to get serious about reparations

Supe creating task force to look at how the city can pay back the Black community for 400 years of slavery.

Oakland moms make national statement with housing victory

Deal to put vacant Oakland home in a land trust sparks national discussion over real-estate speculation and vacant houses.

The violence of wealth-hoarding

The billionaires have undiagnosed hoarder-clutter disease -- and their greed is killing the rest of us.

Already, Chesa Boudin is getting attacked in the press

Red-baiting starts before the new DA even takes office -- both nationally and in the Chron.

The big money in the major SF races

Who do the cops and realtors support? Who do the teachers support? The money trail tells a story.

Sup. Vallie Brown evicted low-income tenants

History as a landlord is missing from her campaign's well-crafted narrative.

With ‘Butterfly Effect’ choreographer Krissy Keefer caps decades of eco-activism

New Dance Brigade show bridges aims to create a 'collective heartbeat' at the edge of apocalypse.

Drag star Miz Cracker on ‘Femlins,’ feminism, and overall fabulousness

The RuPaul alum stars in Peaches Christ's hilarious holiday parody of 'Gremlins'—but she's got a serious message, too.

At Zinn Fair, Peter Cole explores SF’s unique history of labor and race

The historian documents the links between local dockworker actions and transnational racial justice movements.

Local musicians step up to ‘Blanket the Homeless’

With double-album and concert, producer Scott Mickelson recruits an all-star roster to assist in direct acton during crisis.

Screen Grabs: A bounty of international film fests

Filipino, Greek, United Nations, and SF Shorts fests highlight world cinema. Plus: Parasite, The Lighthouse, The King, more.