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Where’s the money for health care and saving the planet? Well, we clearly have it

OPINION: The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US -- and the world -- so desperately need.

In COVID crisis, judges decide to keep more people in jail

New rules approved in a hurried Saturday Judicial Council meeting mean longer waits behind bars for people who are not convicted of a crime.

Foreign Correspondent: US beats the drums of war in Iran

Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game.

Who’s going to pay for the stimulus bill?

Young people are -- because Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos aren't.

SF cops keep telling homeless people to move

'Move along' orders continue in spite of health emergency

Leading drag and performance venue closes indefinitely

Like many spaces, SoMa nightclub Oasis tries to figure out how to survive without any live audiences.

Immigrants sue for release from Yuba County and Mesa Verde jails

People who have committed no crime are being held in unsafe and potentially deadly conditions, lawsuit says.

Five supes push to put homeless in vacant hotel rooms

Plan would immediately take thousands off the streets and reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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The Agenda

A city line of credit to help small businesses

And why can luxury housing developers keep working while the Department of Building Inspection is shut down? That's The Agenda for March 23-29

Stopping evictions and price-gouging in the coronavirus crisis

Plus: the need for an arts, worker, and small-business bailout—and the mayor will get asked about corruption. That's The Agenda for March 9-15.

Doesn’t anyone have any questions for the mayor?

Plus: Tightening the rules on stealth evictions. That's The Agenda for Feb 9-16.

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.

Opinion

Where’s the money for health care and saving the planet? Well, we clearly have it

OPINION: The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US -- and the world -- so desperately need.

Some surprising political analysis from the local election results

Safai is in trouble. The progressives are winning across the board. A deep dive into the March 3 election results.

Mohammed Nuru’s worst offense

Under Nuru, DPW routinely violated the rights of homeless people.

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.

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: US beats the drums of war in Iran

Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game.

Foreign correspondent: I was under a brief coronavirus quarantine

The tests turned out negative -- but I am one of the lucky ones with good health care and a stable place to live.

Foreign correspondent: Hardliners win in Iran but turnout was extremely low

Fewer than 25 percent of voters showed up to the polls in Tehran as Trump sanctions hurt the reformists.

Foreign Correspondent: Reaction to coronavirus is overblown

Let’s insert a little rationality into the debate; it’s serious but hardly cause for panic.

Foreign Correspondent: Who’s at fault for Cuba’s economic problems?

The US embargo, unsupported by any country in the world, harms the nation’s ordinary working people.

Campaign Trail

Some surprising political analysis from the local election results

Safai is in trouble. The progressives are winning across the board. A deep dive into the March 3 election results.

A little perspective on the Democratic primaries

Biden and Sanders are basically tied for delegates.

Wednesday results: Not much has changed

Turnout is going to be much higher than it appeared; progressives still have (mostly) run the table.

Results show strong night for local progressives

Huge numbers of votes still to count, but trends are favoring the local left.

More results: Public defenders winning for judge

Ballot props all passing; Senate race getting closer

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Top reads

In COVID crisis, judges decide to keep more people in jail

New rules approved in a hurried Saturday Judicial Council meeting mean longer waits behind bars for people who are not convicted of a crime.

Foreign Correspondent: US beats the drums of war in Iran

Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game.

‘Rogue’ party uproar shows tech, journalism’s COVID-19 limits

Promoter's coronavirus illness, ticket sales snafu, viral reporting added to rage about techno event.

Nancy Pelosi just announced her retirement

The deal she cut to remain speaker means she plans to step down in 2022 -- which will set off a wild campaign for one of the most coveted jobs in SF politics.

Silenced in place? SF’s resilient music scene faces its latest obstacle

COVID froze tours, shuttered venues, shelved releases, and canceled festivals. Local bands do their best to carry on.

Who’s going to pay for the stimulus bill?

Young people are -- because Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos aren't.

SF cops keep telling homeless people to move

'Move along' orders continue in spite of health emergency

How you can help feed overstressed healthcare workers

Square Pie Guys, Andytown Coffee, Escape from New York Pizza, and more are fortifying those on the frontline.

Examined Life: Replace existing normal

In the wake of COVID-19, how can we make space for the fluctuating emotions that come with our suddenly transformed lives?

Where’s the money for health care and saving the planet? Well, we clearly have it

OPINION: The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US -- and the world -- so desperately need.

Topics

SF cops keep telling homeless people to move

'Move along' orders continue in spite of health emergency

Five supes push to put homeless in vacant hotel rooms

Plan would immediately take thousands off the streets and reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The virus of poverty

The fear that many of us feel today has been a part of daily life for homeless people.

An emergency platform for protecting unhoused people

Coalition on Homelessness releases policy positions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Should Muni raise fares in a crisis?

MTA continues to discuss price hikes, forcing advocates to scramble to respond.

Supes promise protections for small businesses and gig workers

Ronen, Preston also working to block commercial and residential evictions.

Final, final results: Progressives win three judges, DCCC

Mary Jung, the former party chair and real-estate lobbyist, loses her seat on the party's policy-making board.

City starts to plan for coronavirus in homeless and SRO communities

Some steps to allow isolation and care -- but advocates say it's still short of what's needed.

Bayview Hunters Point tests its air

Finding sites for the Marie Harrison Air Monitoring Network puts the needs of the Bayview back in the hands of the community.

Stopping evictions and price-gouging in the coronavirus crisis

Plus: the need for an arts, worker, and small-business bailout—and the mayor will get asked about corruption. That's The Agenda for March 9-15.

The virus of poverty

The fear that many of us feel today has been a part of daily life for homeless people.

An emergency platform for protecting unhoused people

Coalition on Homelessness releases policy positions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Court agrees to put evictions on hold

Under pressure from just about everyone in local politics, Superior Court finally agrees to delay cases for 90 days.

Coronavirus crisis doesn’t stop eviction cases

Landlord lawyers still demanding that courts rule against tenants and hold trials -- right now, despite shelter-at-home rules.

Supes promise protections for small businesses and gig workers

Ronen, Preston also working to block commercial and residential evictions.

Arts Forecast: Feeling international, at home

Two big arts festivals announce season lineups. Plus: The Living Earth Show, King City, We So Bay, Joffrey Ballet, 'Mutts,' and more

‘Families first’ public defender enters D7 race

Vilaska Nguyen says he offers an independent alternative and criticizes mayor's planning policies.

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.