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Big reforms could be headed for fall ballot

Measures to tax big real-estate companies, cut the number of sworn cops, put DPW under a commission and create a public advocate will be heard at Rules Committee Thursday.

Would Walton’s CAREN bill have saved Alex Nieto’s life?

Supervisor wants to stop racial-profiling 911 calls -- which have led to a lot of deaths of people of color.

Petition seeks to get Facebook CEO name off SF General Hospital

'Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to stop hate, lies, racism, and disinformation from running rampant on Facebook is counter to the values San Franciscans hold dear'

Our publisher’s ‘must-read’ history of US protests is out now!

'Into the Streets' is a colorful, lively guide to the country's resistance movements, aimed at young adults but essential reading for all

A brief history of replacing Trump with kittens

At first, a purr-worthy plugin purged Web images of authoritarian leaders. Now, it's a call to claw out new media sources

COVID is devastating the US economy—while the very rich get very richer

Why is this radical economic inequality not at the top of everyone's political agenda—from Joe Biden to Gavin Newsom and London Breed?

Jane Morrison, lifelong activist, dies at 100

She was an urban environmentalist before anybody knew what that meant -- and a hero and mentor to many.

Anatomy of a corrupt $125 million city contract

Hearing reveals explosive data on how JCDecaux was in a filthy deal with the city -- a deal that now may be going down the toilet.

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The Agenda

Public toilets—and public corruption

The Agenda: Supes want to invalidate contract pushed by Nuru -- and create new accountability measures in the wake of the widening scandal.

Wearing a mask is a political statement—that you care about community

Plus youth voting, undocumented residents on commissions -- and a major change to the way SF does affordable housing. That's The Agenda for June 22-29.

Breed’s choices on cops and homeless face challenges

The Agenda: Supes to question Police Commission appointments, COVID housing policies. Plus: a move to let undocumented people serve on commissions and allow young people to vote.

The Agenda: Why isn’t the Police Commission meeting?

So many issues, so easy to do remote meetings -- why are so many commissions still inactive? Plus: Remaking Market and Van Ness -- now?

Why turn affordable SROs into tourist hotel rooms?

The Agenda: Strange moves at SF planning plus more vote-by-mail and limits on corporate rentals.

Opinion

OPINION: Defunding the police is just one step

We need to look at all the laws that divide the 'entitled' from the 'non-entitled.'

OPINION: Keep transit lanes for public transit

The MTA is about to create more transit-only lanes -- but will the Google buses be allowed to use them?

Pride is a defense of Black bodies, and always has been

OPINION: 'The need to stop centering whiteness in our movement has never been more urgent,' says SF Pride Board President

People protested peacefully — and things got worse

Why is Black outrage treated so differently in the news media? (And the worst looting is the corporate bailouts.)

We’re all outside agitators at this point

The raging pandemic, our broken healthcare system, the ruined economy, the political corruption, the corporate greed, the militarized violence, the voter suppression, the dog-whistle presidential racism… it all just became too much.

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: Libya, the forgotten war

Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated

Foreign Correspondent: Lessons from the Cuban police

Community-based crime fighting -- with very little violence -- should be part of the US debate.

The rest of the world sees uprisings, not riots

Foreign correspondent: The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called ‘the right to be a human being.’

How Cuba is succeeding in the fight against COVID

With a government-run medical system, the island has contained the virus to a tiny fraction of the cases in the US.

Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection

Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds.

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

A brief history of replacing Trump with kittens

At first, a purr-worthy plugin purged Web images of authoritarian leaders. Now, it's a call to claw out new media sources

Petition seeks to get Facebook CEO name off SF General Hospital

'Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to stop hate, lies, racism, and disinformation from running rampant on Facebook is counter to the values San Franciscans hold dear'

Big reforms could be headed for fall ballot

Measures to tax big real-estate companies, cut the number of sworn cops, put DPW under a commission and create a public advocate will be heard at Rules Committee Thursday.

Would Walton’s CAREN bill have saved Alex Nieto’s life?

Supervisor wants to stop racial-profiling 911 calls -- which have led to a lot of deaths of people of color.

Our publisher’s ‘must-read’ history of US protests is out now!

'Into the Streets' is a colorful, lively guide to the country's resistance movements, aimed at young adults but essential reading for all

Dare to be a ‘Brave Sis’? It’s all in the planner

Rozella Kennedy's day planner celebrating determined women of color seems just the right thing for right now.

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.

Screen Grabs: Build your own silent film festival

Fairbanks, Murnau, Pabst, and more bring a golden age to your home screen. Plus a new Ferlinghetti doc and more

Deerhoof’s ‘Future Teenage Cave Artists’ scrawls a calamitous fairy tale

Dance to the sounds of the post-human trash heap on the SF-based band's new album

New Music: With ‘Mordechai,’ Khruangbin follows inner compass to success

The Houston global-psych trio adds voices to its latest album, upping the stakes and carving out something unique

Topics

Jane Morrison, lifelong activist, dies at 100

She was an urban environmentalist before anybody knew what that meant -- and a hero and mentor to many.

OPINION: Defunding the police is just one step

We need to look at all the laws that divide the 'entitled' from the 'non-entitled.'

Culture of casual corruption faces political reckoning

Major DPW reform measures headed for board, and maybe ballot, vote -- who is going to line up on the side of the status quo?

Appeals Court hears arguments on SF tax on big businesses

Justices seem to agree that Prop. C was a valid way to raise money for homeless programs.

Homeless sweeps come back to the Tenderloin

Lawsuit settlement lets police remove people and confiscate tents -- when there is still nowhere for most people to go.

Black youth a new organizing force in Oakland

Young leaders are expanding and reimagining what solidarity and equity looks like.

Screen Grabs: ’90s UK rave scene springs back to life in ‘Beats’

Plus: an excellent 'The Audition," brassy Ella Fitzgerald doc, dance-based 'Aviva," "The Last Tree" and more new movies

Uber, Lyft drivers take message to CEO’s house

Caravan to Pacific Heights mansion calls for companies to comply with AB 5

Looking for a hot gay connection? ‘Ask Any Buddy’

Evan Purchell's vintage porn Instagram expands into an epic movie, melding dozens of skin flicks into one real big one.

The plutonium of Artificial Intelligence could be coming to a city near you

Facial recognition technology is a frightening threat to our civil liberties -- and government and corporations are starting to use it without adequate controls.

OPINION: Defunding the police is just one step

We need to look at all the laws that divide the 'entitled' from the 'non-entitled.'

Supes reject Police Commission nominee, approve tenant protections

10-1 votes demand stronger reform advocates to oversee the cops and ban evictions for non-payment of rent during the crisis.

Breed’s choices on cops and homeless face challenges

The Agenda: Supes to question Police Commission appointments, COVID housing policies. Plus: a move to let undocumented people serve on commissions and allow young people to vote.

How teachers leapt inequity hurdles when COVID shut schools

Special education breakouts, music videos, grocery cards, telephone trees: Teachers got creative to reach needy students.

Foreign Correspondent: Washington’s COVID blame game

Trump officials are tying to deflect from their own pitiful performance.

Our publisher’s ‘must-read’ history of US protests is out now!

'Into the Streets' is a colorful, lively guide to the country's resistance movements, aimed at young adults but essential reading for all

People’s March on Pride: Reclaiming the streets and looking fierce

Pride was canceled, but colorful marchers stepped out to revive its radical Gay Liberation message.

Screen Grabs: ’90s UK rave scene springs back to life in ‘Beats’

Plus: an excellent 'The Audition," brassy Ella Fitzgerald doc, dance-based 'Aviva," "The Last Tree" and more new movies

ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2020: The protests, the parties (online), the poignant posters

A virtual cornucopia of rainbow explosions, including fundraisers, marches, and, of course, a jock strap Zoom party.

‘Ahead of the Curve’ flips through legendary lesbian magazine’s impact

Frameline doc tells the story of 'Curve' founder Frances "Franco" Stevens—and how LGBTQ activism has evolved.