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Chiu, Wiener attack ‘left-right pincers’ on housing

Legislators decry alliance between progressive housing activists and 'Nimby' homeowners.

Letter to the Editor: Uighurs, disinformation, and US media coverage

Foreign Correspondent Reese Erlich responds to criticism of his piece on Chinese repression and US media coverage

Will Cuba have faster vaccinations than the US?

The tiny island nation with universal health care has its own vaccine, and could protect its people before the US does.

The Agenda: Hazard pay for grocery workers …

... a hearing on Malik Washington's free speech and a rally to save City College: That's The Agenda for March 8-14

Big new cuts at City College

ESL, Disabled Programming, and other classes (and faculty) will be terminated after this spring.

Performing poverty in ‘Nomadland’ and ‘White Tiger’

Two acclaimed movies from poverty outsiders don't go far enough in exposing wealth-hoarding and corporate slavery.

Now Watch This: Madison McFerrin, OSEES, Automatic, more video delights

A clutch of new audio-visual delights to turn you on to up-and-comers and familiar faves.

The curious case of the Gray Lady and the Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy

The New York Times denies awareness of Kija Lucas's ongoing project as it launches a very similar feature. The artist calls BS.

With Virgil’s closure, SF loses another great queer space

Owner Lila Thirkield reveals details about hurdles her beloved small bar faced as pandemic shut it down.

Puff: New strains, all the gains

Our brave and bold weed critic shifts into cannabis overdrive to bring you the latest and greatest news on just-dropped flower variants.

El Tecolote’s Radio Teco brings legendary neighborhood paper to podcast life

Legacy of community service continues with episodes on what it's like to get COVID, Central American art, more

Now Watch This: Madison McFerrin, OSEES, Automatic, more video delights

A clutch of new audio-visual delights to turn you on to up-and-comers and familiar faves.

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Housing

Chiu, Wiener attack ‘left-right pincers’ on housing

Legislators decry alliance between progressive housing activists and 'Nimby' homeowners.

Supes reject condos where seniors were evicted

Crucial vote sends a message that a building cleared by the Ellis Act will never get a lucrative permit.

The bad narrative of ‘bad choices’

It's an easy way to look away and blame homelessness on poor people.

SF can buy housing for thousands of people, now.

With federal and local money, taking over hotels would cost a fraction of the price of building affordable housing.

SPUR, Yimbys say stealth state laws can force more housing

But what happens if developers don't want to build anything but luxury condos -- and maybe not even those?

Elections

Scenes from an impeach Trump protest

San Francisco crowd pushes for an immediate end to the Trump era.

PHOTOS: Castro erupts in patriotic fervor as Biden named winner

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, SF's traditional party neighborhood was full of rainbow flags and champagne

A progressive wave in the East Bay

Victories over big money in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, and Antioch shows the power of community organizing.

Why did so many people vote for Trump?

Radical economic inequality causes social breakdown. We're seeing it right now.

More votes in; D1 still a cliffhanger

Just 87 votes between the mayor's candidate and the progressive in this key swing district.

City Hall

The Agenda: Hazard pay for grocery workers …

... a hearing on Malik Washington's free speech and a rally to save City College: That's The Agenda for March 8-14

A varsity letter at 79, a rally to free Malik ….

... plus saving homeless hotel rooms -- and should people who bought a building cleared by eviction get a financial bonus? That's The Agenda for March 1-8

Denmark, taxes, happiness, racism …

... plus saving the SIP hotels, cracking down on serial permit scofflaws, and more problems with private prisons. That's The Agenda for Feb. 22-28

So San Francisco isn’t broke. Where is the money?

What if we tried to attract artists instead of tech companies? Hearing will look at post-COIVD economy. Plus: A huge payout to victim of police abuse. That's The Agenda for Feb. 15-21

Exposing the toxic crisis at Treasure Island

Plus: Will the Police Commission finally pass reforms -- and will it matter? That's The Agenda for Feb. 8-14

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Uighurs, disinformation, and US media coverage

Foreign Correspondent Reese Erlich responds to criticism of his piece on Chinese repression and US media coverage

Letter to the Editor: After COVID, a polar bear swims again

An open-water swimmer returns to the freezing sea, savoring the breath of life.

OPINION: The Ferris wheel must go!

Golden Gate Park should not be a commercial amusement park with diesel generators and bright lights.

OPINON: Democrats need to stay strong — or get rolled again

AOC shows us bipartisanship -- with a bite.

Movies

Performing poverty in ‘Nomadland’ and ‘White Tiger’

Two acclaimed movies from poverty outsiders don't go far enough in exposing wealth-hoarding and corporate slavery.

Screen Grabs: The marvelous range of Max von Sydow

Plus: Jane Fonda tours 1972 Vietnam, a dog tale from Turkey, mischievous orphans in Afghanistan, more

Review: ‘New Labor Movements III’ continues stunning probe of Black identities

At McEvoy Foundation, curator Leila Weefur's latest installment of short films offers glimpses of multiple histories.

Screen Grabs: They love Israel—at least ’til Kingdom come

Plus: My Darling Supermarket, Ski Bum, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and the Mauritanian

Screen Grabs: A fantastical hybrid from Ivory Coast in ‘Night of the Kings,’ more

While the increased demand for streaming content hasn’t greatly diversified the mainstream—Amazon Prime Video just announced a severe curtailing in its documentary...

Music

Now Watch This: Madison McFerrin, OSEES, Automatic, more video delights

A clutch of new audio-visual delights to turn you on to up-and-comers and familiar faves.

New Music: Support these terrific local artists directly this week

Our Bandcamp Friday picks are here: Cool Ghouls, Lara Sarkissian, Dax Pierson, Toro Y Moi, more

New Music: Octo Octa’s ‘She’s Calling’ channels that spiritual rave feeling

If you've ever scrounged for burrito money to attend a weekend Wicked party, you'll relate to this dazzling EP.

New Music: Brijean’s lovely ‘Feelings’ updates mellow disco flair with cool-out confidence

After all we've been through, the perfect record for a cold one in your right hand and a cute one on your left.

Oakland’s Brijean on effervescent new LP ‘Feelings’—and music’s essential conviviality

"It was like sampling ourselves or our group of friends," say duo, whose technique included hours of improvisation.

Art

The curious case of the Gray Lady and the Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy

The New York Times denies awareness of Kija Lucas's ongoing project as it launches a very similar feature. The artist calls BS.

Review: ‘New Labor Movements III’ continues stunning probe of Black identities

At McEvoy Foundation, curator Leila Weefur's latest installment of short films offers glimpses of multiple histories.

For Women’s History Month, highlighting Ana MarĂ­a Vidalon’s peopled, luminous colorscapes

Creativity Explored pairs the disabled creator's first solo show "Hidden Figures" with a panel on BIPOC women artists.

In a year of protest and change, YBCA 100 highlights vital activist-artists

The annual list of honorees focuses on organizers, educators, and creators whose work reaches deep into community.

Quilting genius Rosie Lee Tompkins stitched abstraction to history

Through Berkeley Art Museum, the Richmond artist's "crazy quilts" dazzle with wild colors and spiritual messages

Performance

Bharatanatyam power! Pandemic-born Divya Drasti school revitalizes Indian dance tradition

'It helped me reclaim and reinvent myself,' says founder, who brings her own twist to South Asian artform.

Tony Bennett is battling Alzheimer’s—here’s a quick story about his greatness

17 years ago, the big band legend unexpectedly rocked the house at the Bridge School benefit.

Ho ho ho, don’t miss these fabulous holiday shows

Golden Girls, Nutcrackers, an anti-inequity 'Red Carol,' Peaches Christ, and Kung Pao galore for your seasonal delectation.

Too much turmoil? Try some ‘Nice Jokes for Smart People’

With a new album (and a new baby), comedian Arthur Gaus talks about his refreshingly relatable style

Remembering Bambi Lake, a San Francisco underground icon

The transgender singer and trailblazer, who died last week, definitely lived a life out loud.

Labor

The push for $15 an hour

Local demonstration joins national movement calling on senators to support increase in minimum wage.

The Super Bowl billionaires

Sports team owners, including Charles Johnson of the Giants, made $98.5 billion during the pandemic. Their stadium workers are suffering.

A union at Google? Here’s why

Organizers explain why tech workers need representation too.

Walton wants $5 hourly hazard pay for supermarket workers

Essential employees at high risk as big chains rake in huge profits.

Board committee approves budget deal that clashes with mayor’s proposal

The Board of Supes is heading for a potential showdown with the mayor over more than $100 million in changes to her proposed two-year...

Business + Tech

Activists ‘defend’ Hibernia Beach after sacred Castro mourning space threatened

Harvey Milk Club members, others converged on MLK Day to reaffirm the site as community space

[UPDATED] ‘Sacred’ LGBTQ memorial space in Castro threatened by Bank of America

New signs at 'Hibernia Beach' area, traditionally used to mourn community members, warn against shrines

Historic coalition of local independent publications aims to Save SF News

15 community outlets band together for monthlong fundraiser to keep producing essential journalism. Donate now!

Author of ‘Abolish Silicon Valley’ Wendy Liu says tech must change

"There’s this extreme power discrepancy that’s being magnified by Silicon Valley in ways that are not necessarily new, but they’ve improved upon the ways it already existed."

Big real estate escapes $360 million in annual SF taxes

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Owners of 55 local buildings (including Donald Trump) use Prop. 13 to save millions in taxes that could go to schools and city services.

Nightlife

With Virgil’s closure, SF loses another great queer space

Owner Lila Thirkield reveals details about hurdles her beloved small bar faced as pandemic shut it down.

Party Radar: With Keep Our Beat Alive fest, Housepitality sustains SF’s nightlife spirit

A three-day festival stacked with DJ talent helps one of our best weekly parties float on—and even innovate

Time’s running out for SF’s live music venues. What’s being done to save them?

Via the Independent Venue Alliance and SF Venue Coalition, businesses seek private donations—and put much-needed pressure on federal and city level politicians to help.

Oakland’s As You Like It label rises from promise to musician Johnny Igaz

10 years in, the party crew launches platform to support Bay Area artists—inspired by member gone too soon

Party Radar: Epic 3-day festival aims to Revive the Nightlife

All aboard this star-packed, fundraising online party train—it's time to save independent local dance floors.

Cannabis

Puff: New strains, all the gains

Our brave and bold weed critic shifts into cannabis overdrive to bring you the latest and greatest news on just-dropped flower variants.

Puff: A Valentine’s Day stoner survival guide

Love yourself into a cloud of bliss, with Lava flower, massage oil, churro chocolate bars, more

Puff your way through the holidays, and into 2021

Cannabis pop rocks, delicious scoops, fancy box sets, Grandaddy Purple gummies, and more treats and stocking stuffers

Stop the ban on smoking weed!

Doesn't City Hall have better things to do then send law enforcement after people who light up in their own homes?

Puff: And gummies for all!

New trends in your favorite edibles: different strains, sleep aids, more potency options, pretty packaging... and zingy Spacedrops