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The mystery of Newsom’s 3.5 million housing units shortage

The data shows that the figure the governor still uses to justify his policies is just wrong.

Are taxpayers subsidizing Uber and Lyft campaign?

Somehow, Yes on 22 mailers got nonprofit status with the Post Office.

Inside the COVID explosion at San Quentin

With 26 dead and at least a third of the population infected, why isn't medical parole part of the solution?

Opinion: All dressed up鈥攁nd straight to the polls

Take it from the city's top drag queen activists: Your vote should go toward making sure everyone is treated equally.

Finally, a state Senate debate

Plus: The municipal corruption scandal and the state of the city's economy. That's The Agenda for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Documentary ‘The Reunited States’ looks to bridge the United States’ political abyss

An interview with filmmaker Ben Rekhi about his seemingly impossible mission to bring us all together.

R贸is铆n Murphy buffs her disco-house crown on gliding ‘R贸is铆n Machine’

The Irish diva showed us who she was through momentously silly quar performances. Her latest album affirms her mastery of the nocturnal club beat.

On being seen: Online MoAD exhibition showcases the work of San Quentin artists

In 'Meet Us Quickly,' artists incarcerated at the site of one of the nation's most deadly COVID-19 reframe their experience in the US prison-industrial complex.

Club mogul accused of vigilante homeless sweep says he did nothing wrong

Peter Glikshtern says he called private trash crew to encampment, insists he was justified by city inaction.

PUFF: How I got my high back

After months of isolation, it may be time to adjust your habits鈥攚ith flower by Lolo, prerolls from Jack Herer, and some Kwik Ease

Foreign Correspondent: What Bolivia can teach the US about fair elections

The South American nation sets an example of how to undo a coup.

R贸is铆n Murphy buffs her disco-house crown on gliding ‘R贸is铆n Machine’

The Irish diva showed us who she was through momentously silly quar performances. Her latest album affirms her mastery of the nocturnal club beat.

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Housing

The mystery of Newsom’s 3.5 million housing units shortage

The data shows that the figure the governor still uses to justify his policies is just wrong.

Supes approve rent control for Midtown

After a six-year struggle, tenants win housing stability.

Supes to consider rent control for Midtown

Preston measure would give the largely African-American tenants the protections they lost in 2014.

Landlords abandon attack on anti-eviction law

Group drops effort to block Preston law that protects renters who lost income because of COVID from losing their homes.

Planning commission rejects condo plan for building where seniors were evicted

In a 3-3 vote (the supes appointees on one side, the mayor's on the other) panel refuses to give financial windfall to owners a property where Ellis Act eviction took place.

Elections

Are taxpayers subsidizing Uber and Lyft campaign?

Somehow, Yes on 22 mailers got nonprofit status with the Post Office.

GOP-linked big money attacks progressive candidates and taxes in SF

Millions in PAC money from the 1 percent -- and big Mitch McConnell backer -- floods into San Francisco for last-minute hit pieces.

The Big Lie on Prop. I

Big Real Estate makes small restaurants their front group in mailers that are completely inaccurate.

Harris plays to the center; Pence plays to the base

It's sad that the Democratic Party feels it has to defend fracking and hide from the Green New Deal.

Democrat in D7 race helps pay for Republican candidate’s mailer

Joel Engardio is on a one-two slate with right-wing GOP hopeful -- and the mayor is now endorsing both Engardio and Myrna Melgar.

City Hall

Finally, a state Senate debate

Plus: The municipal corruption scandal and the state of the city's economy. That's The Agenda for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

The Agenda: The eviction tsunami begins

Local courts will start to hear cases Monday; tenant groups plan protest.

The Agenda: State housing battle plays out before SF supes

Mar wants ABAG to recognize that SF has already approved more luxury housing that it needs.

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...

A quiet, sweetheart deal for the cops

The Board of Supes will meet in closed session Tuesday/18 to discuss negotiations with city employee unions, and one of the issues on the...

Opinion

Opinion: All dressed up鈥攁nd straight to the polls

Take it from the city's top drag queen activists: Your vote should go toward making sure everyone is treated equally.

SF’s economic recovery plan: Trumpism on the local level

It's all about governmental deregulation and public subsidy of private profit -- while ignoring the manifest needs of everyday people.

OPINION: How I brought back the Bay’s favorite dog mag

Bay Woof returns as online nonprofit resource鈥攁s dog adoptions hit new heights, but related businesses struggle.

RIP, the Notorious RBG

How one woman, one petite woman with a mighty intellect and a grit true to her Brooklyn roots, became not just a role model, but a revered symbol of the struggle for women鈥檚 equality.

OPINION: What a protest looks like without police

At a DSA march, community activists cleared the streets and provided medical attention.

Movies

Documentary ‘The Reunited States’ looks to bridge the United States’ political abyss

An interview with filmmaker Ben Rekhi about his seemingly impossible mission to bring us all together.

Screen Grabs: Borat’s ‘totally sensationalized false account’ and other bombshell releases

Sure, it has Giuliani looking suspect鈥攂ut is 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' any good? Plus, a new documentary on the grifters leading the alt-right movement, and 'The Guardian of Memory.'

Screen Grabs: Must-see horror films for the Halloween that wasn’t

Drive-ins step in for trick-or-treating in 2020鈥攑lus, flicks following quarantine seances, malevolence-plagued asylum seekers, bedeviled hairdos, and Kazahk-Bulgarian dystopian futures visible from the gloom of home.

Screen Grabs: When punk made racism uncool again

White Riot documents Rock Against Racism. Plus: I Wake Up Streaming, Trial of the Chicago 7, The Wall of Mexico, more

Wayne Wang weaves food and family through ‘Coming Home Again’

At CAAMfest Forward, the 'Joy Luck Club' director returns to his indie roots

Music

R贸is铆n Murphy buffs her disco-house crown on gliding ‘R贸is铆n Machine’

The Irish diva showed us who she was through momentously silly quar performances. Her latest album affirms her mastery of the nocturnal club beat.

Good Things: Andrew Ashong and Kaidi Tatham bless the studio鈥攑lus more new releases to soothe

We rounded up the most relaxing beats in the known new music universe. SunPalace gets a 2020 remix pack, a new sad banger from Mac DeMarco and Benny Sings, more.

Local Listen: The rise of Xyla鈥攁nd even more new Bay sounds to defy October’s gloom

Sunset-based Xyla explores footwork, R&B, club, and orchestral music, while Eki Shola and Yehu Salah tap the head-nod chakra in their new track "Jubilee."

SF’s Field Medic talks Joni Mitchell, addiction, and latest album ‘Floral Prince’

Plus: Thoughts on keeping yourself company, and the vulnerability that came from cutting out the album's bangers.

Andy Shauf’s cutting-edge ‘Clove Cigarette’ video skitters with dreamlike scenarios

Cutting-edge technology helps celebrated Toronto signer-songwriter explore what is real and what is imagined.

Art

On being seen: Online MoAD exhibition showcases the work of San Quentin artists

In 'Meet Us Quickly,' artists incarcerated at the site of one of the nation's most deadly COVID-19 reframe their experience in the US prison-industrial complex.

Holding onto love, through painter Gage Opdenbrouw’s ‘slow, quiet’ color chords

'I make art for the fact that words are rarely enough,' says Bay Area artist, whose interiors can reflect our current solitude

With ‘Everglow,’ an artist explores redwood’s phosphorescence

Artist Victoria Wagner, a former pastry chef and wedding cake-maker , says she鈥檚 always been a sculptural thinker. But she didn鈥檛 work...

“Housing Black” muralist Malik Seneferu talks of his next wall and visions of the possible

The multimedia creative and incarcerated youth educator on art-borne futures; "You have to know how to create, and you have to get comfortable with the hypothetical."

In painting, Elena Zolotnitsky lives by 鈥榖eauty will save the world鈥

Four decades into her career, the Russian-born, Oakland-based artist devotes her work to mystery, seduction, and life.

Performance

This weekend, The Breath Project streams 24 nationwide theater works in honor of George Floyd

"It鈥檚 another brick in the wall. Or rather, we鈥檙e taking the wall down, so it鈥檚 a brick out of the wall.鈥

[UPDATED] Arts festival sues city in push for safe live performances鈥攂efore rain comes

City revokes SF International Arts Festival permit for weekend program as arts languish amid reopenings

Whirling through Turf, tap, and ballroom: SF Dance Film Festival streams needed motion

Dance and film, two mediums existing in time, have had a relationship over the decades. Though dance for the camera has existed...

Review: Out loud and proud in the Mission, Dance Brigade returns

The powerhouse company celebrated neighborhood spirit and protested gentrification in an electric performance

Lost your spook spark? You need a Screaming Telegram

Peaches Christ and the Terror Vault crew bring Halloween to you鈥攊n the form of singing horror clowns, on demand

Labor

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...

Supes committee votes to slash police budget by $30 million

The Board of Supes Budget and Appropriations Committee has approved roughly $30 million in additional cuts to the police budget 鈥 less than some...

Drivers rally against Uber and Lyft extortion

About 70 drivers rallied outside Uber鈥檚 headquarters on Market Street on Thursday, decrying Uber and Lyft鈥檚 threat to cancel rideshare services in California in retaliation...

Giants workers fight back

The San Francisco Giants returned home on Friday, August 14 and found themselves being picketed by the workers who normally sell garlic fries and...

Judge orders Uber, Lyft to treat drivers as employees

San Francisco Superior Court judge Ethan Schulman issued a prohibitory injunction ruling Monday stating that Uber and Lyft must cease classifying employees as independent...

Business + Tech

Author of Naomi Klein-endorsed ‘Abolish Silicon Valley’ Wendy Liu says tech must change

"There鈥檚 this extreme power discrepancy that鈥檚 being magnified by Silicon Valley in ways that are not necessarily new, but they鈥檝e 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.

Why the Post Office matters

When I arrived in San Francisco in 1981, the Post Office on Clayton street was my lifeline. We used to call Clayton 鈥淧ost Office...

Government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich

 Editor's note: Plan Bay Area, a joint effort of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, is creating a "blueprint"...

The money鈥攁nd endorsements鈥攊n District Five

One of the most interesting elements of the D5 supervisorial campaign is challenger Vallie Brown鈥檚 website. Check out the tab that says 鈥渆ndorsements.鈥 Most people...

Nightlife

Club mogul accused of vigilante homeless sweep says he did nothing wrong

Peter Glikshtern says he called private trash crew to encampment, insists he was justified by city inaction.

Bottoms up for spirits-lifting Oakland Cocktail Week (now a month)

Support local bars and drink in good company, as the festival pivots to a vital fundraiser.

How did the Ocean Beach party happen鈥攁nd can we prevent another incident?

Why didn't the police shut things down earlier? Sup. Stefani wants criminal investigation; Sup. Mandelman worries about Halloween

[UPDATED] A Burning Man sound camp responds about Ocean Beach party that drew 100s

BAAAHS says masks were distributed and social distancing enforced鈥攂ut why didn't someone just turn off the music?

Grab that virtual wig, it’s all aboard for Oaklash!

Weekend-long Oakland drag festival Oaklash聽(Fri/4-Sun/6 at www.twitch.tv/oaklash2020) has become such an integral part of the Bay Area queer performance scene that I was taken...

Cannabis

PUFF: How I got my high back

After months of isolation, it may be time to adjust your habits鈥攚ith flower by Lolo, prerolls from Jack Herer, and some Kwik Ease

Cannabis tax money goes to fund the cops

One way to defund the police: take away the mandatory cut they get of the state's taxes on weed.

Cannabis has a racism problem. The Floret Coalition can help.

On Thursday, hundreds of people who work in the marijuana industry gathered for a virtual event called 鈥渁llyship + weed鈥 convened by cannabis brand...

Puff: A day for dabs

As we push through a year like no other, we reach another cannabis milestone day, 710! What is 710? It is the high holy day...

Puff: Get high on Pride

As I read all my Pride-inspired emails this year, it is funny how many gummies now have special Pride tins. I know for certain...