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Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

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.

SF could have a public bank by 2020

Fewer introduces bill to move city's funds out of Wall Street and into a local institution that would fund affordable housing, small business.

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

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

OPINION: Is SF General Hospital ready for a disaster? I fear not.

A trauma nurse explains the dangerous staffing shortage at the region's only Level One trauma center.

Kumail’s ‘Yasmin’ tunes into a celestial radio show

A lush mood-board of seductive beats from Bombay to Istanbul, on the wide-ranging producer's latest.

Defying genre, Pursuit Grooves flies high with ‘Bess’

Inspired by Black female daredevil Bess Coleman, the electronic musician's latest album proves "there's music for every mood."

Honoring a queer anti-establishment harpsichordist

30 years after Scott Ross's death from AIDS, an acolyte recreates one of the revolutionary musician's recitals.

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

Kumail’s ‘Yasmin’ tunes into a celestial radio show

A lush mood-board of seductive beats from Bombay to Istanbul, on the wide-ranging producer's latest.

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

Defying genre, Pursuit Grooves flies high with ‘Bess’

Inspired by Black female daredevil Bess Coleman, the electronic musician's latest album proves "there's music for every mood."

OPINION: Is SF General Hospital ready for a disaster? I fear not.

A trauma nurse explains the dangerous staffing shortage at the region's only Level One trauma center.

Sup. Brown concedes in D5 election

With campaign now over, Preston prepares to take office -- and to run again in 12 months.

Honoring a queer anti-establishment harpsichordist

30 years after Scott Ross's death from AIDS, an acolyte recreates one of the revolutionary musician's recitals.

With women at its center, ‘Amaluna’ sparkles and charms

Sporting classical influences and jaw-dropping feats, Cirque du Soleil's latest is an inspiring fantasy.

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.

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Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

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

OPINION: Is SF General Hospital ready for a disaster? I fear not.

A trauma nurse explains the dangerous staffing shortage at the region's only Level One trauma center.

Sup. Brown concedes in D5 election

With campaign now over, Preston prepares to take office -- and to run again in 12 months.

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.

SF could have a public bank by 2020

Fewer introduces bill to move city's funds out of Wall Street and into a local institution that would fund affordable housing, small business.

Gay Chadian immigrant detained by ICE caught in asylum limbo

Chad just criminalized homosexuality—will US send Oumar, who has lived and worked here for a decade, into danger?

Two big victories for tenants at Midtown apartments

Developer is out, demolition is off the table -- and a new supervisor could bring rent control back to the Western Addition complex.

The future of SF politics

Is young, diverse, progressive -- and winning. The mayor doesn't seem to have noticed. Plus: taxing landlords who leave property vacant. That's The Agenda for Nov. 11-17

Preston, Boudin are winners as vote-count nears finish

Stunning victories for progressive candidates are also major losses for Mayor Breed.

Boudin now in the lead, Preston still ahead

It's down to the provisional ballots and the progressives are in front.

Special report: Bay Area academics visit Kurds in Northern Syria

Expedition connected with Rojava citizens in months before Turkey's devastating invasion. Exclusive photos by Beth LaBerge

Community groups demand equity agenda in choice of new planning director

Activists demand a dramatic change in the direction of planning policy; will the mayor respond?

Late ballots break in progressive direction

Dean Preston now leads by 35 votes. Chesa Boudin has picked up enough that if the trend continues with the remaining votes, he will be very close.

Latest ballots are trending conservative

Today's results put Brown up by 88 votes and Loftus up by 2,205. There are 70,000 votes to count, so it's way to early to draw conclusions.

In News + Politics

Arts + Culture

Kumail’s ‘Yasmin’ tunes into a celestial radio show

A lush mood-board of seductive beats from Bombay to Istanbul, on the wide-ranging producer's latest.

Defying genre, Pursuit Grooves flies high with ‘Bess’

Inspired by Black female daredevil Bess Coleman, the electronic musician's latest album proves "there's music for every mood."

Honoring a queer anti-establishment harpsichordist

30 years after Scott Ross's death from AIDS, an acolyte recreates one of the revolutionary musician's recitals.

With women at its center, ‘Amaluna’ sparkles and charms

Sporting classical influences and jaw-dropping feats, Cirque du Soleil's latest is an inspiring fantasy.

Arts Forecast: And here’s the real kicker…

'Stomp' still stomps. Plus: Lavender Country, Cuban neon, Recombinant Fest, Patrick Cowley, a drag 'The Wall,' more.

Screen Grabs: Three of the year’s best dramas and more

It's that time of year when "serious" films get wide release—and here are some of the best ones you'll see.

Screen Grabs: Two major docs on devastating scandals

Engrossing, enraging films look at Olympics sexual abuse tragedy, National Enquirer's protection of Trump

The lo-fi psych-pop joys of Still Woozy

'Being an artist is almost like being a curator of your favorite things,' says the Oakland-born sensation, performing at New Parish.

Screen Grabs: French noir to vintage punk, a week of retro gems

A little sci-fi, a little fetish comedy, and more to take you back in cinemas.

Fog City News celebrates 20 years of great reads (and sweet treats)

The newsstand and chocolate shop is a perennial "Best of' with its blend of nostalgia and sophistication. What's the secret?

Screen Grabs: Two movies for grown-ups at the multiplex

Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' and 'Shining'-update 'Doctor Sleep' don't aim their ambitions at the usual target market.

Son Little’s gritty takes on vintage R&B run deep

The Californian dips into gospel, rock, and blues for a fresh sound that will surely shake a hip or two.

Marina Times editor freaks out about diversity

Attack on the Chron's new food writer reaches peak 'OK Boomer' with incoherent yet riveting Twitter meltdown.

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: South Asian cinema, transgender visions, amateur porn…

Three diverse festivals open up. Plus: Soviets and Surrealists, Synonyms, Collisions, more in cinemas this week.

Red-hot but clear-eyed, Flea recounts his youth in ‘Acid for the Children’

Legendary bassist and actor recalls childhood, punk, and early Chili Peppers days—and ditches anger for forgiveness.

At Dirtybird Campout, chasing summer’s waggling tail-feather

20 years in, SF-based techno label still throws an exceptional festival, 'White Clawdes' and all.

Fierce rock energy at Miss June’s ‘Bad Luck Party’

New Zealand four-piece moves through pop-punk, no wave, and noise with an acerbic Riot Grrrl slant.

In Arts + Culture

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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.

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

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

OPINION: Is SF General Hospital ready for a disaster? I fear not.

A trauma nurse explains the dangerous staffing shortage at the region's only Level One trauma center.

Sup. Brown concedes in D5 election

With campaign now over, Preston prepares to take office -- and to run again in 12 months.

Honoring a queer anti-establishment harpsichordist

30 years after Scott Ross's death from AIDS, an acolyte recreates one of the revolutionary musician's recitals.

Two big victories for tenants at Midtown apartments

Developer is out, demolition is off the table -- and a new supervisor could bring rent control back to the Western Addition complex.

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.

Screen Grabs: Three of the year’s best dramas and more

It's that time of year when "serious" films get wide release—and here are some of the best ones you'll see.

What’s really going on in Hong Kong

Protestors flooded the streets this June, but the roots of the conflict between the island and mainland China run deep.

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