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‘Throwing us out like garbage’

SIP hotel residents say the city's not living up to its promises -- and contracts.

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

COVID denial is a grim rerun of AIDS denialism

Two decades ago, a cult-like crowd believed that HIV was harmless and AIDS was a plot. Many of them ended up dead.

‘Throwing us out like garbage’

SIP hotel residents say the city's not living up to its promises -- and contracts.

If SF bans smoking weed in your apartment, where could you get high?

Bill would criminalize pot smoking for a large part of the city's population.

Screen Grabs: Vintage Clint Eastwood rides again, warts and all

The SF-born, famously conservative star gets a Blu-ray retrospective. Plus: Zappa, Six in Paris, Made in Hong Kong, more movies

Out of the Crate: Deluxe reissues offer fond looks back

Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, J Dilla, Paul Weller, more slide into holiday season with big-time packages

Old Boys’ Club freewheels through folklore and myth

Responding to religious terrorism, the French artist's 'Syncretism' highlights global traditions of love and peace

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.

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?

‘Throwing us out like garbage’

SIP hotel residents say the city's not living up to its promises -- and contracts.

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?

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Housing

‘Throwing us out like garbage’

SIP hotel residents say the city's not living up to its promises -- and contracts.

Die-in protests mayor’s plan to shut homeless hotel rooms

But activists celebrate the right to challenge evictions.

Supes to push measure keeping homeless hotels open

Proposal would set up another confrontation with the Mayor's Office over keeping unhoused safe during COVID.

On homelessness, no more about us, without us

People who have lived unhoused and in poverty need to be part of the official policy conversation.

Housing advocates protest mayor’s plan to close hotels

'Closures of the SIP hotels will put thousands of people at risk of returning to the streets and hundreds of essential workers being laid off.'

Elections

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.

More votes in; D1 still a cliffhanger

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

A handful of votes were counted today

Just 1,035 more ballots counted in SF -- but D1 race is closer. Expect a lot more results tomorrow.

Connie Chan now in tight race in D1

Marjan Philhour takes 53-vote lead; next ballot count at 5pm.

City Hall

If SF bans smoking weed in your apartment, where could you get high?

Bill would criminalize pot smoking for a large part of the city's population.

Where will homeless people moved out of hotels go?

Plus: A continuing progressive majority on the board, protections for small businesses -- and who in SF is going to DC? That's The Agenda for Nov. 8-16

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.

Opinion

‘Throwing us out like garbage’

SIP hotel residents say the city's not living up to its promises -- and contracts.

Missing in Action on Veterans Day

Where is the discussion of military-dependent families? (Oh, and this day was supposed to be about peace, not war).

COVID denial is a grim rerun of AIDS denialism

Two decades ago, a cult-like crowd believed that HIV was harmless and AIDS was a plot. Many of them ended up dead.

On homelessness, no more about us, without us

People who have lived unhoused and in poverty need to be part of the official policy conversation.

Progressives are winning the Battle of San Francisco

The powerful moderates -- and their financial supporters -- lost overwhelmingly in the Nov. 3 election.

Movies

Screen Grabs: Vintage Clint Eastwood rides again, warts and all

The SF-born, famously conservative star gets a Blu-ray retrospective. Plus: Zappa, Six in Paris, Made in Hong Kong, more movies

Screen Grabs: For Thanksgiving movies, one glam turkey and a swell ‘Black Bottom’

A David Bowie 'Stardust' biopic fizzles, but Chadwick Boseman (in his final role) and Viola Davis sizzle in 'Ma Rainey'

Screen Grabs: A globe-trotting filmmaker finally gets her due

Ulrike Ottinger in the spotlight at PFA. Plus: SF Cinematheque returns, The Sound of Metal, a Romanian tragedy, more movies

Screen Grabs: Racist technology, rocky queer love, and an Oakland thriller

Plus: Berlin & Beyond's In Focus installment, Mank, The Outpost, and more movies to dive into this week.

Screen Grabs: A much-needed civic boost with ‘City Hall’

Plus: tributes to women older and younger, a portrait of toxic friendship, religious ecstasy in Brazil

Music

Out of the Crate: Deluxe reissues offer fond looks back

Staple Singers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, J Dilla, Paul Weller, more slide into holiday season with big-time packages

An Oakland Black Jazz reissue is a revelation—and comes with questions

A Black-empowering label's catalog from the 1970s is re-released. Should Black people helm its return?

Don’t be alarmed by Squadda B’s lanky arms

Oakland rapper-producer releases a one-two punch: two smoked-out albums that reflect both sides of the pandemic

Now Watch This: 4 new music videos for nostalgic November feels

The Safdie brothers directed Oneohtrix Point Never's "Lost But Never Alone," and an Oakland creative turned Brijean's "Daydreaming" into an immersive psychedelic world.

Music, life, and racial justice at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s ‘Creative Voices’

Samora Pinderhughes, Marcus Shelby, Ukulenny, the Curtis Family Cnotes, more featured in lively online series.

Art

Old Boys’ Club freewheels through folklore and myth

Responding to religious terrorism, the French artist's 'Syncretism' highlights global traditions of love and peace

A local artist honors lost Black lives, portrait by portrait

Painter Radha Mehta's series commemorating lives lost to racially motivated murder and police brutality spreads to cities around the country.

Celebrating Ruth Asawa’s recycling roots and legacy

At a fundraiser for creative reuse center SCRAP, the beloved artist's children share stories and photos of her life

Divine intervention: Reconfiguring monumental art project ‘The Black Woman is God’

My experience as part of the ongoing SOMArts exhibit, now entering a new phase, pushed me to return to what matters.

Frida’s artful life on film—and in the galleries

Mexican icon's dramatic work and life are having a San Francisco moment, with de Young show and two screenings

Performance

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.

Internationally Black series ‘So Soul San Francisco’ opens up global arts discourse

Creator Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and co-host Rotimi Agbabiaka's monthly interview show surveys Black expression worldwide

Missed our 48 Hills Variety Gala? Watch here!

Honey Mahogany and a cavalcade of local entertainers put it all out there to help save local media.

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

"It’s another brick in the wall. Or rather, we’re taking the wall down, so it’s a brick out of the wall.”

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 – less than some...

Drivers rally against Uber and Lyft extortion

About 70 drivers rallied outside Uber’s headquarters on Market Street on Thursday, decrying Uber and Lyft’s 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 ‘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.

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 “Post 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—and endorsements—in District Five

One of the most interesting elements of the D5 supervisorial campaign is challenger Vallie Brown’s website. Check out the tab that says “endorsements.” 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—and 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—but 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 (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

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

Puff: Let’s get fizzy with it

Tickle your nose with cannabis-infused sodas and seltzers that lift and calm.

PUFF: How I got my high back

After months of isolation, it may be time to adjust your habits—with 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.