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Affordable housing advocates push for Oakland fee waiver

Legislation to ease low-income housing is stuck in the City Attorney's Office.

Scenes from an impeach Trump protest

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

SF COVID vaccine: Sign up to be notified when you’re eligible

Find out via email or text when you can contact your health provider (or public system) to get vaccinated.

Fighting toxic masculinity for the next generation

Teaching behind the mask: A preschool teacher resists his difficult past to change children’s futures.

Supes to ask mayor about corruption

Plus: Hearing on UCSF's hospital expansion plans and the new committee lineup: That's The Agenda for Jan 11-18.

‘Small Axe’: ardent slices of life from an overlooked community

Director Steve McQueen's five-part series explores recent UK Black history, from protest to celebration

Out of the Crate: Three heavyweight flashbacks you need on vinyl

Worship at the altars of Teena Marie and PJ Harvey—and experience the post-punk and reggae mash-up that is the New Age Steppers.

A meditation in lumber: Artist Aleksandra Zee’s peaceful wood grains

Aleksandra Zee’s creations in wood are inspired through meditation with an intention of putting goodness out into the world. Her hope is...

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.

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

SF COVID vaccine: Sign up to be notified when you’re eligible

Find out via email or text when you can contact your health provider (or public system) to get vaccinated.

‘Small Axe’: ardent slices of life from an overlooked community

Director Steve McQueen's five-part series explores recent UK Black history, from protest to celebration

We are community supported journalism

Housing

Affordable housing advocates push for Oakland fee waiver

Legislation to ease low-income housing is stuck in the City Attorney's Office.

Planning Commission to hear a bad UCSF deal

Massive new development that violates historic agreements is drawing widespread opposition.

Protesters say city needs to keep SIP hotels open — and people in them

Members of the Prop. C oversight panel call for city money to buy hotels.

Supes save hotel program — with a catch

Mandleman insists that new arrivals to the rooms can be evicted any time the funding runs out -- even if there's not place to go.

Zoning and housing costs: The debate continues

UCLA professors respond to our piece on housing costs -- and why this discussion matters.

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

Supes to ask mayor about corruption

Plus: Hearing on UCSF's hospital expansion plans and the new committee lineup: That's The Agenda for Jan 11-18.

New leadership at Police Commission

After vice president who refused to put key reform items on the agenda abruptly quits, there's an opportunity for change.

Supervisors vote to ban smoking tobacco in apartments—but spare cannabis

Sup. Mandelman’s amendment saves SF from what for many, could have amounted to a ban on smokable marijuana.

The cops, cannabis, tracking landlords — and are we just done with Zuckerberg?

Plus: a new committee on African American reparations. That's The Agenda for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6

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.

Opinion

Fighting toxic masculinity for the next generation

Teaching behind the mask: A preschool teacher resists his difficult past to change children’s futures.

Give prisoners the vaccine

Prisons and jails are COVID super-spreaders -- and that makes all of us less safe.

Hypocrisy in the local zoning debate

Professors who argue that local regulations drive up housing prices appear to admit they have no credible data to back up that argument.

‘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).

Movies

‘Small Axe’: ardent slices of life from an overlooked community

Director Steve McQueen's five-part series explores recent UK Black history, from protest to celebration

Screen Grabs: Two looks at Black legends in ‘MLK/FBI’ and ‘One Night in Miami…”

As we prepare for Black History Month, new releases look back at the complex heroes who powered the civil rights movement.

Screen Grabs: Sometimes, a deliciously absurd film is all you need

The squirming abdominals of 'Bloody Hell' joust with Chinese super-production 'Skyfire' and hotel-scare 'Climate of the Hunter' for this week's most ludicrous new release.

Screen Grabs: Dublin housing crunch to stowaway aliens, cinematic escapes for all

'Herself' threads a gentrification tale, while 'Shadow in the Cloud' is 2021's most ludicrous flick so far.

Screen Grabs: New year brings films challenging us to rethink the status quo

Forced sterilizations in California prisons, disastrous Venezuelan coastal pollution, and adults who live with facial disfigurement are the subject of 2021's first releases.

Music

Out of the Crate: Three heavyweight flashbacks you need on vinyl

Worship at the altars of Teena Marie and PJ Harvey—and experience the post-punk and reggae mash-up that is the New Age Steppers.

Oops, I missed it: A critic’s 2020 regrets

The stand-outs we stood up, from the 30th anniversary of 'Do The Right Thing' to the sounds of Dave Aju, Dehd, and Victoria Monet.

New Music: BBE tribute album explores Bowie’s Black sonic inspirations

Plus: Nubiyan Twist's hard-hitting Afrobeat promises, Beatchild's look back, other fresh tunes to kickstart your week.

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.

Good Things: Glorious rock weirdness and proper retro-soul with which to start 2021

Equal parts sumptuous melodies and indie rock buzzsaw, anyone?

Art

A meditation in lumber: Artist Aleksandra Zee’s peaceful wood grains

Aleksandra Zee’s creations in wood are inspired through meditation with an intention of putting goodness out into the world. Her hope is...

Cate White came to the Bay to connect—through her art, she’s done just that.

Norman Rockwell and Basquiat inspired her purposefully loose renderings of life's struggle.

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

In ‘New Labor Movements,’ curator Leila Weefur traces legacy of Frederick Douglass

Film series is 'doing emotional and physiological labor, defining the Black body across all parallels of time and history'

Iconic Bayview sign comes down for vital community center: Here’s its surprising history

India Basin Industrial Park's Manwaring Letters have deep artistic roots. Now stored, their future remains uncertain.

Performance

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.

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.

Labor

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...

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...

Business + Tech

[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.

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...

Nightlife

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.

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.

Cannabis

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

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