In News + Politics

‘In the name of climate sanity’

Hearing shows there is now way for the city to meet its greenhouse-gas goals without controlling Uber, Lyft, and car-based delivery services. Hello, Sacramento?

SF responds to climate crisis (but will anyone mention Uber?)

Plus: Helping small business -- and a massive project that will make the housing crisis worse (but is back by TMG Partners and Ron Conway). That's The Agenda for July 22-28

New measure would link jobs and housing in SF

No more office space until there are affordable places for the new workers to live -- that's the goal of a March 2020 ballot initiative.

Judge says cops got bogus warrant to search reporter’s phone

Reporter Bryan Carmody's cell phone records should never have been seized in Adachi death case.

Haney’s plan for Homeless Commission faces close vote

The Board of Supes will vote next Tuesday on a Charter Amendment that would create a Homelessness Commission, setting up a fall ballot campaign over a plan that Mayor Breed at this point opposes.

Does the Marriott Corporation need a $5 million tax break?

Peskin pushes to end historic-preservation benefit for a giant corporation that is doing nothing new to protect its building on Market Street.

In Yuba County, protesting Northern California’s last ICE prison

Repulsion to Trump is expanding beyond the liberal enclaves.

The stunning corruption that shows why supporters are pushing a Dark Money initiative

Real-estate developers have found ways around the existing laws and poured vast sums into local campaigns.

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The Agenda

Kaiser workers prepare for strike over mental-health staffing

Plus: A massive upzoning at Van Ness and Market raised transportation and congestion issues. That's The Agenda for July 8-14

Celebrate 40 years of rent control — and support the Tenants Union

Plus: Keeping Uber and Lyft out of SFO -- and the first hearing on a public-power report. That's The Agenda for June 10-16

Does more density bring down housing costs? Come to the debate

Plus: Big changes in the campaign-finance laws -- and all the presidential candidates will be in town this weekend! That's The Agenda for May 26-June 6

Court to hear arguments on police raid of reporters house

Search that embarrassed the city goes before a judge, leaving City Attorney Dennis Herrera to defend the cops in a pretty indefensible case. Plus: Harvey Milk's birthday events, UCSF and Dignity Health -- and 'politicizing' the Rent Board. That's The Agenda for May 20-26

Protesting Uber’s IPO — and police secrecy

Drivers ask why they keep getting pay cuts as the top execs prepare to become staggeringly rich -- and why is SFPD still dragging its heels on new police-misconduct disclosure laws? That's The Agenda for May 6-13

Opinion

UC’s deal with Big Pharma should raise red flags

Why is there so little outcry over GlaxoSmithKline's role in a new genomic lab at two public universities?

There are no Yimbys

It's not Yes in My Back Yard -- it's Yes in Your Back Yard. A perspective from a long-time working-class family home owner (aka Land Baron).

The Sierra Club and the luxury-housing developer

Northern Alameda chapter backs San Leandro project in a sign that the pro-growth forces are trying to take over the environmental group.

A scary time in Venezuela

The US is participating in an undemocratic coup.

Conservatorship: The new ‘ugly laws’

Another tool to take individuality and power away from poor, disabled, and senior people will start in SF and LA.

Tenant Troubles

Tenant Troubles: What Prop. 10 is really about

The measure does nothing but allow local control; for a lot of tenants, it could make a huge difference

Tenant Troubles: My washer broke — should I sign a lease?

In San Francisco, if you don't have a lease it may be harder for the landlord to evict you.

Tenant Troubles: Can I add two roommates? Should I?

Is it a good idea to move out, sort of, but keep a rent-controlled unit by subletting to new "roommates?"

Tenant Troubles: How do I get my roommate to leave?

It's not easy -- and it shouldn't be. Hiring a lawyer and doing an eviction is expensive and ugly, so look for other options

Tenant Troubles: Can my landlord refuse to let me have a service animal?

In many cases, no -- but be careful about the paperwork

Foreign Correspondent

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.

The ‘Trump Doctrine’ is sinking fast

The Iranian government saw the President’s vacillation as a sign of weakness, one journalist tells me, ''Iran was ready to retaliate on an unbelievable scale.”

Russia sees through Trump’s Iran bluster, but has Middle East problems of its own

By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself.

Foreign Correspondent: Live, from Moscow

A Russian TV host shares thoughts on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin.

Bernie and Biden: A foreign policy analysis

Two of the leading Democratic presidential contenders have spent decades in DC. Here's a look at their records on war, interventionism, and other key issues.

Campaign Trail

The stunning corruption that shows why supporters are pushing a Dark Money initiative

Real-estate developers have found ways around the existing laws and poured vast sums into local campaigns.

Deputy Sheriffs Association resorts to bizarre Red Scare tactics in DA race

Union posts a video by the John Birch Society -- that old racist McCarthy-era group that still somehow lives -- to attack Chesa Boudin.

The end of Joe Biden as a serious candidate for president

Not a great night for Bernie. A "breakout" for Kamala Harris. Elizabeth Warren still the overall winner -- but Biden is done, period.

What the vaping ballot initiative is really about

There are no new protections for kids; it's all about stopping the city from banning the sale of JUUL products.

Bernie Day at the state Dem Convention

Sanders makes case for a progressive agenda as a way to beat Trump. Plus: Castro on police reform and affordable housing. Convention, Day Three.

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Top reads

SF responds to climate crisis (but will anyone mention Uber?)

Plus: Helping small business -- and a massive project that will make the housing crisis worse (but is back by TMG Partners and Ron Conway). That's The Agenda for July 22-28

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.

‘In the name of climate sanity’

Hearing shows there is now way for the city to meet its greenhouse-gas goals without controlling Uber, Lyft, and car-based delivery services. Hello, Sacramento?

New measure would link jobs and housing in SF

No more office space until there are affordable places for the new workers to live -- that's the goal of a March 2020 ballot initiative.

Haney’s plan for Homeless Commission faces close vote

The Board of Supes will vote next Tuesday on a Charter Amendment that would create a Homelessness Commission, setting up a fall ballot campaign over a plan that Mayor Breed at this point opposes.

At Creativity Explored, Isaac Haney-Owens curates a vibrant ‘Cityscape’

From a replica of a newsstand to his own painted reproductions of iconic signs, the artist presents a vision of San Francisco.

Back to black—and Amy—with ‘The Winehouse Experience’

Singer Mia Karter recreates the stellar, tragic singer for adoring fans at Swedish American Music Hall.

Judge says cops got bogus warrant to search reporter’s phone

Reporter Bryan Carmody's cell phone records should never have been seized in Adachi death case.

Beyond the valley of the gig economy

'Raw Deal' author Steven Hill on Uber tech, the perils of California ideologies, and the twilight of the elites.

Topics

Haney’s plan for Homeless Commission faces close vote

The Board of Supes will vote next Tuesday on a Charter Amendment that would create a Homelessness Commission, setting up a fall ballot campaign over a plan that Mayor Breed at this point opposes.

Fewer’s racial-equity plan could change the way SF makes policy

A new office would analyze legislation through a lens that has been missing from city policy -- and could lead to some dramatic changes in the political discussion.

Avast ye, developers! SF Mime Troupe’s ‘Treasure Island’ opens 60th season

Street theater legends take on massive housing project in the bay, with singing, dancing, and radiation level warnings.

People in cages, Earth under attack in occupied colonial land

Horrors and some nasty surprises on a poverty tour of the Southwest

Oakland budget fight focuses on city revenue

The money's there -- so why is the city failing to fund critical services?

At Creativity Explored, Isaac Haney-Owens curates a vibrant ‘Cityscape’

From a replica of a newsstand to his own painted reproductions of iconic signs, the artist presents a vision of San Francisco.

SF responds to climate crisis (but will anyone mention Uber?)

Plus: Helping small business -- and a massive project that will make the housing crisis worse (but is back by TMG Partners and Ron Conway). That's The Agenda for July 22-28

New measure would link jobs and housing in SF

No more office space until there are affordable places for the new workers to live -- that's the goal of a March 2020 ballot initiative.

The stunning corruption that shows why supporters are pushing a Dark Money initiative

Real-estate developers have found ways around the existing laws and poured vast sums into local campaigns.

Beyond the valley of the gig economy

'Raw Deal' author Steven Hill on Uber tech, the perils of California ideologies, and the twilight of the elites.

Avast ye, developers! SF Mime Troupe’s ‘Treasure Island’ opens 60th season

Street theater legends take on massive housing project in the bay, with singing, dancing, and radiation level warnings.

The Twitter Tax Break was a bad idea

Supes hearing shows the negative impacts of the Central Market deal that helped make SF a tech hub

MIT researcher takes on 48 Hills — or maybe not

Despite the Yimby narrative, we agree the evidence shows that upzoning in Chicago led to speculation and higher housing costs.

We’ve been counted and studied. We still don’t have homes.

Big surprise: The number show more homeless people on the streets. Now let's do something about it -- not just "sweep" people out of sight.

The real lessons from the surging numbers of homeless people on the streets of SF

Mayor Breed opposed a measure that would have made a big difference. Now she can't fix the problem with a few hundred new shelter beds and a modest housing bond.

In Yuba County, protesting Northern California’s last ICE prison

Repulsion to Trump is expanding beyond the liberal enclaves.

From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Frameline: Kate Walsh on acting and activism

As rom-com 'Sell By' premieres at LGBTQ fest, the screen favorite speaks about the importance of gay friends and Planned Parenthood.

Party Radar: ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2019

Pink Block, Polka Dots, Hot Pants, Pullin' Pork, Fake & Gay, and more musts for this bonkers week.

Stern Grove Festival changes family hands—but not its free music mission

Fifth-generation Goldman brothers take over SF tradition: "We're here experiencing music in nature, not through AirPods."

Queercore legends Team Dresch return to swing the bat of love

Reissuing their rip-roaring albums—along with a new singles collection—the pioneering foursome from Olympia comes to Bottom of the Hill.