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Those high-tech scooters on the streets are hurting pedestrians

Plus: Sick leave for domestic workers, an update on Dream Keepers—and what's up with the city's Climate Action Plan anyway? That's The Agenda for Dec. 6-12

Why no COVID vaccine requirements for Giants fans?

Concession staffers have to get the shot—but people cheering and shouting in a packed stadium can threaten the workers and themselves.

Walton calls for SFMTA to restore a key bus line in Vis Valley

Route that takes Southeast residents to Soma and Chinatown was cut in the pandemic, and the community wants it back.

SF destroyed the lives of cab drivers—and is now trying to duck responsibility

SFMTA sold drivers expensive permits, then let Uber and Lyft undermine the industry. Now the permits are worthless—and the city is doing nothing.

Those high-tech scooters on the streets are hurting pedestrians

Plus: Sick leave for domestic workers, an update on Dream Keepers—and what's up with the city's Climate Action Plan anyway? That's The Agenda for Dec. 6-12

Walton calls for SFMTA to restore a key bus line in Vis Valley

Route that takes Southeast residents to Soma and Chinatown was cut in the pandemic, and the community wants it back.

SF destroyed the lives of cab drivers—and is now trying to duck responsibility

SFMTA sold drivers expensive permits, then let Uber and Lyft undermine the industry. Now the permits are worthless—and the city is doing nothing.

Supes pass key affordable housing bill with a veto-proof majority

Vote demonstrates a clear mandate that the Mayor's Office use Prop. I money for social housing.

Join us tonight Wed/1 for a public discussion on climate justice in SF

As part of our post-COVID progressive agenda, we will be discussion what climate justice means. It's open to anyone who sends an email to tim@48hills.org

Memo to SF supes: On affordable housing, don’t be Joe Manchin

Approving money for social housing is a clear mandate—and the opposition talking points are the same old tired nonsense we have heard before.

Let them eat handbags

Can someone please explain to me why the stealing of mere symbols of social goodness (i.e., social status) is somehow worse than the stealing of actual goodness.

An ethical landlord calls for more social housing

Why the supervisors should approve $64 million in spending with a veto-proof majority

Supes face key affordable housing vote

Plus: more taxpayer dollars for bad cops, and 248 people locked up beyond the legal time for a speedy trial because SF courts are lagging ... that's The Agenda for Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Lawsuit seeks to block Plan Bay Area 2050—and prevent gentrification

Petition argues that the sweeping regional planning proposal would displace tens of thousands of vulnerable residents in the name of more high-end development.

Breed seeks to undermine support for new affordable housing money

Mayor trying to convince affordable housing groups to back away from Preston's $64 million supplemental appropriation.

Local control of all land-use decisions could wind up on fall 2022 ballot

Backers of a sweeping measure to block the state from mandating housing or other zoning rules are gathering signatures; it could have huge implications.

Boudin recall ad features paid staffers and a scandal-plagued former DA

Why don't the local media, so happy to attack the DA, fact-check an ad that is blatantly false and kind of ridiculous?

Politics killed a homeless drop-in center, supes hearing shows

Mayor's Office cancelled project the same day Breed told a conservative group in the Haight that 'it's not going to happen.'

Rittenhouse verdict: ‘If he were Black he would be going away for life’

Cat Brooks, Justice Teams Network director, responds to the jury in Kenosha

Preston seeks $64 million, now, for social housing purchases

The city has the cash to buy buildings that are at risk for speculation and evictions, which could have a huge impact on displacement.

Opinion: Muni’s restoration plan ignores the needs of people with disabilities

Changes to the J-Church and the 2-Clement lines leave serious gaps for people who have limited mobility.

Castro eviction battle shows total failure of state housing laws

The abuse of the Ellis Act is a total disgrace—and the city needs to move faster to buy at-risk buildings, protesters say.

Poll shows SF voters don’t believe market-rate housing will help crisis

Clear majorities say the city should protect vulnerable communities from luxury housing that causes displacement.

Breed bows to Cole Valley conservatives in blocking homeless drop-in center

Plus: Uncovering the privatization and corruption scandals of the Parks Alliance and the Rec-Park Department. That's The Agenda for Nov. 15-21

Campos kicks off campaign with strong labor and LGBT support

With election in just 93 days, wide range of progressives come together to support the only queer Latinx candidate in the race.

Everything you were never told about Veteran’s Day

It was once about peace. Now it's about a brutal, bloated military that doesn't really care about its veterans.

Why are both Republicans and Democrats so obsessed with Cuba?

After more than 60 years, the US is still trying to overthrow the government of a small island nation that is no threat to us.

Why Mayor Breed suddenly blocked a homeless drop-in center in the Haight

A plan that CIty Hall and community activists fully supported abruptly died last month. Here's what happened.

No surprise—Boudin recall will be on the June ballot

If you spend $1.4 million, you can qualify almost anything—but this will be a big test for the integrity of elections and SF's political leadership.

Labor, housing activists tell supes: Trickle-down policy is a failure

Hearing on jobs-housing mix makes clear that market-based solutions haven't worked and the city needs a new approach.

While Chron, Yimbys whine, SF Supes talk seriously about affordable housing

Board members look at ways to buy buildings, promote social housing, and fight displacement—without private speculation. That's The Agenda for Nov. 8-14

Some perspective—and facts—on supes’ recent housing vote

The Chron and Yimbys are going crazy. So let's take a moment to look at the actual numbers behind the 469 Stevenson decision.

Union workers need more affordable housing, new study shows

Collaboration between labor and housing activists shows that current market-driven policies won't keep workforce in town.

The deep problem with the Glasgow summit that leads to failure

The global elites ask none of the insanely rich to give up anything, and let oil companies off the hook—while they seek sacrifice from the rest of us. Not going to work.

The high price of cops continues

Lawsuits allege homophobia, beatings. Plus: A developer violates city law for years—and wins. That's The Agenda for Oct. 31 to Nov. 7

Recalls are for losers

People who couldn't win the first time are using a new tactic that we should oppose on principle.

In dramatic move, supes block huge luxury housing project in Soma

Debate shows city planners' utter failure to understand the role of market-rate housing in gentrification and displacement.

OK Culture and corruption at City Hall

Just like the folks in Hollywood and the NFL, San Francisco leaders have looked the other way at a toxic culture.

An SF courtroom veteran says the Chron is missing the point (and the facts) on Boudin

Another Sunday, another rotten Heather Knight column—and a response by a public defender who knows how the system actually works.

Saving Soma—and laundromats

The Agenda: Another massive development (and the loss of a place to wash your clothes) shows why zoning rules are really important.

When Hunter Thompson worked for his arch-enemy, the Hearst Corporation

The legendary Gonzo journalist hated the big corporate empire—but spent years working for it. That's a key part of local media history.

Luxury housing will destroy the last low-income community in Soma

Oh, and on a site with very shaky ground, the building could be the next Leaning Tower.

School Board recall election set; Assembly candidates could run four times

Plus: Some very sketchy moves by signature gatherers for Boudin recall effort.

Haney launches Assembly campaign with strong building-trades union support

Sups. Safai and Walton and BART Board member Lateefah Simon also speak in favor of Haney.

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