Friday, April 16, 2021

News + Politics

Family child care: A real business that makes a big impact on a community

Teaching Behind the Mask: Why FCCs need more resources -- and respect.

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

Homeless people lack access to water

People on SF's streets can't even access the UN's minimum requirements for potable water, new report shows.

Inside the SIP hotels saga

How activists and some supes forced the city to put homeless people in hotel rooms.

Chiu, Wiener attack ‘left-right pincers’ on housing

Legislators decry alliance between progressive housing activists and 'Nimby' homeowners.

A new move to get corporate money out of state political campaigns

AB 20 would ban contributions from corporations to any candidate for state office in CA.

The Chron wants limits on executive power — in Sacramento

But what about limiting the power of the mayor of SF? The paper has always opposed that.

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

State data shows COVID spread alarmingly at workplaces

The virus appears to have been infecting people at their jobs, not just at family parties and social events.

Moscone vaccination site is fast and efficient

Downtown site distributes 6000 COVID shots per day, but there's no reason to be daunted by smooth process

Inside the SIP hotels saga

How activists and some supes forced the city to put homeless people in hotel rooms.

Radical right group is trying to attack public-sector labor in SF

Anti-union mailers are going to workers home addresses -- but really, this group is looking pretty desperate.

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

Family child care: A real business that makes a big impact on a community

Teaching Behind the Mask: Why FCCs need more resources -- and respect.

Radical right group is trying to attack public-sector labor in SF

Anti-union mailers are going to workers home addresses -- but really, this group is looking pretty desperate.

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

OPINION: Donald Trump, Sid Vicious, click-bait, and media imagination

Sometimes you need a president -- and a bass player -- who actually knows how to do the job, even if he doesn't make as good copy.

City College students fight back against brutal faculty cuts

Firing teachers could also mean the end of a lot of treasured programs.

Reese Erlich, foreign correspondent and radical reporter, is dead at 73

After a life of progressive politics, ground-breaking journalism, and social activism, a legendary writer loses battle with cancer.

Letter to the Editor: ‘I have so many questions’ about nightlife after COVID

SF culture took a massive hit pre-pandemic, a reader writes. Can we let history guide us to better times?

There’s a lot more to the GG Park debate than cars v. bikes

This is part of a huge discussion the city needs to have about transportation -- and equity -- in a post-COVID world.

Giants and food vendor tried to get workers to waive COVID rights

Union squelches embarrassing move to make ballpark employees grant immunity to the big, rich organizations.

SF could have affordable Internet for everyone for $35 a resident

Why isn't the Breed Administration moving for municipal broadband? That's The Agenda for April 11-18

A call for the state to revoke PG&E’s license to sell power

In the wake of more criminal charges, some say the PUC should end the private utility's role as the main energy provider in Northern California (paving the way for public power).

A new move to get corporate money out of state political campaigns

AB 20 would ban contributions from corporations to any candidate for state office in CA.

Leaders under 30: Delano City Council’s Salvador Solorio-Ruiz says ‘change can’t wait’

'Young people want to be represented, and want to know that those who already have a seat at the table will make room for their voices to be heard.'

SF has a new tech plan — but it ignores the need for public broadband

Plus: Confronting attacks on Asian seniors and a modest, but important, police reform ... That's The Agenda for April 4-11

SF has exploited, failed, and bankrupted its taxi drivers

Mayors Lee and Newsom sold pricey medallions to make money--then let Uber and Lyft make those investments worthless. The drivers deserve help.

A ‘double celebration:’ Unionization moves forward at two local companies

Dandelion Chocolate workers hope to join Tartine Bakery workers, who just won a contested election for union representation.

Women of color are not puzzled by the Atlanta killer’s motivation

Racism? Misogyny? Easy access to guns? It’s not one or the other. It’s all of the above.

Community leaders line up to oppose attacks on DA Chesa Boudin

Records show the recall effort is backed by Big Tech, Finance, and Real-Estate (and someone who says 'VC Lives Matter.')

Charging people with misdemeanors causes more crime, not less

Groundbreaking study shows that dropping the charges in many cases leads to lower crime rates overall.

Letter to the Editor: Weighing in on Garfield’s leftist cred

Garfield has been transformed into a icon of the left—but what's his creator doing with Mike Pence?

Not far from the tree: California’s new attorney general

Rob Bonta's progressive political approach comes directly from his upbringing as the son of left-wing parents who fought Marcos in the Philippines.

The Chron wants limits on executive power — in Sacramento

But what about limiting the power of the mayor of SF? The paper has always opposed that.

Thousands rally against hate crimes

Large turnout for event focused on anti-Asian violent incidents.

A huge step to ending the crime of cash bail

State Supreme Court rules that poor people can't be kept behind bars just because they don't have the money to get out.

Judge refuses to get involved in SF schools’ reopening decisions

Herrera's case had no legal grounding -- which isn't really much of a surprise.

Foreign correspondent: My final column

We all have to go sometime. But knowing approximately when doesn’t make it easier.

Why so many mass killings? It’s simple.

In Colorado, military-level weapons, designed for mass murder, are for sale at your local gun store.

2021 Pride will go ahead with smaller, in-person events

51st celebration moves back offline with outdoor movie nights, fitness challenges, a community resource fair, more

More parks privatization: The horses of Golden Gate Park

Private vendor takes over public space for high-priced concession -- and workers get to live in trailers in the park (while homeless people are kicked out).

State data shows COVID spread alarmingly at workplaces

The virus appears to have been infecting people at their jobs, not just at family parties and social events.

The continual violence faced by Asian communities and women of color

There are so many things wrong with this murder spree, the bizarrely apologetic reaction of the sheriffs, and the ensuing media narratives about this hate crime.

Asian vet attacked in hate crime that hasn’t made the news

Ron Tuason, 56, beaten by assailant who blamed him for COVID. How many more cases are out there?

Dandelion Chocolate workers move to form union

Another local business could be represented by ILWU Local 6.

US Senate committee takes on economic inequality

It's a defining issue -- but the news media don't seem to be paying attention, and half the members didn't bother to show up.

PHOTOS: Rally for Breonna Taylor decries lack of change one year after she was killed by police

Protesters gathered at Mission High, re-upping call to dismantle a racist justice system.

Homeless people lack access to water

People on SF's streets can't even access the UN's minimum requirements for potable water, new report shows.

The lessons of the Ferris Wheel

Does SF need to overhaul its City Charter to create better departmental oversight -- and limit the potential for corruption?

Poll shows strong support for taxes on the rich

More than two-thirds of CA voters back a wealth tax -- and a measure will soon go to the state Legislature.

Moscone vaccination site is fast and efficient

Downtown site distributes 6000 COVID shots per day, but there's no reason to be daunted by smooth process

Can Big Tech really be regulated?

Hate speech and misinformation has multiplied and been weaponized -- but that may be changing.

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