In News + Politics

Public funding transforms D11 race

And there's some pretty funny money in the Safai campaign disclosures.

Giants and Warriors give their workers the boot

Some of the richest companies and people on Earth say they can't afford to pay the people who kept the fans happy at their venues.

Fielder shows surprising strength in state Senate fundraising report

Incumbent Wiener's money comes from big state interests and real-estate; his challenger almost matched him with many more small local donors.

Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

New report shows how a tiny number of very rich people have come do dominate the charitable sector -- giving them too much control over all our lives.

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The Agenda

Finally, a monument to a victim of police violence

Plus: Public Advocate plan needs one more vote; Preston seeks more public housing; Ronen seeks to end tech-office creep in the Mission. That's The Agenda for July 20-27

Supes consider major changes in business taxes

Mayor wants to limit increases; board members want another $150 million a year from the biggest companies. Plus: Housing reports and Black Lives Matter posters in police stations -- that's The Agenda for July 12-19

Public toilets—and public corruption

The Agenda: Supes want to invalidate contract pushed by Nuru -- and create new accountability measures in the wake of the widening scandal.

Wearing a mask is a political statement—that you care about community

Plus youth voting, undocumented residents on commissions -- and a major change to the way SF does affordable housing. That's The Agenda for June 22-29.

Breed’s choices on cops and homeless face challenges

The Agenda: Supes to question Police Commission appointments, COVID housing policies. Plus: a move to let undocumented people serve on commissions and allow young people to vote.

Opinion

OPINION: Defunding the police is just one step

We need to look at all the laws that divide the 'entitled' from the 'non-entitled.'

OPINION: Keep transit lanes for public transit

The MTA is about to create more transit-only lanes -- but will the Google buses be allowed to use them?

Pride is a defense of Black bodies, and always has been

OPINION: 'The need to stop centering whiteness in our movement has never been more urgent,' says SF Pride Board President

People protested peacefully — and things got worse

Why is Black outrage treated so differently in the news media? (And the worst looting is the corporate bailouts.)

We’re all outside agitators at this point

The raging pandemic, our broken healthcare system, the ruined economy, the political corruption, the corporate greed, the militarized violence, the voter suppression, the dog-whistle presidential racism… it all just became too much.

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

Trump’s desperate, last-ditch effort to hike tensions with Iran

This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure

SF joins fight for US-Cuba medical cooperation

Supes pass resolution calling for scientific and medical collaboration in the fight against COVID

Foreign Correspondent: Russian bounty story falls flat

Opportunist Democrats and foreign policy insiders drive false rumor to keep troops in Afghanistan.

Foreign correspondent: Libya, the forgotten war

Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated

Foreign Correspondent: Lessons from the Cuban police

Community-based crime fighting -- with very little violence -- should be part of the US debate.

Campaign Trail

Public funding transforms D11 race

And there's some pretty funny money in the Safai campaign disclosures.

Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

Conservative members (and some in the progressive camp) serve as swing votes in D7 and D11.

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The direction of city planning shows clear split between progressive and moderate candidates.

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Top reads

Fielder shows surprising strength in state Senate fundraising report

Incumbent Wiener's money comes from big state interests and real-estate; his challenger almost matched him with many more small local donors.

Giants and Warriors give their workers the boot

Some of the richest companies and people on Earth say they can't afford to pay the people who kept the fans happy at their venues.

Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns.

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

The true aficionado is already making big changes at the vaunted institution.

Screen Grabs: You say you wanted a ‘Revolution’

Jack O’Connell's 1968 documentary is probably the best feature about San Francisco as flower power nexus. Our critic also checks out 'A Thousand Cuts' and 'You Never Had It: An Evening With Charles Bukowski.'

OPINION: Education pods for everyone

Instead of wealthy parents forming a private educational system on Facebook, cities should develop a public alternative.

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

A free fridge opens in the Mission

Mission Meals Coalition reimagines what mutual aid looks like.

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

Topics

Breed budget prioritizes cuts to frontline workers over taxes on the rich

Layoffs or pay reductions for the people who are protecting us from COVID -- but less support for making the billionaires pay their share.

Supes, by one vote, reject public advocate plan

Peskin, Fewer split with other progressives; board does approve plan to break up DPW.

Screen Grabs: Films that pull back the veil

This week's recommendations for movies that expose the country's social inequities, including 'Down and Out in America'; 'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets'; and a Les Blank double feature.

Berkeley youth march to defund police

Young organizers pushing City Council to go further to shift funding away from law enforcement

The Chron gives up on homelessness

Yes, there's a solution (which the paper reports). But an embarrassing editorial says there's nothing anyone (except the private market) can do. And what about the Democratic Party?

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

Bill that could cost SF $50 million up for key Assembly vote

Will Chiu support a measure that the entire Board of Supes opposes? It's at his committee Tuesday.

OPINION: Education pods for everyone

Instead of wealthy parents forming a private educational system on Facebook, cities should develop a public alternative.

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

Conservative members (and some in the progressive camp) serve as swing votes in D7 and D11.

City Planning (finally) admits it has a problem

Social and racial equity is now part of land-use decisions -- which could have a major impact.

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The direction of city planning shows clear split between progressive and moderate candidates.

Rob Eshelman-Håkansson, journalist and activist, dies at 47

From punk-rocker and squatter to organizer, legislative aide to Matt Gonzalez, and fearless reporter, he lived a powerful life.

OPINION: Defunding the police is just one step

We need to look at all the laws that divide the 'entitled' from the 'non-entitled.'

Supes reject Police Commission nominee, approve tenant protections

10-1 votes demand stronger reform advocates to oversee the cops and ban evictions for non-payment of rent during the crisis.

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Progressive groups need to be careful about their political strategy for something as critical as a lifetime seat in Congress.

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The direction of city planning shows clear split between progressive and moderate candidates.

Screen Grabs: Welcome to Jewish Film Fest’s online ‘Cinegogue’

Plus: A Hong Kong cinema showcase and Romanian movies in the streaming spotlight.

Our publisher’s ‘must-read’ history of US protests is out now!

'Into the Streets' is a colorful, lively guide to the country's resistance movements, aimed at young adults but essential reading for all

People’s March on Pride: Reclaiming the streets and looking fierce

Pride was canceled, but colorful marchers stepped out to revive its radical Gay Liberation message.