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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.

Which side of the ‘house divided’ are you on?

San Franciscans have seen years of police shootings, brutality -- and no accountability. So yes, people are angry.

Before the looting, a peaceful march

Hundreds took to the streets to protest the George Floyd killing.

How Cuba is succeeding in the fight against COVID

With a government-run medical system, the island has contained the virus to a tiny fraction of the cases in the US.

The disaster of SF’s COVID homeless policy continues

Half the hotel rooms the city is paying for are empty. Only 80 people a week are moved off the streets. What is the mayor's plan?

At Midtown, loud construction disturbs shelter-in-place

It it really 'necessary' to to make it difficult for vulnerable residents to stay home in peace during the pandemic?

Breed orders repeated homeless sweeps, text messages show

Mayor contacts police chief almost daily to demand that homeless be rousted; 'Find these people someplace to go!'

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The Agenda

The Agenda: Why isn’t the Police Commission meeting?

So many issues, so easy to do remote meetings -- why are so many commissions still inactive? Plus: Remaking Market and Van Ness -- now?

Why turn affordable SROs into tourist hotel rooms?

The Agenda: Strange moves at SF planning plus more vote-by-mail and limits on corporate rentals.

Developer wants huge density bonus — should we know why?

The Agenda: If supes upzone site for housing and cut the affordability to make it "pencil out," shouldn't the public see the developer's financials?

Hotel rooms debate comes to the Board of Supes…

... and why is the city paying $197 a night for existing rooms? Plus funds to help undocumented people—and at last a move to stop tech-office creep in the Mission. That's The Agenda for April 12-19

A city line of credit to help small businesses

And why can luxury housing developers keep working while the Department of Building Inspection is shut down? That's The Agenda for March 23-29

Opinion

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.

Which side of the ‘house divided’ are you on?

San Franciscans have seen years of police shootings, brutality -- and no accountability. So yes, people are angry.

The next chancellor: An open letter to the City College trustees

OPINION: The board needs to hire someone who believes in the broadest mission of the school.

Opinion: Action desperately needed for COVID-ravaged Latino community

Eye-opening new study shows wildly disproportionate effect on Latinos. It's time to shape city policy accordingly.

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

How Cuba is succeeding in the fight against COVID

With a government-run medical system, the island has contained the virus to a tiny fraction of the cases in the US.

Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection

Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds.

Foreign Correspondent: Trump v. Biden on foreign policy

The presumptive Democratic nominee criticizes the president but continues to support failed policies of the Obama era.

Foreign Correspondent: US beats the drums of war in Iran

Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game.

Campaign Trail

Some surprising political analysis from the local election results

Safai is in trouble. The progressives are winning across the board. A deep dive into the March 3 election results.

A little perspective on the Democratic primaries

Biden and Sanders are basically tied for delegates.

Wednesday results: Not much has changed

Turnout is going to be much higher than it appeared; progressives still have (mostly) run the table.

Results show strong night for local progressives

Huge numbers of votes still to count, but trends are favoring the local left.

More results: Public defenders winning for judge

Ballot props all passing; Senate race getting closer

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Top reads

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.)

Before the looting, a peaceful march

Hundreds took to the streets to protest the George Floyd killing.

Which side of the ‘house divided’ are you on?

San Franciscans have seen years of police shootings, brutality -- and no accountability. So yes, people are angry.

How Cuba is succeeding in the fight against COVID

With a government-run medical system, the island has contained the virus to a tiny fraction of the cases in the US.

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.

Breed orders repeated homeless sweeps, text messages show

Mayor contacts police chief almost daily to demand that homeless be rousted; 'Find these people someplace to go!'

A guide to free food in San Francisco

If you or a neighbor are experiencing food insecurity, here's a list of resources that can help.

Reports from Standing Rock: Concussion grenades, hypothermia & the fight for clean water

"There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry"

The disaster of SF’s COVID homeless policy continues

Half the hotel rooms the city is paying for are empty. Only 80 people a week are moved off the streets. What is the mayor's plan?

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The disaster of SF’s COVID homeless policy continues

Half the hotel rooms the city is paying for are empty. Only 80 people a week are moved off the streets. What is the mayor's plan?

Breed orders repeated homeless sweeps, text messages show

Mayor contacts police chief almost daily to demand that homeless be rousted; 'Find these people someplace to go!'

Why won’t SF health officer order homeless into hotels?

'You expressed to us that If you made those decisions, your job would be jeopardized.'

Protest caravan demands hotel rooms for homeless

Medical, faith, and homeless communities puts the obvious question: why isn't the city moving to take over, and ultimately buy, failing hotels for housing?

First sanctioned tent city opens in SF

'Better than nothing, but a flimsy bandaid.'

At Midtown, loud construction disturbs shelter-in-place

It it really 'necessary' to to make it difficult for vulnerable residents to stay home in peace during the pandemic?

The Agenda: Saving local journalism ….

... plus the Police Commission and the POA -- and a huge development on the largest piece of available public land in the city.

The future of cities—and the one percent

Urban America faces a crisis -- and we can't seriously discuss it unless we talk about billionaires.

Good info, little relief at city’s Virtual Nightlife + Entertainment Summit

As $7.2 billion dollar industry topples, officials and owners convened to answer questions and share ideas.

Supes look to protect SRO residents

Alarming spread in low-income housing leads to emergency bill -- as false reports seek to derail plan to consider Rec-Park space for safe housing.

Foreign Correspondent: Washington’s COVID blame game

Trump officials are tying to deflect from their own pitiful performance.

Sup. Preston calls for permanent ban on evictions due to COVID-related rent debt

Bill would protect tenants -- and prevent mass displacement -- not just during but after the COVID-19 emerency.

Mayor, supervisors at odds over hotel rooms for homeless

Advocates say Breed needs to secure thousands of rooms; 'it's a matter of life and death.'

The virus of poverty

The fear that many of us feel today has been a part of daily life for homeless people.

An emergency platform for protecting unhoused people

Coalition on Homelessness releases policy positions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Asian American women artists on creativity, activism—and COVID racism

Jenifer K. Wofford's new Asian Art Museum mural helps transform Civic Center. She joins others for a virtual conversation

Forget the ‘pale male’ podcast scene, here’s Bitch Talk

450 episodes in and celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the popular 'cast features activism, arts, and a little drinking.

What’s the future for bars and restaurants? A new podcast digs in

Longtime expert Marcia Gagliardi AKA tablehopper's 'On the Fly' documents the scene's momentous changes—and hopes.

Tom Ammiano’s feisty new memoir tells all, from Milk to mayoral run

In 'Kiss My Gay Ass,' the eminent politico, activist, comedian, teacher, and personality spills the tea.

Wendy Macnaughton’s #DrawTogether brings art (and needed supplies) to kids

The illustrator's daily online drawing lesson is a sensation—and helps raise money for art supplies in Oakland.