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OPINION: Save the soul of San Francisco

Faith leaders say it's a moral obligation to shelter homeless people in empty hotel rooms, now.

For taxi drivers, COVID is a brutal dilemma

Cabs are critical to seniors and disabled people who need to get to the grocery store -- but the industry is in serious trouble. Here's how drivers can get help.

First COVID case in homeless shelter; supes demand hotel rooms

'We have the rooms. We have the money. We have the staff.' Why is the city putting thousands of lives at risk?

With Black community hard-hit by COVID, Bayview groups demand aid

Beds 4 Bayview and others lay out emergency needs for district ignored by city's coronavirus response effort.

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.'

Density, neoliberalism, and COVID

SF has allowed developers to build housing and offices for more and more people -- without paying for the infrastructure that we need to take care of them.

Where’s the money for health care and saving the planet? Well, we clearly have it

OPINION: The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US -- and the world -- so desperately need.

In COVID crisis, judges decide to keep more people in jail

New rules approved in a hurried Saturday Judicial Council meeting mean longer waits behind bars for people who are not convicted of a crime.

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The Agenda

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

Stopping evictions and price-gouging in the coronavirus crisis

Plus: the need for an arts, worker, and small-business bailout—and the mayor will get asked about corruption. That's The Agenda for March 9-15.

Doesn’t anyone have any questions for the mayor?

Plus: Tightening the rules on stealth evictions. That's The Agenda for Feb 9-16.

When Jerry Brown sounds like Donald Trump

Plus: Bridge funding (not a band-aid) for City College, locking up too many kids -- and the Chron just keeps getting it wrong about the new DA. That's The Agenda for Jan. 27-Feb 2

Why so little state money for housing?

Plus: The next move to take over PG&E, saving City College classes -- and another big payout for police misconduct. That's The Agenda for January 12-19.

Opinion

OPINION: Save the soul of San Francisco

Faith leaders say it's a moral obligation to shelter homeless people in empty hotel rooms, now.

Where’s the money for health care and saving the planet? Well, we clearly have it

OPINION: The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US -- and the world -- so desperately need.

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.

Mohammed Nuru’s worst offense

Under Nuru, DPW routinely violated the rights of homeless people.

Forget SB 50 — San Francisco needs a bold plan for social housing

European cities show how more than half the housing stock can be taken out of the private market -- and it works.

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

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.

Foreign correspondent: I was under a brief coronavirus quarantine

The tests turned out negative -- but I am one of the lucky ones with good health care and a stable place to live.

Foreign correspondent: Hardliners win in Iran but turnout was extremely low

Fewer than 25 percent of voters showed up to the polls in Tehran as Trump sanctions hurt the reformists.

Foreign Correspondent: Reaction to coronavirus is overblown

Let’s insert a little rationality into the debate; it’s serious but hardly cause for panic.

Foreign Correspondent: Who’s at fault for Cuba’s economic problems?

The US embargo, unsupported by any country in the world, harms the nation’s ordinary working people.

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

For taxi drivers, COVID is a brutal dilemma

Cabs are critical to seniors and disabled people who need to get to the grocery store -- but the industry is in serious trouble. Here's how drivers can get help.

OPINION: Save the soul of San Francisco

Faith leaders say it's a moral obligation to shelter homeless people in empty hotel rooms, now.

With Black community hard-hit by COVID, Bayview groups demand aid

Beds 4 Bayview and others lay out emergency needs for district ignored by city's coronavirus response effort.

First COVID case in homeless shelter; supes demand hotel rooms

'We have the rooms. We have the money. We have the staff.' Why is the city putting thousands of lives at risk?

Nancy Pelosi just announced her retirement

The deal she cut to remain speaker means she plans to step down in 2022 -- which will set off a wild campaign for one of the most coveted jobs in SF politics.

Arts Forecast: Help save bookstores, drag queens, Frameline, more

Fabulous performances and benefit funds, plus a few pick-me-ups, as we band together to help the local scene.

Density, neoliberalism, and COVID

SF has allowed developers to build housing and offices for more and more people -- without paying for the infrastructure that we need to take care of them.

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.'

Screen Grabs: How about a little levity?

Suggestions for light streaming: Classic screwballs, surreal slapstick, low-rent aliens, and a doc to rival 'Tiger King.'

How you can help feed overstressed healthcare workers

Square Pie Guys, Andytown Coffee, Escape from New York Pizza, and more are fortifying those on the frontline.

Topics

First COVID case in homeless shelter; supes demand hotel rooms

'We have the rooms. We have the money. We have the staff.' Why is the city putting thousands of lives at risk?

With Black community hard-hit by COVID, Bayview groups demand aid

Beds 4 Bayview and others lay out emergency needs for district ignored by city's coronavirus response effort.

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.'

SF cops keep telling homeless people to move

'Move along' orders continue in spite of health emergency

Five supes push to put homeless in vacant hotel rooms

Plan would immediately take thousands off the streets and reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For taxi drivers, COVID is a brutal dilemma

Cabs are critical to seniors and disabled people who need to get to the grocery store -- but the industry is in serious trouble. Here's how drivers can get help.

Screen Grabs: How about a little levity?

Suggestions for light streaming: Classic screwballs, surreal slapstick, low-rent aliens, and a doc to rival 'Tiger King.'

Density, neoliberalism, and COVID

SF has allowed developers to build housing and offices for more and more people -- without paying for the infrastructure that we need to take care of them.

Supes promise protections for small businesses and gig workers

Ronen, Preston also working to block commercial and residential evictions.

Final, final results: Progressives win three judges, DCCC

Mary Jung, the former party chair and real-estate lobbyist, loses her seat on the party's policy-making board.

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.

Court agrees to put evictions on hold

Under pressure from just about everyone in local politics, Superior Court finally agrees to delay cases for 90 days.

Coronavirus crisis doesn’t stop eviction cases

Landlord lawyers still demanding that courts rule against tenants and hold trials -- right now, despite shelter-at-home rules.

Arts Forecast: Feeling international, at home

Two big arts festivals announce season lineups. Plus: The Living Earth Show, King City, We So Bay, Joffrey Ballet, 'Mutts,' and more

‘Families first’ public defender enters D7 race

Vilaska Nguyen says he offers an independent alternative and criticizes mayor's planning policies.

With ‘Butterfly Effect’ choreographer Krissy Keefer caps decades of eco-activism

New Dance Brigade show bridges aims to create a 'collective heartbeat' at the edge of apocalypse.

Drag star Miz Cracker on ‘Femlins,’ feminism, and overall fabulousness

The RuPaul alum stars in Peaches Christ's hilarious holiday parody of 'Gremlins'—but she's got a serious message, too.

At Zinn Fair, Peter Cole explores SF’s unique history of labor and race

The historian documents the links between local dockworker actions and transnational racial justice movements.