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Mayor Breed sides with the Yimbys and developers

Appointments make clear her housing agenda -- which works very well for the developers and speculators, but not for everyone else.

Is Mayor Breed planning more homeless sweeps?

A new, dystopian-sounding holiday program for 'clean streets' has advocates for homeless people nervous.

Four years in prison — for driving without a license?

Oakland man arrested in SF faces long prison term -- despite a jury finding him not guilty of two felonies.

Breed refuses to sign housing bill

Haney's legislation charging developers for affordable housing will become law anyway -- but the mayor's message is stunning.

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination

OPINION: Is SF General Hospital ready for a disaster? I fear not.

A trauma nurse explains the dangerous staffing shortage at the region's only Level One trauma center.

Sup. Brown concedes in D5 election

With campaign now over, Preston prepares to take office -- and to run again in 12 months.

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The Agenda

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

Guess who’s a lawyer for the city’s worst planning scofflaw? (Hint: He writes for the Chron)

Plus: A key vote on Haney's housing bill -- and why has the Chron completely ignored the Vallie Brown eviction story? That's The Agenda for Oct. 27-Nov. 3

SF’s housing policy failure on full display this week

Plus: Limiting tax pass-throughs to tenants and a report card on the SFPD. That's The Agenda for Oct. 21-27

SF Planning’s really weak ‘Community Stabilization Policy’

Plus: A developer lawyer on the commission? And Sups. Haney and Ronen to grill DPH on mental-health beds. That's The Agenda for Oct. 14-20

DA deal? D5 money … and will an 11-year EIR ever die?

Plus a move to get cars off Market Street. That's The Agenda for Oct. 7-13

Opinion

Should the Dems impeach Trump — next summer?

Progressives may find that the best timing for a devastating blow to the GOP is for Democrats to keep the investigations going, keep the dirt coming out -- and file articles of impeachment in July 2020.

UC’s deal with Big Pharma should raise red flags

Why is there so little outcry over GlaxoSmithKline's role in a new genomic lab at two public universities?

There are no Yimbys

It's not Yes in My Back Yard -- it's Yes in Your Back Yard. A perspective from a long-time working-class family home owner (aka Land Baron).

The Sierra Club and the luxury-housing developer

Northern Alameda chapter backs San Leandro project in a sign that the pro-growth forces are trying to take over the environmental group.

A scary time in Venezuela

The US is participating in an undemocratic coup.

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: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination

Special report: Bay Area academics visit Kurds in Northern Syria

Expedition connected with Rojava citizens in months before Turkey's devastating invasion. Exclusive photos by Beth LaBerge

Foreign Correspondent: The Brexit mess

Untangling the strange politics of Britain, the EU, neoliberalism and the left.

Foreign Correspondent: Trump dumps Kurds as the empire crumbles

In less than two weeks, The Donald has created an entirely avoidable international crisis.

Foreign correspondent: Turkey plans attack on Syrian Kurds

A "voluntary" resettlement plan isn't working out very well.

Campaign Trail

Sup. Brown concedes in D5 election

With campaign now over, Preston prepares to take office -- and to run again in 12 months.

The future of SF politics

Is young, diverse, progressive -- and winning. The mayor doesn't seem to have noticed. Plus: taxing landlords who leave property vacant. That's The Agenda for Nov. 11-17

Preston, Boudin are winners as vote-count nears finish

Stunning victories for progressive candidates are also major losses for Mayor Breed.

Boudin now in the lead, Preston still ahead

It's down to the provisional ballots and the progressives are in front.

Late ballots break in progressive direction

Dean Preston now leads by 35 votes. Chesa Boudin has picked up enough that if the trend continues with the remaining votes, he will be very close.

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Top reads

Is Mayor Breed planning more homeless sweeps?

A new, dystopian-sounding holiday program for 'clean streets' has advocates for homeless people nervous.

Mayor Breed sides with the Yimbys and developers

Appointments make clear her housing agenda -- which works very well for the developers and speculators, but not for everyone else.

Four years in prison — for driving without a license?

Oakland man arrested in SF faces long prison term -- despite a jury finding him not guilty of two felonies.

Breed refuses to sign housing bill

Haney's legislation charging developers for affordable housing will become law anyway -- but the mayor's message is stunning.

Martin Scorsese on ‘The Irishman,’ old friends, and loving Castro Theatre

The veteran filmmaker's latest brings together Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesce: He tells us how it all came about.

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop (Dance Fest) hurray! + more

Agent Orange, Dolly Night, Bay Area Record Fest, Mr. Brightside Indie Ball, Frankie Night, Lil Louie Vega, and lots else to do.

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.

Brittany Howard’s fearless ‘Jaime’ blasts racism’s specter

The Alabama Shakes singer's soul-inferno album confronts uncomfortable truths—and was almost called 'Black Björk'

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

Topics

Is Mayor Breed planning more homeless sweeps?

A new, dystopian-sounding holiday program for 'clean streets' has advocates for homeless people nervous.

Four years in prison — for driving without a license?

Oakland man arrested in SF faces long prison term -- despite a jury finding him not guilty of two felonies.

Breed refuses to sign housing bill

Haney's legislation charging developers for affordable housing will become law anyway -- but the mayor's message is stunning.

Already, Chesa Boudin is getting attacked in the press

Red-baiting starts before the new DA even takes office -- both nationally and in the Chron.

The future of SF politics

Is young, diverse, progressive -- and winning. The mayor doesn't seem to have noticed. Plus: taxing landlords who leave property vacant. That's The Agenda for Nov. 11-17

Mayor Breed sides with the Yimbys and developers

Appointments make clear her housing agenda -- which works very well for the developers and speculators, but not for everyone else.

Is Mayor Breed planning more homeless sweeps?

A new, dystopian-sounding holiday program for 'clean streets' has advocates for homeless people nervous.

Breed refuses to sign housing bill

Haney's legislation charging developers for affordable housing will become law anyway -- but the mayor's message is stunning.

Should a developer lawyer be on the Planning Commission?

Plus: Taxing vacant storefronts, controlling new technology before it takes over the sidewalks, and housing issues in D4: That's The Agenda for Nov. 18-24

Arts Forecast: And here’s the real kicker…

'Stomp' still stomps. Plus: Lavender Country, Cuban neon, Recombinant Fest, Patrick Cowley, a drag 'The Wall,' more.

Already, Chesa Boudin is getting attacked in the press

Red-baiting starts before the new DA even takes office -- both nationally and in the Chron.

The big money in the major SF races

Who do the cops and realtors support? Who do the teachers support? The money trail tells a story.

Sup. Vallie Brown evicted low-income tenants

History as a landlord is missing from her campaign's well-crafted narrative.

Housing Rights Committee celebrates 40 years of fighting for renters

Grassroots group 'birthed by rent control' is now a major force in protecting tenant rights.

Eviction, elder abuse, and homelessness

Why are so many elders and families on the street? They got evicted.

Local musicians step up to ‘Blanket the Homeless’

With double-album and concert, producer Scott Mickelson recruits an all-star roster to assist in direct acton during crisis.

Screen Grabs: A bounty of international film fests

Filipino, Greek, United Nations, and SF Shorts fests highlight world cinema. Plus: Parasite, The Lighthouse, The King, more.

Cascade of flicks, star-power coming to Mill Valley Film Fest

Alfre Woodard, Laura Dern, Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart, Adam Driver, Michael Apted, Barbara Rush... oh, and some features, too.

Enola Gay and the witchy origin of the first AIDS protest

35 years later, the 'Blood & Money' ritual outside Livermore Lab reveals the intricacy of SF's protest movement.

How do you cover the end of the world?

Up against governments and state media -- with a TV series and some amazing writers.