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Homeless numbers are declining—despite what the Breed Administration has done

Progressive initiatives, opposed by the mayor, seem to be working.

What if we let artists and homeless people take over all the empty SF office space?

The old work model is over, and downtown and the local economy is going to suffer—unless we get creative about the future.

A public bank for San Francisco is moving forward, this week

Historic proposal that could transform municipal and nonprofit financing will present preliminary plans.

Homeless numbers are declining—despite what the Breed Administration has done

Progressive initiatives, opposed by the mayor, seem to be working.

What if we let artists and homeless people take over all the empty SF office space?

The old work model is over, and downtown and the local economy is going to suffer—unless we get creative about the future.

A public bank for San Francisco is moving forward, this week

Historic proposal that could transform municipal and nonprofit financing will present preliminary plans.

65-year-old cancer survivor is fighting Ellis Act eviction—for the second time

Community rallies around 'flower lady' as Apple engineer seeks to throw her out of her home in Bernal Heights.

The price of Ellis Act speculation, and how SF can help tenants survive it

Plus: How is the city going to meet its state-mandate affordable housing goals? That's The Agenda for May 16-22

Crack down on homeless people—or prevent people from becoming homeless?

Two very different approaches to housing policy were under discussion this week.

Raging Grannies and Radical Women on protecting reproductive rights—and more

'We’ll tell them that if abortion is not legal, abortions won’t be gone, they will just be unsafe.'

Leaving prison, and entering a very different world—with very little support

Facing Life documents the lives of eight former lifers in their process of reentering society, after having spent decades in California prisons.

What the mayor’s D6 supe appointment means for the district—and the city

Matt Dorsey is smart, experienced—and seems to agree with the mayor's agenda on housing and the cops. He will face a tough battle in the fall.

Breed on affordable housing, places for homeless transitional youth …

... plus community policing and a creative approach to abortion rights in right-wing states. That's The Agenda for May 8-15.

Mandelman’s shelter expansion plan isn’t a long-term solution to homelessness

It would just take funds away from permanent housing—and allow even more sweeps.

Exposing ‘copaganda’ as SFPD spends $1.6 million on ‘strategic communications’

Why are the taxpayers subsidizing misinformation and spin with a political agenda coming out of a troubled department?

An open letter to the City College Board of Trustees

You don't need to fire 50 teachers. There are other options that could help save the school.

Unlike London Breed, I never took my mask off. Now COVID cases are up again

The mayor's 'back to normal' stance seems to mean reinvigorating the Financial District more than protecting her constituents

City College faculty set up tents, hold out for the end of brutal layoffs

Union members say cutting faculty will lead to a cycle of lower enrollment and less revenue; they have an alternative.

Proud people who stutter hold event to mark first awareness week in SF

Verbal differences have caused alienation, isolation, and trauma—and the community is working to change that.

Who is accountable for the end of Roe v Wade—and the awful, horrible, results?

Did the "moderate" Republicans and centrist Democrats not realize what they were doing—or did they just not care?

The morning-after drill

I've been writing about the threat to Roe v Wade for 35 years. I never thought this would happen. Here's what we need to do now.

ALERT: Abortion ruling/reproductive rights protest Tuesday in SF at 5pm

Rally set for this evening outside US Courthouse/Federal Building to protest overturn of Roe v. Wade

Letter to the Editor: Supply and demand doesn’t apply to housing — or really anything

Emphasizing supply intentionally ignores what drives demand: tax subsidies for multi-billion-dollar corporations

Will the mayor spend money the voters approved for social housing?

And if the taxpayers are spending $1 million a year on police PR, why can't we get even basic information from SFPD? That's The Agenda for May 2-9.

Initiative would tax Amazon et al. to fund SF guaranteed income program

Early polling shows strong support for the concept.

City report shows that upzoning neighborhoods won’t create more affordable housing

In fact, eliminating single-family zoning won't create much new housing at all.

Supply sophistry: How academics miss the point on the cost of urban housing

There is still no good evidence that upzoning leads to more affordability—in New York or in San Francisco.

Two misleading anti-Boudin ads are going to hit local TV this week

The allegations that the DA ignores domestic violence and car break-ins don't add up.

Does SF have enough water to give some back to the salmon—and the ecosystem?

SF is hoarding water and killing fish—or it's preserving a precious resource from impending drought. Depends whose numbers you believe.

The ultimate troll just bought Twitter. Expect more pain for SF

Elon Musk hates BART, taxes, worker protections, marginalized folks, and the free press. Now he has a huge platform.

Cars, bikes—and equity—as supes consider road closure in Golden Gate Park

Plus: Is the board ready to end single-family housing in San Francisco? That's The Agenda for April 25-May 1

Money talks and bullshit walks

The election outcome was first and foremost a victory of massive campaign spending.

The district gerrymander is back—and looks like the final supes map

A map the community could live with is rejected, and replaced with one that favors conservatives and allies of the mayor.

Haney’s victory does not mean progressive candidates have to move to the right

The entire local media narrative is wrong, again. The real issue is why no local reporters ever question the fantasy of the Yimby narrative.

Final, final, deadline for supes map is Thursday—unless it isn’t

City attorney says Task Force has to approve lines; various others talk about lawsuits.

Real-estate industry, Yimbys, and Breed win a victory in state Assembly race

After changing his politics to run to the right, Haney wins; what does this mean for the progressive movement?

What to watch for in the Assembly election

When to get results, how to read the early numbers—and what it all means.

It’s Election Day Tuesday. The supes districts lines are still not finished.

Plus: Are the cops doing their job, and do they really need more money? That's The Agenda for April 18-24

Task Force finally listens to community, moves 5-4 to reject gerrymandered map

Community organizing forces panel to adopt a more acceptable map—for now.

There was never anything resembling an ‘independent’ Redistricting Task Force

The evidence is now abundantly clear: The Mayor's Office was running the show, and the final lines were drawn to please Breed and her allies.

Task Force members say Mayor’s Office was calling the shots on redistricting

The mapping was wired from the start, members say—'I wish you could have been honest.'

Wheels fall off the redistricting process

At 3am Sunday, bad-faith gerrymandered map approved as four task force members walk out and community responds in disgust.

Elections panel does nothing about problems with Redistricting Task Force

Panel ignores clear evidence that right-wing groups are trying to gerrymander the supes districts to change the makeup of the board.

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