In News + Politics

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.

Outside money starts to pour into D5 supes race

$10K from IBEW national office suggests the flow of independent-expenditure cash is about the become a flood.

Haney seeks big increase in developer fees for housing

Planners and developers freaking out over proposal to make offices pay more of the cost of the housing impacts they create.

Behind the big money influencing City Hall

Corporate interests and developers spend $12 million on lobbying in just six months.

DA candidate calls for reshaping criminal justice system

Boudin wants racial-impact statement in all criminal cases

Who’s paying for a D5 poll aimed at attacking Preston?

Someone is spending money on poll-testing ways to go after the challenger -- but it's not clear who, and how that will effect spending limits.

The real legacy of SF’s planning director

Displacement and gentrification -- while the Planning Department sought to 'accommodate growth.'

SF’s PG&E buyout makes political — and economic — sense

At the price the city is offering, SF could net half a billion dollars a year -- and get cleaner power.

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The Agenda

Haney seeks big increase in developer fees for housing

Planners and developers freaking out over proposal to make offices pay more of the cost of the housing impacts they create.

Massive new development would transform Dogpatch area

Lots of office space, hotel rooms, housing -- but how's it going to work without massive new investments in transit?

The Trump supporters who opposed Rose Pak Chinatown Station

Plus: The bizarre traffic report on Market and Van Ness from City Planning. That's The Agenda for Aug. 26-31

Planners keep wanting to streamline approvals for housing that won’t get built

Plus: The politics of the Rose Pak subway station and students get to weigh in on the D5 supes race. That's The Agenda for Aug. 18-25

After 50 years, SF poised to move on public power

Plus: The Chron asks some questions about homelessness. That's The Agenda for July 29-Aug 4

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: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The war was a disaster from the start. Now the US is pretending that we won.

Foreign Correspondent: What is the role of the US in Hong Kong demonstrations?

And what would happen if the city became independent from China?

China trade war not going well for Trump

Examining the real reasons behind this misguided US policy.

Elizabeth Warren on war and peace

The progressive candidate's foreign policy is mixed -- but evolving.

What’s really going on in Hong Kong

Protestors flooded the streets this June, but the roots of the conflict between the island and mainland China run deep.

Campaign Trail

Outside money starts to pour into D5 supes race

$10K from IBEW national office suggests the flow of independent-expenditure cash is about the become a flood.

DA candidate calls for reshaping criminal justice system

Boudin wants racial-impact statement in all criminal cases

Who’s paying for a D5 poll aimed at attacking Preston?

Someone is spending money on poll-testing ways to go after the challenger -- but it's not clear who, and how that will effect spending limits.

Judge rejects Juul’s ballot argument effort

Ruling leaves intact the city's description that Prop. C 'may' overturn the ban on flavored tobacco

SF Democrats side with mayor’s candidates for supe, DA

A Reform Slate elected to oppose real-estate interests can't prevent the industry's favorite candidate from winning the D5 nod.

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Top reads

Haney seeks big increase in developer fees for housing

Planners and developers freaking out over proposal to make offices pay more of the cost of the housing impacts they create.

Behind the big money influencing City Hall

Corporate interests and developers spend $12 million on lobbying in just six months.

The inhumanity of homeless ‘sweeps’

When did taking people's possessions, destroying their shelter, and leaving them to suffer in the rain become the new normal?

Outside money starts to pour into D5 supes race

$10K from IBEW national office suggests the flow of independent-expenditure cash is about the become a flood.

Screen Grabs: She raised hell!

Molly Ivins, Marlon Riggs, Peter Bogdanovich (live in person), Ms. Purple, Latino Film Fest, British New Wave, and more movies

A night of great ‘Escape’ with Pop-Up Magazine

With its first explicit theme, the acclaimed 'live magazine' returns for more storytelling, art, and performance.

DA candidate calls for reshaping criminal justice system

Boudin wants racial-impact statement in all criminal cases

SF community rallies to support Brandon Lee, shot in the Philippines

Sup. Mar leads effort to protect SF native who is one of many activists whose lives are at risk under the Duterte regime.

Who’s paying for a D5 poll aimed at attacking Preston?

Someone is spending money on poll-testing ways to go after the challenger -- but it's not clear who, and how that will effect spending limits.

Topics

Haney seeks big increase in developer fees for housing

Planners and developers freaking out over proposal to make offices pay more of the cost of the housing impacts they create.

Excelsior residents oppose new luxury housing project

Critics say Ocean Ave project has too little affordable housing and not enough room for working-class families.

Vallie Brown’s big real-estate money

The landlords, speculators, realtors and developers have clearly chosen a favorite in the D5 supes race

Eviction, elder abuse, and homelessness

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

After 50 years, SF poised to move on public power

Plus: The Chron asks some questions about homelessness. That's The Agenda for July 29-Aug 4

Haney seeks big increase in developer fees for housing

Planners and developers freaking out over proposal to make offices pay more of the cost of the housing impacts they create.

Behind the big money influencing City Hall

Corporate interests and developers spend $12 million on lobbying in just six months.

The real legacy of SF’s planning director

Displacement and gentrification -- while the Planning Department sought to 'accommodate growth.'

Will Breed make a real change at City Planning?

John Rahaim is stepping down, after 12 years of urban planning disaster. Who's next?

Foreign Correspondent: Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The war was a disaster from the start. Now the US is pretending that we won.

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.

After 50 years, SF poised to move on public power

Plus: The Chron asks some questions about homelessness. That's The Agenda for July 29-Aug 4

Avast ye, developers! SF Mime Troupe’s ‘Treasure Island’ opens 60th season

Street theater legends take on massive housing project in the bay, with singing, dancing, and radiation level warnings.

The Twitter Tax Break was a bad idea

Supes hearing shows the negative impacts of the Central Market deal that helped make SF a tech hub

How do you cover the end of the world?

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

AIDS, sex, and ‘Illuminations on Market Street’

Activist-author Benjamin Heim Shepard turns to fiction, inspired by working in an SF AIDS housing program in the mid-1990s.

Joan Jett Blakk for President, perpetually!

The subject of an acclaimed new play, drag talk show host and presidential candidate Terence Alan Smith looks back on his trailblazing life.

In Yuba County, protesting Northern California’s last ICE prison

Repulsion to Trump is expanding beyond the liberal enclaves.

From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Frameline: Kate Walsh on acting and activism

As rom-com 'Sell By' premieres at LGBTQ fest, the screen favorite speaks about the importance of gay friends and Planned Parenthood.