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Burning Man is getting dirtier and dirtier

New data show carbon pollution way up in Black Rock City — until the rainstorm hit last year

COVID safety is a progressive responsibility

Government, media, institutions no longer work to protect us; we need to keep raising our voices and taking action.

Big Real Estate wants to prevent effective rent control—and is pushing SF supes

Showdown looms next week on state ballot measure that would let local government regulate rents on new housing and vacant apartments.

A truly bizarre debate on rent control at the Board of Supes

Stefani, Dorsey argue that protecting tenants is somehow a Nimby plot to block new housing.

Burning Man is getting dirtier and dirtier

New data show carbon pollution way up in Black Rock City — until the rainstorm hit last year

Big Real Estate wants to prevent effective rent control—and is pushing SF supes

Showdown looms next week on state ballot measure that would let local government regulate rents on new housing and vacant apartments.

A truly bizarre debate on rent control at the Board of Supes

Stefani, Dorsey argue that protecting tenants is somehow a Nimby plot to block new housing.

Is crime really the only issue in the SF mayor’s race?

There is so much more to talk about. But that's not what the Democratic Party debate suggested.

Does the US have a housing shortage—or an affordable housing shortage?

New study challenges the Yimby concept and argues that issue isn't supply, it's price.

A time-jumping tale of environmental degradation in ‘Garuda’s Wing’

Gripping tale and great ensemble work from Magic Theatre drive home heavy subject without bumper sticker platitudes.

Media Week: One crucial (buried) story and two prominent useless ones

The growth myth, the SF mayor's race, the foolishness of a so-called West Coast 'liberal,' and (for now, funny) and deceptive campaign videos

The criminal justice system in SF is badly broken, and the mayor’s budget doesn’t help

Hearings show overcrowded, dangerous jails, overloaded public defenders—and a DA who is doubling down on making things even worse.

Finally, SF is applying for federal money to house 750 low-income people

Supes pressed for a program Mayor's Office was ignoring, until now.

What the latest mayoral poll really shows

Farrell says he's leading; the numbers are not so clear.

SF not ready for major neighborhood flooding that’s starting to happen

Report says Breed Administration isn't dealing with the full reality of sea-level rise

Three candidates running to the right, one trying to be visible—and Aaron Peskin

That was the lineup for the first major mayoral debate, which made clear where the political lines are going to be drawn.

Once again, Breed snubs supes, voters on affordable housing money

In proposed budget, Prop. I millions won't go for rent relief, affordable units, or site acquisition

Supes approve Breed’s police commissioner—and a dubious plan to raise money for the zoo

Mayor gets the right to ask companies like PG&E for donations to fund her panda pen,

Author Oren Kroll-Zeldin on Israel, Palestine, social justice—and the next generation of Jewish Americans

USF professor talks about new book 'Unsettled,' and the concept of co-resistance for a shared future.

Here’s the list of Trump supporters who went to his fancy Pac Heights fundraiser

Allies of the former president are starting to get involved in local politics—and even rub elbows with him in SF.

The SF budget battle takes center stage

It's cops against social services in a politically charged budget year. That's The Agenda for June 10-16

Does Mayor Breed just hate poor people?

A solution lead by the unhoused is working in Oakland—but we can't get any traction in San Francisco.

Six HUGE reasons to become a 48hills member today

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Months after federal officials demand action, not much has changed for tenants at Plaza East

Residents still fighting for urgent repairs to the public housing complex.

Supes panel rejects Breed nominee to Police Commission over major policy issues

Debra Walker said she supports pretext stops and wants less civilian control over local law enforcement; full board vote will be critical

Another Breed budget problem: Nonprofit workers are left behind

Only tiny increases in pay for front-line people who do a lot of critical social-service jobs.

Farrell complains about cuts in child-care measure that he tried to kill

He didn't support Prop. C in 2018; now he blasts Breed for not spending the money.

48 Hills is finalist for 4 California Journalism Awards

Nominations in Environment, Food, and Music Reporting highlight our excellent local coverage from local writers.

New upzoning and ‘objective design’ rules could lead to small business displacement

Plus: another $500,000 payout for bad law-enforcement practices; when will it end? That's The Agenda for June 2-9

Breed budget: Deep cuts for social services, more money to the cops

The mayor's priorities are no surprise—but will be a matter of some debate at the Board of Supes.

Here’s how Trump can really take advantage of the legal system and raise money

All he has to do is take my free advice—and go to jail. Why wait?

Convicted felon who is running for president will be in SF June 6 for fundraiser

Trump event is hosted by tech barons David Sacks and Chamath Palihapitiya, possibly at the Sacks mansion on Broadway.

The good, the bad, and the very scary on the November ballot

State ballot measure would promote inequality and damage local government; SF measures take on affordability and corruption.

Are cars, buses, bikes, small businesses, and safe walking a zero-sum game?

Or is there a way to make SF really a transit-first city without making a lot of people miserable?

Opinion: Changing the West Portal entrance is a terrible idea

As usual, the SFMTA came up with a bad plan, without any meaningful community input.

Milk Club debate shows how the candidates for mayor are framing the issues

Three moving to the right, one looking for a lane, and one taking a strong progressive stance.

Reclaiming homes, from LA to Sacramento

Solutions driven by the unhoused are constantly under attack.

Support for public power in SF is growing, even—finally—in the news media

ABC News segment focuses on the Raker Act Scandal; will the mayoral candidates all support the next step? And what's up with Matt Haney?

A photographer documents life on a tough Tenderloin corner with dignity

Residents of the Jones and Ellis area feel seen through the work of Harry Williams, Jr., and a new mural of his portraits.

The embarrassment of the billionaires

Plus: What are the city's priorities, and will short-term thinking dominate the budget debate? That's The Agenda for May 19-26

Mental health center in the Castro under suspicious threat of eviction

Members of Queer LifeSpace held a rally at 2275 Market St. to organize and avoid being kicked out before they’re served eviction papers.

The big billionaire-backed mayoral debate is becoming the Losers Show

Breed won't go. Peskin won't go. Lurie might not go. Here's what that means for the mayor's race.

SF’s new War on Drugs has created dangerous, intolerable conditions in the county jail

Many predicted that this would happen—but the Mayor's Office had no plan.

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