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City wastes millions on contracts with big out-of-town companies, report shows

More than $200 million goes for services city workers could provide much, much cheaper.

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.

SF promised a lot of affordable housing—but community leaders say it won’t happen

New report has lots of 'creative' ideas, but there's nowhere near enough funding to meet the state mandated goals—and the Mayor's Office admits it.

SFUSD’s administrative bloat questioned ahead of expected cuts, layoff notices

A new report by the teacher’s union urges the district to cut at the top first

City wastes millions on contracts with big out-of-town companies, report shows

More than $200 million goes for services city workers could provide much, much cheaper.

SF promised a lot of affordable housing—but community leaders say it won’t happen

New report has lots of 'creative' ideas, but there's nowhere near enough funding to meet the state mandated goals—and the Mayor's Office admits it.

SFUSD’s administrative bloat questioned ahead of expected cuts, layoff notices

A new report by the teacher’s union urges the district to cut at the top first

Opinion: San Franciscans know a lot about tech. That’s why they should vote No on E

Everything new is not good—and we can't trust SFPD with uncontrolled surveillance

Prop. C won’t produce much housing—but could cost the city a lot of money

Breed's plan is probably worthless, city economist says—but if it works, it will cost millions.

Opinion: The local Sierra Club is no longer an environmental leader

A takeover by conservatives has undermined the progressive authority of the group's local endorsements

PG&E keeps charging us more for worse service; there’s a much better alternative

Plus: A direct indictment of the state's housing policy (mandates, but no funding). That's The Agenda for Feb. 25 to March 3

Opinion: Prop. 1 and Prop. F are just more attacks on poor people

These are not solutions. They are just ways to make life on the streets even more unpleasant.

Three of Breed’s police commissioners suddenly reverse on racist pretext stops

Bizarre excuses as commission votes 4-3 to limit traffic stops that have no public safety value

What the billionaires want

The agenda behind the big money is clear—and for more than 40 years, it's been a massive failure that created most of our social problems.

Ten groups. $33 million, half of it dark money. Behind the billionaires in SF politics

New report sheds light on the massive influx of right-wing money trying to buy votes.

Artists alter, deface their own work at YBCA to protest Gaza silence and decry censorship

'Love Letter to Gaza' action calls out institution for not speaking up and allegedly muzzling artists.

Theatrical spectacularist Taylor Mac: ‘The solution to straight pain is queer joy’

The gonzo performance artist's 'Bark of Millions' is an ecstatic four-hour, 55-song reverse-conversion therapy session.

SF cop fires gun out the window in Santa Rosa. Cops fail on internal affairs reviews

Plus: Reviewing the Valencia St. bike lane, are there enough mental-health treatment beds ... and what's up with Wiener's new attack on CEQA? That's The Agenda for Feb. 18-25

Health workers demand an end to dangerous staff shortages at SF General

Contracting out will be a huge issue in this year's labor talks—and the fall election.

It’s Valentine’s Day. I was ghosted by my ‘partner’ of eight years

Uber and Lyft call us "partners,' not employees. We're sick of the way they treat us.

Now the Big Tech money is getting ridiculous

Billionaires put up $730,000 for a ballot measure that will have no impact on anyone's life—and not a penny for an affordable housing measure that would benefit everyone.

Campaign notebook: The dizzying web of big-money influence

Plus: Remarkable hype, Lurie's money, and why Breed's allies want to control the Democratic Party.

The city has a new business tax plan—which doesn’t address economic inequality

We can tinker with 'revenue-neutral' changes, but SF is facing a massive fiscal crisis, and the big corporations and billionaires are still not paying their fair share.

A Republican candidate just burned my book for queer teens. Feels kind of scary!

Viral video shows a MAGA Missouri Secretary of State candidate torching my guide for LGBTQ young people. Time to fight back.

Spending MLK Day in Cuba

A country the US still calls 'terrorist' celebrates the legacy of a US civil rights leader

Will Joan Baez and Bob Dylan endorse a socialist for president at the Super Bowl?

Well, not to our knowledge—but since the MAGA folks are obsessed with Taylor Swift, let's let the rumors fly!

Why does the state never ‘warn’ SF that it’s not building enough affordable housing?

That's the real question that came up at a supes meeting this week.

The future of environmental review, from Sacramento Street to Ocean Beach

Plus: How can the Chron call for reform—then endorse candidates who oppose it? That's The Agenda for Feb. 4 to 11.

Campaign Notebook: Mahmood’s ethics (and PR) problem, huge billionaire money …

... and a new organization tracking the plutocrats. Our weekly roundup of news about the March election.

Garry Tan gave almost $200K to local campaigns; Milk Club says give it back

Should candidates take money from tech baron whose tweet spurred death threats against local officials?

Can SF even do basic fire safety without state bills getting in the way?

A basic, simple rule to protect lives faced a challenge because it might slow the production of more market-rate housing.

The hidden political history of SF’s 1906 earthquake and fire—and what it means today

Social class, race, and labor played a huge role in what happened—and how the city recovered.

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.

Is this the end of CEQA as a tool to challenge housing projects that damage communities?

A dramatic change in the use of a longtime neighborhood and community planning process is about to happen; can the supes do anything about it?

Remember Me: How ‘California Soul’ legend Marlena Shaw took on a changing world

The late singer expanded jazz with feminism and funk, then embraced sampling as her voice defined hits through generations

Tech leader wants supes to ‘die slow;’ where’s the mayor and the Chron?

Plus: Phil Ginsburg's yacht harbor, and zoning changes nobody knows how to pay for. That's The Agenda for Jan. 28 to Feb. 4

For 15 years, Lenora Lee Dance has tackled immigration and carceral trauma

Two new works highlight Chinese and Latin migrant experience in El Paso and California's prison-to-ICE detention pipeline.

Tiny homes with giant restrictions are not a solution to homelessness

No visitors. No cooking. No community. That doesn't work for a lot of people.

Wiener wants to allow more big development along the Ocean Beach coast

A very strange 'power grab' that makes no policy sense—unless you want Miami Beach in the Outer Sunset.

Remembering The Soft Moon

Former Bay Area musician Luis Vasquez had a huge impact on the scene, and his gorgeously dark sensibility will live on.

Breed ignores community, takes full credit for delay in Safeway closure

Oh, and 40 years ago, Mayor Feinstein vetoed a bill the might have prevented Safeway from just abandoning the Western Addition.

Will all new housing development in SF be exempt from environmental review?

Plus: Yimby leader calls for rents to go higher. That's The Agenda for Jan. 22-28.

Fielder, Chandler spar at D9 debate that draws sizable crowd

Chandler refuses to support cease-fire resolution and opposes district elections as differences between candidates become clear.

Why is a monumental Rivera mural slipping into darkness again?

While SFMOMA and CCSF sue each other, a precious artwork may disappear for years in a crisis that was totally foreseeable.

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