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On Supreme Court, liberals have one job to do—and they’re not doing it

Expanding the court is our only hope. Why are so many progressive groups and leaders sitting on their hands?

Ads for Yimby measure not just misleading but illegal, complaint says

Filing argues that use of city seal implies wrongly that the Fire Department or its workers support the Yimby-backed and tech-bro-funded housing measure.

Lawsuit challenges SF’s homeless policies and seeks to stop sweeps

Data shows how the city repeatedly violates its own policies and federal Constitutional rights.

On Supreme Court, liberals have one job to do—and they’re not doing it

Expanding the court is our only hope. Why are so many progressive groups and leaders sitting on their hands?

Ads for Yimby measure not just misleading but illegal, complaint says

Filing argues that use of city seal implies wrongly that the Fire Department or its workers support the Yimby-backed and tech-bro-funded housing measure.

Lawsuit challenges SF’s homeless policies and seeks to stop sweeps

Data shows how the city repeatedly violates its own policies and federal Constitutional rights.

The exceptional hobo

The violence of exceptionalism on stolen land.

How independent are Breed’s commissioners? Apparently not very.

Plus: A radical change in the cab industry ... and the Planning Department is talking about 'equity,' but what does that mean? That's The Agenda for Sept. 25-Oct. 2

The radical drag queen at the heart of nightlife harm reduction

Punk rock party princess Kochina Rude on her mission to educate about safer drug use—and why it's deeply personal

Supes approve police spy cameras after debate that reflects national political instability

When there is a real threat of fascism on the national level, what should SF do about the local police?

This Folsom Weekend (and always), Black Techno Matters

A Saturday party showcases Black techno talent during the kinkfest.

The state agency enforcing housing rules doesn’t care about affordable housing

The people who build the badly needed projects call on Sacramento to work with them to make the RHNA goals possible. Newsom's administration hasn't even responded.

Full board to consider police spy cameras

Plus: Mayor's mystery Planning Commission nominee finally has a hearing. That's The Agenda for Sept. 18-25.

Breed throws late-night Muni under the bus

Mayor also calls for more police action against homeless people.

The Queen is dead. The monarchy should be next

'It’s a good time for the popularity of this institution to fade away.'

I didn’t sign Mayor Breed’s condolence book for Queen Elizabeth

The British Empire was brutal and racist, and the wealth of the Crown mostly stolen.

There’s not much care in Newsom’s CARE court

But it's coming to San Francisco, soon.

The Chron says the city is broken. Now what?

The Establishment paper can't blame the Establishment that has been running SF since the Gold Rush. Are the Powers That Be turning on the mayor?

Supes advance police spying bill

Measure opposed by civil-liberties groups now goes to the full board.

A lively debate for DA candidates shows major policy and political differences

Jenkins wants to work with the cops; Hamasaki talks about recidivism and corruption.

District 6 debate: Not a lot of dramatic difference

The challengers didn't take on the incumbent or even mention the mayor.

Mayor Breed suddenly loves transit. Plus: a creeping toxic nightmare in Hunters Point…

... and the future of Laguna Honda Hospital and a crucial D6 supes debate. That's The Agenda for Sept. 12-19

Planning Commission wants more clarity on building where Chinese immigrants evicted

Panel refuses to approve minutes that lack direct accountability for department and property owners

The state’s local housing goals are nothing more than a farce

Why is everyone so set on meeting "RHNA" standards when the evidence is very clear that it will never happen?

Haney, Ting, and Wiener all back $1.4 billion PG&E nuke bailout bill

SF's delegation goes along with a deal to keep the dangerous Diablo Canyon alive—at taxpayer expense. And none of them wants to talk about it.

Police racism, police violence, a hiatus on the Amazon tax ….

... and gee, they are so nice in Sacramento. Guess that's why the landlord lobby keeps on winning. That's The Agenda for Sept. 4-11

Equity study for luxury housing didn’t delay a single unit by a single day

City Planning Department documents confirm that Preston efforts to prevent displacement never limited any new housing (despite what the Chron says).

Again, the Chron misses the (critical) point on housing

Zoning rules aren't stopping construction, period. It's all about capital and finance—so blaming affordable housing activists is wrong.

Should shopping malls become housing? Yes—but only if the state does it right

The Legislature has responded to affordable-housing developers. But there's a lot of unfinished work to protect vulnerable communities.

Newsom wants emergency $1.4 billion PG&E nuclear bailout—now

Fast-track bill would override state regulation and give criminal utility taxpayer money for a plant that isn't safe—and guv wants a vote this week.

The City Hall corruption probe may not be over

Victor Makras knows everyone; what if he talks? Plus: The big money behind the Yimby ballot measure and the move to reopen JFK Drive. That's The Agenda for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Building where 11 Chinese immigrants were evicted gets held to scrutiny

Planning Commission votes 4-1 to demand changes—and to keep track of the future use to prevent the place from getting flipped.

District 4 contender won’t call for candidate with anti-Semitic comments to drop out

Joel Engardio shows no indication that he wants Leanna Louie out of the race.

New sheriff’s oversight agency off to a disturbing start

Already, the Mayor's Office is moving to take control and undermine an effective effort to hold the deputies accountable.

Gavin Newsom cares more about his political future than people dying of drug overdoses

The only reason he vetoed a life-saving bill: He wants to run for president. Why are we surprised?

Evictions, displacement and a discretionary review on the edge of Chinatown

Plus: Will there be real civilian oversight of the Sheriff's Office? That's The Agenda for Aug. 21-28

Are yimbys the new progressives? Only in a bizarre Wonderland

The supporters of the 'build-at-all-costs' position ignore a half-century of history and the realities of the modern housing market

Here’s the most important data in the new report on homelessness in SF

A massive failure of housing policy, at the state and local level, is behind this ongoing crisis.

The Laguna Honda crisis never should have happened

If Gavin Newsom had shown some leadership, the terror that patients face could have been avoided.

No, San Francisco is not riven by a left vs. left ideological split

This old story is back, and it's still wrong: There are real, serious issues between the progressives and the corporate power structure

Stopping evictions in the Western Addition

Plus: Housing nonsense in the Tenderloin, a Berniecrats art show—and who will replace Nancy Pelosi? That's The Agenda for Aug. 15-21

Not a whole lot of debating at D6 debate

Few major policy differences emerge—which is not good news for the challengers.

Why CEQA matters

Blaming CEQA for California’s problems is easier than wrestling with the root causes of challenges like housing affordability and access to higher education.

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