Stories about Dean Preston

Big reforms could be headed for fall ballot

Measures to tax big real-estate companies, cut the number of sworn cops, put DPW under a commission and create a public advocate will be heard at Rules Committee Thursday.

Culture of casual corruption faces political reckoning

Major DPW reform measures headed for board, and maybe ballot, vote -- who is going to line up on the side of the status quo?

Public toilets—and public corruption

The Agenda: Supes want to invalidate contract pushed by Nuru -- and create new accountability measures in the wake of the widening scandal.

Wearing a mask is a political statement—that you care about community

Plus youth voting, undocumented residents on commissions -- and a major change to the way SF does affordable housing. That's The Agenda for June 22-29.

Supes reject Police Commission nominee, approve tenant protections

10-1 votes demand stronger reform advocates to oversee the cops and ban evictions for non-payment of rent during the crisis.

Breed’s choices on cops and homeless face challenges

The Agenda: Supes to question Police Commission appointments, COVID housing policies. Plus: a move to let undocumented people serve on commissions and allow young people to vote.

Sharply divided board allows curfew to continue — for now

6-5 vote keeps crackdown in place until Thursday; ACLU denounces 'moving toward a police state.'

The disaster of SF’s COVID homeless policy continues

Half the hotel rooms the city is paying for are empty. Only 80 people a week are moved off the streets. What is the mayor's plan?

Why won’t SF health officer order homeless into hotels?

'You expressed to us that If you made those decisions, your job would be jeopardized.'

Supes have plan to staff hotel rooms — but mayor ignores it

Increasingly bitter divide at City Hall as SF misses 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity