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Filed Under:United States / San Francisco
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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How Progressive Takeover of SF Democratic Party Impacts Nov. Elections

The votes are still not all counted but the progressive “Reform” slate and its allies have won control of the San Francisco Democratic Party (SFDCCC).  This impacts the November supervisor and state senate races, along with local ballot initiatives. The Read More » The post How Progressive Takeover of SF Democratic Party Impacts Nov. Elections appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Jane Kim’s Stunning Success

The biggest San Francisco election surprise—by far—was Jane Kim coming within a few percentage points of beating Scott Wiener. Kim’s success also has the biggest political implications for San Francisco. Here’s why Kim’s performance was so stunning. A week before Read More » The post Jane Kim’s Stunning Success appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Whole Foods is Wrong for Polk Street

Last week, the SF Planning Commission voted 4-3 against a ban on formula retail (i.e. chain stores) on Polk Street. Although a proposed Whole Foods store at Polk and Jackson Streets was exempted from the ban and will be subject Read More » The post Whole Foods is Wrong for Polk Street appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Election Predictions

On June 7, California’s long primary election finally ends. The voter turnout remains uncertain, as does projecting how many and which voters in presidential primaries will vote in down ballot races. So predictions are not an easy task, but it Read More » The post Election Predictions appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Who Booed Mayor Ed Lee?

In his May 28 column, “low-key Ed Lee gets criticism from all sides,” the SF Chronicle’s C.W. Nevius observed “there were boos and catcalls” when the mayor took the stage at the Hillary Clinton rally at the Tenderloin’s Hibernia Bank Read More » The post Who Booed Mayor Ed Lee? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Battle for SF’s Future Shifts to November

As June Election Approaches, SF Politics Looks Ahead San Francisco Supervisors filed their November charter measures this week, and primarily focused on reducing mayoral power. These measures will soon be joined by regular initiatives that progressives and moderates will place Read More » The post Battle for SF’s Future Shifts to November appeared first on Beyond Chron.

La Victoria Baker Is the 11th Ellis Victim

A Mission Block Under Siege Raul Vasquez is the 11th victim of an Ellis Act eviction in the 2800 block of Folsom Street. I previously profiled the first nine victims, as well as the Mission swing dancer who was the Read More » The post La Victoria Baker Is the 11th Ellis Victim appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF’s Big Rent Control Loophole

As San Francisco works to prevent tenant displacement, a big loophole in its Rent Ordinance remains: the ability of new owners (and speculators) to obtain a 7% Operating & Maintenance (O&M) rent increase solely by virtue of buying the property. Read More » The post SF’s Big Rent Control Loophole appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Lucas Museum Better Fits Mid-Market

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin have joined forces seeking to convince George Lucas to open his museum on Treasure Island. Peskin said “the museum could give Treasure Island a heart and a destination,” a sentiment I Read More » The post Lucas Museum Better Fits Mid-Market appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Mission Swing Dancer Faces Ellis Eviction

Popular Dancer Idalia Ramos Is Latest Victim Of Ellis Syndication Scheme  On May 5, 2015 I wrote about 9 artists facing eviction from their long-term homes in the 2800 block of Folsom Street.  The 10th victim, dance performer and instructor, Read More » The post Mission Swing Dancer Faces Ellis Eviction appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Kim, Wiener and the Future of SF Politics

San Francisco’s State Senate race between Jane Kim and Scott Wiener is living up to its billing. Rarely has the city seen two such hard-working candidates in a head to head fight, with the outcome setting the future of San Read More » The post Kim, Wiener and the Future of SF Politics appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Chief Suhr: Stay or Go?

Following a hunger protest, march to City Hall, call for a general strike and four supervisors asking for his replacement, the San Francisco Chronicle concluded that San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr’s political support is “eroding.” Supervisor Jane Kim’s call Read More » The post Chief Suhr: Stay or Go? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF Supes’ “Field of Dreams” Approach to Homelessness

Supes Seek $60 Million For Shelters, Hoping Housing Will Come The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will soon vote to spend an estimated $60 million over two years to expand homeless shelters without mandating any new dollars for affordable housing. Read More » The post SF Supes’ “Field of Dreams” Approach to Homelessness appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF’s Latest Election Twist

Donald Trump’s coronation and Hillary Clinton’s all but certain nomination has thrown another twist into San Francisco’s June election. When 2016 began, progressives, fearing a typical low June turnout, moved forward on a June ballot measure strategy to get their Read More » The post SF’s Latest Election Twist appeared first on Beyond Chron.

9 Mission District Artists Face Eviction In Ellis Syndication Scheme

Serial Evictor Pools Loans From The Levine Family Trust And Others To Exploit The Ellis Act San Francisco Ellis Act displacement as a profit-making scheme has become such a convention, that family trusts may now be increasingly funding the rip-off.   Read More » The post 9 Mission District Artists Face Eviction In Ellis Syndication Scheme appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Turning Point In Mission Fire Crisis?

Since my April 26 article (“Is SFFD Committed to Protecting Tenants”?), a broad coalition of Mission tenants, landlords, artists, and small business, as well as the Fire Fighters Union have demanded action. Specifically, the demanded enforcement of the Fire Code Read More » The post Turning Point In Mission Fire Crisis? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF’s 5 Most Influential People

Last week I had the honor of introducing Reverend Cecil Williams and former Mayor Willie Brown before a showing at Glide Church of a memorable 1974 film about Williams. As I was preparing my comments it struck me that Williams Read More » The post SF’s 5 Most Influential People appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Support for Camping Will Doom SF Progressives

In my political forecast for 2016, I saw San Francisco progressives having a big edge in the November elections. The housing crisis, inequality, and perceptions that the system is “rigged” benefited progressive supervisor candidates as well as Jane Kim in Read More » The post Support for Camping Will Doom SF Progressives appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Is SFFD Committed to Protecting Tenants?

The Board of Supervisors recently passed legislation changing how the San Francisco Fire Department enforces the Fire Code.  SFFD has long been criticized for failing to perform adequate Fire Code enforcement in SF’s apartments and SRO hotels.  In light of Read More » The post Is SFFD Committed to Protecting Tenants? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Peskin Moves to Save SRO Hotels

Last week, Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced plans to strengthen San Francisco’s landmark SRO hotel conversion and demolition ordinance (Chapter 41 of the SF Administrative Code, hereafter “the HCO”). This law, which originally passed in 1981 and was then significantly strengthened Read More » The post Peskin Moves to Save SRO Hotels appeared first on Beyond Chron.

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