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3 Ways SF Can Preserve Affordable Housing

The San Francisco Planning Department released its Housing Balance report last week, and its conclusions were summed up in the SF Business Times: “San Francisco loses affordable housing as fast as it builds it.”  The report’s finding that since 2005 Read More » The post 3 Ways SF Can Preserve Affordable Housing appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Tenderloin Museum Opens July 16

The Tenderloin Museum, which has exhibits, evening events, a retail store, and serves as the meeting place for Tenderloin tours, opens its doors to the public on July 16 at 2:00 pm. The opening night event, “Screaming Queens Then and Read More » The post Tenderloin Museum Opens July 16 appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Will Nov. Initiatives Ease SF’s Housing Woes?

San Francisco voters could approve four ballot measures in November impacting the city’s housing crisis: a $310 million affordable housing bond, an initiative increasing restrictions on short-term rentals, a measure giving affordable housing developers  priority at building on city-owned land Read More » The post Will Nov. Show More Summary

Yes, Police Can Reduce Crime

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors debated whether adding more police would reduce crime. In backing this position, the Board’s “moderate” majority sought to raise the city’s number of mandated cops; progressives argued that adding police does not Read More » The post Yes, Police Can Reduce Crime appeared first on Beyond Chron.

New Book Touts Community Building in Chinatown

When Gordon Chin and fellow activists formed the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) on April 1, 1977, San Francisco’s Chinatown was at risk. Powerful interests were out to transform the neighborhood, and that August saw the mass eviction (and later Read More » The post New Book Touts Community Building in Chinatown appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF’s Top 5 Unmet Needs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the 2015-16 budget this week, after the quietest budget process in years. Skyrocketing revenue has avoided the big budget fights, but key needs remain unmet. Limiting my choices to what Read More » The post SF’s Top 5 Unmet Needs appeared first on Beyond Chron.

A Moratorium on SF Jobs?

On June 19, a report was issued that explains a lot about San Francisco’s housing crisis. According to SocketSite, “the number of employed residents in San Francisco has increased by 88,900 since January of 2010, a 20 percent jump in Read More » The post A Moratorium on SF Jobs? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

The SF Examiner’s Real History

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, the San Francisco Examiner recently sent a message to readers: “we begin our next 150 years with the outlook that guided us for the first century and a half: a dedication to telling Read More » The post The SF Examiner’s Real History appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Mission District Speculator Torments Tenants

We hear a lot about Mission district landlords upgrading properties and raising rents, but the old fashioned style of landlord malfeasance continues. That’s why in April 25 Latino tenants had to be relocated from 938-940 Hampshire Street due to collapsing Read More » The post Mission District Speculator Torments Tenants appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF Backs Neighborhood Housing Preference

Last week, SF Mayor Lee and four supervisors introduced a long overdue plan to give neighborhood residents preference in securing affordable housing in their communities. The legislation gives low- and moderate-income households priority for 25 percent of all City-sponsored affordable Read More » The post SF Backs Neighborhood Housing Preference appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Why Mayor Lee is Running Unopposed

Today is the deadline for entering the San Francisco mayor’s race, and no major candidate is challenging incumbent Ed Lee. Why? The obvious answer is that Lee is politically popular. Yet that’s a political fact that some progressives cannot accept.  Read More » The post Why Mayor Lee is Running Unopposed appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Tenant Bootcamps Excite SF Renters

It all started one day at my daughter’s pre-school, when a teacher mentioned he was having issues with his landlord. I soon learned from another parent that many other staff members were facing similar problems. Teachers were being driven out Read More » The post Tenant Bootcamps Excite SF Renters appeared first on Beyond Chron.

SF’s Housing Wars Shift to Airbnb

After last week’s huge City Hall turnout to “Save the Mission,” San Francisco’s next housing battle is on June 9. That’s when the Board of Supervisors votes on revised short-term rental legislation designed to improve upon the measure enacted last Read More » The post SF’s Housing Wars Shift to Airbnb appeared first on Beyond Chron.

5 Lessons from “Save the Mission” Hearing

Now that the ten hour plus Supervisors hearing on the Mission market rate housing moratorium is over, it’s time to take stock. Despite the measure’s failure to win nine votes, the hearing itself offered important lessons for the future. 1. Read More » The post 5 Lessons from “Save the Mission” Hearing appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Court Stops Another Mission Ellis Eviction

(Ed Note: Randy Shaw discusses and signs his new book on the Tenderloin tonight at 7pm at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza. It is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend) Three generations of longterm tenants in Read More » The post Court Stops Another Mission Ellis Eviction appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Saving the Mission

A huge crowd comes to San Francisco City Hall today as the Board of Supervisors hears testimony and then votes on the proposed Mission District market rate housing moratorium. There will not be nine votes to enact the moratorium in Read More » The post Saving the Mission appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Difficult Developers

On June 4, an ambitious 234 unit project proposed for 145 Leavenworth/351 Turk in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood comes before the Planning Commission. The buildings have a striking design, and will revitalize a section of Leavenworth that badly needs it. Read More » The post Difficult Developers appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Randy Shaw Signs and Discusses “The Tenderloin” June 3 at Books Inc.

I will be discussing my new book,, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza on June 3 at 7:00 pm. It is free to the public. Described by Read More » The post Randy Shaw Signs and Discusses “The Tenderloin” June 3 at Books Inc. appeared first on Beyond Chron.

San Francisco: The High Life of the Lowlifes

The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, by Randy Shaw. San Francisco: Urban Reality Press, 2015. (Ed. Note: Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. Original article in Truthout) If your life was changed by a spell Read More » The post San Francisco: The High Life of the Lowlifes appeared first on Beyond Chron.

Should Mayors Influence Commissioners?

According to the May 17 SF Examiner, a San Francisco Planning Commissioner changed their vote on a key short-term rental policy after getting a text message from Mayor Lee’s liaison to the commission. The vote switch angered Planning Department staff Read More » The post Should Mayors Influence Commissioners? appeared first on Beyond Chron.

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