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Despite complaints over San Francisco’s many ballot initiatives (24) (“Politicians Create SF Ballot Mess”), the official arguments filed last week show that most will win. Even high-profile measures—-the City College parcel tax, the transferring of responsibility for street trees to Read More » The post Most SF Ballot Measures Will Win appeared first on Beyond Chron.
In his August 21 SF Examiner column, labor activist Nato Green offered a popular left analysis of who runs San Francisco: it is “the Realtors, Airbnb and sundry like-minded oligarchs who govern San Francisco through their avatar Mayor Ed Lee.” Read More » The post Who Runs San Francisco? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Now that the candidates to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (the DCCC) have been elected and endorsements made, it’s time to assess what it all means. And the answer is: not much. Unlike other presidential election years, an Read More » The post SF Democrats’ Endorsement Problem appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Fifty years ago, in August 1966, drag queens, trans sex workers, hair fairies and gay street hustlers rose up against police harassment in what became known at the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. This occurred at Turk and Taylor Streets in San Read More » The post Honoring SF’s Historic GLBT Legacy appeared first on Beyond Chron.
While in Florence in 2012, we took a day trip to Pisa about 1-1/2 hours away. We visited the cathedral, the walled cemetery, the baptistery, and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Tower now leans at about 3.99 Read More » The post A LEANING TOWER OF SAN FRANCISCO? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
This week typically marks the start of a long San Francisco break from politics. The Board of Supervisors is on break until after Labor Day, and the bustle of City Hall offices is replaced by the silence of vacationing supervisors Read More » The post SF Politics Gets No Summer Break appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Fundraising totals for San Francisco’s key candidate races were released last week. Unpacking the numbers, the published figures were not always what they seem. Here are the races I think provoke deeper analysis. “Wiener Far Outpaces Kim” Such was the Read More » The post Unpacking SF Campaign Donations appeared first on Beyond Chron.
In an unprecedented show of support, six San Francisco Poet Laureates have authored a letter condemning the Ellis eviction of North Beach poet Diego De Leo. De Leo’s case is set for trial on August 22. The poets signing the Read More » The post 6 SF Poet Laureates Condemn Diego De Leo Eviction appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Thanks to the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco voters will face a record number of major local governance questions on the already crowded November ballot. When you combine these estimated 25 local measures with city and state elections for candidates, Read More » The post Politicians Create SF Ballot Mess appeared first on Beyond Chron.
SF’s Nonprofit Housing Groups Walk Into Realtors Trap On July 26 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 to place a Charter Amendment on the November ballot creating a Housing Development Commission. The Commission would oversee the Mayor’s Office Read More » The post Mayor Lee Rejects Housing Groups Blackmail appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Landlord’s Ellis Effort Targets Another Valuable Cultural Contributor By serving a 120-day Ellis Act notice, a greedy landlord can wipe away and exclude persons who have contributed a lifetime to a community, whose efforts have worked to make the neighborhood Read More » The post Dancer Faces Ellis Eviction from Bernal Heights Home appeared first on Beyond Chron.
2016 has already been a productive political year in San Francisco. The highlights: a long needed Department of Homelessness was launched, consensus for police reforms emerged, and legislation sought to close a critical loophole promoting illegal short-term rentals. In June, Read More » The post SF’s Unfinished Business For 2016 appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Among the best game shows of the 1960’s and 1970’s (and in syndication decades later) was Monty Hall’s Let’s Make a Deal. It worked like this: after a contestant was given a refrigerator, sofa or similar prize, Hall would entice Read More » The post City Hall Plays Let’s Make a Deal appeared first on Beyond Chron.
On July 11, a broad coalition organized as San Franciscans for the Arts and Ending Family Homelessness submitted over 16,000 signatures for a November ballot measure to increase funding for both causes. The measure brought widespread acclaim, with often disagreeing Read More » The post SF Arts Initiative: A Raid on Schools, Libraries, and More? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
There could be 39 initiatives on San Francisco’s November ballot, and most are entirely unknown to voters. That’s because city law allows the mayor or four supervisors to place as many measures on the ballot as they like. Nor are Read More » The post Political Insiders Hijack SF’s Initiative Process appeared first on Beyond Chron.
The recent killing of two bicyclists by cars and the installation of a defective bike lane on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin should further convince us: San Francisco’s recent growth in population, employment and affluence demands a radical reinvention Read More » The post Reinventing SF’s Transit Future appeared first on Beyond Chron.
The Assault Upon The Cultural Fabric Of San Francisco Continues By Greedy Ellis Act Evictor North Beach poet Diego De Leo may face trial in August to battle for his right to remain in his home of 30 years. As Read More » The post Will North Beach Lose Another? 81 Year-Old Poet Battles Ellis Eviction From Home Of 30 Years appeared first on Beyond Chron.
San Francisco’s State Senate race between Jane Kim and Scott Wiener is the city’s marquee November matchup. Even pundits (like myself) who picked Kim to ultimately win this election did not think she would prevail in June, but she did. Read More » The post Can Kim-Wiener Avoid Going Negative? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Thanks to the SF Homeless Project, local media has been intensively covereing San Francisco’s homeless crisis. Congrats to all involved. Now it’s time to assess whether this coverage will have an impact. If past history is a guide, the answer Read More » The post Will Bay Area Media Blitz Impact Homelessness? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Major Progress in Face of Federal Inaction In 1982, I was working fulltime as the only employee of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic when widespread visible homelessness emerged in San Francisco. I was trying to preserve and improve single room occupancy Read More » The post My 34 Years Battling Homelessness appeared first on Beyond Chron.