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Regular readers know that I favor solving problems over talking about them. That’s why it’s frustrating to read stories about abuse of San Francisco’s short-term rental law when at least 75% of illegal rentals could be stopped with a single Read More » The post Stopping SF’s Illegal Airbnb Rentals appeared first on Beyond Chron.
As San Francisco faces another low turnout June election, the city’s progressives are trying to change this pattern. Seeking to win control of the city’s Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), progressives are using June ballot initiatives to get their voters Read More » The post SF’s June Election Surprise appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Last Friday, a San Francisco jury convicted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow of all 162 charges against him. They included racketeering, murder and conspiracy to commit murder. “It’s clear the jury didn’t believe a thing about what Chow’s defense said,” said Read More » The post Why the Media Believed Shrimp Boy appeared first on Beyond Chron.
“It’s raining! It’s pouring! Evictions are soaring!” chanted the small but defiant crowd on the corner of Vermont and Franklin avenues in Los Angeles’ gentrifying Los Feliz neighborhood. Holding signs reading, “Honk if your rent is too high” and “Where Read More » The post Los Feliz: Piñatas & Eviction Notices appeared first on Beyond Chron.
This story is prompted by a picket sign I saw at a recent anti-police brutality protest sponsored by two San Francisco families, one Latino and one Black, whose sons were shot dead in separate incidents following a barrage of police Read More » The post Black Homes Matter: SF’s Vanishing Black Population appeared first on Beyond Chron.
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos recently announced a proposed charter amendment that would remove the mayor’s power to appoint supervisors. It’s a very bad idea. While it’s no surprise that Avalos wants to weaken Mayor Ed Lee’s power, this proposal Read More » The post SF Election Proposal Hurts Tenants appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Over the holidays I smashed my nose walking into the crystal clear window of a newly designed store in a local mall. Though bruised and bloodied, my nose didn’t break, so rather than sue the corporation for damages, I have Read More » The post False Transparency: Getting It Right about CCSF appeared first on Beyond Chron.
In the past two decades, San Francisco politics has seen five very politically significant years: In 1995, Willie Brown’s rescued the city from the far too conservative accidental mayor Frank Jordan; In 2000, district elections brought grassroots progressives like Chris Read More » The post San Francisco 2015: The Year in Review appeared first on Beyond Chron.
On the 100th anniversary of the city’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, four new books uncover the real grit of San Francisco and its neighborhoods. My new book, The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, begins Read More » The post Uncovering the Real Grit of San Francisco appeared first on Beyond Chron.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is the most popular chief among rank and file officers in the city’s modern history. He is unusually popular for two reasons. First, having risen from Tenderloin beat cop to become Chief he knows Read More » The post Will Chief Suhr Survive? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
The most talked about play in the Warriors win over Indiana this week was the 2-1 fast break when Steph Curry passed up an open shot and sent the ball to Klay Thompson who downed a three pointer. It was Read More » The post Peskin and Kim: The Splash Brothers of SF Politics appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Aaron Peskin becomes the District 3 Supervisor on December 8, and will then join his colleagues in rejecting the planned new jail for San Francisco. There likely was a Board majority against the current jail plan even without Peskin’s vote Read More » The post Peskin In, Jail Out appeared first on Beyond Chron.
A November hearing of the San Francisco Fire Commission produced a startling revelation: the Bureau of Fire Prevention has 1,500 complaints without a response. The 1,800 member San Francisco Fire Department has the power to enforce fire code violations in Read More » The post SF Fire Dept. Fails to Protect Tenants appeared first on Beyond Chron.
If you wondered whether San Francisco’s housing crisis was impacting its SRO housing stock, the answer is yes. Today there are fewer opportunities for working people to gain access to permanent SRO housing than at any time since the city’s Read More » The post SRO’s Shift to Housing Foreign Students appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Despite, talk, activism and ballot measures to stop the displacement of Latinos and other tenants from San Francisco’s Mission District, a prime cause remains unaddressed: displacement by fire. The November 6 fire at 16th and Shotwell streets added another 23 Read More » The post Why Are Fires Still Displacing Mission Tenants? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Beyond Chron has a Thanksgiving tradition of honoring a few of the many whose dedicated service rendered them our local heroes for San Francisco in the past year. Here’s our choices for this year, whose weight toward housing activism reflects Read More » The post Our Local Heroes of 2015 appeared first on Beyond Chron.
Thanksgiving week typically marks the end of one year’s political activism and the forging of plans for the next. For San Francisco politics, it is more accurate to say that the campaigns of 2016 began taking shape when Aaron Peskin Read More » The post SF Politics Turns to 2016 appeared first on Beyond Chron.
San Francisco’s Jane Kim-Scott Wiener 2016 State Senate race is off and running. And the campaigns are already battling over which candidate is the most “pro-housing.” Wiener allies have claim in tweets that Kim is insufficiently pro- housing due to Read More » The post What Makes a Politician “Pro-Housing”? appeared first on Beyond Chron.
On November 19, San Francisco’s Lower Polk Business Collaborative holds a public meeting to discuss whether a 2013 moratorium on Polk Street liquor licenses should be renewed for six more years or allowed to expire. That a city long known Read More » The post San Francisco Needs More Bars appeared first on Beyond Chron.
When San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim negotiated a new deal with Forest City raising the affordability of its 5M project from 33% to 40%, the higher percentage dominated the news. Kim previously negotiated a 40% affordability deal with the SF Read More » The post SF Boosts Middle-Class Housing appeared first on Beyond Chron.