It's not news that homelessness is a dilemma throughout the country, especially rampant in San Francisco, thanks to the high cost of living. Youngsters aren't protected from that reality. According to Larkin Street Youth Services, there are 5,700 kids on the streets in San Francisco and 30 percent ... More >>
Transient is like a batshit guy on the street telling you exactly why and how rain is seeded with pore-burrowing nanobots -- one of the craziest things I've seen in a while. It's the debut of Justin "Coro" Kaufman, a monster of a book -- an oblong, full-color graphic novel bound in heavy covers. And ... More >>
There IS a difference between the hippies and the homeless Garrison Keiller once had a great joke on "Prairie Home Companion" about a Lake Wobegon driver who, spotting a a jogger on the road, stopped to ask if she needed a ride. Keillor knew there was great comic potential in the naive attem ... More >>
Reporting from San Francisco City HallYesterday SF Weekly told you about an incident where Supervisor Jane Kim's staff kicked reporters out of a City Hall meeting as residents gathered to vent about the homeless problem in the Tenderloin neighborhood. It turns, the freshman supervisor's questiona ... More >>
Government watchJust as a emotional community meeting over a Tenderloin homeless shelter was set to start at City Hall today, reporters were booted out -- and those are the facts. Ron Case, the president of Lower Polk Neighbors, reportedly walked outside with an aide from Supervisor Jane Kim's of ... More >>
Looks like this couch is occupiedYou tried to do the responsible thing. Rather than just dump your aging couch on the curb, you called the garbage collection agency and scheduled a "large item pickup." You scratched away the last few cents of your deposit, marring the walls with a wide couch in a ... More >>
Have you seen this man?For years, Kelli Christensen knew very little about her father, Marty, only that he had a drinking problem and he had been estranged from the family. She and her family -- who live in Kingsburg, near Fresno -- had heard he was homeless in San Francisco. Christensen traveled ... More >>
It's hard to tell who's using whom....Before the crowds arrived for the last tours of the creaky Transbay Terminal Friday, Mayor Gavin Newsom showed up for his own private walk through ("private" in mayor's terms means followed by his spokesman Tony Winnicker, staffers, Chron reporters and us). A ... More >>
Games are goneAmong the tamest symptoms of San Francisco's homeless problem were the dozen or so chess boards set up on the north side of Market Street near the Powell BART/Muni station. Anyone was free to sit down to a game, be it a 10-move checkmate by an SRO-living grandmaster or an hours-long ... More >>
A homeless man accused of dousing a fellow homeless man with lighter fluid while he slept and igniting him will face the judge today. Eric Dilbeck, 47, was in November charged with immolating 55-year-old Byron Rowe as the latter slept in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Rowe suffered second- an ... More >>
Kenneth KyleKenneth Kyle, the Cal State East Bay professor arrested earlier this month at San Francisco International Airport on child porn charges, will be arraigned this morning at San Francisco's Hall of Justice. The 47-year-old is facing felony charges of child pornography possession and chil ... More >>
According to the state's sex offender registry, Nicholas Chaykovsky has been in violation of registration requirements since Sunday. He has a decent excuse. He's dead. Chaykovsky died at age 61 last month after suffering a heart attack. And though the San Francisco Police Department s ... More >>
Jessica's Law prevents paroled sex offenders from residing near schools or parks. That means they can only live one place in S.F.: on the streets.
On the heels of both the Chronicle and KRON-TV noting that the July string of 13 car arsons abruptly ceased with the arrest of a homeless woman in her 60s named Fafa Chan -- that's no longer the case. Firefighters doused a flaming Honda not long after 3 a.m. this morning at 21st and Balboa, not f ... More >>
Helen CanafaxHomicide Inspector Richard Martin told SF Weekly that he's hopeful a man he arrested on May 7 on an outstanding felony warrant could be the mugger police are seeking behind last month's fatal purse snatching of 63-year-old Helen Canafax -- but more witnesses could be needed to prove the ... More >>
Week of Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Steve Bingham, a famously exonerated ex-fugitive who advocates for the poor, helps lead the charge against Care Not Cash
When an elderly man left the city millions to build apartments for homeless old folks, neighbors tried to block the project. Fortunately, they failed.
For Preventing the Homeless People of San Francisco From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to the Public in an Energy-Efficient Manner
Either Newsom or Gonzalez will make a good mayor, but Gonzalez has the creative edge
In which we head into the Tenderloin on a secret nocturnal mission
How a new law on in-law apartments can help solve S.F.'s housing shortage
Lefty weeklies are always bitching about the mainstream press. Here're some rotten chestnuts we wish the alternative press would quit serving up.
Homelessness has put the city's image in danger. Our options: Hound the poor. Fine Safeway. Corrupt Lance Armstrong.
Inflamed by crime, drugs, and rising rents, Tenderloin residents are now launching lawsuits to clean up the city's dumping ground
Over the years, homeless squatters have claimed the Albany Landfill as their own. Now it's time for them to leave ...
So many San Franciscans live in cars, vans, campers, and buses that the city wants to create a "vehicular community" where they could legally park. But if we build it, will the "houseless" come?
A movie about something, sort of
Tales of the wheeled homeless
Human excrement in the parks -- dangerous or just dirty?