Readers may recall a December SF Weekly article about the surreal city rules builders exploit to blow up small homes into mansions, and blow away what's left of San Francisco's dwindling affordable housing stock. That article turned out to be Exhibit 17 in a hearing last night at the Board of Appeal ... More >>
Joe EskenaziNo Toto, though... While riding tornadoes over the rainbow is the preferred route to Oz, it turns out the Muni train is ever so slightly more reliable. And, as we've documented numerous times in the past, they'll even take your little dog, too. Our eye-catching Dorothy Gale stepped on ... More >>
Public campaign financing isn't just a political football here in San Francisco -- it's a football so frequently kicked, punted, or otherwise buffeted the laces have come undone. And is there any money to fix it? Don't ask! The latest instance of San Francisco politicos stating they like the idea ... More >>
Our story so far: The Supervisors were drinking champagne in City Hall last week after reaching a budget deal that restored an unprecedented amount money to programs that Mayor Gavin "Call me Governor" Newsom cut from San Francisco because he thought it would play well in Fresno. Par-TAY! B ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs I cannot imagine a board without Aaron Peskin, Jake McGoldrick and Gerardo Sandoval - let alone Tom Ammiano. As the old board reaches its end and transitions to the new this week, I find myself hoping that - like a bad sitcom - our departing cast members will come back as guest ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs Come on down to San Francisco, boys and girls, where the deals are hot, hot, HOT! That's right, I'm Crraaaaaaazy Gavin Newsom, and this week everything must go! We have an ENORMOUS deficit looming up after the holidays and our entire inventory must be cleared out! No deal t ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs It could just be me, wading through the hell of Gavin Newsom's fevered imagination the way Peary crossed the arctic, but I kind of feel like all of San Francisco is governmented-out this week. The Mayor pummeled us with 7.5 hours worth of speeches last week, not a single minut ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs Keeping with tradition, the Supervisors have taken a holiday weekend and turned it into an extended vacation. Their justification this time is that they all need the extra two days off to go see "Milk." Last year, it was to stand in line and buy iPhones, and the year before th ... More >>
The city needs to stop subsidizing the S.F. Symphony and other snobby arts organizations that cater to the rich.
Some of the Class of 2000's stranger moments. (A lot of them involve Chris Daly.)
Eight years after being swept into office, a once-disorganized band of neighborhood leftists tries to create a citywide political machine.
The Class of 2000 made San Francisco its political petri dish.
Why some "progressives" are putting energy into a bad idea.
Their anti-Newsom campaigning is preventing more affordable housing
Week of 4-11-2007
The mayor's Wi-Fi plan is about to have its signal blocked by a group of activists
Cynics use the retarded to keep cars in Golden Gate Park
The multiuse Transbay Terminal project may have shrunk into a really expensive bus station
As a favor to a columnizing colleague, Social Grace gives San Francisco's swearing-obsessed politicians some damn good advice on cleaning up their whiny fucking acts
Why a supervisor needs to feel some love and back off a counterproductive assault on a nonprofit housing agency
A more polite, nuanced approach might prove more effective for Supervisor Chris Daly. Or not.
S.F. Democrats have talked "values" for years, but it's all been empty talk. To make a national comeback, Demos need to concentrate on moral works.
Why San Francisco supervisors who call themselves progressives should get the boot in November
Why the new mayor should resist political pressure from the new shadow ayatollah of San Francisco politics, real estate mogul Clint Reilly
Gavin Newsom should look to Sacramento for political inspiration
SARS has barely touched S.F. Yet tourists and others are staying away from Chinatown in droves.
Week of July 24, 2002
Stuck in a strange warp of the space-time fabric, our supervisors can't stop tilting against a dot-com development monster that's dead and buried
Why do our supervisors pass over substance in favor of trivia like the public peeing bill?
The Law of Unintended Consequences; Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining; From the Record Shelf
Hawaiian Shirts, Expensive Condos, and the Hoochie People
Board of Supervisors; Population Growth; Dot-com Layoffs