To win a war, one must win the minds of the people (unless one chooses to vaporize said minds with a superweapon instead).So the next time you step over a crack-addled soul sprawled out on a Tenderloin sidewalk or dodge a gang of teenagers trying to sell you weed at the Stanyan Street entrance to Go ... More >>
Kapowski is a newish four-piece indie pop band from Oakland that has no guitars and may (or may not) be named after a certain cheerleader from Saved By The Bell. But regardless of its high school sitcom loyalties, the band's new video for "Section 8" is a winner: In the Perez Brothers-directed clip ... More >>
What would a voucher get you in San Francisco?There are more than 136,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., and California has more than a quarter of them. So while the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is patting itself on the back for handing over more than $4 million in grant money to the Bay A ... More >>
Stay tuned for the future ... The Civil Grand Jury has released an interesting and curiously-timed report on the proposed Parkmerced development which validates the city's worst fears -- that tenants would no longer be protected by rent control laws.According to the report -- which was released a ... More >>
San Francisco's own money pitIt has been well documented over the years that San Francisco's Housing Authority is in shambles; it can't collect rent on time, it can't keep records on file, and it hasn't been training its staff. And while federal authorities -- every year -- issue reports de ... More >>
By Matt SmithFor the third year running San Francisco has managed its public housing as the equivalent of a Third World slum. New information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development confirms that San Francisco's Housing Authority -- which oversees 6,400 apartments, housing 35, ... More >>
The city needs to stop subsidizing the S.F. Symphony and other snobby arts organizations that cater to the rich.
Don't be too concerned with the originators of Proposition 98. instead, look at what they might deliver.
Will a lobbyist for a local healthcare union extend a bill proven bad for patients' health?
Take a closer look at this truly awful measure funded by Don Fisher before signing on
Week of 4-11-2007
Week of Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Week of Wednesday, February 1, 2006
An attempted solution to rental evictions may actually force more people out of rent-controlled apartments in an already tight San Francisco housing market
City government promised Katrina victims a haven, then it gave some of them the shaft
Week of Wednesday, December1, 2004
Defending the Public Defender; Landlords vs. Tenants
The Plane Facts; Review Redo; Winner or Loser? You Make the Call.; Grousing About Housing; Speechless
Lovable Luke; Who Knew Rent Control Was So Controversial?; Festival Facts; Correction
A new report shows the housing shortage wasn't caused by the dot-com boom -- but by lack of housing construction
Letters from March 14, 2001
Why did the U.S. Attorney's Office angle for fingerlings -- and apparently ignore trophy catches -- during its corruption investigation at the San Francisco Housing Authority?
Letters from August 30, 2000
A City With a Serious Wait Problem; The Case for Printing Less-Controversial Stories
Next Week: The Case Against Cable Cars;
Get Me Rewrite
Developer Proposes Controversial Way to Lower S.F. Housing Costs: "Haven't you people ever heard of apartment buildings?" New York émigré asks.
How landlords use corporate suites to evade rent control