This past spring, about a dozen housing advocates marched up Russian Hill to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf's house, to protest the steady stream of foreclosures in San Francisco. On another day, they bused over to Los Altos and Hillsborough, to the respective homes of a couple of the bank's board memb ... More >>
In this week's feature story, "The Dispossessed," several real estate investors who attended a foreclosure auction declined to give their names. Real estate investors who buy foreclosed property after all, don't have the best public reputation -- one homeowner interviewed for the story called them " ... More >>
Embarcadero Center: Occupiers holiday ice show = "disastrous."The Hyatt Regency and Vitale hotels complained of foul camp conditions, "sexual harassment," and an employee getting coffee thrown on him by OccupiersThe 99 percent might wage war with drum circles, slogans, and tent cities, but the 1 ... More >>
Clubhouses are one thing. But condos? "Doing well by doing good" is a notion that always churns up feelings of ambivalence. So does city land-use. And while the city hopes to do good by selling a parcel of land to the Boys and Girls Club for a clubhouse at not quite 30 percent of its assessed val ... More >>
Michelle Le was set to graduate from nursing school next yearUPDATE: Police are now telling reporters that all signs point to homicide in the case of Michelle Le, the missing nursing student. Police released as statement, saying after extensive interviews and forensic investigations of her abando ... More >>
Meet the new landlordThe California Public Utilities Commission's San Francisco headquarters is among 11 state buildings that will soon be owned by a consortium made up of investment groups hailing from Houston, Los Angeles and Mumbai, the state Department of General Services Reported today.The b ... More >>
Luis ChongSmaller than some night markets, but a good source for boba teas and knickknacks.October 9 is the last scheduled evening for the Chinatown Night Market Fair. This small night market pales in comparison to the huge multiblock events of Vancouver, Hong Kong, mainland China, and many o ... More >>
The Washington Post today rolled out its eagerly awaited investigative project, "Top Secret America." The multimedia production -- including video, databases, an interactive map, and a series of stories by Post aces Dana Priest and William M. Arkin -- attempts to catalog the massive intelligence ... More >>
But there are many bad ideas to go 'round...Investigation reveals plan to patch budget shortfall by selling California buildings includes hidden deal-sweeteners that gouge taxpayersIn March we reported that the state of California fired a San Francisco official who protested a plan to raise money ... More >>
When it comes to quelling housing development, there's the law and there's the law...Pleasanton city fathers spent this week in conniption fits after a Superior Court judge ruled that the city can't cap its number of housing units at 29,000. Pleasanton now faces a choice of halting all commercial ... More >>
The statistics for home-building in 2008 are in -- and, like receiving the red pen-strewn remnants of a test you figured you'd botched, it hurts ever that much more to be tangibly informed of bad news you already knew. According to the California Building Industry Association, the 65,380 permits iss ... More >>
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There are well-connected companies. Then there's Bechtel.
A new report shows the housing shortage wasn't caused by the dot-com boom -- but by lack of housing construction
Everyone who needs an affordable apartment loses when NIMBYs get to appeal housing permits to the Board of Supervisors
See the supervisors posture. See them learn. See them approve housing.
Face it -- Props K and L both stink as ways to manage growth. But we have another option.
Herb Caen-inspired nostalgia is no substitute for dealing practically with the dot-com boom
How shortsighted neighborhood activism fuels the city's housing crisis, and pushes the best of San Francisco deeper and deeper into the suburbs
Doris Ward, San Francisco's assessor, is tossing around commercial tax breaks as if they were fairy dust. It's costing the city at least $100 million a year.
Walter Shorenstein's skyscrapers shaped San Francisco. His cash configured City Hall. Publicly, he's pristine. But there's more than meets the eye to the man behind the megaliths.