New York Reform Effort Shows How San Francisco Rent Control Dialogue Lags

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 19 2015 - 3:08pm

Reforms to rent control are finally a topic of hot debate — but not in San Francisco.

Last year the Public Press wrote about the city’s curious rental laws, which somewhat arbitrarily helps some tenants by limiting yearly rent increases but not others, depending on when the building was put up.

Since then, not much has been done to revisit the issue, even though local leaders have been grasping for ideas to ease the housing crisis here, such as a housing bond of at least $250 million, and additional taxes on home sales to fund affordable housing programs.

School Board Stalls on Effort to Address Racial Isolation

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 12 2015 - 3:02pm

All the members of San Francisco’s Board of Education agree that the city’s public schools should be more racially, ethnically and economically diverse, but they have not been able to settle on the first steps to take.

Cities ponder tighter rent controls

Laura Impellizzeri, San Francisco Public Press — May 15 2015 - 8:31am

A city councilmember in San Jose has said he may propose strengthening his city's loose rent controls to keep at least some housing there affordable. But rents in Oakland continued to soar after it made the same move last summer. Few other solutions to the Bay Area's housing crisis have emerged, and even San Francisco's stringent controls haven't kept a lid on evictions or rent increases.

Body Cameras Will Not Be Cheap

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 30 2015 - 4:00pm

San Francisco has become the latest of many cities nationwide where leaders are deciding that the benefits of outfitting police with body cameras outweigh the myriad costs.

Rideshare Companies Face Tighter Screening Rules in Many States

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 27 2015 - 10:06am

Crashes, assaults and other incidents involving drivers for rideshare companies have spurred members of Congress to demand that executives beef up their screening methods. Many states have already imposed heightened regulations, but California lags behind.

Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 21 2015 - 12:46pm

A case involving San Jose that is now before the state Supreme Court could hamper affordable housing construction statewide.

Lacking Rent Protection, Artist Community Faces Displacement

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 16 2015 - 2:10pm

More than 70 San Francisco artists may have to leave the studios they've shared for a decade because their landlord wants to raise the rent significantly when their lease expires in June, and nonresidential space is not protected by rent control.

Bay Area Food Stamp Recipients Can Soon Shop Online

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 9 2015 - 10:30am

Bay Area residents who rely on food stamps to buy groceries soon will be able to use them online.

Census Estimates Show Bay Area Growing Faster than Expected

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 7 2015 - 12:30pm

New residents are flocking to the Bay Area faster than regional planners previously expected.

On KALW, Callers Criticize School District for Student Placements

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 1 2015 - 8:48am

Last week on KALW’s “Your Call” morning show, the topic was our most recent special report about increasing segregation in San Francisco’s public schools.

Supervisor Ponders Taxing Home Sales to Fund Affordable Housing

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 26 2015 - 1:30pm

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim wants to help pay for new affordable housing in the city by imposing a tax on sales of luxury condominiums. But it could take a year or two for the proposal to get before voters.

Businesses Displaced by Fire Debate Whether to Stay or Go

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 20 2015 - 10:13am

Two months after fire consumed a building in San Francisco’s Mission District, many owners of the more than 30 businesses that were displaced are still trying to figure out how to cope with the steep price of reestablishing themselves.

Hayes Valley Resident’s Artwork Unites Distanced Neighborhood

Erika Rae Langdon, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 20 2015 - 10:12am

Todd Young thought he was creating artwork for his mother’s enjoyment. Each month for more than a year, Young, 48, has created a collage on the metal front gate of his Hayes Valley home and photographed it for his mother.

Shipping Container Homes Run Up Against Health and Building Codes

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 19 2015 - 3:30pm

Owners were forced to remove a controversial colony of shipping container homes from their West Oakland lot, under threat of fines.

Cleanliness, Congestion Pricing Idea Draw Hot Debate in BART Twitter Forum

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 16 2015 - 10:20am

In an hour-long Twitter forum in early March, BART staffers fielded rapid-fire questions, gripes and proposals from the public.

No Quick Fix for Funding S.F. Homeless Programs

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 13 2015 - 5:15pm

At a packed forum, politicians hashed out where San Francisco will find the money to build housing for the city’s current homeless population.

Pier 70 Waterfront Development Could Flood This Century

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 11 2015 - 12:00pm

New projections reveal that a major proposed housing and retail project could be underwater by the year 2100.

Supervisor to Consider Temporary Villages for S.F. Homeless

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 10 2015 - 11:15am

At tomorrow’s “Town Hall to End Homelessness” event, Supervisor Mark Farrell and homeless service providers will discuss potentially creating temporary villages where people could live while awaiting permanent housing.

L.A. Tries S.F.’s Retrofit Approach

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 6 2015 - 10:05am

Other California cities are following San Francisco’s example to compel owners of vulnerable apartment buildings to make them earthquake safe.

Muni Now Free to Some Riders

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 4 2015 - 10:40am

This week the city starts letting some residents ride public transportation for free.