Last summer, the prospect of a bond to help fund affordable housing projects in San Francisco seemed remote. What a difference a year makes. Early Wednesday morning the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement on a proposal to borrow $310 million to finance affordable housing construction and acquisition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.