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With Cost of Living Rising Fast, Experts Seek Solutions

Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 8 2016 - 5:36pm

Live discussion on the cost of living: Everyone in San Francisco knows the cost of living has skyrocketed. What they might not realize is that consumer prices — led by escalating housing costs — are leaving many low- and middle-income families struggling to stay in the city while remaining above the poverty level.

‘Shrimp Boy’ Lawyer Claims Judge Shielded San Francisco Mayor in Corruption Probe

Max A. Cherney, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 26 2016 - 12:09am

The lead attorney for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the reputed Chinatown gangster who was convicted of murder and a long list of other crimes two weeks ago, is now alleging that a federal trial judge failed to disclose a conflict of interest, and that he downplayed evidence implicating Mayor Ed Lee in a sprawling public corruption investigation.

High Housing Prices Undercut Aid Programs

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 4:06pm

In 1999, during the last tech startup boom, about one-third of San Francisco households were putting more than half their pay toward rent or a mortgage. That's nothing compared with now.

How San Francisco Plans to Shield Residents From Runaway Prices

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 4:01pm

We list some examples of how the city has tried to soften the blow of rising prices, and policies that advocates for low-income people say San Francisco could adopt.

You’re Not Crazy: Data Show Housing Saps Our Checkbooks

Amanda Hickman and Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:53pm

In the Bay Area, spending on housing has grown at twice the national rate. This graphic explains what’s grown how fast in the last four years.

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:49pm

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

State Subsidies Lag Behind Local Child-Care Costs

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:47pm

The income cutoff to qualify for subsidies is based on the 2005 state median income, while the average cost of putting a San Francisco preschooler in care full time has almost doubled since then.

Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:42pm

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

In the Heart of Tech, a Persistent Digital Divide

Peter Snarr, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:31pm

Internet access is increasingly taken for granted — for finding a job, attending all levels of school, managing a business, entertainment and communication. But 100,000 San Francisco residents cannot afford a home connection.

A Tale of Two Markets

Mark Hedin and Geoff Link, Central City Extra — Jan 21 2016 - 3:01pm

Mid-Market stores are worlds apart, a sign of rapid change.

Most-Read Public Press Stories of 2015

Olivia Henry, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 11 2016 - 7:03pm

At the Public Press, we don’t only measure the success of a story by pageviews or clicks — we value impact over reach. But we do track which stories catch your eye. Here's what you read in 2015.

Hidden Costs of Affordable S.F. Public Transit

Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 10 2015 - 8:00am

Lacking transportation options or flexibility to reach jobs, shopping and other necessities, lower-income riders often trade comfort, promptness and even safety for affordability.

When Sea Level Rises, How Long Can Mission Rock Survive?

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 2 2015 - 2:51pm

Voters approved the Giants’ $1.6 billion waterfront development, but environmental questions linger about whether Mission Rock could be occasionally or permanently submerged as bay waters rise by many feet before the end of the 21st century.

Media Struggled With How to Cover S.F.’s 2015 Mayoral Race

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 4 2015 - 7:15pm

With limited time and resources, San Francisco reporters said they chose not to focus on the mayor's race, instead dedicating copy to races whose outcomes were less certain — a choice that left some reporters conflicted about journalism’s watchdog mandate.

Candidates: Uncontested Races

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 21 2015 - 6:59pm

Three of the city’s top officials are running unopposed in November: District Attorney George Gascón, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Treasurer José Cisneros.

Candidates: Community College Board

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 21 2015 - 6:12pm

Three candidates are challenging incumbent Trustee Alex Randolph for a seat on the Community College Board: Wendy Aragon, Tom Temprano and Jason Zeng.

Candidates: Sheriff

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 20 2015 - 4:04pm

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is facing two challengers in his bid for re-election: Vicki Hennessy, who spent three decades in the department and served as interim sheriff in 2012 (after Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi over a domestic-violence case involving the new sheriff and his wife) and John Robinson, a retired sheriff’s commander.

Candidates: District 3 Supervisor

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 19 2015 - 3:00pm

District 3 supervisorial seat on Nov. 3: incumbent Julie Christensen, former supervisor Aaron Peskin and Chinatown organizer Wilma Pang. Who are they and what are their priorities?

Candidates: Mayor

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 19 2015 - 2:49pm

Mayor Ed Lee is running for a second four-year term without any prominent, powerful or well-financed opposition. But five eclectic challengers hope the city’s ranked-choice ballot will deliver a surprise victory to one of them.

Proposition A: Affordable Housing Bond

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:18pm

Proposition A would create a fund with up to $310 million for helping people remain in, and move to, San Francisco if they otherwise could not afford to do so.