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Latinos in This Liberal City: From San Francisco’s Big Strike to Gay Liberation

Eduardo Contreras, Jul 9 2019 - 7:55am

Years before charting the evolution and diversity of Latino political life in the city, a historian came here to become an activist. His book recalls major battlegrounds from the 1930s to the 1970s: union campaigns; civil rights organizing; elections; Great Society mobilizations; and feminist, gay and lesbian activism. Read an excerpt from “Latinos and the Liberal City” by Eduardo Contreras.

They Saved Girls and Women in Chinatown From Slavery

Julia Flynn Siler, Jul 2 2019 - 3:08pm

Donaldina Cameron captured the nation’s imagination at the turn of the 20th century. She was an early anti-human trafficking pioneer who ran a safe house for vulnerable girls and young women on the edge of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Read an excerpt from “The White Devil's Daughters,” by Bay Area author Julia Flynn Siler. 

New State Law Pits Privacy Against Free Speech, Public Records and Data Brokers

Yuri Nagano, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 1 2019 - 6:09pm

Though consumers may ask companies to delete or stop collecting data about them, the First Amendment and open-records statutes may thwart their efforts to get people-search sites to delete data after the law takes effect in January. Information brokers argue that the data they post comes from government entities and is publicly available.

How We Tracked Down the Information to Answer Questions About Tenant Complaints

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 20 2019 - 9:16am

We pored over voluminous public records and created a custom data set to determine the number of complaints and building-code violations that massive landlord Veritas incurred in 39 buildings named in a tenant lawsuit.

City Takes Step That Could Expand Housing on the Westside

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 18 2019 - 2:45pm

In the last decade, real estate development and gentrification have swept over the city’s eastside. Other areas, relatively untouched, may soon see housing density slowly increase as a result of recent legislation.

Power Switch: S.F. Builds Case for Pushing Out PG&E

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 18 2019 - 7:30am

As local regulators push for greater or total electricity independence, some daunting realities confront the dream of a San Francisco free of the nation’s largest electrical utility and some of the highest rates in the land.

Complaints and Citations Rise Sharply at Veritas Apartments Cited in Lawsuit

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 10 2019 - 7:45am

An analysis of public records for more than three dozen buildings involved in a tenant lawsuit against Veritas Investments Inc. shows the number of reported problems and citations rose sharply after the giant landlord acquired the properties. These buildings also received a record number of violation notices.

California Attorney General Plans Few Privacy Law Enforcement Actions, Telling Consumers to Take Violators to Court

Yuri Nagano, San Francisco Public Press — May 15 2019 - 2:01pm

Attorney General Xavier Becerra says his office is ill equipped to prosecute violations of the state’s landmark data-privacy law, which takes effect in January. Only a handful of the most egregious cases will be handled per year. Instead, he wants aggrieved consumers to take violators to court on their own.

S.F. Report: Benefits of Buying PG&E’s Grid Outweigh Costs, Risks

Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — May 13 2019 - 6:31pm

A San Francisco Public Utilities Commission report foresees big benefits and potential savings from the city buying PG&E’s electrical grid. But the costs and risks are also big.

Justice Dept. Responds to Public Press Request for Mueller Report on Trump

Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 5 2019 - 7:30am

We filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the complete report by Robert S. Mueller III hours after Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of the special counsel's investigation into President Trump and his 2016 campaign. Here's the official reply — and the 448-page redacted report, which was released April 18.