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.
Many city residents who are not housed or are food insecure depend on humanitarian aid from Food Not Bombs to survive. But state regulations taking effect in January jeopardize the group’s 35-year mission of sharing food outside the confines of government bureaucracy.
Nearly 200 California cities allow private organizations to manage key aspects of their downtown and commercial districts and to implement policies that restrict the rights of homeless people, according to a new report from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim represents the city’s wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes. She has focused much of her political energy on inclusionary housing — programs mandating a percentage of apartments in new developments be set aside at below-market rates — and set a new standard by securing higher-than-normal affordability ratios on several mega-projects. On homelessness, she says that if elected mayor, she would treat it more like a public health crisis than an economic problem. Second in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.
A trio of African-American organizations aimed to get some answers from aspiring local leaders at “Facing the Voters,” a candidates’ forum hosted by the Public Press and moderated by its publisher. The candidates were given the opportunity to lay out their bona fides with respect to this city’s dwindling, marginalized African-American community; some did that and some did not. First of two articles.
Three African-American groups are sponsoring a May 5 candidate forum to focus attention on issues important to the black community. Organizers have invited all candidates running for San Francisco mayor, District 8 supervisor, Superior Court and the 12th Congressional District.
California officials are taking their first, tentative steps toward requiring cities to plan for severe sea level rise that scientists now say could conceivably elevate high tides by up to 22 feet by the middle of the next century. A state-funded study recommends that local planners adopt a risk-averse approach to permitting developments such as hospitals and housing in areas that have even little chance of flooding in the coming decades.
City native Victoria Ortiz’s path to homelessness began in the East Bay more than two years ago when she was pregnant, working at a Staples and subletting a room. A housemate stopped forwarding the rent to the landlord, and everyone was evicted. This is the story of her determination to find stable housing for her family while living at a shelter in San Francisco.
A 44-year-old retired firefighter calls herself a “guinea pig” in an experiment to create more shelter for homeless people in San Francisco. For the foreseeable future, she said, how she handles herself will “make or break” a pilot project involving a tiny dwelling on a private lot.
Across the country, 1,400 community clinics that care for some of the poorest people in the United States are anxiously making contingency plans for how to cope with potential funding cuts, all because Congress allowed a critical program to lapse. The impact is already being felt in San Francisco and the Bay Area.