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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.

Writing the Rules on Data Privacy in S.F. Could Disrupt the Disrupters

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 25 2019 - 8:00am

As city officials this spring craft a “privacy-first policy” mandated by voter-approved Proposition B, supporters hope its lofty ambitions will start to become a reality this summer. Already there are signs that the city could move to the forefront of enforcing limits on data collection and reshaping our relationship with technology companies.

Sued by Tenants, Veritas Says it Maintains ‘High Standards’

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 18 2019 - 8:00am

I n reporting on the tenant lawsuit against Veritas Investments Inc., the Public Press engaged company spokesman Ron Heckmann at length. Here are excerpts of some of our questions and his responses.

Searching for Truth in Tenants’ Lawsuit Against S.F. Corporate Landlord

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 12 2019 - 8:00am

More than 100 tenants in 39 rent-controlled apartment buildings have sued the owner, Veritas Investment Inc., for behavior they allege is designed to push them out in favor of  new, higher-paying residents. The $3 billion company denies the charges, alleging the lawsuit is a money grab.

S.F. Voters Want Tough Data Privacy Rules, But Obstacles Loom

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2018 - 12:10pm

Voter-approved Proposition B mandates that San Francisco create what supporters say would be the toughest data-protection policy of any U.S. city, and would go beyond California’s landmark Consumer Privacy Act. Now comes the hard part: writing the rules that will overcome legal, technical and enforcement challenges.

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.

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.

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