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Fall 2018 Election

Big Decisions: Schools, Housing, Privacy

The November 2018 election once again put big issues before San Francisco voters, among them a business tax to expand funding for homelessness services and housing; stronger data privacy, and new supervisors and school commissioners. And once again, city voters backed progressive candidates for City Hall and schools, and higher taxes for social services. They also approved a blueprint for the ambitious goal of crafting the nation's toughest policy on the collection and use of residents' personal information. Here's what we focused on during the fall campaign, which is included in the the winter 2019 print edition of the Public Press, now available at select locations.

Photo of school board candidates forum by Noah Arroyo // San Francisco Public Press

 

 

1. Wealthy Opponents of Prop. C Bankrolled 2016 Tent Ban

Those opposed to higher business taxes to expand funding for homelessness services contributed almost $600,000 to support Proposition Q, a 2016 initiative that allows the city to clear homeless encampments.

Published Nov. 6, 2018

2. HOMELESSNESS AID MAY EXCEED CITY PROJECTIONS

Voter-approved business-tax increase could greatly expand housing and services. Seemingly conflicting figures made it difficult for voters to assess potential costs and benefits of the measure, which is under review.

Published Nov. 5, 2018

3. S.F. MOVING TO EXPAND DIGITAL PRIVACY PROTECTIONS

Voter-approved Proposition B will cover data collected by government agencies, by any permit holder or licensee, or by private entities doing business with the city. Now comes the hard part: writing the rules.

Published Oct. 23, 2018

4. EVEN TODAY, ACADEMIA KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT RENT CONTROL

Economists and policy experts say there's just not much data on rents and tenant and landlord decisions on which to base quality research on the effects of regulation.

Published Oct. 17,  2018

5. S.F.’s Largest Landlord Sued Over Alleged Efforts to Evict Tenants

Veritas specializes in purchasing and rehabbing old, rent-controlled properties. Lawsuits allege the firm drives out long-term tenants, including the elderly.

Published Oct. 4, 2018

6. YOUTHS STEP UP TO QUESTION SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

Students grill school board candidates on inequality, systemic racism in a forum co-sponsored by Black Young Democrats, Black Community Matters and the Public Press.

Published Oct. 3, 2018

 

7. Bayview School Feeling Squeezed by New Charter

Malcolm X Academy shares it space with 90 pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and first-graders attending a new charter school in the same building, KIPP Bayview Elementary.
 

Published Sept. 20, 2018

 

8. CHARTERS VS. DISTRICT: THE BATTLE FOR SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

The conflict between Malcolm X Academy and KIPP Bayview Elementary reflects growing tensions between public and charter schools playing out in the city and across the state.

Published Sept. 20, 2018

 


ABOUT THIS REPORTING PROJECT

REPORTING: Noah Arroyo, Andrew Perez, Andrew Stelzer, Liza Veale, Rob Waters

EDITING: Michael Winter

COPY EDITING: Michele Anderson, Richard Knee, Dean Takehara

GRAPHICS: Reid Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY: Judith Calson, Yesica Prado

PRINT DESIGN: HyunJu Chappell/Magna Citizen Studio

ONLINE: John Angelico

This project was made possible by donations from Public Press members and the San Francisco Foundation