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Data-Driven Questions for the Mayoral Candidates

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 24 2018 - 7:16am

The San Francisco Public Press partnered with faculty at the University of California, Davis, to produce a unique questionnaire — inspired by an analysis of the key political issues that have come before the city’s legislators.

Spare Room? Mayoral Challenger Zhou Says You Could Help Homelessness Crisis

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 21 2018 - 8:05am

Ellen Lee Zhou has a plan to help end San Francisco’s homelessness crisis. And it could involve you. Zhou, a public-health worker, said that if elected mayor, she would pay homeowners monthly stipends to house and mentor some of the city’s estimated 4,300 unsheltered residents. Interested? Sixth in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

GOP Mayoral Candidate Greenberg Aims to Bring ‘More Centrist Viewpoint’ to S.F. City Hall

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — May 21 2018 - 7:30am

Once a Democrat, Richie Greenberg realized he was “in the wrong party” after failing in his 2015 bid for District 1 supervisor. Today, in a city where just 7 percent of registered voters are Republicans, he's the odd man out in the mayor's race as the only GOP candidate. “We don’t need activists leading this city,” he said. “We need leaders.” Fifth in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

Activist Weiss Focuses Her Mayoral Campaign on Housing and Homelessness

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — May 16 2018 - 7:25am

Amy Farah Weiss, founder of Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, is an extra-long longshot to be elected the city's 44th mayor. In her second bid for City Hall, what she is doing is putting forward a detailed and wonky set of proposals for tackling core issues — and trying to impart a sense of urgency. Fourth in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

Public Press Weekly: Look Ma, It’s Politics

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — May 14 2018 - 6:33pm

We’re in the run-up to the June 5 primaries, and city and state politics are in overdrive.  Mayoral candidates tooting their own horns, a ballot chock-full of propositions, judges defending their seats tooth and nail.

Welcome to campaign season.

Alioto Says Her Past ‘Housing First’ Plan Would End Homelessness

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — May 14 2018 - 7:04am

Angela Alioto points to 10-year plan to abolish chronic homeless she crafted in 2004 as a model of success that the city needs to revive. She blames the late Mayor Ed Lee for letting the plan wither and siphoning away money for other programs. Third in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

Minority Challengers Wake Up Normally Sleepy Superior Court Races

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — May 9 2018 - 12:00pm

Five men and women of color are challenging four incumbent judges on the state Superior Court in San Francisco. The insurgents — four of whom are public defenders — say the veteran jurists are vestiges of a legal system that punishes minorities disproportionately. The candidates faced off May 5 at a forum focused on African-American issues, and sparks flew. Second of two articles.

As Mayor, Kim Would Try to Expand Inclusionary Housing Citywide

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — May 9 2018 - 8:00am

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.

Candidates Say How They Would Help African-American Community

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — May 7 2018 - 6:45pm

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.

In Mayoral Run, Leno Promises to ‘Get Serious’ About Affordable Housing Crisis

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — May 7 2018 - 7:00am

As the father of San Francisco’s inclusionary-housing ordinance, which requires developers to build below-market-rate apartments or pay a hefty fee, mayoral candidate Mark Leno calls for mandatory higher percentages for developers building on transit corridors or city-owned parcels. He also has vowed to "end street homelessness by 2020," in part by filling vacancies in private, single-room occupancy hotels. First in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates' records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

African-American Groups Convene Candidate Forum

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 3 2018 - 9:10am

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.

Proposition F: Free Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — May 1 2018 - 7:00am

On June 5, city voters could make history by guaranteeing legal help to anyone facing eviction, regardless of income. If Proposition F passes, it would make San Francisco the first city to pass such a law through a voter-approved initiative, and boost the national “right to counsel” movement.

Public Press Weekly: S.F. Still on Shaky Ground

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 30 2018 - 7:25pm

There's no shortage of construction sites in San Francisco, but is it really a good idea to build skyscrapers and the like in a city prone to earthquakes? 

Public Press Weekly: Perfect Storms

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 16 2018 - 9:14pm

Despite the best efforts of many in the federal government to downplay issues of climate change and global warming, California is taking such matters as sea level rise seriously. 

An Ethnic Media Beacon Goes Dark, but Its Creator Keeps Inspiring

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 3 2018 - 8:00am

Sandy Close has made it her life’s work to find and amplify unique voices from different ethnic communities, especially those of the young. For nearly 50 years, Pacific News Service and its successor, New America Media, practiced “journalism from the inside out” by bringing people from many cultures into the newsroom. Last fall, Close had to shutter her organization, but her legacy lives on in dozens of professional journalists who got their start with her.

Public Press Weekly: All Talk, No Housing

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 2 2018 - 2:19pm

Politicians have been criticized for being full of ideas about how to solve the housing crisis that are short of specifics, but San Francisco has taken specific steps to address the problem of  the lack of low-income housing. 

Mountain View or Googleville?

David Boyer, The Intersection — Mar 28 2018 - 2:19pm

The tech industry has brought jobs and unprecedented prosperity to the Mountain View area. This once-small, sleepy agricultural town is now synonymous with progress, wealth and the future. But for people who have lived in Mountain View a long time, the changes are dramatic.

Public Press Weekly: A Look on the Bright Side of S.F.

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 20 2018 - 10:52am

A San Francisco blogger has many nice things to say about living in San Francisco and, despite problems, this city does have a lot going for it. 

State Looking to Require Cities to Plan for Rising Seas

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 19 2018 - 8:00am

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.

Immigrants Legally Here for Years Fighting to Stay After Trump Ends Protections

Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 13 2018 - 7:00am

They are the latest immigrants whose fortunes have changed for the worse under President Donald Trump: More than 200,000 people from Central America and the region who are losing Temporary Protected Status after legally living, working and raising families in the United States for years.