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State Law Cracks Down on Free Public Meals

Yesica Prado, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 10 2018 - 11:08am

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.

Wealthy Opponents of Proposition C Bankrolled 2016 Tent Ban

Andrew Perez, MapLight — Nov 6 2018 - 10:16am

Donors opposing a ballot measure to fund more homeless services in San Francisco with a new tax on its wealthiest companies previously bankrolled a successful 2016 initiative to ban tent encampments in the city.

Prop. C Math Shows Potentially Greater Homelessness Benefit Than City Projects

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 5 2018 - 1:57pm

A Public Press examination of calculations that went into projections of homeless people helped versus jobs or companies lost from a tax increase offers a clearer picture of Proposition C’s potential impacts and the limitations of trying to accurately quantify the effects of the measure — if it withstands legal scrutiny.

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

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2018 - 11:10am

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.

Rent Control Boosters and Bashers Both Base Claims on Incomplete Research

Nathan Collins, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 17 2018 - 11:33am

As Californians battle this fall over a ballot measure to allow cities much wider leeway to impose all sorts of rent control, both sides of the debate throw around citations to academic papers, economic studies and seemingly compelling statistics. But a review of the available research shows that both sides are wrong.

S.F.’s Largest Landlord Draws Fire in Prop. 10 Fight

Liza Veale, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 4 2018 - 1:20pm

Veritas Investments owns nearly 200 buildings in the city. It's been a target for tenant advocates, who accuse the company of building a business model that relies on pushing tenants out of rent-controlled units so they can be re-rented for much more.

Oct. 11 update: More tenants sue Veritas.

Youths Step Up to Question School Board Candidates

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 3 2018 - 6:45am

In a first for this year's election season, students took the reins to organize a forum for school board candidates. They asked the questions and ran the show.

Deja Vu: Proposal Aims to Change Student Placement to Desegregate Schools

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 21 2018 - 12:58pm

Racial segregation in San Francisco public schools is back in the news, with a proposal to change how the district places students into elementary school. This move comes three years after the Public Press reported on how the system was resegregating city schools.

Charters vs. District: The Battle for San Francisco Public Schools

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 20 2018 - 1:42pm

The conflict between two city schools — and activists on both sides of the issue — reflects a growing battle playing out in San Francisco and across the state.

Bayview School Feeling Squeezed by New Charter

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 20 2018 - 1:41pm

This fall, the 105 students at the district's Malcolm X Academy began sharing space with 90 pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and first graders attending a new charter school in the same building. “It's hard to share space,” one staff member said.

Business Improvement Districts Use Public Funds to Pursue Anti-Homeless Agenda, Advocates Say

Rob Waters, San Francisco — Sep 18 2018 - 2:48pm

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.

Climate Summit Coverage: A Roundup of Links

Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 13 2018 - 9:40am

San Francisco hosted the two-day Global Climate Action Summit at the Moscone Convention Center. We gathered links to articles about the meeting and affiliated events, along with related climate news and research.

Mapping S.F. City Hall's Political Divide Through Data

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 29 2018 - 7:27am

When media outlets and pundits have argued that San Francisco officials were politically progressive or moderate, it mostly was based on observation and conjecture. But now, such assertions are buttressed with data. We show you who's which at City Hall.

Voters OK’d Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction — Now Comes the Hard Part

Andrew Stelzer, San Fancisco Public Press — Aug 27 2018 - 8:19am

In June, San Francisco voters guaranteed legal help to anyone facing eviction, regardless of income. Now comes the hard part: Meeting the deadline to set up the multimillion-dollar program by July 2019. The results will likely to push forward a growing  “right to counsel” movement for civil litigation nationwide.

Hey, Can We Talk? Mediation Might Help Reduce Evictions

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 27 2018 - 8:16am

Amid the city’s growing housing crisis, some now see mediation as an alternative to nasty, expensive court fights to keep tenants housed and property owners content. For more than 20 years, that approach has staved off evictions in the capital of Wisconsin. Why isn't it in wider use here?

Housing Speculators Again in Political Crosshairs

Liza Veale, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 22 2018 - 9:17am

In their 2018 mayoral campaigns, former state senator Mark Leno and Supervisor Jane Kim emphasized the role of speculators in driving gentrification and displacement in San Francisco. But what constitutes speculation? And would efforts to curb it pass political and legal muster?

Cities Sic the Taxman on Vacant ‘Ghost Homes’

Liz Enochs, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 20 2018 - 12:59pm

Is an abundance of vacant units worsening the Bay Area’s housing crisis? That’s what some politicians have suggested. Their solution: a new tax on landlords who leave residential properties unrented. Oakland voters will decide this fall, and San Franciscans may vote next year. Vancouver and Paris already have such levies on the books.

Remaking Rent Control — if Voters Approve

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 14 2018 - 7:05am

Proposition 10 asks voters to nullify Costa-Hawkins, which would give cities new policy tools to try to curb soaring rents and displacement while getting more housing built. One approach would apply rent control gradually to additional apartments years after they're built. But would repeal help or hurt the affordability crisis?

Election Day Roundup: The Best of the Links

Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 5 2018 - 1:43pm

Still haven’t voted? Still undecided? Not sure where to cast your ballot or to register first? Just hungry for anything about the Big Day? We’ll point you to sources that can help feed the need and satisfy the cravings. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Finally, Data Map S.F. City Hall’s Progressive-Moderate Divide

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 1 2018 - 3:59pm

Exclusive: A data-driven analysis has, at last, mapped the progressive-moderate divide at San Francisco City Hall that political observers have known in their guts for years.