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Working Groups Envision Plans for an Affordable San Francisco

Justin Slaughter, Harry Gibbons, Victor Valle, Liz Enochs, Josh Wilson, Noah Arroyo and Lisa Weinzimer, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 16 2014 - 5:42pm

City residents, advocates and experts gathered at “Hack the Housing Crisis” to come up with ways to make San Francisco more affordable and create space for new tenants. Possible solutions included building portable houses and creating social media websites where renters and landlords could connect. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

San Francisco Trails Bay Area in Domestic Violence Prosecutions

Christopher Peak, SF Public Press — Sep 24 2012 - 10:48am

Far fewer charged than across the region, even with strongly worded ‘no-drop’ guidelines

Though San Francisco’s so-called “no-drop” policy requires pressing domestic violence charges when evidence is sufficient to convict, the District Attorney’s Office pursued just 28 percent of cases through to trial or plea bargaining over the last 6 years. This story appeared as part of a special report on domestic violence in the Fall 2012 print edition of the San Francisco Public Press.

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.

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.

Mayoral Candidates Respond — or Do Not — to Our Issues Questionnaire

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 31 2018 - 6:37am

Three of the eight candidates for mayor answered our policy questions and offered feedback. The questionnaire was inspired by an analysis of key political issues that have come before the Board of Supervisors.

Data-Driven Questions for the Mayoral Candidates

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 24 2018 - 6:16am

Exclusive: 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.

Public Press Weekly: Perfect Storms

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 16 2018 - 8:14pm

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. 

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