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.

City Rolls Out Tech Platform to Improve — and Ration — Shelter, Housing for the Homeless

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 8 2018 - 9:00am

San Francisco has begun rolling out a new technology platform that officials say will better help the homeless population by giving priority for shelter and housing to those with the greatest need. But the ONE System also functions as a form of rationing of scarce affordable housing.

On the Move: One Hardworking Family's Struggle to Escape Homelessness

Mar 8 2018 - 8:45am

City native Victoria Ortiz's path to homelessness began in the East Bay more than two years ago when she was pregnant, working at a Staples and subletting a room. A housemate stopped forwarding the rent to the landlord, and everyone was evicted. This is the story of her determination to find stable housing for her family while living at a shelter in San Francisco.

Rebuttal to Beyond Chron Criticism of Public Press Report on Residential Hotel Vacancies

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 7 2018 - 12:10pm

Last week on his blog, Beyond Chron, Tenderloin Housing Clinic Executive Director Randy Shaw belatedly referred to my Fall 2017 Public Press cover story about vacancies in single-room occupancy hotels as "extremely misleading" and "false." I was disappointed, but not surprised. And I am not alone.

Most Homeless Families Helped by City Rent Programs Move Out of S.F.

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 6 2018 - 9:00am

A San Francisco initiative to help homeless families find affordable apartments and assist them in paying the rent is sending the majority of them out of the city because of the high cost and shortage of housing.

Public Press Weekly: Cops and Robbers and Other Stuff

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 26 2018 - 9:35pm

The Trump administration seems to have California in its crosshairs, threatening to pull ICE agents, muscling in on sanctuary cities and the like.  And forget about the feds chipping in to improve relations between the cops in San Francisco and the community.

Guerrilla Art Project Uses News for ‘Housing Displacement Facts’

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 20 2018 - 9:00am

The fall 2017 issue of the Public Press, which focused on some possible  solutions to homelessness, inspired graphic designer Erik Schmitt to create informational labels he posted on single-room occupancy hotels listed as empty.

Public Press Weekly: The Golden State, Tarnished

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 17 2018 - 9:55am

Climate change and global warming are threatening the planet, and the culprits are many, as are the proposed solutions. And some cities are even taking the alleged polluters to court.