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Housing Solutions

Cities Sic the Taxman on Vacant ‘Ghost Homes’

Liz Enochs, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 20 2018 - 1:59pm

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 - 8:05am

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?

As Mayor, Breed Would Centralize Tent Camps to End Them, Boost Housing Density

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 31 2018 - 2:49pm

In her bid to reoccupy the mayor’s seat she held briefly after Ed Lee died, London Breed lists a bevy of accomplishments and proposals in the realms of housing and homelessness. In many cases, the Board of Supervisors president openly states that she did — or would, if elected — play a support role to craft or implement city policy. For other initiatives and proposals, Breed’s ownership is undeniable. Last in a series analyzing the eight mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

A Mayor Bravo Would Prioritize Housing for First Responders, Holistic Health for Homeless

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — May 29 2018 - 7:35am

San Francisco mayoral candidate Michelle Bravo wants to win, but that is not her first priority. A political neophyte, the holistic-health practitioner admits she has much to learn — in fact, her main reason for entering the race was to get a crash course in the local issues. Seventh in a series analyzing the mayoral candidates’ records and pledges on housing and homelessness.

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.

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.

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.

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