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

Andrew Stelzer, San Fancisco Public Press — Aug 27 2018 - 9:19am

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 - 9:16am

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 - 10:17am

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

One Week of Homelessness Coverage, 11 Ideas About Solutions

Sarah Asch and Rishika Dugyala, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 6 2017 - 2:47pm

The weeklong S.F. Homeless Project, a coordinated reporting effort by nearly two dozen outlets, offered up some ideas that could contribute to the overall aim of ending homelessness — or at least proposals that could help homeless individuals cope better with life on the streets.

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