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The Shameful History of San Francisco’s Homelessness Policy

The homelessness crisis in SF is all over the international news, and Proposition C on the November ballot proposes to fund the most comprehensive package of services for addressing the issue in the cityā€™s history. Built on best practices learned over the last thirty years, it prioritizes housing rather than services on the street, and …

5 Facts about Prop C

In the era of Fake News, Donald Trump and the Kardashians, can we really afford any more confusion? Call us ā€œSnopes of the Proletariatā€, ā€˜cause we got your facts, right here.

Our Housing Crisis Is Out Of (Local) Control

Not In My Backyard, Forest HillĀ Edition Earlier in 2018, the Mayorā€™s Office of Housing and Community DevelopmentĀ dropped a proposed development in Forest HillĀ that would have changed the lives of 150 low-income, formerly homeless seniors by providing them with permanent, affordable housing. The city and Supervisor Yeeā€™s stated reason for torpedoing the development was that the …

Exiting the Magic Kingdom

Burned by the junta in Chile, and effectively banned from the US over copyright infringement claims,Ā How To Read Donald DuckĀ is a guide to exposing the ideology in mass culture and a call to extricate the aspects which teach us to subjugate and be subjugated. If It Looks Like AnĀ Empireā€¦ On September 11, 1973, a coalition …

San Francisco’s Chamber of Horrors

Editorā€™s Note: The SF Chamber of Commerce relaunched its website after this piece was written, sending much of their record of supporting anti-worker/anti-tenant policies into the memory hole. Several links in this article will make use of the Internet Archive and Googleā€™s cache to source the history of the Chamberā€™s policy agenda. Given the severity …

The Gall of Galles

On July 20th the SF Chronicle ran an op-ed arguing against rent control. In an extreme case of headline abuse, they slammed rent control and inclusionary housing as ā€œself-interested and harmful.ā€ In a city that is majority renter, with more than 60% of renters protected by rent-control, arenā€™t the real self-interested parties the corporate developers …

The Board of Supervisors Did the Right Thing on Tasers

Yesterday, San Franciscoā€™s Board of Supervisors did the right thing. During a meeting of the Boardā€™s Budget and Finance Committee, which has oversight on the cityā€™s disbursements, Supervisors voted 3ā€“2 to deny the funding that would have equipped the San Francisco Police Department with Tasers. This vote effectively and indefinitely denies SFPD access to Tasers. …

Our Pride: None of your Business

Why do we celebrate LGBTQ+ pride? Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ visibility, community, and resilience. The exploitation and persecution of LGBTQ+ people by bigots and the American state has been persistent, strategic, and often violent. Not long ago, police raids on LGBTQ gathering spots were common; raids in the 1960s at places like Gene …

London Breed Hates Your City

Are you voting in the mayoral election? Do you live in San Francisco? Do you love San Francisco? Would you prefer a beautiful, multicultural city to a grim Ayn Rand dystopia? If so, then London Breed is going to disagree with you. Unless you are super-rich, London Breed is not on your sideā€Šā€”ā€Šand here is …

Building an Ecosocialist Housing Policy: Lessons from SB 827

SB 827 is done and dusted, at least for now. Throughout the debate on the controversial bill, one critical factor remained mostly unexamined: what effect would this proposed housing and transportation legislation have had on the environment? Now, though the specter of SB 827 is in Californiaā€™s collective rear-view, it is important to discuss the …

Red and Ted Talk Private Transit in San Francisco

TED: Hey Red, sorry Iā€™m late. Traffic was bad and Muni was lagging, as usual. While I was waiting I saw like three Chariots go by. I think I might sign up, at least they seem like they have their act together. RED: Chariot? As inā€¦ horses and Romans and giant wheels? TED: Hah! No, …

No Good Breed Goes Unpunished

I. What the hell is/are Identity Politics? ā€œIdentity politicsā€ is a term that gets thrown around a lot in political or social contexts. And like similar phrases that float through the zeitgeist (think: cultural appropriation, neoliberalism, etc.), it can be tough to grasp the effects without a firm handle on the meaning. So before we …