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Deadly Wildfires Prove We Must Nationalize PG&E — and Every Other Utility

If we want utilities that truly serve human needs, and a shot at preventing the worst effects of climate change, we must abolish all private utilities. Energy joins water, waste disposal, telecommunications, and transportation as essential services that must be brought under full democratic control, with revenues being reinvested in providing better, greener service at lower rates to the public.

The Rent is Too Damn High

Proposition 10 stands to repeal Costa Hawkins, a brutal law that is in no small part responsible for our state having somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of the nation’s estimated homeless population. Costa Hawkins has made every single-family home, apartment, and condominium built after 1995 exempt from rent control (a price ceiling on …

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 city’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 “Snopes of the Proletariat”, ‘cause we got your facts, right here.

Our Housing Crisis Is Out Of (Local) Control

Not In My Backyard, Forest Hill Edition Earlier in 2018, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development dropped a proposed development in Forest Hill that would have changed the lives of 150 low-income, formerly homeless seniors by providing them with permanent, affordable housing. The city and Supervisor Yee’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, How To Read Donald Duck 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 An Empire… On September 11, 1973, a coalition …

San Francisco’s Chamber of Horrors

Editor’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 Google’s cache to source the history of the Chamber’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 “self-interested and harmful.” In a city that is majority renter, with more than 60% of renters protected by rent-control, aren’t the real self-interested parties the corporate developers …

The Board of Supervisors Did the Right Thing on Tasers

Yesterday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors did the right thing. During a meeting of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, which has oversight on the city’s disbursements, Supervisors voted 3–2 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 side — and 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 California’s collective rear-view, it is important to discuss the …