London Breed’s New Challenge

Posted February 18, 2020 by

Mayor Breed’s Political Future at Stake Throughout her political career San Francisco Mayor London Breed has always had one big edge: a compelling personal story. Raised by her grandmother in public housing, Breed’s sister died of a drug overdose and
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THC’s Long Battle Against the Ellis Act

Posted February 18, 2020 by

Some Victories Won But Larger Reform Awaits The year was 1986. After a long legislative session Assemblymember Art Agnos’ aide assured me that they had “taken care of all the problems with the Ellis Act” and protected SRO hotels. The
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Romanian Cinema At The PFA

Posted February 18, 2020 by

The Pacific Film Archive film series “Perspectives On History: Romanian Cinema Since 1989” has brought to Bay Area audiences a mix of recent classics of world cinema and lesser known works from this country.  Cristian Mungiu’s heartbreaking abortion drama “4
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Stop Defending LA’s Anti-Housing Agenda

Posted February 11, 2020 by

Homeowner and “Equity” Groups Unite to Preserve Exclusionary Zoning Why did Los Angeles’ Senate delegation vote against SB50? Some cite “cultural” differences with the Bay Area, the power of “equity” groups and the bill not fitting well into Los Angeles’
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How THC Restored SROs to Permanent Housing

Posted February 11, 2020 by

An Unusual Alliance Revived SROs I wrote last week about the Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s success in preserving and improving San Francisco’s SRO hotels. By the 1980’s SROs were the city’s housing of last resort, and the Tenderloin was the last
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More Reviews From S.F. Indie Fest

Posted February 11, 2020 by

There are many reasons the San Francisco Independent Film Festival (aka S.F. Indie Fest) is such a local cinematic treasure.  One such reason comes from its prizing unique cinematic sensibilities over “commercially viable” films that have been focus group-tested to
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