Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw

New Progress in Battling Housing Crisis

Posted October 15, 2019 by

Growing Coalitions Back Affordability Agenda On October 8, the broadest political coalition for a California tenant protection measure in history assembled in Oakland for a signing ceremony for AB 1482 and other housing bills. Nearly every key state legislator joined
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SF’s Huge Missed Housing Opportunity

Posted October 8, 2019 by

San Francisco’s Overhyped Prop E San Francisco’s Prop E, the Affordable and Educator Housing Ordinance, will win this November. I encourage readers to vote for it. But Prop E does little to address San Francisco’s affordability crisis. It adds few
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Grading the SFPD

Posted October 8, 2019 by

Why Does the SFPD Get a Pass? San Francisco is undergoing a crisis on its streets. It has drug dealers and users taking over sidewalks and mentally troubled people randomly threatening the public. Is the San Francisco Police Department effectively
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Are “Progressive” Homeowners Really Progressive?

Posted October 1, 2019 by

Seattle Election Tests Homeowner Priorities Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have all called for an end to exclusionary single-family home zoning.  People’s Action did the same in its “A National Homes Guarantee.” Momentum is building to end these
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Sanders’ Housing Plan Challenges Progressives

Posted September 24, 2019 by

Sanders’ Attacks Exclusionary Single-Family Zoning Bernie Sanders’ new housing plan has been described as providing “The New Benchmark for Progressives on Housing.” It is a bold call for national rent control and just cause eviction laws, over a trillion dollars
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5 Blocks: A Must See Film on SF’s Mid-Market

Posted September 24, 2019 by

The Challenge of Revitalizing Mid-Market San Francisco’s Mid-Market may be the city’s least understood neighborhood. While everyone agrees that Mid-Market’s long decline needs to be reversed, there is disagreement on how to accomplish this and what defines “success.” Dan Goldes’
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Why CA Tenants Won Big in 2019

Posted September 17, 2019 by

Five Factors Brought Victory After years of real estate interests stopping pro-tenant legislation, California’s Legislature enacted AB 1482, a statewide rent cap and just cause eviction law. How did tenants finally prevail? Five main reasons. Production Groups Backed Protections The
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