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 is the author of four 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.

Articles by Randy Shaw


SF’s Transit Set-Aside is Flawed, Divisive

Posted July 31, 2014 by

Only a week after stiffing nonprofit workers on raises, Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Chiu are at it again.
Now the two are driving a transit set-aside ballot measure for November that will almost certainly deny nonprofits any increases next
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Campos Raises Stakes on Tenant Buyouts

Posted July 30, 2014 by

Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation yesterday to close a longtime loophole in San Francisco eviction laws that contribute to San Francisco’s affordability crisis.
The loophole, often referred to as a “buyout,” enables landlords to evade an official eviction by offering
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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Can SEIU Unionize Fast Food Workers?

Posted July 29, 2014 by

SEIU is again being depicted as the agent for reviving the nation’s labor movement.After funding a national convention of fast food workers last weekend, SEIU is credited for framing the fast-food movement as “an economic justice movement comparable to the
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2/3 Vote Could Doom SF Soda Tax

Posted July 28, 2014 by

San Francisco and Berkeley both have soda tax measures on the November ballot. But backers have chosen different strategies.
San Francisco’s measure requires a 2/3 vote because it directs the $35-54 million in annual tax revenue for specific purposes —such
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Algorithms in Action

Amazon Pricing Drives Me Bot-ty

Posted July 28, 2014 by

Steven Colbert is mad at Amazon. And so am I.
My gripe has nothing to do with Amazon seeking to recover 50% of e-book sales rather than 30% from Hachette, the nation’s fourth largest publisher. That struggle has already gotten
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Obama’s Defining Moment

Posted July 22, 2014 by

President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. By doing so, Obama immediately renders
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Fans crowd Civic Center Plaza for World Cup

Reviving SF’s Civic Center Plaza

Posted July 21, 2014 by

For all the talk about a “housing balance,” San Francisco’s real balancing act involves increasing housing and open space at the same time. And the most cost effective way to expand open space is to revive underutilized land the city
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