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. His new book is The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw

SF’s Homeless Spending Myth

Posted August 14, 2018 by

The Truth: Homeless Spending Makes a Difference “San Francisco already is spending more than $300 million a year on homelessness and the problem seems to be getting worse. I’d have to be convinced that taxing San Francisco hundreds of millions
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Cities Lack Housing for Amazon’s Workers

Posted August 7, 2018 by

Amazon Will Worsen Urban Affordability Crisis As cities offer secret bounties to become Amazon’s second headquarters, the aggressive recruitment raises a question that all high housing cost cities involved should be asking: Where will Amazon’s new employees live? None of
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Housing Advocates Must Act Now!

Posted July 31, 2018 by

Seizing the Political Momentum on Housing Zane Selvans is among urban America’s most insightful housing advocates. When I interviewed him in 2017 for my upcoming book, Generation Priced Out, he was optimistic that his city of Boulder, Colorado would build
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San Francisco Must Legalize Apartments

Posted July 24, 2018 by

Homeowners Should Embrace Mr. Rogers’ Support for Welcoming Neighbors San Francisco is a tenant town. Yet its zoning laws largely bar new apartments.  It’s time for the city to legalize such housing as an essential strategy for increasing inclusion and
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SF’s Stellar District 6 Race

Posted July 17, 2018 by

Ranked Choice Voting May Prove Decisive On July 18, 2017, I wrote “Who Will Replace Kim in D6?” A year later the answer is no less clear but we now know the field: Matt Haney, Christine Johnson and Sonja Trauss.
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Can Vallie Brown Win in 2019?

Posted July 17, 2018 by

Breed’s Strong Choice Faces Preston in 2019 Mayor London Breed has appointed longtime D5 activist Vallie Brown to replace her on the Board of Supervisors. Now the question on many minds  is whether Brown can win a full term against
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