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

Increasing Housing Density No Surefire Solution

Posted July 8, 2014 by

Most developers and many housing advocates believe increasing the number of units built on sites will increase affordability. But as New York City shows, building luxury highrises for non-residents has no positive supply and demand impact. Jim Russell wrote a
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The Homeless Issue the Media Won’t Touch

Posted July 2, 2014 by

The San Francisco Chronicle tried again to explain homelessness this week. Once again, it gave lip service to the macro problem—the lack of state and federal funding— while prioritizing the micro—individual stories of how people leave homelessness or are trapped
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Supreme Wake-Up Call for Democrats

Posted July 1, 2014 by

The Republican Party’s Supreme Court wing has been busy this week. It ruled against unions and women in decisions that ignored case precedents and showed unbridled judicial activism. These rulings again show that while Republicans are playing for keeps, national
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Supes Stiff Nonprofit Workers

Posted June 30, 2014 by

In the late evening of June 25, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors reached a budget deal that stiffed the city’s nonprofit workers. The Supes gave nonprofit workers only a 1.5% raise, after approving increases from 2.25%-5% for already higher
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16th and Mission Tests SF’s Future

Posted June 26, 2014 by

The next great battle over San Francisco development involves a proposed 351 unit project near the 16th and Mission BART station. As reported by Mission Local, the first public hearing on the project occurred this week at the School Board
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Does SF Overstudy Public Space Improvements?

Posted June 24, 2014 by

Some cities are content with how things are. Not San Francisco. The city is filled with folks who want to improve the public landscape, including a high percentage of  activists working toward revitalizing urban life. People want new bike lanes,
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