Tom Rapp and Patricia Kerman Protest Eviction

Judge Throws Out Ellis Evictions in Mission

Posted September 17, 2014 by

In another major legal victory for San Francisco tenants battling Ellis Act evictions, Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay ruled on September 16 that the lawsuits filed against Patricia Kerman, Tom Rapp and Mark Hidzick of 3305 20th Street must be
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Wendell Jones was facing eviction from his West Hollywood apartment, but fought the eviction and won under a rent control statue. He has lived in this one-bedroom apartment for 20 years. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Has LA’s Rent Control Been Successful?

Posted September 17, 2014 by Ben Bergman

“There is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary housing in the City of Los Angeles resulting in a critically low vacancy factor,” begins Los Angeles’ Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which was enacted in 1978. “This situation has had a detrimental
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Even online voting might not boost tech turnout

Will SF’s New Tech Workers Vote?

Posted September 16, 2014 by

Those who believe and/or fear that tech workers will reshape San Francisco politics are in for a surprise come Election Day: much of this group will not vote.
I base this on two factors. First, I have heard too much
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Landmark Sick Leave Law Signed

Posted September 16, 2014 by Seth Sandronsky

On September 10 Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law. The landmark legislation dramatically expands labor benefits for an estimated 6.5 million private-sector workers (including seasonal, part- and full-time employees), mandating they earn at least three paid sick
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Supervisors David Campos and David Chiu

Campos-Chiu Politics and Airbnb

Posted September 15, 2014 by

The SF Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee holds a hearing on September 15 on new rules governing Airbnb and other tourist rentals of apartments. Unfortunately, the process surrounding this vital  legislation has become a mess.
(Update: After a 7
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SF Soda Tax Funds PE for All

Posted September 15, 2014 by Christina Goette

When the SF Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, my elementary school-age daughter and I were beyond excited. But my elation was dampened by the reality that many children never learn how to swing a bat or
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