SF Advances, Berkeley Retreats

Posted June 29, 2017 by

Cities Diverge on Housing Three recently enacted measures have transformed San Francisco into the Bay Area leader for addressing housing affordability. Meanwhile, Berkeley is in full retreat. At its June 27 meeting, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed
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Posted June 29, 2017 by Stephen Booth

In Pachamama Tradition, Peruvian Grandmother Successfully Resists Ellis Eviction As I wrote in the Spring of 2016, grounded for 35 years in the Sunset District, Mariella Morales is braced with Pachamama beliefs from her childhood in Peru, that humans are
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Student Loan Industry Is Creating Nation of Serfs

Posted June 29, 2017 by Binta Baxter

// // // // Most of the discussion about student debt in the United States has centered on its excessiveness, the negative impact it has on home-buying for the next generation, various refinancing schemes, and (for the grossly uninformed) how
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SF’s Unfair Budget Process

Posted June 27, 2017 by

San Francisco’s budget process was very unfair this year. So says the fable of the little red hen. The little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks her fellow farm animals– a pig, cat, rat, duck, goose, dog,
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Working Families Big Winners of CA Tax Credit Expansion

Posted June 27, 2017 by Bobbi Murray

(This piece first appeared in Capital and Main) There’s good news for low-income Californians tucked within the massive state budget document Governor Jerry Brown is set to sign this week, including a measure that advocates estimate could benefit more than
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Rocky Times for Libby Schaaf

Posted June 22, 2017 by

These are not the best of times for Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now routinely booed at public appearances, Schaaf  is grappling with big city challenges without the power of most big city mayors. I’ve been a big fan of Schaaf’s
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