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 latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior 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. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw

Homeowners: The True Gentle Gentrifiers

Posted August 20, 2019 by

Media Ignores Driving Force Behind Rising Housing Costs Homeowners opposing new multi-unit housing drive urban gentrification. As I detail in Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, from San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Alamo
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SFMTA Board Must Back Rose Pak

Posted August 20, 2019 by

Pak Made Central Subway Happen The SFMTA Board decides today whether to name the Chinatown Station of the new Central Subway in remembrance of the late Rose Pak. A prior vote split 3-3 and a seventh commissioner has since been
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Will California Protect Tenants?

Posted August 13, 2019 by

AB 1482 Provides Historic Step Forward for Tenants When it comes to meaningfully addressing the state’s housing crisis in 2019, California’s Democratic leadership has thus far profoundly failed (see “Democratic Leaders Fail California”). But this conclusion could change. Governor Gavin
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SFPD Plan Boosted Tenderloin/Mid-Market Dealing

Posted August 13, 2019 by

SFPD’s 2015 Redistricting Plan a Huge Mistake Last week’s U.S. Attorney crackdown on Tenderloin drug dealing drew massive media coverage. The key takeaway: federal law enforcement publicly committed to ensure that the “rule of law” applied in the Tenderloin, where
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Cities Must End Off-Year Council Elections

Posted August 6, 2019 by

How Blue Cities Undermine Democracy Today is Election Day in Seattle. Wait, you’re wondering why a progressive city elects Council members during summer vacation? A time when students are gone? A time that disproportionately empowers older white homeowners with a
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Honoring Bay Area Housing Heroes

Posted August 6, 2019 by

Witte, Brown, Lane Get Housing Honors I learned last week that the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) is honoring some people whose commitment to housing I have appreciated. I wanted to share my stories about some of them. Bill
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Stop Responding to Trump?

Posted July 30, 2019 by

Trump Tweets Crowd Out Core Progressive Issues I have a question for progressive activists: How do we stop President Trump from controlling the news cycle when we put aside our own agendas to respond to his tweets? This past weekend
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Newsom Must Call for SB50 Vote

Posted July 30, 2019 by

New Report Gives Governor New Chance The July 23 Sacramento Bee headline said it all, “Bad news for Gavin Newsom’s housing goals: New home permits are down in California.” According to the report issued by the California Department of Finance,
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