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's 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

10 Big Housing Wins of 2020

Posted December 1, 2020 by

Local, State, National Activism Made Difference As 2020 ends, forty million tenants could face nonpayment of rent evictions. Republican refusal to pass the Heroes Act has created the worst eviction crisis since the 1930’s. President Biden can use his first
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CA Voters + Local Control = Racial and Class Exclusion

Posted December 1, 2020 by

Voters Building Walls Around Affluent Cities California’s November 2020 elections exposed what “local control” really means in affluent cities: it’s about using land use laws to exclude racial minorities, tenants and the unhoused. Consider: *“Progressive” Santa Monica saw three council
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Will California Stop Ellis Act Evictions?

Posted November 17, 2020 by

Legislature Can End Ellis Act Crisis in 2021 The pandemic has not stopped Ellis Act evictions. Speculators continue to buy buildings, file Ellis Act notices to “go out of the rental housing business” the next day, and then move to
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Can Democrats Avoid the Mistakes of 2009-2010?

Posted November 10, 2020 by

Holding Biden Accountable Joe Biden’s election puts Democrats and particularly progressive activists to the test: we can repeat the mistakes of 2009-10 under President Obama or avoid them. Here’s how it comes down. Obama took office with Democrats strongly controlling
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Housing Advocates: Seize the Moment!

Posted November 10, 2020 by

Mobilizing for 2021 The November elections opened up new opportunities for national, state and local housing advocates. Here’s how activists can seize them. Federal Funding The big money is federal. Advocates must go after it. If Democrats already controlled the
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American Democracy Remains At Risk

Posted November 4, 2020 by

A Sad Comment on America Last night did not go as anyone expected. While by midnight Trump had not won a single Clinton state, and Biden still had a strong path to victory, few imagined the race could be this
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San Francisco Stays the Course

Posted November 4, 2020 by

Incumbents Win Big; Philhour Takes Late Lead in D1 San Francisco stayed the course on Nov. 3, as mayor and supervisor-backed ballot measures all won and incumbent supervisors Dean Preston and Ahsha Safai won easily. But there may be one
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