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Chinatown Center Carries on Legacy of Refuge, Service

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic,” which revisits a 2019 interview with Julia Flynn Siler and a site visit to the Cameron House. Click the audio player below to hear the full story, and hear the extended versions here.  » Read more

Recycling driver Gareth Willey ensures that cardboard is properly loaded into his truck.

After You Unbox, Bin Your Recyclables the Right Way

With a holiday coming up that usually involves a lot of boxes, we thought this would be a good time to return to the topic of recycling. This article is adapted from a recent episode of our podcast “Civic,” which revisits material from two prior shows. » Read more

A utility pole and power lines are seen from below. For years, residents of San Francisco’s Treasure Island have faced frequent power outages that complicated daily life.

Despite Upgrades, Treasure Island Power Outages Persist

In 2019, the head of the government agency overseeing Treasure Island addressed the power outages residents had been living with for years. A crucial electrical upgrade was coming soon, and once it was complete, he “would be shocked if we had five outages the following year,” he said. » Read more

Seeing Signs of Speculation, SF Allocates Millions to Buy Housing

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

Amplified chants and drumming broke the weekday calm on 19th Street near Dolores Park in mid-November as residents of a 12-unit building protested their impending eviction.   » Read more

Growing Bay Area Need Not Use More Water, Report Says

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

The Bay Area can house millions more people without increasing its water use, according to a new report from the urbanist and water-use think tanks SPUR and the Pacific Institute. » Read more

Native Activists, Interior Secretary, Commemorate Alcatraz Occupation

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

More than half a century after they occupied the island in a monthslong protest for indigenous sovereignty, Native American activists gathered on Alcatraz on Saturday to watch the nation’s first indigenous secretary of the interior commemorate the occasion.  » Read more

Proposed Tenant-Organizing Protections Could Shift Balance of Power in SF

Renters throughout San Francisco could gain power to lessen COVID-19 financial hardships and improve conditions in their buildings with political-organizing tools that have a history of success in subsidized housing.

In coming weeks, city supervisors will weigh legislation that would make it easier for tenants to form associations, similar to labor unions, that could compel landlords to hear them out on a range of issues, including the aesthetics of new construction and other matters affecting the bottom line for owners. » Read more

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Officials Demand Reform on Uber, Lyft Assault Reports

Two key elected officials have criticized the California Public Utilities Commission’s inconsistent collection of information on passenger complaints about assaults and threats on Uber and Lyft rides and called for reforms.

A leading researcher on sexual assault added that the commission’s methodology was out of line with accepted practice and that it suggested a “lack of concern” about monitoring the incidents. » Read more