Steven T. Jones

Airbnb finally agrees to pay its taxes in SF

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Airbnb has apparently finally agreed to pay its taxes in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the company, long called out by Guardian articles and editorials as a tax scofflaw blatantly defying a city ruling, will start collecting and remitting the 15 percent transient occupancy tax by this summer. Read more »

Complaint against Yee includes firearms trafficking and envelopes full of cash

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The federal criminal charges filed today against Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF), local political consultant Keith Jackson, reputed Chinatown organized crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, and 23 other defendants allege a vast criminal conspiracy that was penetrated by undercover FBI agents, who say they then gave Yee envelopes full of cash in exchange for official favors.Read more »

Yee had a reputation for political corruption even before the federal indictment

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Long before Sen. Leland Yee’s surprise arrest and arraignment on federal corruption charges today, Yee already had a reputation for, at best, political pandering and influence peddling; or at worst, corruption, a label for Yee long used in private conversations among figures in the local political establishment.Read more »

Sen. Leland Yee arrested on corruption charges UPDATED

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 California Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF) has reportedly been arrested on corruption charges following an FBI sting and raid on his office. Read more »

Boom for whom?

Why isn't San Francisco's hot economy creating a budget surplus to address its costly byproducts?

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steve@sfbg.com, joe@sfbg.com

San Francisco's economy is booming these days, fueled by the latest dot-com bubble and a hot real estate market, sending more than expected tax revenue into city coffers. So why doesn't San Francisco have a big budget surplus to help address the gentrification and displacement triggered by the boom?Read more »

The sordid saga of Airbnb -- a $10 billion "outlaw middleman" -- continues

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SF-based Airbnb is making news again this week, from the San Francisco Chronicle following up our stories about how landlords are sending eviction notices to tenants who are breaking their leases and local laws in using the short-term rental services to Read more »

Seeking technology and economic/social justice columnists

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The Bay Guardian is looking for a pair of new freelance writers to do separate monthly columns covering the technology industry and economic/social justice issues. The two new columns would go into a rotation we’re tentatively calling Soul of the City, along with Jason Henderson’s Street Fight column and a new environmental column by News Editor Rebecca Bowe that we’ll debut in our Earth Day issue.Read more »

Cleaning up poor people

Secretive agenda behind Clean Up The Plaza threatens one of San Francisco's last low-income neighborhoods

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steve@sfbg.com

San Francisco has a long history of campaigns to "clean up" its poor neighborhoods, which is often code for displacing low-income residents of color and replacing them with gentrified housing and businesses. It happened in Western Addition and Yerba Buena starting about 50 years ago, and it's happening now in the mid-Market Street corridor and in the heart of the Mission District.Read more »

The unanswered question: How do we bridge SF's affordable housing gap?

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Nobody has a good answer to San Francisco’s most basic housing problem: How do we build the housing that existing city residents need? Read more »

Clean Up The Plaza run by political consultant with ties to developers

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Neighborhood and progressive political activists have long been suspicious of the shadowy Clean Up The Plaza campaign and its possible connections to a massive housing development proposed for 16th and Mission streets — and the Guardian has now confirmed that developer-connected political consultant Jack Davis is playing a key role in that campaign.Read more »