Editorial

Feinstein, Pelosi, and NSA/CIA spying

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Two of the most powerful members of Congress — Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi — are from San Francisco. They've each spent much of their long tenures in Congress serving on the Intelligence Committees in their respective houses, overseeing the increasingly overreaching surveillance state. And they're now in positions to do something significant to rein in the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, if they can move from statements of outrage to actions of courage.Read more »

Lee must pay for his promises

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Mayor Ed Lee has made a lot of promises to San Franciscans, but he has been unwilling to pay for them with money from the city or his wealthy backers, transforming these statements in hollow political platitudes — or, less charitably, calculated lies meant to mask the true state of the city.Read more »

Create more police accountability

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"Our department is shaken," Police Chief Greg Suhr said last week when federal indictments of six cops who had been menacing and taking advantage of poor people were unsealed (see "Crooked cops," page 13). But it was stirring for those of us who believe in social justice and government transparency to finally see action taken, three years after seeing damning video footage of cops stealing the few belongings that some people have.Read more »

Tech must support Ellis reforms

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San Francisco is facing an eviction crisis, a reality that politicians of all ideological stripes have finally begun to address. It was good to see our two best representatives to the California Legislature introduce bills to reform the Ellis Act in the last week, but these will be empty gestures unless the political class and its allies in the technology industry and the larger business community step up and offer strong support for the effort.Read more »

The Goldies: What we're fighting for

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EDITORIAL If you want to understand what we at the Bay Guardian and activists from the broader progressive movement mean when we say that we're fighting for the soul of San Francisco, just peruse this issue's 25th annual Goldies awards. The artists that we profile and celebrate are the very people that this city in now in danger of losing.Read more »

Higher wages and tenants' rights, for the win

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As we document in this week's cover story, a citywide coalition has sprung up to fight for tenants' rights in the face of mounting evictions and soaring rents, and momentum on this issue is steadily growing.

But that isn't the only sign of a newly invigorated movement that's beginning to count its victories and advance forward on behalf of tenants, workers, and thousands of San Franciscans who are less focused on turning a quick profit and more concerned with bringing about positive change. Last week brought several high notes on this front.Read more »

Guns, gods, and government

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EDITORIAL Humans tend to believe that we're smarter than we really are. It's a problem that can be exacerbated by concentrations of wealth and technological expertise, which can cause some people to believe they have an almost God-like power to manifest solutions to any challenge they confront, particularly when they have lots of money to throw at the problem.Read more »

City ignores public on bus plan

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EDITORIAL San Francisco's tech bus saga has proven to be a source of fascination to national and international media outlets. Blockades of Google, Apple, and Facebook shuttles have fueled the narrative that the city is gripped by class warfare, with evictees and low-income renters raging against well-heeled private shuttle passengers and the taxpayer-subsidized tech industry.Read more »

What "Google bus" really means

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EDITORIAL In recent years, "Google bus" has become a term that encompasses more than just the shuttles that one corporation uses to transport its workers from San Francisco down to the Silicon Valley. It has taken on a symbolic meaning representing the technology sector's desire to shield itself from the infrastructure, values, and responsibilities that most citizens choose to share.Read more »

Start the mayor's race now

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We hope you enjoyed last week's cover package, "The Rise of Candidate X," a parable about politics and the media in San Francisco. While it was clearly a fantastical tale, it also had a serious underlying message that we would like to discuss more directly here. Bold actions are needed to save San Francisco. It will take a broad-based coalition to keep the city open to all, and that movement can and should morph into a progressive campaign for the Mayor's Office, starting now.Read more »