Opinion

Trying to have hope

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OPINION I get it, as Harvey Milk famously said: "You gotta give them hope." But how do you do that when the LGBT community you love so much is being priced and evicted out of the city?Read more »

Tenants can fight evictions and win

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By Tyler Macmillan


OPINION Every year, around 3,500 formal eviction lawsuits are filed against residential tenants in San Francisco Superior Court. Contrary to popular belief, the eviction lawsuit — known as an "unlawful detainer" — is one of the fastest moving cases in the entire civil system. While we've all heard anecdotes about how it can take years to remove San Francisco tenants from their homes, tenants sued for eviction experience civil litigation at warp speed.Read more »

Drought legislation would undermine endangered species protection

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By Mike Lynes

OPINION California's ongoing drought has brought hardship to nearly every corner of the state, but the Central Valley has been ground zero. Communities are struggling just to fill their taps, farmers are letting fields go unplanted, and dry conditions are decimating habitat for birds and other wildlife.Read more »

Artists say vote for Campos

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By Sara Jean Yaste

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Stored power

Green-tech manufacturing, climate science, and wisdom from the Amazon

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rebecca@sfbg.com

BASED ON EARTH

For this second installment of our environmental news column, we're looking at climate change from wildly different perspectives. We'll explore whether local green-tech manufacturing firms can help wean California off fossil fuels, highlight some key data from the National Climate Assessment, and hear from an Amazonian shaman who's fed up with white people making a mess of the planet and his home territory.

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Chiu for Assembly

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OPINION

San Francisco is at a crossroads. While some residents benefit from prosperity, an affordable housing crisis coupled with income inequality make this a time of struggle for other San Franciscans.Read more »

Don't police the pot docs

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By Ahimsa Porter Sumchai

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Senate Bill 1262 was introduced in the California Senate on Feb. 21 by veteran legislator Lou Correa. It is a medical marijuana bill designed to regulate physicians, dispensaries, and cultivation sites via rigid government oversight. Sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association, SB 1262 promises to "provide a clear road map for the responsible implementation of Proposition 215 in California since voters approved it in 1996."Read more »

A farewell to tech

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By Hanna Johnson

 

OPINION When people hear that I'm bidding farewell to the tech industry — a career that appears to be gaining momentum at a salary that allows me to sustain myself in San Francisco — they invariably speculate about the reason.

The reputation of the industry is that it's not always hospitable to women, but that hasn't been my experience. I've had a number of excellent mentors, cheerleaders, and colleagues of both sexes who have supported me during the three years I've spent in tech.Read more »