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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 »

Sexual assault survivors seek reform at the University of California

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University of California Berkeley graduate Nicoletta Commins was 20 when she was sexually assaulted, in early 2012. She’d been taking a Taekwondo class, and said her teammate assaulted her when they were in her apartment.

He was “just an acquaintance,” she said in a phone interview. “We were sort of flirty, but not close friends.”Read more »

AirBNB apartment advertised for "XXX Freakfest" orgy

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A Manhattan comedian put his apartment up for rent on SF-based AirBNB, only later to find his renter advertising out his apartment for an orgy, Gawker reported Friday. While hilarious, the incident highlights key points in the New York attorney general's litigation againts AirBNB. Read more »

Two detained City College student protesters released amidst troubling allegations

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Two City College student protesters, Otto Pippenger, 20, and Dimitrious Philliou, 21, were released from county jail this morning following a City College protest yesterday which became suddenly violent. But new details emerging from the protest raise concerns about City College administrators and their behavior towards the protesters. Read more »

Uber announces new insurance policy covering drivers between fares

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Controversial tech-ride provider Uber will now expand its insurance for drivers, it announced on its blog today. Read more »

Democratic party rejects bid to make waterfront development more democratic (UPDATED)

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Note: This story has been updated (see below).

The governing body of the San Francisco Democratic Party voted Wed/12 to oppose a controversial June ballot measure concerning waterfront height limits, despite voting last year to support a strikingly similar measure on the November ballot.Read more »

Student pepper sprayed and two arrested at City College protest UPDATED

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[Update Friday, 1:32pm: The Guardian published an updated post on the status of the two detained student protesters, who were later released, here: http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/03/14/two-detained-city-college-student-protesters-released-amidst-troubling-allegatio]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 »

Burning down the housing in San Francisco

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Yesterday’s massive fire that destroyed a 172-unit market-rate housing complex that was near completion in China Basin got plenty of attention in mainstream and social media outlets — and only a little speculation as to how this fits into San Francisco’s aggressive push for new housing and its charged political debates about gentrification and displacement.Read more »

Photos of the blaze, as 5-alarm fire roars at China Basin

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A 5-alarm fire is raging across structures under construction and other buildings in Mission Bay, at 4th street and China Basin. The San Francisco Fire Department is fighting back the blaze, which have diminished greatly, but early reports from reporters on the scene say that the buildings may bow in. As reporters and citizen journalists flock to the scene, photos are continuing to stream in through social media. We'll update this post with new photos as the situation develops. Read more »