Is the tech-mogul attack on Campos backfiring?

A protest by DV survivors and their allies outside of Chiu headquarters

A protest by DV survivors and their allies outside of Chiu headquarters

By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 21, 2014 — I always suspected that the independent expenditure attack on David Campos would start to backfire. For one thing, been there done that: The same allegations (Campos voted against the mayor’s effort to oust elected Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi) were spread all over the city in the spring primary. You can only say the same thing so many times before people stop paying attention.

For another, Campos has a lot of women supporting him, and a lot of people are getting sick of the idea that Reed Hoffman and Ron Conway can use their tech money to buy an election.

So now there’s a Facebook page and a twitter hashtag called Shameonyoudavidchiu – and it’s got the names of a long list of women who think Chiu’s allies are exploiting the very serious domestic violence issue for political gain. Continue reading

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Landlord tells tenant organizer to move his business


By Zelda Bronstein

OCTOBER 17, 2014 — Last summer Jim Gallagher organized his fellow tenants at the San Francisco Design Center in their successful fight against their successful fight against displacement by social media phenomenon Pinterest

But all is not well. Continue reading

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Can we save newspaper archives — and history?

The last endorsements issue of the Bay Guardian -- and the last cover that's live on the website

The last endorsements issue of the Bay Guardian — and the last cover that’s live on the website

By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 16, 2014 – The owners of the Bay Guardian, who shut the paper down Monday, have at least gotten one message: It’s not okay to take offline the website and digital archive of the paper.’

After going down for two days, was live late this afternoon. So the years and years of back stories can once again be found, the former staff have a chance to link to their work if they want to apply for jobs, and the links many other publications have used to connect to Guardian stories will once again be live.

I wonder how long that will last.

When the Boston Phoenix shut down in 2013, its website stayed live; it’s kind of a moment frozen in time, the story about the paper closing on the front page. Can’t cost much to keep the site up, maybe a few hundred bucks a year. The value is incalculable. Continue reading

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Cohen hasn’t figured out how to collect Airbnb taxes


Sup. Cohen says she wants to make Airbnb pay — but voted against a measure to make Airbnb pay


By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Sharen Hewitt, who is a hero to many of us and was one of my choices for Bay Guardian local heroes a few years ago (and I can’t link to that because: shutdown), sponsored a debate for pretty much everyone running for local office Oct. 9, and the theme was Equity.

The equity debate attracted a good crowd to USF on a busy night, and a whole lot of candidates were there – David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Ed Donaldson, Tony Kelly, Shawn Richard, Emily Murase, Hydra Mendoza, Jaime Rafaela Wolfe, Trevor McNeil, Shamann Walton … everyone respects Sharen, and they came to talk about how to promote greater economic equality in San Francisco.

Which made for some interesting moments. Continue reading

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Ted Gullicksen, tenant organizer, dead at 61


By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 14, 2014 — The day just gets worse.

I spent much of the afternoon taking press calls and talking about the tragedy of the Bay Guardian, and it wasn’t until about 3pm that I got a text telling me Ted Gullicksen was dead.

Damn. Two old friends in one day. I feel as if there’s been some sort of great rend in the fabric of this city.

Ted devoted much of his adult life to helping tenants in San Francisco. He was a kind and gentle person, but had the activist fire – and with his leadership and help over the years we passed legislation, blocked legislation, won battles, and made life better for tens of thousands of renters.

There are a whole lot of people who are still in their apartments today, at a rent they can afford, because of the efforts of Ted Gullicksen. Continue reading

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The Bay Guardian shuts down

This is all that's left of the site.

This is all that’s left of the site.

By Tim Redmond

OCTOBER 14, 2014 – What a crazy, sad morning.

I was teaching my San Francisco State class from 10 to noon, on the sixth floor of a building right next to the Westfield Mall, and about 11:45 my phone started to buzz like crazy. I finished class, checked the messages …. And found out that the Bay Guardian, the newspaper I helped run for 30 years, the voice of the San Francisco left, a community institution … was just shut down.

Summarily, the way big corporations do things.

The staff was told at 10 this morning to pack their stuff and leave. Website turned off. Email gone. Everyone out.

Such a terrible loss to the entire city.

It turns out that the Guardian office is one floor below where I teach, in the same building, so I hopped on the elevator. The door was open; I was met by some of my old friends hauling out boxes of personal possessions.

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Soccer, Airbnb, and the colonization of the Mission


By Erin McElroy

OCTOBER 13 — By now the video of the young white “Dropbox Dudes” kicking the youth of color out of the Mission Playground has traveled the world with virality.

In part, it has captivated such a broad audience because it touches upon the settler-colonial nature with which dispossession occurs, not only San Francisco but in a myriad gentrifying spaces. In the video, we see entitled young white men, one donning a Dropbox t-shirt, telling youth of color they have to leave a soccer field. The white men claim they have the right to because they have obtained a permit.

One of the men shows them the permit, ushering them off the field. As one youth contends, for 20 years people have playing soccer in that field without a permit. Now, suddenly, these “techbros” (one of whom has been in the city for one entire year), have the right to the space for an hour, per a piece of city-granted paper.

As Columbus Day descends upon us, there is a harsh likening to deeds granted by European royalty of old to the New World to the colonizers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Instead of getting to know the existing culture of the seven-on-seven pickup games in the park and slowly integrating, these newly arrived settlers seek to bypass existing culture altogether, claiming sovereignty through access to government — and an app. Continue reading

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