Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants
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Expedited Trial Scheduled for Case Involving Evicted Nob Hill Tenants

A federal judge in San Francisco declined today to issue an immediate order blocking a new city law that sharply increases the relocation payments landlords…

Supporters Of Waterfront Development Measure Rally Against Gavin Newsom’s Lawsuit Against SF
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Supporters Of Waterfront Development Measure Rally Against Gavin Newsom’s Lawsuit Against SF

A group of residents gathered outside the San Francisco Ferry Building today to call on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other members of the State…

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Ingleside Shootout
Crime

Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Ingleside Shootout

A San Francisco man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison this morning for the murder of a man killed in a shootout…

Mayor Announces New Loan Program for Affordable Housing
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Mayor Announces New Loan Program for Affordable Housing

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday a new loan program designed to protect longtime low-income tenants in the city, according to the mayor’s office….

SF Planning Commission Considering New Short-Term Rental Laws in Hearing
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SF Planning Commission Considering New Short-Term Rental Laws in Hearing

The San Francisco Planning Commission this afternoon is weighing in on legislation that would change laws surrounding short-term home rentals, such as listings through the…

“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission
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“They’re a symbol of the arrogance and takeover of the city”: Tech Buses Blocked In Mission

Senior and disability advocates blocked two tech buses for half an hour in the Mission District this morning to protest rising eviction rates of vulnerable…

Landlords Sue SF Over Plan To Increase Relocation Payments For Displaced Tenants
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Landlords Sue SF Over Plan To Increase Relocation Payments For Displaced Tenants

Property owners, landlord groups and their attorney announced a lawsuit this morning against a new San Francisco law that bumps up relocation assistance payments owed…

Infamous SF Eviction Lawyers Use DMCA Claim to Silence Protest Video
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Infamous SF Eviction Lawyers Use DMCA Claim to Silence Protest Video

Please scroll down for an update to this story. Not content to help landlords evict tenants from their homes and businesses, Daniel Bornstein at the…

Bucking State Trend, Bay Area Unemployment Rates Rise
Bay Area

Bucking State Trend, Bay Area Unemployment Rates Rise

Unemployment rates in the Bay Area increased slightly from May to June, bucking a downward trend statewide, according to data released today by California’s Employment…

Bay Area Home Sales Up in June
Bay Area

Bay Area Home Sales Up in June

Bay Area home sales were slightly up in June but remained below long-term levels, according to data services provider DataQuick. Prices on homes also continued…

Lawsuit Filed Against Proposition that Requires Vote for Waterfront Height Limit Increases
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Lawsuit Filed Against Proposition that Requires Vote for Waterfront Height Limit Increases

The California State Lands Commission filed a lawsuit Tuesday opposing the city’s Proposition B, which was approved by voters in June and requires proposed building…

Sex Worker, Former Hustler Club Dancer In Court After Arrest For Heroin Death Of Former Apple, Google Exec
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Sex Worker, Former Hustler Club Dancer In Court After Arrest For Heroin Death Of Former Apple, Google Exec

A prostitute and former San Francisco exotic dancer made her first appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court today since being arrested Friday in the…

Environmental Impact Report for $1.15 Billion Treasure Island Development Upheld in Court
Environment

Environmental Impact Report for $1.15 Billion Treasure Island Development Upheld in Court

The city of San Francisco’s environmental impact report on plans for a $1.5 billion development with 20,000 residents at the former Navy base on Treasure…

SFMTA Officially Names Public Area Near CCSF “Unity Plaza”
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SFMTA Officially Names Public Area Near CCSF “Unity Plaza”

A public plaza located on Ocean Avenue next to City College of San Francisco has been officially named Unity Plaza, according to the San Francisco…

Supes, Activists, File Anti-Speculation Tax Measure
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Supes, Activists, File Anti-Speculation Tax Measure

Tenant organizations, housing rights groups and other supporters gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall this afternoon before filing a November ballot measure to…

Mission Bay Philz Coffee Reopens After Driver Smashes Into Building
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Mission Bay Philz Coffee Reopens After Driver Smashes Into Building

A driver crashed into a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission Bay on Saturday night, according to police. A report of a car into…

Uber And Lyft Could Get Shut Down For Taking You To The Airport
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Uber And Lyft Could Get Shut Down For Taking You To The Airport

State regulators are warning “ridesharing” companies such as Uber and Lyft that they could be shut down if drivers continue to operate at airports without…

Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?
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Tenant Troubles: Why On Earth Would I Have To Pay My Building A $200 Move-Out Fee?

I’m a 31-year-old female who has been living in the same apartment since August 2011. My apartment was a two bed/two bath unit in a…

Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?
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Tenant Troubles: Can My New Landlord “Bank” My Rent Increases From Before She Owned My Home?

I live in a house in San Francisco with three apartments, built before 1979. I’ve lived in my apartment for 10 years, I am 44 and…

Huge Salaries Of Top Earners Skew Bay Area “Average” Income Statistics
Bay Area

Huge Salaries Of Top Earners Skew Bay Area “Average” Income Statistics

Workers in the Bay Area earn on average 37 percent more per hour than the national average, mainly due to much higher salaries for top…

San Francisco Coffee Shop Says They Will Stop Scanning And Tracking Wireless Devices Of Patrons And Passers-By
Business

San Francisco Coffee Shop Says They Will Stop Scanning And Tracking Wireless Devices Of Patrons And Passers-By

Looks like the honeymoon between Philz Coffee and retail analytics company Euclid Elements is over. The breakup was aired in public yesterday when the popular…

Two Construction Workers Injured In Separate Accidents At SF Housing Development Site
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Two Construction Workers Injured In Separate Accidents At SF Housing Development Site

Two workers were injured in separate accidents at the same under-construction housing development in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood this morning, according to the state…

Privacy, Legal Concerns Raised As San Francisco Coffee Shop Scans And Tracks Cell Phones Of All Patrons
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Privacy, Legal Concerns Raised As San Francisco Coffee Shop Scans And Tracks Cell Phones Of All Patrons

Popular Bay Area cafe Philz Coffee is tracking how often and for how long its customers visit its various locations through smartphones, tablets, and any…

Ed Lee Wants To Put 7000 Of SF’s Young Folks To Work
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Ed Lee Wants To Put 7000 Of SF’s Young Folks To Work

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced an initiative this morning to create 7,000 jobs, internships and paid training opportunities for city youth and young adults…

Subcontractor Who Likely Started $40 Million Blaze Is Fined $1000
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Subcontractor Who Likely Started $40 Million Blaze Is Fined $1000

San Francisco fire officials said today that TC Steel of Petaluma was the subcontractor whose work is believed to have started the large blaze at…

Bay Area Prices Shoot Up
Bay Area

Bay Area Prices Shoot Up

Prices in the San Francisco area are up 2.8 percent over the past year, according to information released last week by the U.S. Department of…

City Leaders Celebrate Reopening Of Coit Tower
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City Leaders Celebrate Reopening Of Coit Tower

After a nearly six-month shutdown for renovations, San Francisco’s iconic Coit Tower reopened this morning to much fanfare on the top of Telegraph Hill. San…

Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?
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Tenant Troubles: Is It Legal For My Landlord To Change The Terms Of My Lease After 12 Years?

Readers: This is a question I received last night with a plea for a quick response, as the reader has to answer his landlord in…

New Law Forces AT&T To Work Harder To Get Community Input For Placement Of Giant Sidewalk Boxes
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New Law Forces AT&T To Work Harder To Get Community Input For Placement Of Giant Sidewalk Boxes

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon concerning placement of utility boxes on city sidewalks. The ordinance authored by Supervisor…

As New North Beach Library Opens, Lawsuit Challenging Its Construction Is Rejected
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As New North Beach Library Opens, Lawsuit Challenging Its Construction Is Rejected

Three days after a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $14.5 million new North Beach Branch Library in San Francisco, a state appeals court rejected a…

Roaches And Raw Sewage: SF Suing Family That Owns Residential Hotels In Tenderloin, SoMa, Mission
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Roaches And Raw Sewage: SF Suing Family That Owns Residential Hotels In Tenderloin, SoMa, Mission

The San Francisco city attorney filed a lawsuit today against a family that owns and operates at least 15 San Francisco single-room occupancy hotels for…

Court In SF OKs Suit Against Facebook For Fraud, Privacy Violations
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Court In SF OKs Suit Against Facebook For Fraud, Privacy Violations

A federal appeals court ruled in San Francisco today that Facebook users can go ahead with breach-of-contract and fraud claims against the online social network…

Despite Fight To Remain In Business, Historic Fillmore Bookstore Has Been Evicted
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Despite Fight To Remain In Business, Historic Fillmore Bookstore Has Been Evicted

Marcus Books, known as the oldest independent black bookstore in the country, was evicted from its location in San Francisco’s Fillmore District this week, the…

Careless Welder Might Be Behind Fire That Caused Over $40 Million In Damage
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Careless Welder Might Be Behind Fire That Caused Over $40 Million In Damage

A fire investigation report released Tuesday gave more details about the cause of a five-alarm fire at an under-construction apartment building in San Francisco’s Mission…

Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?
Business

Tenant Troubles: Why Is My Landlord Demanding A $150 Late Fee?

I am a 25 year old woman who has been living in a rent-controlled apartment in a six unit building for about 1.5 years.  My…

San Francisco’s Getting Sued For Letting Tech Buses Use Muni Stops
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San Francisco’s Getting Sued For Letting Tech Buses Use Muni Stops

A lawsuit filed against the city of San Francisco today seeks to block the use of commuter shuttle buses at Municipal Railway bus stops, arguing…

New State Bill Could Offer Some Tax Relief To Renters
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New State Bill Could Offer Some Tax Relief To Renters

State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco introduced a new bill alongside state Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, earlier this week urging passage of legislation to restore…

Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF
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Airbnb Supporters And Opponents Hold Dueling Rallies Over Future Of Short-Term Housing Rentals In SF

Supporters and opponents of room-sharing services such as Airbnb that allow people to use their homes as short-term lodging for a fee held dueling rallies…

Nearly 1700 Affordable Housing Units Promised In New Visitacion Valley Development
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Nearly 1700 Affordable Housing Units Promised In New Visitacion Valley Development

A preliminary agreement announced today will likely pave the way for the construction of nearly 1,700 new affordable housing units in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley…

SF Sues Two Landlords Who Allegedly Ellis Acted Tenants, Turned Buildings Into Tourist Rentals
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SF Sues Two Landlords Who Allegedly Ellis Acted Tenants, Turned Buildings Into Tourist Rentals

Lawsuits were filed by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today against two landlords who allegedly illegally converted residential apartments into short-term rental units used…