This week, former Bay Guardian editor and publisher Tim Redmond published an epic investigation on his 48Hills site showing that up to 39 percent of new luxury condos in San Francisco are owned as investments by out-of-towners, puncturing the myth that unfettered market-rate housing development will help with the city's affordability crisis. See www.48hills.org for more.Read more »
Progressive groups are calling the recent US Senate vote on the Democracy for All Amendment — a constitutional amendment seeking to end corporations' right to spend unlimited cash to influence elections — a "historic step forward" and "a critical and positive step," although it failed to win the two-thirds vote needed for approval.Read more »
Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn't told you yet.
As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism. Earth's self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity's CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather consequences.Read more »
In New York City's Times Square on a muggy, gray Sunday afternoon at the historic People's Climate March, everything went silent for a minute as a massive crowd, led by indigenous people from around the world, raised fists in the air to support communities suffering the harshest effects of climate change.
In this canyon of glittering commerce, surrounded by corporate icons such as Chase Bank, Bank of America, Gap, McDonald's, and Dow Jones, the silent coalition then burst into a thunderous crescendo meant to symbolize action and demand climate justice.Read more »
HEAD FIRST I never liked anything in my ass until I spent a couple hours with Charlie Glickman. I met him at a party in Oakland while I was complaining about 20-something guys and their tendency to try to spear my anus with their dicks. Having spent most of my life in suburban America, I was only exposed to boys who had nothing but Internet porn and impatience, so even though I'd been interested in trying butt stuff, I never had the opportunity. I was close to giving up hope.Read more »
In the future, humankind will get down and dirty with pixelated playmates. And that future is nearer than one might think.
A year or so from now, the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset and other similar devices will hit the market. For the price of an Xbox, you can slip a pair of bulky goggles around your face, pop on surround-sound headphones and find yourself in a near photo-realistic world of electronic imagination.Read more »
At the tail end of a dry, dusty summer, California continues to weather the effects of an extraordinary drought.
Wildfires have swept through forestlands in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Mendocino County, and near Yosemite recently, making for smoky skies and glaring red sunsets. Meanwhile, shrinking reservoirs have prompted the state to issue formal crackdowns on watering lawns and washing cars.Read more »
As BART management and unions were locked in dysfunctional contract negotiations that would result in two strikes and two deaths last year, the district and the media scoffed at workers safety concerns and waged a media campaign demonizing the unions. Now, a new report commissioned by the district calls that strategy a horrible mistake.Read more »
As controversial legislation to legalize and regulate Airbnb and other short-term housing rental services operating in San Francisco headed for another contentious City Hall hearing on Sept. 15, the San Francisco Treasurer & Tax Collector's Office quietly unveiled new policies and mechanisms for hosts to finally start paying long-overdue local taxes on their rentals.Read more »
For the digitally connected, sometimes it's hard to remember life without the Internet.
Bills can be paid with a click, calendar appointment reminders pop in our e-mail inboxes, and YouTube lessons teach us mundane tasks like faucet fixing (was I the only one who didn't know how to do that?). And those are some routine, everyday ways we weave the online world into our offline routines. Some, especially in San Francisco, spin a wider digital web.Read more »