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San Francisco tenants' rights protect renters from bad landlords

San Francisco tenants' rights protect renters from bad landlords

Cailie Skelton December 13, 2011

Carolina Portella, a 20-year-old student at the Academy of Art University, moved from Palo Alto into what seemed like a perfect situation: a cheap room in the Mission district with her friends. However,...

Joel Jerimiah Martin-Dill shows off his Guardian Scholars sweatshirt in front of the Student Services Building at SF State on May 4, 2021. The Guardian Scholars program started in 2005 to help any current or former foster care youth with their college experience. (Samantha Laurey / Golden Gate Xpress)

Guardian Scholars Program helps former foster youth thrive despite adversity

Olivia Wynkoop, Managing Editor May 11, 2021

Last year was the first time the Guardian Scholars Program hosted a virtual graduation celebration, but it didn’t make the ceremony any less emotional than it’s always been. Tiffany Lam, one case manager,...

Exempting marijuana, the legislation would have prohibited smoking in private units and common areas of housing complexes with three or more units. The fine for violating the legislation would have been $1,000 a day. (Dyanna Calvario / Golden Gate Xpress)

SF sets back indoor smoking ban for apartment complexes

David Horowitz December 9, 2020

A week after carving out an exemption for cannabis, San Francisco appeared ready to ban smoking within apartment buildings, but resident complaints influenced the Board of Supervisors to reverse its decision...

The Xpress 2020 California Ballot Measure Voting Guide (Con Traducción) (Sa Pagsasalin) (翻译)

The Xpress 2020 California Ballot Measure Voting Guide (Con Traducción) (Sa Pagsasalin) (翻译)

Californians will have the option to vote on 12 statewide ballot measures this November. A handful of these deal with longly contested topics, such as affirmative action and rent control. In order for...

Ang Xpress 2020 Gabay Sa Botohan sa Panukalang Balota

Ang Xpress 2020 Gabay Sa Botohan sa Panukalang Balota

Marian Remoroza October 14, 2020

Ang mga Californians ay may pagkakataong bumoto sa 12 panukalang-batas ukol sa balota sa buong estado ngayong Nobyembre. Ang iba sa mga ito ay tungkol sa mga matagal nang pinagtatalunang mga paksa, katulad...

SF to vote on vacant storefront tax

Corey Browning December 3, 2019

As San Francisco’s tech economy booms, brick and mortar retailers are struggling to stay afloat, and popular shopping corridors are becoming filled with storefront vacancies.  “Every block...

November Ballot Breakdown

Juan Carlos Lara, Staff October 29, 2019

The following is a distillation of the six local ballot measures that will appear on the upcoming ballot for the Nov. 5 election, sourced primarily from the text of the measures.   Proposition...

Rent control bill passes

Wilson Gomez September 18, 2019

Fewer than 5% of California cities impose rent control on landlords, but the state legislature approved Wednesday a bill to cap how much they can increase rent each year. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San...

Voters reject rent control

Voters reject rent control

Julie Parker November 15, 2018

Californians overwhelmingly rejected a state ballot measure using the tagline “Because the rent is too damn high!” that would have enabled local governments to impose rent control on their own terms,...

Rent control measure creates battleground

Rent control measure creates battleground

Julie Parker November 1, 2018

One of the most hotly contested state propositions on the ballot in this November’s election is the Affordable Housing Act, or Proposition 10, which seeks to allow local governments to enact rent control. Submitted...

Trash and garbage is piled up in the backyard of a home due to hoarding all throughout the house causing flies and rats to swarm the area. (Megan Fitzmorris/Golden Gate Xpress)

House of horrors, a Craigslist nightmare

Megan Fitzmorris October 4, 2018

Looking for a place to live in San Francisco is a never-ending challenge for students, young professionals, families or anyone making under six figures. The websites are endless when looking for a room...

Juan Martinez, who moved to San Francisco from Brazil, smokes cannabis inside his motorhome parked on Lake Merced Boulevard on Monday, Sept. 3. Martinez is one of many who are living out of their vehicles, either by choice or who are forced to, because of the lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area. (Lindsey Moore/Golden Gate Xpress)

Housing crisis drives students to live in vehicles

Lorenzo Morotti September 12, 2018

The lack of access to affordable housing on and off campus has pushed some San Francisco State University students to live out of their vehicles. Between 20 to 30 vehicles parked on Lake Merced Boulevard...

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