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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted From Public Housing at Any Time

Medical Marijuana Users Can Get Booted From Public Housing at Any Time

Medical marijuana users enjoy protection from criminal prosecution under California law -- but that's about it. A medical cannabis patient can be fired solely for using the preferred drug, and any medical marijuana user living in public housing can be…
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News, Feature This Is Your City: Housing Authority Bans San Franciscans from Public Housing

This Is Your City: Housing Authority Bans San Franciscans from Public Housing

Design by Andrew J. Nilsen You can first tell Johnny Jackson is around by the shopping carts. A path of them leads into Westside Courts, the public housing project in the Western Addition in disrepair and set for eventual…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Housing Authority Can't Ban People from Its Property, Judge Says

San Francisco Housing Authority Can't Ban People from Its Property, Judge Says

A San Francisco judge declared that the Housing Authority's nuisance injunctions which ban certain individuals from coming anywhere near its property citywide is unconstitutional. The Housing Authority has won 75 such injunctions against individuals since 2007 -- a weapon to…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Housing Authority Given Deadline to Improve Section 8 Housing

S.F. Housing Authority Given Deadline to Improve Section 8 Housing

It has been well documented over the years that San Francisco's Housing Authority is in shambles; it can't collect rent on time, it can't keep records on file, and it hasn't been training its staff. And while federal authorities --…
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News, The Snitch Housing Rights Committee Wants San Francisco Renters to Party

Housing Rights Committee Wants San Francisco Renters to Party

Rent is due on the 1st, but if you don't mind shelling out cash on the 26th, it is for a good cause. Riffing off Jimmy McMilllian's The Rent Is Too Damn High Party, the Housing Rights Committee of San…
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News, The Snitch Public Housing Dwellers Still Aren't Paying Rent -- Or Getting Evicted

Public Housing Dwellers Still Aren't Paying Rent -- Or Getting Evicted

Back in September, the famously beleaguered San Francisco Housing Authority initiated a monthlong freeze on evicting residents from public housing sites -- even if tenants hadn't paid rent in a decade.This amnesty was supposed to provide enough time for the…
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News, The Snitch Those Hoping to Wait 10 Years for S.F. Slum Unit Now SOL!

Those Hoping to Wait 10 Years for S.F. Slum Unit Now SOL!

Brace yourself for more recession-era bad news: San Francisco's Housing Authority on Jan. 31 closed the waiting list for the right to rent one of the 6,262 subsidized apartments managed by the agency.Now, whenever a public official touts "affordable housing"…
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News, Feature Snitch

Snitch

It's 7 a.m. on April 16, and Deanna Johnson's alarm clock is going off. She ignores it, and lies so still she could be mistaken for a corpse. She does not open her eyes. She tries not to think about…
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Four Steps to Success for Gavin Newsom

Yakking and posing-wise, Gavin Newsom got his second mayoral term off to a busy start. To differentiate between his promises and the truth, let's examine the facts. On Jan. 8, San Francisco's mayor said that this year government will "start…
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News, Matt Smith A Step Forward

A Step Forward

Judging from the hale, serene demeanor of the co-lead barrister in the small-business and civil-rights litigation firm at Two Shaw Alley, there's something to be said for ducking out, if only briefly, from life as savior of the progressive world.…
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Letters to the Editor

Unhappy Halloween Skip the playful commentary: Our group asked to have a listing in SF Weekly for our 22nd Annual Spiral Dance , and the listing makes us look like a joke and idiots. Our event is…
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News, Feature A Moving Experience

A Moving Experience

Sitting in the midst of her living room, 64-year-old public housing tenant Sally Lee is surrounded by stacks of bags that nearly reach her water-stained ceiling. The pink plastic bags, she explains through a Cantonese interpreter, have been packed since…
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News, Dog Bites

Most Sparkman invective is resereved for the Chron's touchy-feely columnists.

Waffling With Authority Is it us, or has the Board of Supervisors gone soft? It's been barely a year since our current batch of supes was elected on a tide of anti-Willie Brown sentiment, vowing to curb the mayor's influence…
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News, Matt Smith Bum Advice

Bum Advice

While San Franciscans were savoring the spectacle of another Willie Brown acarreado1 parade earlier this month, I was in Mexico City, watching political herdsmanship of a more original sort. It was the first of May, which outside the U.S. means…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

March 1, 2000 SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortly after two in the afternoon, Juanita Moore is facing the hardest task of her day. After a two-hour "exercise period" at nearby Dolores Park, she tries to get her 10 dogs, ranging in…
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Letters

Privatize Housing Authority I hope everyone in San Francisco reads "Crime and Patronage" (Aug. 19). You are beginning to put the problems of the San Francisco Housing Authority into perspective, tying together all the recent articles in the various papers…
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Letters

Check-In Time Congratulations on having the balls to publish the article about the Kerouac estate controversy ("The Kerouac Obsession," July 29). Jack Boulware did a great job. Please let him know that I just received a call from Conrad Hilton,…
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Letters

The Safety Net Is a Hammock Congrats to Messrs. Pasztor and Cothran for their overdue expose of convicted felons working for the San Francisco Housing Authority ("Project Employment," July 22). As a lawyer who's successfully taken that agency to court…
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News, Feature

The Housing Authority's Dirty Dozen

Info:Correction Date: 08/05/1998 Info: The Housing Authority's Dirty Dozen Twelve convicted drug dealers and other major felons have recently been employed by the San Francisco Housing Authority. But are there even more criminals on the public payroll? By David Pasztor…
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The Weasels Behind the Headlines Editors' letters may be the funniest pieces of journalism published on a regular basis in America. No, I'm not speaking of letters to the editor, even though reader letters are often quite silly. By editors'…
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