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Members of the public hold signs Inside the board of Supervisors at a discussion of short term rentals in 2015.

Judge Rejects Airbnb’s Objections to SF Homesharing Law

A federal district court judge on Tuesday denied homesharing company Airbnb, Inc. its request for an injunction against a San Francisco law aimed at protecting local rental housing stock from being used as tourist lodging. Further discussions will be held in court, however, about the enforceability of the regulation. The law, authored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, prohibits homesharing...
Joe Fitz Rodriguez, a reporter with the San Francisco Examiner, touring Clarion Alley in the film "Company Town." Courtesy of Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...
Community organizers Christina "Krea" Gomez and  Edwin Lindo discuss ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement following a string of police shootings that made national headlines. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Activists, Newcomers Discuss Ways to Confront Racism in Support of Black Lives Matter

Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, Mission community organizers and newcomers, many of whom were tech workers, met Wednesday night to discuss ways to confront racial inequality that included collecting data, investing in communities and questioning the diversity within the rank-and-file of tech workers. “What sparked this for me was seeing the number of Facebook posts [following last week’s...
Sirron Norris. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Artist Plans a Mural “The Disruption”

San Francisco artist and muralist Sirron Norris has launched a fundraising campaign to redo his first-ever mural – a surreal cityscape intertwined with cartoon characters and machines – to be replaced with one that reflects the city’s current struggles with inequality and police brutality. He wants the “makeover” to reflect and connect to the city’s “current political landscape.” It will...
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SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...
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Housing Startup Managed SRO Damaged in Fire

Up until the five-alarm fire damaged the Graywood single room occupancy hotel and left 58 tenants without a place to live, the SRO was managed by a housing startup that matches roommates and manages co-living spaces for young professionals. Under its management, the Graywood’s tenants began to include tech workers and others able to pay up to $1,400 a month...
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Tech-Powered Tour of SF Mission Explores Question of Belonging

In a collaboration with local residents and KQED, Detour, a startup offering audio walking tours of 11 San Francisco neighborhoods launched its Mission District tour yesterday. The Mission’s tour offers insight into the lives of six locals and newcomers who share a love for the neighborhood but grapple with the question of belonging. The city package sells for $24.99, and...
Azhar Hashem stands in front of her first Mediterranean restaurant, Tawla, set to open at 206 Valencia St. in early June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Google Exec Brings Mediterranean Food to Lower Valencia

A seven-year itch led former Google executive Azhar Hashem to trade her corporate career for her 66-seat dream – a restaurant space at 206 Valencia st., where she will open the Mediterranean eatery “Tawla” on Thursday. Tired after years of working long hours at Google and a daily commute between the Mission and Silicon Valley, Hashem decided it was time...
Uber driver Edward Escobar (right) heads the newly formed Alliance for Independent Workers, a group of on-demand drivers organizing against Uber.  Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uber Drivers Push Back Against Proposed Settlement in Suit

A Federal judge said Thursday that he would deliberate on whether to approve a $100 million settlement that would end a class action suit brought on by Uber drivers who allege the rideshare company has misclassified them. The settlement was reached in April between Uber and the lead attorney representing the drivers, Shannon Liss-Riordon, but was met by opposition from the drivers who...
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As Venture Capital Slows, SF Mission Techies Look to the Tedium of Stability

Startups hoping to secure seed funding in 2016 may find it more difficult as investors have become more cautious, but Mission tech workers aren’t expecting a crash and those in start-ups are more sharply focused on sustainability. While venture capital investments reached a record high in 2015, the year was also marked by a plummet in public tech stocks and...
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Tenant Advocates Denounce Startup Offering Buyout Services

Rent Masters, a startup offering to help tenants willing to move out of rent-controlled housing figure out what they would be owed in buyout money, came under fire last week by the city’s housing rights community. In a buyout, a tenant agrees to vacate a unit in exchange for a payout by the landlord. Negotiations involved in this process can be lengthy and taxing and...
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Facebook Grant Upgrades Technology Lab For Everett Middle School Parents

A new computer lab created to help parents of Everett Middle School students become tech-savvy was unveiled on Monday. Equipped with five desktop computers, high speed internet access, the lab will offer workshops and classes. The lab is funded by Facebook and the League of United Latin America Citizens, a national group that works to empower Latinos socially, economically, and technologically. The group...
A commuter shuttle bus at the intersection of 18th and Guerrero streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Proposed Changes to Move Tech Shuttles to Dolores St.

Nearby residents are upset over proposed changes to move tech shuttle stops from 18th Street to Dolores Street, a move that will remove coveted parking spaces during certain times of the day. The shuttles – some of which span 35 feet in length – are currently assigned a route that takes them on 18th Street halting at Muni bus stops to load and unload passengers...
Stephanie Pakrul inside of her room at 20Mission, the startup co-living space at 3491 20th St. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Bitcoin Investor Buys SRO in SF Mission

After years of building a quirky community, bitcoin investor Jered Kenna last month purchased the building at the corner of Mission and 20th streets that houses art and technology creators. With the $7.3 million purchase, the site of the former T-mobile downstairs could become a brewery and pub, and the empty space a door down may become a laundromat and...
Selina Rodriguez, 19, uses a computer with a city-provided ethernet connection at the Valencia Gardens Computer Center.

Google Reveals Plans to Tap into SF’s Fiber Cables

Google announced plans last week to bring high-speed broadband internet to San Francisco to serve disconnected communities throughout the city by plugging in public and low-income properties at no cost to residents. The company will use existing fiber optic cables that are largely owned by third-party companies. It is also talking to the city about leasing access to some of the...