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Joe Eskenazi’s piece today on owners of Below Market Rate units shows how BMRs are far from anyone’s dream of a toehold in the city’s real estate market.

And then there is his story of the overzealous park ranger in Golden Gate Park.

Yujie Zhou looks into why it will be difficult to organize gig workers. Interestingly enough, academics and those who follow gig work carefully think the rideshare companies have done a good job of convincing gig workers – against their own interests – that remaining as contract employees is a good thing.

Go figure.


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‘This screws the sellers’: BMR owners say city pushing them to sell at big losses

When Simon and Amy Jansuk in 2018 won the San Francisco housing lottery for a Below Market Rate unit, it well and truly felt like winning the lottery.  Now, it feels like they are being forced to sell at a loss.

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Park Ranger threatens to ticket bike mechanics raising money for abortion rights

A strange confrontation broke out and, abruptly, ended Sunday involving a San Francisco park ranger and a group of bike mechanics doing free work on JFK Drive and donating all tips to abortion rights charities. 

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The dilemma with gig worker advocacy groups: ‘They can’t do shit,’ says driver

When gig workers, defying a state proposition, launched a union in front of Uber’s headquarters earlier this month, the historic move lacked one element: gig workers. 

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By Walter Mackins

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.