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The summer of NIMBY in Silicon Valley's poshest town

Tech industry titans have navigated a lot to get where they are today — the dot-com bust, the 2008 recession, a backlash against tech power, the pandemic. They have overcome boardroom showdowns, investor power struggles and regulatory land mines. But this summer, some of them encountered their most threatening opponent yet: multifamily townhouses. Their battle took place in one of Silicon Valley’s most exclusive and wealthiest towns: Atherton, California, a...
ATHERTON, CA

San Francisco’s latest Tenderloin drug crime crackdown is doomed to fail. Here’s why

“Another two to three years, I do think we’ll see some things turn around down here,” said Capt. George Kowalski, a 29-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, discussing the latest crackdown on drugs and crime in the Tenderloin. The plan: Flood the zone with police and make as many arrests necessary to end the open-air drug scenes. Kowalski described it as a block-by-block war, with 60 officers — more cops per square foot than any other neighborhood — dedicated to the task. ...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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The fight for San Francisco's soul: It's left v. lefter but does anyone win?

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What to do in San Francisco this week

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State Supreme Court Justice Patricia Guerrero nominated to be first Latina chief

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Long mental health wait times at Kaiser may violate state law, says Sen. Wiener

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

A harmful algal bloom is spreading in San Francisco Bay

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

CDC relaxes its COVID guidelines, signaling new phase of pandemic

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