Liberal Bay Area Has Trouble Supporting Black Politicians

The replacement last month of interim San Francisco Mayor London Breed, an African-American woman, with Supervisor Mike Farrell, a white male venture capitalist, has raised questions about whether the Bay Area has a problem supporting black candidates.

London Breed (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

‘This is War!’: San Francisco Ousts Black Interim Mayor

The City of San Francisco, home of the social justice movement and the tech industry, is in an uproar over the removal of black interim Mayor London Breed and her replacement by white male venture capitalist Mark Farrell.

London Breed (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Resident of Warehouse in Oakland Fire Regrets ‘Burning Man Crowd’

The “Ghost Ship,” the warehouse and artists’ colony where 36 people lost their lives in the Oakland fire last Friday night, was “a serious attempt to bring the Black Oakland culture back into the art scene,” former resident Alexander Doré told Breitbart News. However, that vision was overrun by what Doré referred to as the “Burning Man crowd.”

Oakland fire warehouse (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Deadly Oakland Fire Tragic Symbol of Bay Area’s Identity Crisis

The massive Oakland fire that killed at least nine and perhaps dozens more people Friday night at a warehouse artists’ collective known as the “Ghost Ship” symbolizes the Bay Area’s internal struggle with its own success as a creative hub.

Oakland fire (Elijah Nouvelage / Getty)

The Specter of De-Gentrification: The Once and Future Suburb

1. Urban Renaissance—or False Dawn?

One of the most consequential societal trends in the last thirty years has been gentrification. In many American metropolises, gentrification has turned the term “inner city” on its head. The old image was of a poor, blighted ghetto; the new image is of an affluent yuppie/hipster playground.


Massive, Sudden Rent Increases Hit San Francisco

A spate of sudden, dramatic rent increases has hit San Francisco, with one North Beach resident saying he recently received a notice from his landlord that his rent was increasing from $1,800 to $8,000 per month.

San Francisco rent (Jason Tester Guerilla Futures / Flickr / CC)

Rising Prices Pushing Blacks Out of Oakland Now, Too

The Bay Area’s traditionally black neighborhoods are slowly becoming white. First it was San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point, and now Oakland is losing some of its longtime black residents.

Oakland sunset (Hitchster / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Nuns Who Help Poor in San Francisco Face Eviction

Two French nuns who have devoted their lives to helping the homeless and downtrodden are now in danger of facing the same fate, as they could soon be evicted from the kitchen and little room they rent in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.

San Francisco Tenderloin (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Hecklers Boo SF Mayor Ed Lee off Stage at MLK Day Event

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was booed off stage by hecklers at an event honoring the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. “I will not be a focus of interruptions,” Mayor Lee said just moments before he

Ed Lee (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Rapper to S.F. Mayor Ed Lee: ‘You’re a Disgrace to Asians’

A local Bay Area rapper who goes by the name Equipto confronted San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday night and called him a “disgrace to Asians,” blaming him for spurring the housing crisis that has displaced thousands in the city.

Mayor Ed Lee (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

There Goes the Neighborhood: ‘Black Beverly Hills’ Resists White Gentrification

Some residents of View Park’s predominantly African-American community fear an effort to designate the neighborhood, known by many as the “Black Beverly Hills,” as part of the National Register of Historic Places is really a masked gentrification ploy to push them out in favor of a more affluent, white population.

Ray Charles (Jean-Pierre Muller / AFP / Getty)