New writing and SF Mayoral election

My latest for the Beacon is Farrell Can’t Sweep Homelessness Under the Rug. Before that I wrote Jane Kim’s Relationship with the Truth: It’s Complicated. I was all worried about Jane Kim beating London Breed. They’re still counting votes, but it appears Mark Leno is going to get it because SF does ranked choice voting, a brilliant voting system designed to ensure everyone’s second-favorite choice gets to be Mayor. On housing, the most pressing issue SF faces by a mile, Leno is by all accounts worse than Kim. At least Kim would shake down developers to actually get something built. Leno doesn’t even pay lip service to building more homes.

My life is still a mess but I’m living alone. Well, without someone in my bed. I’m far from alone. I live in part of a living room with seven roommates in what is essentially student housing. However, what’s behind my curtain is mine, alllll mine. I recently had some misbehaving cells lasered off my cervix so I won’t be having any of the old in-and-out for the next four weeks. Expect more updates than usual on this here blog.

Here’s what I’ve been reading.

First, I’ve been listening to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. It’s a complicated read. It’s at times hilarious. It’s also extremely racist at times. I didn’t realize how earnest and idealistic Thompson was at that time. I see a lot of myself in him, though I think a lot of political writers do.

Here’s the best thing I’ve read on the passing of Anthony Bourdain.

Via Kim-Mai Cutler: In 2017 the city of San Francisco spent $323,071 to acquire or rehab a single subsidized home. Building new cost even more. In 2017 83,733 very low- to low-income households applied for 1,025 homes. Read more.

This was perhaps the most heartwarming part of this amazing series from NYTimes Magazine.

If you’re interested in a Georgist interview of the Palo Alto gay Baptist social justice warrior preacher who recently got in trouble for sounding off on rich progressive hypocrites on Twitter, this is the podcast episode for you.

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