Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is a freelance writer for The San Francisco Standard.

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Ben Bleiman: San Francisco’s Tireless Defender of Late-Night Fun

In advance of San Francisco’s June 2021 reopening, Ben Bleiman, founder of the SF Bar Owner Alliance, successfully persuaded local bar owners to deny entry to patrons who could not produce proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative test.

The Green Grind: SF Cannabis Firms Call Out Taxes and Broken Promises

Five years into legalization, local operators say they are struggling against onerous regulation and a booming illicit market, while initiatives to reverse the damage of the war on drugs are falling flat.

The Great Renegotiation: From Hotels to Oil Refineries, Local Unions Are in a Militant Mood

Emboldened by a tight labor market at a time of growing public support for their cause, unions are well-positioned to win gains in both the public and private sectors.

He Left Russia to Cash In on Cannabis in SF. He Ended Up Sentenced to Prison with Rudy Giuliani’s Associates

Andrey Kukushkin first came to San Francisco from Ukraine as a teenager in the ’90s. He later returned to the city from Russia as a polished businessman. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to prison for taking part in a scheme to undermine U.S. elections and create a cannabis empire.

A Unionized Amazon Shop in SF? Mayor Breed Signals Broad Support in Private Meeting

After months of silence on Amazon expansion efforts in San Francisco, the mayor’s message of “broad support” for labor’s campaign is her first known position on the issue.

The Politics of Addiction: Newsom Sees Forced Treatment as a Solution, but Doctors Have Their Doubts

Politicians at the local, state and federal level are promoting a ‘tough love’ policy of pushing recalcitrant drug users into rehab. But will it actually work?

Top Breed Appointee Failed To Disclose Potential Conflict on Amazon Project

The episode relating to Amazon’s proposed delivery hub on 7th street exposes possible loopholes in ethics laws.

Amazon in SF: City Quietly Inked Agreement on Proposed Delivery Hub, Raising Hackles Over Back-Room Dealing

The internet giant paid Recology $200 million for a 7th St. parcel that it wants to use for a delivery center.

Analysis: Political History Haunts Mayor Breed as She Attempts (Another) Tenderloin Cleanup

A look at the many past efforts to address the crisis in the Tenderloin shows the scale of the challenge facing the city.