My Community

by Arletha Leon

What they see: drugs, addicts garbage

And debris.

What I see: love happiness, dignity

& joy

What they see: confusion, needles,

mental disorders & disease

What I see: beautiful people, fruit

trees, passion for what they believe + many talents not yet perceived.

What they see is death, poverty,

homelessness &


Warning (A Love Poem)

by Blue Phoenix

Listen, this transmission is critical, please listen, you are in danger

this is not a joke, please assess your self, think again

Remember the things you wanted, Dreamt about

when you were 12, 24, 30, 17

Some of those Dreams still live inside you

But you only and always,

will ever have today

Stop worrying about the past,



by Morgan Zo Callahan 6-18-18

(June 25,1956 NYC to June 8, 2018 Strasbourg, France)
For viewers of the award-winning series “Parts UInknown” and for curious seekers of parts unknown, anywhere, everywhere, here’s a short poem, a tribute to Anthony Bourdain, (creator and presenter of “Parts Unknown”)  who died tragically on June 8, 2018:

Gift given, passing to Mystery

your soul’s next curiosity

Bye Adios Shalom Warm Abrazos Grazie



10-12 Year-Olds

by Dortell Williams (incarcerated at LA County California State Prison)

How is it, my dear

a misguided youth of 10-12 years

can be corrupted by adults or his peers?

In that short span of say, 2 years;

an urban generational fate

from the playground to the police

and then prison the gate.

Tossed away with an eternal date;

warehoused for perpetual profit

in the bloodied hands of the state.


RV Dwellers in Portola Drive Home Need for Safe Parking

At a recent December community meeting hosted by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood, the shouting from the audience began before Supervisor Ronen was able to begin her opening remarks. The angry outbursts continued to interrupt the 90 minute meeting, which included comments from the heads of SF’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Municipal Transportation Agency, and Bayview Station police.


‘Let them go to Pacific Heights!,’ one angry neighborhood resident yelled.


Reflections on homelessness in the last year

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

The opening line from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” has become a well-worn intro that journalists and pundits use for year-end retrospectives. Developments in how San Francisco approaches homelessness in 2018 make the Dickensian reference an apt descriptor.

Readers of Street Sheet and followers of homeless policy can point to two events supporting this binary: The sweeps of homeless encampments and the passage of Proposition C.


How the Yimbys got slaughtered in the November SF election

Originally published in 48Hills

Shortened for print in the Street Sheet. Read the full version online here. 

This was to be a banner year for San Francisco Yimbys at the polls. The group is the social-media focused, bright young face of the pro-development lobby. At the start of 2018, they were poised to both define the political agenda of the coming campaign and field a slate of candidates for supervisor that would place them and their allies in complete command of City Hall in San Francisco.


OMB Peezy: The Best Kind of Sore Thumb

If nothing is more American than squeaky-tight concentrations of wealth and opportunity, then hip-hop is a uniquely American art form. Rappers in the vast middle of the country have a stingy support system and are less likely to gain traction, but OMB Peezy, a 21-year-old rapper who splits his time between Mobile, Alabama and the Bay Area, has had a momentous 2018 — no thanks to his obscure, unhelpful ZIP code and the skeletally hobbled infrastructure therein.


The Destruction of Dignity Village

“What do you have to say to my daughter?” Needa Bee screamed at Oakland Department of Public Works employees, who were tearing her home to the ground. “What do you have to say to my child? Where is she going to go?”

This devastating scene unfolded on December 6, after Oakland Police officers stormed Housing and Dignity Village—a homeless encampment for women of color and their children in East Oakland—and evicted the residents who lived there.


Homeless on Front Lines of the Butte County Fires

On the morning the Camp Fire started, Robert Talk was on his way back from a job in the next town. He got home just in time to run in to his mobile home and grab the important stuff. He remembers having to drive past walls of flames just to get out of Paradise.


Now Talk is staying at Wallywood, the informal name for the informal encampment that has popped up outside of Wal-Mart.