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‘A waste of space’: Why this giant lot near Chase Center sits empty

A 13,000-plus-square-foot plot of land has been empty for decades, even though it's close to transit and nightlife.

Opening a small business in San Francisco is still a nightmare. Ask me how I know

Opinion

When I decided to open a wine bar and entertainment venue on Mission Street I had no idea planning and permitting reform were just a mirage.

The total beginner’s guide: Scoring shrooms in San Francisco, 7 different ways

Not sure where to find magic mushrooms in the Bay? Let us count the ways.

Empty hospitals are the new hope for building housing fast

The Prado Group is trying to bring 1,300 new homes to one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

No prison time for developer who bribed city officials for 18 years

Sia Tahbazof and his compatriots paid city inspectors in order to get special treatment on his projects.

Iconic North Beach spot where Robin Williams once partied fears eviction

Owners of a restaurant run by a two-time Latin Grammy nominee say the establishment risks eviction and closure because of a dispute with the landlord.

Thousands of Tesla Cybertrucks recalled for dangerous defect

The new, 6,600-pound electric car's accelerator pedal can become trapped, possibly leading to crashes, the recall notice said.

Pickleball-hating couple sell mansion for $29 million—pickleball court included

With Karl and Holly Peterson likely to move away, Presidio Wall pickleballers want their court back.

Nancy Tung, a career prosecutor, elected as San Francisco Democratic Party chair

The local party chapter will face difficult choices as it may play a major role amid increasingly contentious campaigns and political battles this election year.

Jon Jacobo: Pressure mounts on San Francisco police to investigate rape, abuse allegations

San Francisco mayoral candidates are demanding action on Jon Jacobo and his former employer, TODCO, after rape and abuse allegations.

Mayor’s lobbying pays off: San Francisco is getting pandas from China

The beloved fuzzy animals will likely bring more tourists to the city. But the zoo needs time—not to mention money—to get ready for their arrival.

The Standard nabs City Hall office, a first for San Francisco news in five years

'This day will go down in the annals of San Francisco journalism history,' said Senior Political Editor Annie Gaus.

Burdened by debt, savvy SF office owners get creative

Despite billions in loans coming due, landlords and lenders are finding that messy breakups aren’t worth the trouble.

Billionaire Telegram CEO says he was attacked in SF after 2014 Jack Dorsey meeting

Pavel Durov went on a world tour to find a Telegram HQ. San Francisco was a leading candidate until three men tried to steal his phone.

Reports: Tesla to lay off at least 10% of global workforce

The automaker's CEO Elon Musk calls the move a 'difficult decision,' according to a memo obtained by a media outlet.

San Francisco is getting back to in-person work. Just ask these companies

San Francisco has the nation's lowest return-to-office since before the pandemic. But companies of a certain breed are coming back to work.

London Breed gets schooled in China: A one-act play

Opinion

Imagining what might happen when SF mayor London Breed takes questions from some inquisitive sixth graders in Shenzhen, China.

‘The hand sanitizer isn’t working!’: Testing out that very expensive toilet

The most hotly anticipated toilet—possibly in the world—opened to the public Monday in Noe Valley. But is the lavatory worth its lavish cost?

BART has refunded a staggering sum of money for unused blue-and-white paper tickets

Got any magnetic-stripe tickets lying around from before the Clipper era? There’s no deadline to cash them in.

The total beginner’s guide: Scoring shrooms in San Francisco, 7 different ways

Not sure where to find magic mushrooms in the Bay? Let us count the ways.

‘Wokeness has infected dog training’: The brewing canine culture war

In an ultra-polarized world, even canine training is a battlefield.

Pickleball-hating couple sell mansion for $29 million—pickleball court included

With Karl and Holly Peterson likely to move away, Presidio Wall pickleballers want their court back.

How the ‘shiesty’ ski mask became the San Francisco accessory of choice

The masks have stayed popular post-pandemic among those who like the look, want protection from the elements—or have other reasons for wanting to cover their faces.

Desperate for young audiences, fine-arts organizations turn to a last resort: influencers

Hoping to attract Gen Z, San Francisco art organizations lure influencers with free tickets, exclusive programming and even cash.

New series to bring free music, two beer gardens and a giant disco ball to downtown 

Downtown Free Thursdays will turn Second Street into a giant open-air party the first Thursday of every month for the next year, starting in May.

Castro Theatre reveal: $15 million renovation finds 100-year-old arch no one knew existed

Months into Another Planet Entertainment’s yearlong renovation, the Castro Theatre yields a big surprise: a proscenium no one knew existed.

The battle of Balboa Terrace: It’s artists vs. homeowners in a feud over one man’s museum

A storm is brewing between the Gregangelo Museum and the Balboa Terrace Homes Association—and the two sides couldn’t be more different.

Opening a small business in San Francisco is still a nightmare. Ask me how I know

When I decided to open a wine bar and entertainment venue on Mission Street I had no idea planning and permitting reform were just a mirage.

London Breed gets schooled in China: A one-act play

Imagining what might happen when SF mayor London Breed takes questions from some inquisitive sixth graders in Shenzhen, China.

Move over, YIMBYs. It’s time for us to be SHIMBYs to get housing done in SF. 

We need pragmatic, bottom-up neighborhood and community planning that respects existing height limits and fosters community consensus, says Moe Jamil. 

YIMBYs are on their heels after supervisors’ override, imperiling housing progress

Aaron Peskin’s political maneuver is dividing pro-housing advocates and jeopardizing San Francisco’s housing future, developer Cyrus Sanandaji argues.

One of SF’s best new cheeseburgers comes from a little red truck in Mission Bay

Burger Littles' smashburger is a perfect exercise in gluttonous restraint. Plus, a glamorous new cocktail lounge and an ooey-gooey rich Basque cheesecake.

Four years after closing her dream restaurant, an owner refuses to give up on SoMa

A quiet revolution in Filipino cuisine makes fast-casual Mestiza the place for an explosion of inventive dishes and tropical flavors.

Ikea’s new food hall just opened. Is it any good?

Smörgåsland drew a huge crowd immediately when The Standard got into Saluhall.

This bowl of wagyu beef udon might have the city’s most exquisite Japanese noodles 

You won’t find softer, silkier udon in SF. Plus: The return of Tartine Manufactory’s meatball-centric dinner menu and praise for Snail Bar’s snails.