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Joe Biden, protests and Alcatraz: See San Francisco in photos

A composite photo 4 pictures that include of a person wearing a computer on their head while in a costume of cords while standing on the red carpet, an evening exterior Mel’s Drive-in with neon signage and lights reflecting off parked cards , a screaming protestor sitting on the ground with a sign that reads "Xi Jin Ping, Give me back My Father, My Property, My family, My justin, My human rights" and a closeup of a flame as seen in a workshop with a man in the background.
A collection of photographs from The Standard shows some of San Francisco's biggest news stories in November 2023. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard; Jason Henry for The Standard; Gina Castro/The Standard; Noah Berger for The Standard

San Francisco welcomed the world in November, hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that drew world leaders, tens of thousands of protesters, celebrities and CEOs.

As the global media spotlight was trained on the city, security barriers went up, homeless people said they were forced to move from the streets, businesses scrambled because of the disruptions and the Bay Bridge was shut down by demonstrators, snarling morning commutes.

Locals packed the streets for Día de los Muertos celebrations and demonstrations against violence in the Middle East, and thousands of people got up before dawn to travel to Alcatraz for a ceremonial tradition for Indigenous people on Thanksgiving Day.

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A giant "No Dancing" sign went up in Golden Gate Park, and not everyone was happy. A ban on street vending was imposed in part of the Mission, and not everyone was happy. Skate ramps came to U.N. Plaza, and skaters were happy.

Here's a look back at the month in pictures.

A person wearing a computer on their head while in a costume of cords stands on a red carpet
An attendee walks down the cosplay red carpet event during Fan Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Nov. 25. The event drew sci-fi fans, cosplay enthusiasts and others who were eager to meet actors such as Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," to Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
A person dressed in a feather headdress and costume performs on a smoky city street as people look on in the background
A member of Grupo Coyolxauhqui dances the 42nd Annual Day of the Dead Ritual Procession in San Francisco's Mission District on Nov. 2. | Source: Jana Ašenbrennerová
A woman screams while sitting on the ground with a large sign next to her that reads "Xi Jin Ping, Give me back My father. My property, My family, My justive, My human rights"
A protester opposing the Chinese Communist Party cries across the street from the St. Regis Hotel in the South of Market neighborhood, where Chinese President Xi Jinping was staying during the APEC summit on Nov. 14. | Source: Gina Castro/The Standard
A woman screams while in the middle of dozens of people during a protest with Tibetan flags in the background.
Tibetan protesters and San Francisco police officers clash along Market Street on Nov. 15 during APEC. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
A moody portrait of a man with blue light reflected on him with a variety of fast moving neon signs in the background.
Neon Works owner Jim Rizzo stands among signs at his company’s workshop on Nov. 7. The Oakland shop, which opened in 1989, is the Bay Area’s only remaining business dedicated solely to neon crafts, and it keeps many of San Francisco's neon lights aglow. | Source: Noah Berger for The Standard
A close up photo of a person dressed in traditional indigenous clothing performing in twilight hours
A Yuki Resistance dancer dances during the annual Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz on Nov. 23. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
An exotic dancers stands in the middle of the dance floor with dollar bills on the ground and a LCD screen that reads "Welcome Diplomats - APEC SF 2023 - November 11-17"
A performer who goes by the name Eva appears on the main stage at Gold Club in San Francisco in front of LCD monitors that say "welcome diplomats" for the APEC summit on Nov. 10. The business was hoping for an uptick in customers during the gathering. | Source: Jason Henry for The Standard
A neon sign at night with the words "Mels Drive-in"
The Mels Drive-in neon sign lights up the restaurant in San Francisco on Nov. 21. | Source: Jason Henry for The Standard
Protesters carry a banner that reads, "Stop the Genocide."
Protesters demonstrating in support of Palestinians in Gaza walk down Market Street on Nov. 14. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
Gwen Stefani sings into a microphone on stage with 2 backup dances performing beside her
Gwen Stefani performed for world leaders, local politicians and other guests at President Joe Biden’s welcome party at the Exploratorium during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Nov. 15. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
A California Highway Patrol Officer holds a baton as protesters scream during a demonstration.
A California Highway Patrol officer pulls out a baton as he directs protesters to step back as fellow officers try to upright a fallen motorcycle in San Francisco on Nov. 14. Protesters march through the streets calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
A person dressed in a feather headdress and costume burns incense during an outdoor event
A member of Grupo Coyolxauhqui participates in the 42nd Annual Day of the Dead Ritual Procession in the Mission on Nov. 2. | Source: Jana Ašenbrennerová
A large flame of fire in the foreground with a man in the background of a workshop.
Glass bender Adam Taylor walks behind a torch used to sculpt glass at Neon Works on Nov. 7. The shop keeps many of San Francisco's neon signs aglow. | Source: Noah Berger for The Standard
A large black fence on a city street corner.
Pedestrians walk through and around mental barricades at the corner of Fourth and Mission streets in San Francisco on Nov. 14 during APEC at Moscone Center. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
A large group of SFPD officers wearing riot gear use batons on protesters during a protest on the Bay Bridge.
Demonstrators clash with police after protesters shut down the Bay Bridge during the APEC Summit in San Francisco on Nov. 16. | Source: Noah Berger/AP Photo
Janet Yellen, United States Secretary of the Treasury, stands behin a podium that read APEC 2023 as a silhouette of a person blocks a portion of her face.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen delivers closing remarks and answers questions from the press during APEC on Nov. 13. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
A woman blows out smoke after smoking out of a cannabis pipe in a cannabis dipsensary - some people are in the background shopping for cannabis merchandise.
Rachel Hileman, who was visiting from Florida, smokes at the dab bar at the Barbary Coast dispensary in San Francisco on Nov. 9. The dispensary was hoping for an uptick in customers during the APEC conference. | Source: Jason Henry for The Standard
A woman holding a dog sits on a man's lap on sixth street.
Vanessa Singh and her husband, Nemo, stand along Sixth Street in San Francisco on Nov. 21. The homeless couple said police told them they had to move their tent away from the Central Library on Larkin Street near City Hall ahead of APEC. | Source: Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard
A pro-Tibetan protester screams and points in the direction of California Highways Patrol during a demonstration
A protester screams as California Highway Patrol officers stand between pro-Tibet and pro-China groups at Market and Third streets on Nov. 15. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
3 women comforting one another with a sign that reads "Soy el sustento De 'Mi Familia' - No Soy Ladon Ni Criminal ..."
Street vendors Milagros Lopez, Maria Villegas and Yoro Saviano comfort one another at 24th and Mission streets on Nov. 27 as a 90-day ban on vending went into effect. | Source: Gina Castro/The Standard
Saam Zangeneh, one of Momeni’s lawyers, addresses the media with 2 other lawyers standing beside him as members of the media record the press conference with their iphones
Saam Zangeneh, one of Nima Momeni’s lawyers, speaks with reporters after a judge set a March trial date for his client. Momeni is accused of killing tech executive Bob Lee. | Source: Gina Castro/The Standard
President Joe Biden holds his hands above his eyes to block a glare while standing behind a podium with APEC 2023 in the background.
President Joe Biden delivers a welcome speech at the Exploratorium at APEC on Nov. 15. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, with a serious expression, looks towards the sky as she's surrounded by other unidentifiable people that are out of focus.
Mayor London Breed joins elected officials, Tenderloin residents and community partners to mark the reopening of the U.N. Plaza on Nov. 8. The plaza was revamped with with skate ramps and chess and pingpong tables. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
Four inmates dressed in orange scrubs look away from the camera in a communal area in a jail setting.
Inmates congregate in a communal area at County Jail No. 3, the San Francisco's largest detention facility, which is located in San Bruno, on Nov. 8. San Francisco’s inmate population swelled to over 1,000 people for the first time in years this fall, prompting the city to reopen parts of its largest jail that it had previously shuttered. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard
A child dresses as a superhero hands their mask to a man during a cos play event.
Fan Expo attendees talk at the Moscone Center on Nov. 25. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard
A person with a top hat and red sweater stands with a "No Dancing" sign in the back.
David Miles Jr. poses for a portrait in front of the “Over Ruled” art installation in Golden Gate Park on Nov. 21. The installation, which stands high above pedestrians, reads “NO DANCING.” Miles is displeased about the installation because of its proximity to the roller-skating area. | Source: Benjamin Fanjoy for The Standard
A person lays under a white sheet on a bridge with a large yellow banner that says CEASEFIRE with protesters blocking traffic.
Demonstrators calling for a cease-fire in Gaza shut down the Bay Bridge on Nov. 16. | Source: Noah Berger/AP Photo
An overhead view of a crowd watching ceremonial dancing on an island with a view of San Francisco across the bay.
A crowd engages in Palestinian dabke dance minutes before the sun rises during the annual Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz on Nov. 23. Palestinian activists were invited to speak to the event. | Source: Michaela Vatcheva for The Standard