At Hunters Point, Former Mayor Willie Brown Cashes in Even as Massive Development Project Remains Stalled

The company with the rights to develop Hunters Point paid more than $1.3 million to a consulting firm that included Brown.

Tech’s Latest Disruption Target: San Francisco’s Board of Education

For years, aspiring tech moguls have moved to San Francisco and brought ideas like “move…

Worship and Tribute: Historic SF Buildings Recognized, Refurbished and Revitalized

Glide Memorial Church has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Castro Theater is under new management, the Cliff House could soon be serving food again and more.

State Sen. Wiener Pushes New Bill Allowing Teens to Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent

If passed, the state law would lower the age of consent for all vaccines to 12.

Recology Pulls Plug on Ballot Measure after Threat of Losing SF Trash Monopoly

The Standard has learned that Recology stopped gathering signatures for its ballot measure after a nuclear counter proposal was floated by Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Lawsuit Alleging SFPD Illegally Used Live Surveillance to Spy on Protesters Finally Gets Its Day in Court

A San Francisco Superior judge will hear arguments Friday on whether police illegally accessed live footage of protesters in May 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.

SF’s Lunar New Year Parade, Events Continue on Despite Omicron Surge Concerns

“We talked to merchants. Even though they have concerns, they all welcome the celebrations and activities to bring back the locals and tourists to Chinatown,” said Harlan Wong, director of the Chinese New Year Festival & Parade.

Student Leaders Demand Better Covid Safety at SF Schools

As Omicron surges through San Francisco schools, members of the student council call for remote learning options and improved safety protocols from district leaders.

Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with ‘Two Guns’ at SFO’s International Terminal, Homeless Person Injured

San Francisco police shot and killed a man who was allegedly armed with two guns and advanced on officers at the international terminal of the city’s airport Thursday morning. 

SF City Attorney Subpoenas Companies Suspected of Running Rogue Covid Testing Sites

Reports about unsanctioned pop-up testings sites emerged earlier this month as the city’s testing infrastructure has been stressed with the infectious Omicron variant.

Special Election: Everything You Need to Know about SF’s Voter Information Pamphlet

What are the key things in the pamphlet for the upcoming special election? Some statements by or on behalf of persons being voted on are missing—why is that?

SF Drug Overdose Deaths Were Down in 2021 for the First Time in Years. But 2 Neighborhoods Saw a Bump in the Numbers

Fewer people in San Francisco died from drug overdoses in the second year of the pandemic, marking the city’s first dip in years, according to a new report. But the loss of life remains startlingly high and is actually climbing in some pockets of the city.

This Weekend: Pandemic Murals, Plastic Surgery in Prison, an Epic Drag Contest and More…

A Paint the Void group show looks back at nearly two years of pandemic murals. Plus: FOG Design + Art returns and outdoor comedy.

Surveillance Showdown: Mayor Breed, Supervisors Clash over SF Police Access to Cameras

Mayor London Breed triggered a confrontation with the Board of Supervisors and angered privacy advocates on Tuesday evening when she placed a measure on the June ballot to expand the San Francisco Police Department’s use of live surveillance. But several supervisors had their own response with a competing ballot measure.

Photo Gallery: Meet San Francisco’s Security Guards

Commuting from all around the Bay, with experience ranging from one week to 30 years, meet the people who work security in San Francisco.

UN Plaza Linkage Center Serves 118 People on Opening Day

Some early critics of the site—which connects those struggling with homelessness and addiction to services—have changed their tune. But others remain skeptical.

SF’s Asian Community Expresses Fear, Outrage at Vigil for Woman Killed on NY Subway Tracks (本文有中文譯版)

The killing of an Asian American woman with Bay Area roots this past weekend in New York City has reignited community concerns over pandemic-related hate crimes.

New San Francisco Tax on Vacant Properties May Miss Its Intended Target

Owners of vacant commercial properties in San Francisco are becoming increasingly anxious as a new tax on empty storefronts—passed just before the pandemic hit—has now gone into effect.

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Gov. Newsom’s $50M Opioid Education Pledge Comes as Colleges Warn of Risks

Opioid overdose deaths have been steadily increasing for years among Californians age 34 and under, more than tripling from 1999 to 2019

The Q&A: Senator Scott Wiener Talks about His Bill to Create Safe Drug-Use Sites in SF, LA, Oakland

“I would be surprised if the Biden administration were to crack down on safe consumption sites,” Sen. Wiener told The Standard. “If Trump comes back into office in 2024, god forbid, that could change.”

‘Giant Mess’: Parody Video Game has Mayor Breed Dodging Syringes, Hurdling Tents

Created by a local web developer, the side-scroller is intended to ‘embarrass everybody’ into action.

New Tenderloin Linkage Center Nears Opening as Doubts Remain about Emergency Measures

The forthcoming “Linkage Center” in San Francisco’s beleaguered Tenderloin neighborhood was visible Friday for the first time.

School Board Recall Drives Record Number of Non-Citizen Voters (本文有中文譯版)

More than 70 non-citizen residents of San Francisco have filed to participate in the upcoming school board recall election.

Photos Raise Questions about Police Chief’s Attack on DA Boudin over Stabbing of Officer

New photos show that an alleged stabbing of a San Francisco police officer left the sergeant with minor cuts to his pinky finger and knee, while the suspect suffered a fractured cheek bone after being punched “15 to 20 times.”

This Weekend: Remembering MLK, Niners vs. Cowboys and Tool at Chase Center

San Francisco honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plus: Concerts, a comics writing workshop and live magic.

Here’s What SF Needs to Know About California’s New Covid Workplace Rules

Friday, as Covid case rates in California have jumped to their highest levels yet—more than six…

School District Promises 10 Covid Sick Days for Staff, Expanded Testing and Masks in Union Agreement

As schools grapple with record Covid cases and absences during Omicron, the district and its unions have reached a new health and safety agreement.

Counting Covid: SF Doctors Worry Widely Used Metrics are Misleading in Omicron Surge

Health professionals see an important divide between patients admitted “with” Covid versus those admitted “for” Covid.

Perspective: San Francisco Police Illegally Used Surveillance Cameras at the George Floyd Protests. The Courts Must Stop Them

A hearing in the authors’ lawsuit against the police department is set for Friday.

Nuclear Option to Break up Recology’s Trash-Hauling Monopoly Now on the Table

Recology can either back a ballot measure to reform the process for setting garbage rates in San Francisco or risk losing its lucrative monopoly on trash collection in the city that helped the firm build a West Coast empire.

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Why Is SF’s Air Quality So Bad Right Now?

The hazy skies and poor air quality that San Francisco residents started noticing Wednesday is due to a relatively normal winter weather phenomenon called a “temperature inversion,” not wildfires or an unusual amount of pollution, weather experts said Thursday. 

Hunger in Chinatown: Meal Programs Among Few Pandemic Lifelines for SRO Residents (本文有中文譯版)

The Xu family, like thousands of other very low-income immigrants living in single-room-occupancy hotels, has experienced increasing food insecurity during the Covid crisis.

New Taxes Boost SF Budget as Pandemic Pain Continues

A number of new revenue-raising ballot measures will off set the slower recovery in business tax revenue.

SF Board of Supes in 3 Mins: What Went Down at Tuesday’s Meeting

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday addressed Covid policies, Great Highway plans and Recology reform, and it also included one testy exchange between the mayor and a supervisor.

SF Sheriff Grapples With Rising Covid Cases Among Inmates

With San Francisco’s jails nearing capacity, sheriff officials are struggling to get a handle on rising Covid cases.

Mayor Breed Threatens Healthcare Providers with $10K Daily Fines for Slow Tests

San Franciscans who utilized Color’s services prior to the closures this week are reporting delays in getting their results back. 

Recology Faces New Overbilling Probe after $95 Million Payout Tied to City Hall Corruption Scandal (本文有中文譯版)

SF’s trash-hauling monopoly may have overcharged customers far more than it has already admitted.

Union-District Negotiations Pushed to Next Week as Educators Call Out Sick En Masse

After failing to reach an agreement, the district and unions will resume bargaining next Thursday.

What SF Should Know About Gov. Newsom’s New Budget Proposal

The 2022-23 budget proposes increased education and housing spending that could boost funding for the city next year.

SF Crabbers Struggle Amid ‘One-Two Punch’ of Covid and Season Delays

These hurdles call into question the future of an iconic industry long tied to San Francisco’s proud maritime tradition and tourist appeal.

Explainer: Breaking Down San Francisco’s Bizarre Feb. 15 Special Election

In the first heat of a marathon election year, SF voters have the option to remove up to three school board members, as well as elect the city’s assessor-recorder and a state assemblymember.

San Francisco Scrambles to Prep for Lawsuits after Rejecting 800 New Housing Units

The policy fight over new housing in the Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods is flaring up in what will likely be the first round of lawsuits filed against San Francisco.

‘I Feel Angry’: Non-citizen Immigrant Parents Lean into SF School Board Recall Election (本文有中文译版)

In 2016, San Francisco passed a Charter amendment to allow non-citizen parents to vote in Board of Education elections. (本文有中文译版)

Mayor London Breed Touts Tenderloin Emergency Response. But the Data Tells a Slightly Different Story

A look at the data shows these efforts were most active last summer.

The San Francisco Standard Is Going Bilingual 我们的新闻网将会开始提供中文语言的新闻。

We are pleased to announce that The Standard will begin publishing select stories in Chinese as well as English.

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.

Hitting a High Note: Core Values and Love of Music Inspire this Talented SF Family Band

Overcoming homelessness, The Curtis Family C-Notes—a Bayview District family band of five kids, plus mom and dad—is reaching national stardom with their 70’s-inspired funk jams.

Pandemic Puts SF Restaurants on the Ropes. Mayor London Breed Joins Coalition Calling on Congress to Extend Lifeline

In a testament to the demand from restaurants, the original $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund ran out in three weeks.

Recology Seeks to End-Run Effort to Police its Tainted Trash-Hauling Monopoly

Anticipating a potential reform measure from city officials, the waste manage is proposing a watered-down version of its own.

Perspective: Surveillance and Civil Liberties are Both Crucial to Fixing San Francisco

Here’s why I believe in surveillance cameras and support District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Amid Staff, Test and Mask Shortages, Teacher Group Plans ‘Sick-Out’

With 600 district employees absent on Tuesday, some educators worry that current safety protocols aren’t enough to stem the spread of Omicron at local schools.

Mohammed Nuru, Key Figure in SF Corruption Scandal, Formally Pleads Guilty

Mohammed Nuru appears in court after reaching plea deal with federal prosecutors

Breed Releases More Details and Board Moves Forward with Tenderloin Emergency

The new site will offer services for up to 100 clients and was presented as the cornerstone of the mayor’s state of emergency declaration.

SF’s Chinese Community Struggles to Save Cantonese as Mandarin Takes Over (本文有中文译版)

Chinese community leaders rallied to save Cantonese classes at city college.

SF Police Refuse to Admit Man Killed by Officers Had Airsoft Guns

The San Francisco Police Department—the agency whose officers shot the man to death—maintained Friday that the man was carrying a handgun.

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SF Beaches, Coastal Access Areas Closed Amid Tsunami Advisory

The NWS advised residents to move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas.

‘Computer Issue’ Shuts Down 16% of San Francisco’s Public Covid Testing Sites

Color, the city’s vendor, said technical glitches impacted its patient registration and sample collection software.

This Weekend: Despite Numerous Cancellations, the Party Goes On

San Francisco’s Sketchfest 2022 was postponed—along with many other live shows and concerts—but there are still things to do in the city.

Covid Conundrum: Workers go ‘Test Hunting’ as Shortage Imperils SF’s Pandemic Recovery

A new San Francisco Covid-19 policy meant to get workers back faster is running headlong into a shortage of tests.

The San Francisco Standard’s Best Videos of 2021

These are the must-see videos produced by The San Francisco Standard in 2021.

The California Legislature Is Back: What to Expect in 2022

In addition to the pandemic, California is dealing with the same issues it has long grappled with, including housing and climate change. 

‘Music For My Memories’ Taps the Magic of San Francisco’s Past, Present and Future

San Francisco has always been central to Luttrell’s creative process. The electronic dance music producer recorded his latest trio of EPs while living in and around NoPa.

Oakland Filmmaker’s Chinatown Installation Resists Easy Immigration Narrative

A new San Francisco video installation intentionally resists one-dimensional narratives about refugees—opting instead for a…

This Weekend: New Year’s Eve Parties

San Francisco is doing a double-take on account of Omicron, but there are still things to do this New Year’s Eve.

Fitness Industry Works Out New Business Models in Pandemic Recovery

As gym goers gear up for their New Year’s resolutions they may discover a local fitness industry forever changed by the pandemic.

The San Francisco Standard’s 2021 in Pictures

We started 2021 as a very small team with a funny name, and ended it with a fast-growing newsroom under a new banner. Along the way, we snapped lots of photos.

Explainer: What SF Voters Need to Know About 2022 Ballot Measures

Several proposed charter amendments aim at corruption, others could shift the balance of power at City Hall.

San Francisco to Require Universal Masking and Boosters for Large Events

The new order rescinds the masking exemption for groups of fully vaccinated people in settings like offices, gyms and facilities for religious activities. The order goes into effect on Dec. 30 and is currently slated to run through Jan. 31.

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Meet the ‘Orange People’ Who are Helping Visitors and Buffing SF’s Battered Image

Inside a program blanketing San Francisco’s tourist haunts with orange-jacketed greeters.

Assembly Race Heats Up as Haney Accuses Campos of Misleading Voters with “Civil Rights Attorney” Designation

Campos’ affiliation with controversial district attorney Chesa Boudin emerges as an issue in AD-17 battle.

City Releases Plans for Mayor’s State of Emergency in the Tenderloin

At just over three pages, the document includes three main components: resources, intervention and infrastructure.

Bicycle Slalom: Why One Local is Mapping City Streets Like Ski Runs

Car-free streets offer a safe haven for bikers, but few routes exist for navigating across the city on two wheels.

Countries Apart, But Held Together by a San Francisco Sculpture Garden

Separated from his family due to immigration and pandemic-related uncertainty, this Mission-based father found an outlet for his loneliness by turning his home into an intricate sculpture garden.

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Children’s Novel ‘Shelter’ is a Day in the Life of an Unhoused SF 5th-Grader

Local author Christie Matheson hopes her book will inspire kids and adults to think ‘harder about the things we take for granted.’

Breed Dodges Meeting, but Supes Approve Controversial Tenderloin Emergency Measure

After 10 hours and more than 200 public comments, Supervisors approved Mayor London Breed’s bid to skirt red tape and hasten services in the Tenderloin.

San Francisco Remembers Joan Didion, 87, the Ultimate Californian

Born in Sacramento, the Berkeley alumna helped invent the ‘New Journalism’—chronicling the hippies of Haight-Ashbury and vapid Hollywood parties with cool precision.

This Weekend: Ebenezer Scrooge, Movies and, of Course, Christmas…

The sun setting before 5 p.m. and a storm drenching the region—to say nothing of omicron. But those interested in venturing out have some options.

Immigrant Chef Brings Comfort to Tenderloin’s Vulnerable Through Cooking

Cho Wing Chung’s alarm clock will buzz at 3:45 a.m. on Christmas Day. He will arrive in Tenderloin at 5 a.m. and get to work making meals for San Francisco’s most vulnerable.

Tenderloin Crackdown: Supervisors Likely to Approve State of Emergency Amid Arguments Over Policing

Board approval would give Mayor Breed a mandate to address drug overdoses in the Tenderloin.

Omicron Spurs Some SF Restaurants to Require Booster Proof for Indoor Dining

As the medical community works to understand the dangers posed by the latest COVID-19 variant, some local businesses say they’d rather be safe than sorry.

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Are SF’s Virus Defenses Strong Enough for Omicron?

Experts say San Francisco is better poised for the new variant as a new wave of COVID-19 infection appears inevitable.

State Redistricting Proposal Splitting Chinatown, North Beach Called ‘Insane’ by Angry Residents

The newly proposed plan cuts the city’s northeastern corner into two halves, shoving some areas of Chinatown and North Beach into Assembly District 19.

Breed’s Tenderloin Crackdown Has Mission Street Vendors Fretting About an Influx

Legal vendors in the Mission say that permit enforcement is minimal, and new legislation could drown them with an overflow of unpermitted peddlers.

Citing ‘Gross Malfeasance,’ SF Parent Group Supports Recall of Two School Board Members

With less than two months until voters decide whether or not to remove three school board members, a big parent group weighs in.

Court Tells SF Dems To Change Voter Guide Statement on School Recall

Just days before the deadline, a lawsuit is forcing the SF Dems to withdraw its statement condemning the school board recall.

Backlash Mounts Against Breed’s Tenderloin Crackdown as Board Vote Approaches

Just days after Mayor Breed garnered national headlines by declaring a state of emergency, some elected officials are pushing back.

Celebrating ‘Matrix Resurrections’ with 16 Must-See Movies Set in SF

Jagged streets and iconic landmarks are part of the city’s cinematic appeal, but it’s mostly about the culture.

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Newsom Announces $350M to Battle ‘Organized Retail Theft,’ Like Union Square Smash-and-Grabs

Responding to a raft of high profile flash mob shoplifting events, the governor sought to ‘recognize people’s fears and anxieties’ around crime.

SF Democratic Party to Reconsider Voter Guide Statement Opposing School Board Recall

SF DCCC will reconsider its statement in opposition to the recall of three school board members in the wake of a lawsuit filed last week.

Breed Declares ‘State of Emergency’ in the Tenderloin to Force People into Treatment

Prominent homeless advocates are not on board with the Mayor’s approach, arguing that increased policing is historically ineffective

‘Staggering Corruption’: Mohammed Nuru Admits to Taking Bribes, Feds Want 9-Year Sentence

Nuru was initially charged with fraud and lying to the FBI by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in January 2020 in a corruption scandal that has since grown to implicate a bevy of city officials.

New SF Domestic Worker Law Could Lay the Groundwork for a New Type of Employee Benefits

A novel San Francisco effort could help usher in a new era of portable benefits for workers.

Metallica Fell in Love with San Francisco. Then they Made Thrash Metal a New Kind of Art.

In 1982, Metallica moved their fledgling band from L.A. to the Bay Area. They would go on to change the face of popular music.

San Francisco Projects First Budget Surplus Since 1998

In an effort to keep things in the black, Mayor London Breed is directing city departments to maintain a tight focus on essential services.

Alleged Attacker of 84-Year-Old Rong Xin Liao Faces Harsher Consequences

A judge ordered stricter disciplinary oversight of the man accused of violently attacking 84-year-old Rong Xin Liao in early 2020.

Five Bay Area Counties with High Vax Rates Get Exemptions from New State Mask Mandate

Statewide rules requiring indoor masking that went into effect Wednesday won’t apply in SF, neighboring counties.

This Weekend: Ugly Sweaters, Son of Paper, a ‘Matrix’ Marathon and More…

Plus, a drag show moonlighting as a gift drive, a critical re-examination of Persephone and a holiday tea tasting.

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A Simple, Street-Facing Art Exhibit is a Beacon of Art in the Cold

The spontaneous discovery of ‘La Luz Entre Nosotros,’ mounted in the window of Gallery Wendi Norris, helped one art critic feel a bit warmer on the cold streets of San Francisco.

J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Goes Virtual as COVID Surge Threatens SF’s Economic Recovery

One of San Francisco’s biggest business events of the year is going virtual, throwing a damper on hopes of a downtown economic recovery.

Under Pressure, SF School Board Passes Budget Plan to Stave Off State Takeover

Facing a $125 million budget shortfall, the Board of Education adopted a plan that shows the state that the district is prepared to make cuts to balance its books next year.

Breed Backs More Cops, More Surveillance as Public Safety Concerns Swamp City Hall

Mayor London Breed dove head first into some of the biggest debates over policing Tuesday when she seized on the perception that San Francisco is becoming less safe to call for more police and more police surveillance.

Drug Overdose Crisis: Safe Consumption Site Moves Forward But Long Road Remains

Advocates say they are key to reducing overdose deaths, others worry that they ultimately condone or even encourage dangerous drug use.

Mayor Announces Crackdown on Tenderloin Crime in Fiery Press Conference

Mayor London Breed delivered a fiery press conference at City Hall Tuesday, decrying the state…

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A Dogpatch Startup is ‘Cultivating’ Salmon in a Former Brewery

SF’s Wildtype Foods, one of a growing number of local cellular meat companies, grows its alternative protein using cells from sushi-grade fish.

Update: SF Gets Reprieve on New Mask Mandate as Fully Vaxed Offices, Gyms Exempted

The new mandate goes into effect on Wednesday and won’t be lifted until at least Jan. 15.

Breed Steps Into School Fight, Proposes Ballot Initiative to Give City More Control

Amid a recall of three school board members, Mayor London Breed looks to establish greater city oversight of the much-maligned school board and consolidate resources for kids.

Assembly Race: Campos Falls Short in Bid for State Party Endorsement

No AD17 race candidate is getting the coveted state party endorsement.

Vote Delayed on New Anti-Corruption Rules as City Officials and Donation Recipients Fret Over Impact

Two proposed ballot measures seek to fix loopholes and shortcomings in local law exposed by the City Hall corruption scandal.

High Hopes in Lo-Fi: SF’s Nascent ‘Fog Pop’ Scene Finds Home at Paisley Shirt Records

The tastemaking label has paired its potent roster of tape-loving indie rockers with a Mission District gallery to create a chilly, decidedly San Francisco scene.

Fight for the Fourplex: Supes Weigh Building on Single-Family Lots, But Voters May Decide

With a rubber stamp from the planning commission and support from pro-housing advocates, a fourplex proposal that excludes affordability measures looks best poised to change local housing law.

A Festival of Lights: ‘Let’s Glow SF’ and Other Lustrous Displays Illuminate the City

Wander the glowing urban canyons of the FiDi, take the family to an enchanted Golden Gate Park, and get lost in a bioluminescent alien world.

Parklet Problems: Byzantine Bureaucracy, Changing Deadlines Sow Confusion

Mayor London Breed is trying to make good on her recent Medium post, which promised restaurateurs that “Shared Spaces are Here to Stay.”

The Trials and Tribulations of the Sunset’s First 100% Affordable Housing Project

A San Francisco judge has batted away an initial legal challenge to the controversial development.

This Weekend: Live ‘Merry-Achi,’ Holiday Cocktails, Giving Back with Haircuts and More…

There’s a whole lot going on, but don’t despair. We’re here with a curated list of weekend events to keep you from going into a FOMO tailspin.

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Harry Low, First Asian American Judge in San Francisco, Dies at 90

San Francisco’s first Asian American judge Harry Low dies. He was 90.

With ‘Art of the Brick,’ Lego Sculptor Challenges Ideas of What Counts as Art

The Art of the Brick features intriguing works of art built from Legos by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.

When is a Gift a ‘Gift’? Anti-Bribery Measure Could be Coming to June Ballot

A potential ballot measure is being floated to strengthen ethics rules in San Francisco following the City Hall corruption scandal.

At the Granada Hotel, a Rush to House the Homeless Comes at the Expense of Elderly Tenants

Residents say conditions at the building have gotten much worse since the city and a non-profit service provider bought it last year. A lawsuit alleges elder abuse.

SF Moves One Step Closer to Opening State’s First Safe Consumption Site for Drug Use

The proposed site, near the corner of Geary and Hyde Streets in the Tenderloin, must first be approved by the full Board of Supervisors.

Street Safety: Transit Agency Gets a Start on Cutting Car Speeds

New state law opens the way to cutting speed limits–and reducing deaths.

SF’s Climate Action Plan: What You Need to Know

While San Francisco’s plan sketches out the roadmap to reach net-zero emissions, getting to the destination looks to be an uphill climb.

Supervisors May Be Skirting Law With Latest Swipe at Retail Crime

The Board of Supervisors passed a measure Tuesday that will allow private individuals or entities to hire off-duty sheriffs as security officers

Transit Agency to Bring Back Two Bus Lines After Chinese Community Mobilizes

Two previously-suspended express bus lines will be restored, connecting Chinatown and Visitacion Valley.

Corruption Watch: Supervisors Finally Pass Legislation to Close Gap in Fundraising Rules

Anti-corruption proposal gains support in wake of City Hall pay-to-play scandal

‘San Fransicko’: Provocative Book Blames Progressives for Ruining SF, But Critics Aren’t Having It

Berkeley author Michael Shellenberger has poked a bear in SF by arguing that the crisis in the streets is a direct result of the cultural ideology and social policies of progressives.

‘San Fransicko’ is Thought-Provoking and Hard to Dismiss, Click-Bait Packaging Aside

San Francisco is a wealthy city full of brilliant people, but we are failing on so many levels. Are lefties to blame?

‘San Fransicko’ Gets It Upside Down: It’s Neoliberals Who Ruin Cities

Progressives aren’t in charge in SF. It’s the economic policies of Ronald Reagan and mainstream liberals that have produced the crisis in the streets.

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Can They Do That? SF Restaurant’s Refusal of Cops Likely Legal

The law is quite clear on when a business can legally deny service to a customer, but the court of public opinion is a little more murky.

Parklets on the Brink: Regulations Discourage Restaurateurs From Making Outdoor Dining Permanent

Restaurant owners say San Francisco’s pathway to permanent outdoor dining spaces is riddled with bureaucratic hurdles.

After Nuru Scandal, SF Anti-Corruption Proposal Seeks to Prevent Bribes Cloaked as Donations

The Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to limit the practice of officials soliciting donations from city contractors.

With ‘Racecar in Reverse,’ a Painter Playfully Disrupts Our Brain’s Autopilot

At Ryan Mrozowski’s new solo show everything—from artistic conventions to the symbols that comprise our alphabet—are thrown into question.

New SF Electoral Boundaries Take Shape as Officials Wrestle With Equity Concerns

The once in a decade electoral maps are starting to fall into place in San Francisco.

SF Vaccine Holdout Hopes Lawsuit Will Prevail, But Anti-Science Arguments Make it a Longshot

Rob Geller, a longtime employee of the SF Department of Public Health, hasn’t taken a vaccine since 1978. His refusal to get jabbed may cost him his job.

SF Restaurant Snubs Police Officers, Then Backtracks Amid Social Media Buzz

Restaurant owners apologize for “mistake” after blowback.

New School Board Recall Group Launched With $350,000 from Tech Investor Arthur Rock

A fierce battle is shaping up over the February vote on the fate of San Francisco’s Board of Education.

California Attorney General Announces Five Convicted in One of State’s Largest Retail Theft Rings

The retail crimes involve $8 million in stolen merchandise from stores throughout the Bay Area.

The Importance of Algebra: SF Public Schools’ ‘Math Pathway’ Draws Fire as State Considers Similar Program

The state curriculum process has reignited a 7-year-old debate about how to teach math at SF schools and how best to build equity into education.

SF Police Chief Says New Patrols Should Have ‘Tremendous Impact’ on Tenderloin Drug Dealing

It’s not rocket science, according to Chief Bill Scott: A greater police presence can disrupt open-air drug markets. But skeptics say policing is having little impact.

Facing Recall, School Board Member Faauuga Moliga Goes it Alone

Moliga hopes to appeal to enough critics to survive even if board president Gabriela Lopez and member Alison Collins are recalled in the Feb. 15 vote.

San Francisco Records Country’s First Case of Omicron Variant

Health officials urge vigilance, but say this is no reason to panic. No changes to current health orders or new restrictions on activities are planned at this point.

SF Chefs Think Outside the Bun With Plant-Based Protein Dishes

The Impossible Burger is so 2016. San Francisco culinary creatives are pushing the boundaries of faux-meat and vegan cuisine beyond imitation ground beef.

Mayor Breed Calls for Change to State Law to Expand Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

During a tour of an emergency dispatch center, Breed urged changes to state laws governing the use of involuntary mental health treatment.

$74 Million for Affordable Housing: SF Approves Funds to Buy Small Apartment Buildings

The program is facing reforms as it works to scale up and make housing more accessible to low-income residents.

SF Delays Cannabis Tax as Dispensaries Fight Burglary Spree

Dozens of dispensaries across the Bay Area were affected by the organized robberies that swept through the region in recent weeks.

SF’s Budget in 4 Charts: The Pandemic Effect on City Finances and the Prospects for Recovery

San Francisco’s roughly $13 billion budget hangs in the balance as the city crawls back from a pandemic-induced economic slump.

Helping a Hungry City: Building Community Through Burritos

The Burrito Project San Francisco aims to feed those in need with the city’s favorite food.

SF Police Shooting Video Shows Former Afghan Interpreter Charged Cops with Kitchen Knife

A former Afghan interpreter who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was likely in the midst…

Man Shot and Killed by SF Police was Former Afghan Interpreter

Ajmal Amani spent a decade working as a contract translator for Navy SEALS and other U.S. government agencies, his former attorney said.

SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Felony Charges in Retail Crime Spree

Thefts at Union Square and other locations give ammunition to the DA’s critics.

City Declares Drought Emergency, Asks Residents to Cut Water Use or Pay Surcharge

Residents are asked to cut water usage by 10% amid a statewide drought, with fee penalties to come in April 2022

SF High School Students Sound the Alarm on Sexual Assault, Harassment on Campus

Staging protests and letter-writing campaigns, students at high schools citywide are asking district leaders to reform the process of reporting sexual misconduct.

When Cops Are Addicts: Pharmacy Robbery Sheds Rare Light on Drug Abuse Among First Responders

San Francisco police Sgt. Davin Cole made a living helping people who struggle with drug addiction. Then he allegedly robbed a pharmacy.

Farsight Delivers a New Off-Kilter Vision on Latest Two-Song EP

With ‘Swallowed Whole’ and ‘Flash Flood,’ the San Francisco producer continues to zig while others zag.

Merchants Remain Uneasy, But Shoppers Unfazed Following Union Square Thefts

Some Union Square merchants questioned the efficacy of the city’s approach to deterring crime over the holidays, which includes restricting cars and an amped-up police presence.

State Housing Officials Slam San Francisco Over Housing Delays

A housing oversight body questioned whether two Board of Supervisors’ decisions to stall housing are indicative of a “larger trend” in the city.

Controversy Rages as California Follows SF’s Lead With New Approach to Teaching Math

San Francisco was an early pioneer of a proposed state framework for math instruction that’s sparked scrutiny and fierce debate.

School District Job Cuts Could Shrink Administrative Staff, Shift More Work Onto Educators

SFUSD looks to trim the fat from its central office in an effort to close a $125 million budget deficit by December.

SF Police Fatally Shoot Suspect at SoMa Residential Hotel

The man was struck by gunfire near Fifth and Folsom streets at some time before 9 a.m. near the Covered Wagon Hotel at 917 Folsom Street, sources said.

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Nostalgia Remastered: Andrew St. James Returns with ‘Light After Darkness’ LP

The prolific San Francisco musician conjures irresistible earworms from snippets of half-forgotten riffs and echoes of nostalgic harmony.

Citywide Fourplex Ordinance Clears Planning Commission

With a housing deadline looming, a proposed ordinance may raise the potential for new housing in single-family neighborhoods.

Supervisor Preston Questions Housing Officials on 730 Stanyan, But Finds Limited Answers

A nixed plan for a drop-in center has become a flashpoint for homeless services dispute.

Judge Orders School District to Rescind Change to Lottery-Based Admissions at Lowell High

An earlier decision by the school board to eliminate merit-based admissions at Lowell High, a top magnet school, sparked outrage among some alumni and parent groups.

Election Season Kickoff: The Race for SF’s Assembly District 17

Four candidates are vying for a rarely-available seat in the state assembly representing the east side of San Francisco. We break down the high-stakes campaign sprint with a guide to who’s running and what each candidate stands for.

Matt Haney, District 6 Supervisor, On Why He’s Running

Haney represents District 6 on the Board of Supervisors, and was president of the San Francisco school board until 2018.

Bilal Mahmood, Entrepreneur and Scientist, On Why He’s Running

Mahmood spent much of his career in the private sector and served a stint as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

David Campos, Former Supervisor and Longtime Party Leader, On Why He’s Running

Campos was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, and has served in an array of political and government roles.

Thea Selby, City College Trustee and Activist, On Why She’s Running

Selby’s resume spans education, transportation and small business issues in San Francisco.

SFMTA Set to Receive Millions From Federal Infrastructure Bill, Despite Labor Ruling

S.F. transit officials breathed a sigh of relief this week, with federal funds expected to come through despite a labor ruling that withholds money from California agencies.

As Casual Partiers Fall to Fentanyl, Local Activists Fight Back with Simple Test Strip

FentCheck co-founder Alison Heller says hardcore opioid users aren’t the only ones who need to worry about accidental overdoses.

Supervisors Approve $6.5M Increase to Harm Reduction Contract, But Raise Questions on Outcomes

Members of the budget committee recommended a funding boost to a Department of Public Health contract, but expressed frustration on what they saw as a lack of data on outcomes.

Stefani Proposes Ballot Measure to Create Independent Victims’ Rights Office, Right to Counsel for Domestic Violence Survivors

The proposal will appear on the June 2022 ballot and seeks to create a one-stop shop for crime victims.

Jackie Speier’s Departure Likely to Draw Crowded Field of Congressional Contenders

The rarely available seat is a big opportunity for ambitious politicians such as San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa.

Black Leaders Call on City to Donate Fillmore Heritage Center

Once a live music hub, the center sits vacant following a deadly shooting outside its doors.

Can Rock and Roll Save Downtown SF’s Economy? City Pledges $2.5M to Boost Live Entertainment

Proponents hope the SF Live Initiative will draw San Franciscans out of their homes and encourage them to open their wallets.

Here/Say Media Has a New Name: The San Francisco Standard

Though our nameplate is different, we’re more committed than ever to building a modern local news organization around the idea embodied in our tagline: “Know Your City.”

Ticket Racket: Outside Lands Giveaways Expose an ‘Only in San Francisco’ Flavor of Corruption

Freebies were passed for years to city staffers, and the SF Standard’s reporting shows that is anything but typical.

California’s Redistricting Poised to Shake Up Dynamics of AD-17 Race

Candidates for the assembly seat must navigate a sequence of elections next year that includes a potentially big shift in the local political map.

Special Election to Replace David Chiu in State Assembly Set for April 2022

A primary election is set for Feb. 15 of next year, when voters will also decide whether to recall three members of the school board.

Exhibit at Former Cliff House Takes on Climate Crisis

‘Lands End,’ a group showing of photography, film, sculpture and installation, overlooks the opulent ruins of the Sutro Baths and the unyielding Pacific Ocean.

White House Extends FEMA Reimbursement for Shelter-in-Place Hotels, But Impact on S.F.’s Program Is Unclear

FEMA will reimburse costs of shelter-in-place hotels through April 2022, though city officials haven’t decided how the extension will affect plans to wind down the program next year.

S.F. Residents May be Asked to Cut Water Use, Despite Recent Rainfall

Fall storms helped San Francisco’s water supply, but November outlook remains dry.

Calamity Fair, Street Artist Behind ‘Weird Lady,’ Takes a Creative Turn with New Tenderloin Gallery

John Vochatzer (aka Calamity Fair) is reevaluating his role as a street artist as he opens the new Tenderloin gallery, Moth Belly.

Supes Require Domestic Violence Data Reporting From Police, D.A.

The pandemic may have raised dangers for victims and survivors of domestic violence, according to the city.

SF’s New Performing Arts Center Touted as ‘Engineering Marvel’

The Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall, located on the ground floor of San Francisco’s recently completed Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts is quiet… a bit too quiet.

Recall Election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin Heads to Ballot in June 2022

The recall election of Boudin is one of several scheduled for next year, including a separate recall of three school board members and an assembly race.

S.F. Schools Rank Lowest in Bay Area in Financial Stability, May Tap $25 Million in Reserves to Plug Budget Hole

To avoid a state takeover, the school district needs to close a $125 million deficit through a combination of cuts and new revenues.

Tenderloin Trauma: Residents Demand Emergency Action from City Hall as Safety Fears Spike

Recent shootings and attacks in the Tenderloin have made life traumatic for families and residents, said a neighborhood group demanding action from City Hall.

City Moves to Aid Those Living Outdoors as New Rainstorm Hits

In the wake of severe rains from an “atmospheric river” last month, the city has ramped up its efforts to safeguard the homeless.

Even Well-Paid Union Workers Can’t Afford S.F. Housing, Advocates Say

The city’s housing stock lags behind jobs growth, continuing a long-term imbalance between employment and affordability.

Meet Renel Brooks-Moon, the Remarkable Voice of Oracle Park and the San Francisco Giants

You know her voice. Now hear her story—and her hopes for San Francisco.

SFPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion of Rite-Aid Robbery

Sgt. Davin Cole, a 27-year veteran of SFPD, was booked in San Mateo county jail on Wednesday evening.

Muni Plans for Service Restoration by February 2022 Amid Budget Uncertainty

SFMTA, transit union disagree on staffing capacity ahead of planned service restoration

Data Offer Clues on San Francisco’s Crime Paradox. Police Chief and Academics Have Some Ideas Too.

The chances of being a victim of a crime in SF increased during the pandemic even as the overall crime rate decreased, a study shows.

Perspective: Why Your Chances of Being a Crime Victim in S.F. May Be Up, Even When Crime is Down

If San Franciscans feel less safe, they may have a point.

David Campos Takes Leave of Absence from District Attorney’s Office

Campos is one of four candidates vying to replace David Chiu in the state assembly.

Photos: Dia De Los Muertos Returns to the Mission District

Community members spilled out onto the street, their faces artfully painted to resemble skulls. Dressed in suits, gowns and floral crowns, participants also wore shells or other noisemakers to amplify the excitement. 

Kids Lead the Charge as S.F. Schools Prepare for Vaccinating Young Children

The school district and UCSF teamed up to educate students and assuage parental concerns over the COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds.

‘Painful Decisions’: SFUSD Plans to Slash Millions From Budget to Avoid State Takeover

The district plans to slash 360 jobs and tens of millions in expenses as part of a state-mandated budget balancing plan.

November Muni Chaos Not as Bad as Feared, Says SFMTA Director

The agency is trimming service on the 30-Stockton, 14-Mission and other popular routes to accommodate a loss of unvaccinated operators.

Eyeing Conventions, San Francisco Installs ‘Welcome Ambassadors’ Downtown

The program is one of several efforts to bring back conventions and tourism to San Francisco’s deserted downtown core.

District Attorney Boudin Charges SF Police Officer in 2017 Shooting, Second Such Case in City History

Officer Kenneth Cha faces manslaughter charge for shooting of a mentally ill man at his home on Capitol Ave.

City Hall Gets (Mostly) Back to Business With Swearing-In of City Attorney David Chiu

With the full reopening of government offices on Monday, city officials hope to set an example for private employers to bring workers back in person.

To Help Streets Sparkle, S.F. Looks to Revamped Tech For Cleanup Crews

The city’s 311 system processes 20,000 requests for street cleanup per month, but inefficiencies abound between city crews and private neighborhood efforts. A recent push hopes to change that.

Outside Lands Organizer Mary Conde Aims for Unique Halloween Revival

The iconic San Francisco music festival returns to Golden Gate Park for its first October outing.

Supervisors Under Fire: Vote Against Proposed SOMA Apartment Building Sparks Furor, May Violate State Law

A Board of Supervisors vote that will at least temporarily block a 495-unit housing complex on a SoMa parking lot has become a flashpoint for long-simmering frustrations around the slow pace of housing development in the city.

San Francisco Extends Emergency Shelter-in-Place Hotel Program Until September 2022

The extension will cost $67 million, with FEMA expected to cover some of that cost.

Despite Political Push, Prospects for Safe Consumption Sites in San Francisco Remain Vague

San Francisco policymakers are coalescing around the idea of medically supervised ‘safe consumption sites,’ but how the sites would work in SF is an open question.

Food Empowerment: A New Kind of Grocery Store May Come to the Bayview

It’s been two years since Bayview grocery store Duc Loi’s Pantry shuttered its doors. Now the empty 14,000-square-foot space may be resurrected as a ‘food empowerment market.’

City to Reopen Downtown Hotel as Permanent Low-Income Housing Stock

59 units will be subsidized by the city and managed by Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

Balls, Bats, and Top Hats: These S.F. Baseball Teams Play by 1886 Rules

Bay Area Vintage Base Ball is an adult baseball league for people who want to “let their freak flag fly.” Meet the players who use rules, uniforms and equipment authentic to 1886.

For S.F. Businesses, Relaxed Masking Rules Fuel Both Relief and Anxiety

Some merchants are celebrating a cautious return to normalcy, while others are disenchanted over seeming inconsistencies in the city’s ever-changing health codes.

‘A Matter of When, Not If:’ City Officials Participate in Drill for Inevitable Bay Area Earthquake

City officials ducked, covered and held on.

A Mother, an Officer, a Heartbreaking Death: How a Program for Addicts Stumbled on the Streets of the Tenderloin

Training police in ‘harm reduction’ approaches to drug addiction has worked in many cities. But in San Francisco, distrust between cops and social workers killed the effort—and severed a literal lifeline for Noah Tesfa.

Data from S.F. Sheriff Shows Widespread Flaws in Electronic Monitoring

Sup. Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed are calling for reform of the city’s ankle monitoring program after data revealed extensive violations.

Mayor Breed Touts 96% Vaccination Rate of City Workers Ahead of Nov. 1 Deadline

City staff are required to work in-person starting Nov. 1, which could help private employers do the same, according to Breed.

San Francisco Offers $100,000 Cash Rewards to Bust Criminal Fencing Rackets

The program will pay out rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fencing ring operators who resell stolen goods.

School Board Recall Organizers Aim for Role in Selecting Replacement Candidates

Siva Raj and Autumn Looijen plan to create a “screening process” for new school board members, though the choice will lie with Mayor London Breed if the recall succeeds.

Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art is Unapologetically Colorful

Orange, purple and pink smoke filled Golden Gate Park this weekend, as feminist artist Judy Chicago debuted her latest exhibition at the de Young Museum.

School Board Recall Scheduled for February 2022, Along with Assessor-Recorder Election

San Francisco voters will decide the fate of three school board members in February 2022.

‘Our Last Best Chance’: HUD Secretary, Pelosi and Breed Push Biden’s Build Back Better Act at S.F. Housing Development

The sprawling redevelopment of the city’s Sunnydale neighborhood could be a national model for affordable housing, according to federal and local leaders.

Here’s How San Francisco Deep Cleans Its Streets

In its effort to fight filth, San Francisco spends $96 million a year on street cleaning. We spent a morning with one of the teams on the frontlines.

Last-Minute Vaccine Push Staves off Layoffs of S.F. First Responders

Vaccination numbers improved among police and other first responders just hours ahead of a key deadline.

‘Biggest Game of the Year:’ Fans Exuberant Ahead of Historic Giants vs. Dodgers Game 5 Matchup

Excitement was building around Oracle Park on Thursday for a major league baseball first: a do-or-die matchup for the division title between the Giants and the Dodgers.

‘Phoenix Day’ to Celebrate the Revival of San Francisco’s Streets

After an 18 month hiatus, Sunday Streets is making a strong comeback with five open street destinations, dozens of neighbor-hosted block parties, and a 20-mile bike ride.

Wuhan-Born Artist’s ‘Chinatown Ghost’ Photos Explore Asian-American Hate in San Francisco

Chinese visual artist Yunfei Ren hopes that the series will “remind people what has changed and what has not.”

Mayor Breed Pushes Homes Over Cars in Proposed Legislation

The legislation, called “Cars to Casa,” would make it easier to build homes on lots occupied by parking lots and gas stations.

Walgreens to Close Five San Francisco Stores by Mid-November

Those locations span the Mission, Ingleside, Hayes Valley and Richmond districts in San Francisco.

S.F. Schools’ Enrollment Declines Could Cost the District $35M

The loss of students is posed to worsen an already sizable deficit for the next fiscal year.

Ethics Commission Debates ‘Problematic’ Gift-Giving at City Departments

In a report, watchdogs urged tighter oversight of widespread gifting practices that open the door for corruption.

San Francisco Expands Vaccine Mandate to Include City Contractors

Contractors and nonprofit workers who come into regular contact with city workers must be vaccinated by Dec. 31.

Two San Francisco Sisters Team Up to Help Black Women Counter Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has an unequal effect on San Franciscans. Last year, Black people made 29% of domestic violence-related 911 calls, while representing less than 6% of San Francisco’s population. One silver lining? Black Women Revolt Against Domestic Violence – a new resource center that seeks to assist Black women combat domestic violence recently launched.

San Francisco to Ease Indoor Masking Rules Starting Oct. 15

Mask requirements will be lifted in indoor settings where “stable groups of fully vaccinated people gather,” said the Department of Public Health.

In ‘Eerie’ Financial District, Merchants See Long Recovery Ahead

Despite a devastating eighteen months, merchants in San Francisco’s downtown are holding out hope for recovery—and calling for help.

SFMTA Warns of ‘Chaotic’ Service Disruptions Due to Unvaccinated Workers

Starting in November, transit service could be thrown into chaos once hundreds of unvaccinated workers are terminated.

State Steps in to Manage SFUSD’s Budget Amid Growing Fiscal Crisis

The district must come up with a plan to close a $116 million deficit by Dec. 15.

San Francisco Reconsiders Indoor Mask Mandates

The city hasn’t yet set a specific threshold for lifting its mask mandate, though some other neighboring counties have.

Castro Street Fair Returns to San Francisco with Pride Costumes, Vaccinations

Costumed attendees and vendors were out in full force Sunday for the 47th annual Castro Street Fair, which returned this year after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Race to Replace David Chiu, Explained

David Chiu’s appointment to City Attorney opens up a coveted and rarely-available seat in the state assembly, setting the stage for a high-stakes campaign sprint and political shakeup in the legislature and City Hall.

Photos: Thousands Rally in San Francisco for Women’s March 2021

Many attendees said that Texas’ new—and highly restrictive—abortion law motivated them to march.

Assemblymember David Chiu Named San Francisco City Attorney

Chiu’s appointment will trigger a high-stakes special election for his seat in the state assembly.

In the 80s, Punk Ruled San Francisco’s Streets. Here’s What It Looked Like

A new exhibit transports you to a time when rent was dirt cheap, punks crammed into underground clubs, and artists and activists reigned in San Francisco.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera Approved to Lead Public Utilities Commission

Herrera’s contract approval marks a changing of the guard at the scandal-tainted utilities agency.

Suspect in Petition Theft Case Arrested by Law Enforcement

Jason Kruta, who allegedly stole signed Board of Education recall petitions in May, self-surrendered at San Francisco County Jail.

Supervisors Move Ahead with Two Hotel Acquisitions for Homeless Housing

The city plans to pay $23 million to acquire 77 units in the Mission and Outer Mission neighborhoods for permanent supportive housing.

New Data Show S.F. Public School Students Slipped Further Behind Amid Pandemic

Data on the 2020-21 school year from San Francisco Unified School District suggest remote learning resulted in significant learning loss and had an unequal impact along socioeconomic and racial lines.

Scenes From Folsom Street Fair 2021 (SFW)

After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19, the highly anticipated annual Folsom Street Fair returned with vigor on Sunday.

Battle Brews Over Back Rent as S.F. Landlords Sue City for Relief Law

With up to $637 million in unpaid commercial rent, S.F. landlords and business tenants may have a bumpy road ahead in figuring out who will pay.

S.F. Launches New Initiative to Battle Retail Crime

SFPD is making it easier to report retail theft, which is believed to be widely under-reported. As a result, crime rates will likely go up in the short term.

Supervisor Chan Says My Way or the Highway on Future of JFK Drive

The saga of JFK drive—and exactly what it should look like going forward—continues.

Dear San Francisco: A Circus Comes To Town

Created by Bay Area residents Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, co-founders of the Montreal-based circus troupe The 7 Fingers, “Dear San Francisco” will pay homage to the stunning beauty, storied characters and astounding resilience of the City by the Bay.

Supervisors Approve Commercial Rent Relief Fund As Debts Climb Past $600M

San Francisco small businesses owe as much as $637 million in back rent as of August, and it’s unclear who will foot the bill.

Indoor Mask Mandates Dampen Outlook for S.F.’s Downtown

San Francisco health officials say they will revise mask restrictions as soon as they can, but that’s small comfort to struggling downtown merchants.

South of Market Residents Push Back Against Homeless Housing Plan

The city aims to buy 160-unit complex for supportive housing, but neighbors say they already do more than their share.

A Whole New Voyage: Floating Media Art Installation ‘Night Watch’ Makes its West Coast Debut in San Francisco Bay

The barge with a 20-foot LED screen displays moving images of asylees along San Francisco’s shoreline this weekend.

‘Tone at the Top’ Led to Fraud, Bribes at Department of Building Inspection, Report Finds

Systemic flaws in DBI’s permitting and inspection process, coupled with misconduct by former director Tom Hui, created a culture of corruption at the department, a city report says.

S.F. Offers Small Businesses Relief Grants for Vandalism, Broken Windows

The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.

‘Imminent Crisis’: S.F. Moves to Create $25M Fund to Cover Small Businesses’ Back Rent

The fund would require landlords and small businesses to work out a deal on remaining back rent.

California Voters Reject Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

The race was called shortly after polls closed on Sept. 14.

Scenes From the 22nd Annual ‘How Weird Street Faire’

Now in its 22nd year and sporting the theme “Eternal Return,” the How Weird Street Faire is a celebration of the city’s diversity.

Why Is There a Warship in San Francisco Bay?

The USS Tripoli—the Navy’s “newest amphibious assault ship”—crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and parked itself at Pier 30 ahead of Fleet Week. But some San Franciscans say it’s too loud.

Federal Vaccine Mandate Unlikely to Shift Plans at Major S.F. Employers

Many major S.F. companies already have vaccine mandates, though most workers are still staying away from the office.

Gavin Newsom Recall: What to Know About the Sept. 14 Special Election

The Republican-led recall effort was largely fueled by frustration over pandemic lockdowns and shuttered schools.

San Francisco Small Business Growth Lags Despite Efforts to Speed Approvals

Prop H, designed to streamline small-business permitting, is not making a big impact. Some policymakers and business lobbyists say further reform is needed.

Meet Tim ‘The Optimist,’ Muse of the Muni Transfer

For native San Franciscan and graffiti artist Tim “The Optimist” Williams, growing up taking the MUNI bus meant more than getting where he needed to go. It was about creating a nostalgic moment by saving a scrap of paper that served as a memory of the day’s events—a bus transfer.

S.F. Muni’s Financial Crisis Shadows Transit Month Celebration

SFMTA Director Jeffery Tumlin said the agency faces “the worst financial crisis” in its history and needs additional funding.

San Francisco Startups Rake in Funding Even as Employees Stay Home

The tech sector is booming, but city leaders worry that remote work will undercut the recovery of the downtown economy.

San Francisco School Board Recall Submits Signed Petitions in Effort to Qualify for Ballot

The Department of Elections now has 30 business days to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a special election.

These Extraordinary ‘Light Art’ Installations Illuminate S.F. by Night

The city boasts more than 40 installations created by over 30 artists and installed in 17 neighborhoods.

Meet the Firefighting Goats Helping to Mitigate San Francisco’s Wildfire Risk

City Grazing’s herd of 100 goats provides sustainable land management through goat grazing.

Two State Bills Could Help Chip Away At San Francisco’s Housing Shortage—Gradually

SB 9 and SB 10, both approved by the State Assembly this week, would make it easier to build multi-family housing in San Francisco and across the state.

S.F. Hospital Grapples With Vacancies Amid Nationwide Nursing Shortage

A shortage of staff has contributed to a rise in ‘ambulance diversion’ at San Francisco General Hospital.

Making More Out of the Mall Experience

The Pop Up Shop SF nurtures budding entrepreneurs and local youth.

S.F. Downtown Is Still Dead—But Job Listings, Venture Capital Point to a Possible Rebound

Office workers are staying home for now, but record levels of investment in S.F. suggest a brighter long-term outlook for downtown.

S.F. Reimburses Sustainable Commuters for Emergency Rides Home

Reimbursements of up to $150 are available up to four times a year.

San Francisco School Board Begins Search Process for New Superintendent

The process begins with selecting a firm to lead the search for qualified candidates.

Chocolate Covered Serves More Than Just Chocolate at Its Small Noe Valley Location

Along with unique chocolates from around the world, Jack Epstein’s shop boasts a photographic history of San Francisco in the form of tin boxes.

Policymakers, Advocates Urge Tenants to Seek Relief Ahead of Sept. 30 Deadline

Between state and local programs, San Francisco residents have received about $25 million in relief payments so far. That may not be enough to stop a wave of evictions.

San Francisco Plans Booster Shots, Ramps Up Testing Amid COVID-19 Case Uptick

The CDC recommended additional vaccine shots for high-risk populations earlier this week.

Journey to the Bayview Gateway: A Look at San Francisco’s New Iconic Signage

Donated community household items get a second chance at life with the Bayview Gateway project.

Watch: Hundreds of Lowriders Cruise Mission Street for Annual ‘King of the Streets’ Parade

Aug. 14 began with a car show at Cow Palace, complete with an area for attendees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and ended with a cool cruise down Mission Street.

Excitement, Some Jitters as Students Return to San Francisco’s Classrooms

Tens of thousands of San Francisco students returned to classrooms on Monday following more than a year of remote learning.

New Census Data Sets the Stage for San Francisco’s Redistricting

The census data will play a key role in reshuffling San Francisco’s Supervisorial districts in 2022.

San Francisco to Mandate Vaccines for Bar, Restaurant Patrons Starting August 20

City officials hope that the new mandate will provide an added incentive to get vaccinated.

City’s Plan to Reopen Great Highway to Cars Met with Pushback

Two advocates filed a CEQA appeal to delay the reopening of the Great Highway to cars, and a parents’ group organized a demonstration this weekend.

S.F. School Board Recall Campaign Says It’s Reached 51,325 Signatures, With One Month Remaining

The group hoping to unseat three San Francisco school board members is on track to get on the ballot, according to political strategists.

Police Chief Scott Talks Community Policing, Safety at Annual National Night Out Event

Chief of Police Bill Scott shares his thoughts on community policing and the state of crime in San Francisco.

Chesa Boudin Recall Campaigns Sprint to Signature-Gathering Deadlines

If the second signature-gathering effort succeeds, San Francisco voters could decide whether to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin as soon as February 2022.

SFUSD to Require Vaccinations for Teachers and Staff

School district employees will be required to present proof of vaccination by Aug. 31.

Jonathan Weber Joins Here/Say Media as Editor-in-Chief

Weber will oversee all editorial operations, leading the continued development of our reporting, editing and production teams and helping make Here/Say a top source of news and information for San Francisco.

Interactive Map: San Francisco’s Uneven Burglary Spikes by Neighborhood

Burglaries during COVID varied dramatically by location, suggesting that different neighborhoods are having vastly different experiences with crime.

City Commissioner, Activist Jon Jacobo Resigns Following Rape Allegation

Jon Jacobo, a well-known San Francisco political figure with leadership roles at several local organizations, announced his resignation from a city commission in the wake of allegations by a local activist that he assaulted and raped her.

Women Who Led San Francisco Through the Pandemic

From the beginning of the crisis, San Francisco saw women step up to the challenge. Here/Say spoke with five female leaders about their experiences guiding the city.

San Francisco Looks Ahead to Helping Children, Families Recover from Pandemic Upheaval

With public schools slated to reopen on Aug. 16, families will soon return to a…

When the Lights Come Up in the City: Innovative Outer Sunset

As COVID cases rose, forcing residents to stay inside, an explosion of creativity and new beginnings took place in the Outer Sunset.

Five Full Days, Masking Indoors and No Vaccine Requirement for Teachers: What School Will Look Like This Fall

Public health and school district officials reiterate that students will return to five days a week of in-person learning despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

7 Outer Sunset Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

Our Outer Sunset episode features stories of 3 new businesses that launched during the pandemic. Here are 7 more that did the same.

San Francisco, Bay Area Counties Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandates for All Residents

The mask mandates apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents of eight Bay Area jurisdictions.

San Francisco is ‘Looking at’ Ways to Mandate Vaccines for Non-City Employees, Says Mayor Breed

With the Delta variant spreading, Breed and the City Attorney aim to broaden vaccine mandates beyond the city’s own workforce of 37,000.

When the Lights Come Up in the City: North Beach Hustle

As the pandemic took hold in San Francisco, North Beach didn’t miss a beat as businesses and community stakeholders banned together to keep the neighborhood vibrant.

Supervisors to Consider Citywide Fourplex Expansion Next Year

The proposal is a “significant” upzoning for San Francisco, but would only make a dent in a state mandate to build 82,000 housing units by 2031.

SFMTA Warns of ‘Death Spiral’ as Supervisors Push for Full Service Restoration

Transit officials and the Board of Supervisors clashed over how much pre-pandemic Muni service should be restored—and how soon.

San Francisco Angles to Buy Out PG&E’s Local Assets in Move to Public Power

PG&E called the city’s efforts a “waste of time and resources,” and said its assets are not for sale.

Your Questions About Masking Answered by Dr. Naveena Bobba

To mask or not to mask? That is the question.

As Fire Season Looms, Some S.F. Residents Call for More Assistance

A growing body of evidence shows wildfire smoke can be deadly. With San Franciscans cautioned to stay indoors in smoky weather, what is the city doing to protect vulnerable residents?

7 North Beach Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

In Here/Say’s series “When the Lights Come Up in the City,” we tour three neighborhoods…

Sideshows, ‘Stunt Driving’ Are Costing the City, Say Supervisors

The Mission, Bayview and Ingleside districts are seeing the most sideshows, which damage streets and risk injury and death, according to city officials.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Bus Stop Disparities are Stark between City’s Northern and Southern Halves

Riders in the south and north sides of the city are “effectively experiencing a different bus system.”

Repeat Shoplifters are Driving S.F. Retail Crime, According to Police

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill authorizing state law enforcement to assist in dismantling organized retail crime in hotspots across California.

When the Lights Come Up in the City: Bayview Strong

As the pandemic took hold in San Francisco, Bayview did what it does best: It quickly pivoted and improvised to keep the lights burning brightly.

‘Long Overdue’ Reform of City’s $2B in Annual Grants Will Go Into Effect Next Year

A new city ordinance will require greater oversight of the billions in grants that San Francisco departments award each year.

SoMa’s ‘TNT Traysikel’ Spreads Cultural Pride on Three Wheels

Combining karaoke and oral history, the customized tricycle and mobile sculpture aims to raise awareness of Filipino Americans’ immigration stories.

S.F. Leaders to Tourists: ‘This is a Safe City’

SFPD plans to deploy 26 additional officers to high-tourism parts of San Francisco as part of an effort to lure visitors back to the city.

7 Bayview Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

These seven Bayview District businesses, owned by community trailblazers, pivoted quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

S.F. Supervisor Calls for More Transparency in Criminal Diversion

A report found that 55% of criminal defendants in San Francisco were rearrested before their case was resolved, drawing scrutiny of a nonprofit that runs diversion programs.

‘Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt’: Target Security Guard Speaks Out About S.F. Retail Crime

A combination of theft, rigid policies and slow police response times ha made working conditions dangerous for some retail workers, according to a former security guard at a San Francisco Target store.

Hotly-Contested Sunset Housing Development Gets Rubber Stamp from Board of Supervisors

The project sparked fierce opposition from some residents in the Sunset, who said the 98-unit development was too large for the neighborhood.

How Sobriety Helped One San Franciscan Build Community Through Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Ocean Beach Cafe owner Joshua James is creating an oasis by the beach for non-drinkers.

‘Shared Spaces’ for Outdoor Dining to Be Made Permanent, with Some Tweaks

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to make Shared Spaces, a…

San Francisco Fire Department Could Soon Place Emergency Psychiatric Holds

A proposal to give fire department paramedics the authority to place 5150 holds, or involuntary…

As COVID Evolves, So Does San Francisco’s Vaccination Strategy

With San Francisco winding down its large-scale vaccine operations, health officials are taking a new…

Flush with Funding, Homelessness Department Shows Persistent Underspending

About $28 million in funds for service contracts went unspent in fiscal 2021, according to city budget analyst.

Van Ness Dysfunction: Botched Planning Led to $37M in Cost Overruns and Years-Long Delays

Early mistakes—and discord between the city and a lead contractor—led to millions in unexpected costs and years of delays on the Van Ness corridor.

San Francisco Eyes More Movie, Television Productions to Boost Local Recovery

With movie productions stirring back to life, San Francisco wants a piece of the action. …

District Attorney Chesa Boudin Asked for Recusal from Petition Theft Case

A high-profile petition meddling case took a new turn with the victim, Man Kit Lam,…

Board of Supervisors Pledges to Create New Homelessness Response Team, but Details Remain Murky

A plan to create a new team to respond to homelessness-related concerns received a stamp…

SFPD Chief to Supervisors: ‘We Need Your Support’

Police chief Bill Scott said SFPD is losing officers and needs to hire to continue enacting reforms. As the city rolls out more non-police services, some Supervisors questioned the department’s desired $661M budget.

Tenderloin and Mid-Market Improvement Plan Met with High Hopes, and Some Skepticism

Last month, Mayor London Breed issued a sweeping announcement about the city’s commitment to a…

City Hall is Reopening. What Happens to Remote Public Comment?

As the pandemic subsides, City Hall wades into a whole new way of handling how citizens weigh in.

At Board Of Supervisors, Calls For Respect At City Hall Escalate Into Finger-Pointing

Mayor London Breed and Board President Shamann Walton exchanged words at a Tuesday meeting, while Supervisor Aaron Peskin apologized for misbehavior.

‘Absolute Chaos’: San Francisco Apartment-Seekers See a Market Suddenly Gone Haywire

With the city reopening, San Francisco renters trying to lock in deals are finding stiffer competition and sudden fluctuations in price and availability.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin to Enter Alcohol Treatment

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is currently serving his fifth non-consecutive term representing District 3, announced…

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Kicks Off $13B Budget Negotiations

Supervisors held the first in a series of hearings that will determine how San Francisco’s money is spent over the next two years.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Extend Eviction Protections For Another 60 Days

The ordinance buys tenants more time to receive help if they owe back rent.

After Months-Long Debate, Castro District Rejects Public Safety Cameras

The decision came despite evidence of support for the program, including a community survey that showed moderate support for cameras.

Meet San Francisco’s 14-Year-Old Wild Yeast Wrangler

How this sourdough whiz kid breaks bread with the community.

With Eviction Clock Ticking, State and Local Rent Relief May Fall Short of Need

The slow rollout of state of rent relief programs is raising concerns that people will fall through the cracks unless California extends its eviction moratorium and expands assistance.

San Francisco Public Schools Commit To Full Return This Fall With New Start Times

San Francisco Unified School District reiterated its commitment on Tuesday to return students to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall.

SFPD Investigating Attempted Theft of Signed School Board Recall Petitions

Exclusive video shows an altercation between a campaign volunteer and an individual who allegedly tried to steal signed petitions.

Supervisors Pass ‘Free Muni’ Pilot, But Mayor London Breed Plans To Veto

San Francisco Supervisors approved a $12.5 million plan to make Muni free this summer, but Mayor London Breed said she will veto the plan. SFMTA officials also criticized the proposal as risky.

SFUSD Enrollment Drops, Exacerbating Budget Woes

The school district says it lost 700 students this school year, in addition to a decline of 1,000 students in fall 2020.

Supervisors Punt Votes On Permanent Shared Spaces, Small Business Recovery

A Board of Supervisors committee delayed two proposals with broad small business backing including a plan to codify Shared Spaces and another to streamline fees and permits.

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Mayor Breed Unveils $13B Budget Plan Aimed At ‘Equitable Recovery’

Breed’s budget includes funding for housing, addiction and mental health, public safety, and economic recovery.

Preparing For Disaster: Inside The Presidio Field Hospital That Never Was

As part of San Francisco’s pandemic response, the city built a field hospital in a Presidio warehouse to accommodate overflow patients should hospitals surge with COVID-19 cases. The care site—thankfully—was never needed.

Mother Of Fentanyl Addict Says San Francisco Needs To Do More To Save Her Son

A Bay Area mother is protesting the open-air drug market in the Tenderloin.

Car-Free Valencia Street Is A Boon For Business, According To Yelp

Commercial corridors that ban or restrict cars may see a boost in business activity, according to new data from the review platform.

Board of Supervisors Hearing on Drug Treatment Sparks Debate on Harm Reduction, Abstinence

Amid a growing overdose crisis in San Francisco, a Board of Supervisors hearing on Thursday…

Here/Say Media Joining With Public Comment

We’re going deeper on something that’s core to our mission—breaking down the news. That’s why we’re teaming up with Public Comment, a local online outlet covering San Francisco’s economy and politics.

Photo Essay: The Fillmore’s BLM Street Mural Rises Again

The community reflects on a year of racial reckoning following George Floyd’s killing.

The Hardest-Working Man in Roller Skating: Meet San Francisco’s ‘Godfather of Skate’

David Miles, Jr. has been championing San Francisco’s eclectic roller skating community for more than four decades.

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Introducing Here/Hear, An Audio Retrospective On The Pandemic

This June, we’re bringing you stories of the pandemic from across San Francisco. Be a part of history by sharing your voice.

A Recipe for Success: Equity Is Baked Into La Cocina Municipal Marketplace

Take 7,000-square-feet of space, add a dash of local art, two dozen community partners, seven…

‘We Just Want My Grandpa To Feel Safe’: Family Of 84-Year-Old Asian Man Attacked In SF Speaks Out Against DA

The family of jump-kick victim Rong Xin Liao say they’ve been in the dark on legal proceedings for their grandfather’s alleged attacker for over a year, and believe their victims’ rights have been violated.

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‘Barricades Down, Bike Lane Blocked’

What the Sunset’s disappearing Slow Streets reveal about San Francisco’s return to ‘normal.’

Conservatorship From A Disability Rights Perspective

The ACLU’s Susan Mizner on why she believes conservatorship is “generally a mistake”

SF School Board Pledges To Reopen Full Time For All Students In The Fall

This news comes as a major relief for families who have been asking for months about the district’s reopening plans.

A Monument To The ‘Mothers of Gynecology’ Rises In San Francisco

Artist Michelle Browder links Montgomery to SF through her sculpture dedicated to the enslaved Black women whose pain birthed a medical field.

Supervisor Shamann Walton On Why He Believes Car-Free JFK Is ‘Segregationist’ Policy

Last April, in the early stages of the pandemic, Mayor London Breed announced that a…

How Is San Francisco Responding To A Wave Of Anti-Asian Assaults?

Between March and December 2020, 708 anti-Asian hate incidents happened in the Bay Area and 292 took place in San Francisco alone. Here’s how the city is reacting.

Chinatown Trails Rest Of San Francisco In Vaccinations

Chinatown is lagging behind every other San Francisco neighborhood in terms of vaccinating its senior population, according to an analysis conducted by Here/Say Media and affirmed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Here’s How San Francisco’s Cultural Districts Work

In our first “Here’s How,” we break down how San Francisco’s eight cultural districts work.

How We Got Here: Why Some San Franciscans Are Trying To Remove The School Board

Here’s how SF reached a boiling point.

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For Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Conservatorship Is Personal

For this San Francisco city official, the issue of conservatorship is not just about policy—it’s a matter close to his heart.

Meet The Parents Behind An Effort To Recall Three SF School Board Members

The couple, who met on Tinder in June, plans to bootstrap their way to San Francisco’s first successful recall effort in nearly 40 years.

Thousands Of San Francisco Kids Learn English At School. It Isn’t As Easy Over Zoom.

In remote learning, many English Language Learners are falling behind.

3 Black-Led Organizations Making Real Change In San Francisco

Black History Month is almost over, but highlighting San Francisco’s Black community shouldn’t stop on March 1. Today we’re taking a look at Black leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and cultural influencers who are working year-round to move the City by the Bay forward.

San Francisco’s Elite Lowell High Has A Serious Culture Problem. What About Other District High Schools?

It’s been a rollercoaster few months for academically competitive Lowell High School. In January, it…

Like It Or Not: The Great Highway Will Change

The Upper Great Highway has become an urban escape for locked-down San Franciscans, but some residents aren’t fans of the traffic its closure has created. The beachside road’s future as a pedestrian-friendly corridor or high-speed thoroughfare hangs in the balance. But nature might have the final say…

‘The School District Is Pretty Much Failing Them’: With The Vaccine In Play, When Can SF’s Schools Reopen?

Like much of the country, San Francisco is embroiled in a debate over when and how best to reopen schools, with health experts and educators divided on the issue. But for Erika Foots, a single mother raising five children, it’s simple: “As far as my children go, I feel that the school district is pretty much failing them,” she said.

Who Is Chesa Boudin? Meet the San Francisco DA at the center of a media storm

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin rode into power on a wave of progressive populism. But his tenure has been rocky so far. So who is Chesa Boudin? We take a look behind the headlines.

Why Outer Richmond’s Cielito Lindo Took Four Years To Launch

In San Francisco, a city of opportunity, it took this small business more than four years to open its doors.

Recovering Heroin Addict Says San Francisco Is Failing Its Drug Users

Thomas Wolf knows the Tenderloin well. He spent six months sleeping on its streets in 2018.

Introducing Here/Say Media

We started Here/Say Media to answer a simple question—what if local news made us feel…