San Francisco’s roughly $13 billion budget hangs in the balance as the city crawls back from a pandemic-induced economic slump.
The Burrito Project San Francisco aims to feed those in need with the city’s favorite food.
A former Afghan interpreter who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was likely in the midst…
Residents are asked to cut water usage by 10% amid a statewide drought, with fee penalties to come in April 2022
Staging protests and letter-writing campaigns, students at high schools citywide are asking district leaders to reform the process of reporting sexual misconduct.
San Francisco police Sgt. Davin Cole made a living helping people who struggle with drug addiction. Then he allegedly robbed a pharmacy.
With ‘Swallowed Whole’ and ‘Flash Flood,’ the San Francisco producer continues to zig while others zag.
Campos was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, and has served in an array of political and government roles.
Selby’s resume spans education, transportation and small business issues in San Francisco.
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.
FentCheck co-founder Alison Heller says hardcore opioid users aren’t the only ones who need to worry about accidental overdoses.
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.
The proposal will appear on the June 2022 ballot and seeks to create a one-stop shop for crime victims.
The rarely available seat is a big opportunity for ambitious politicians such as San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa.
Once a live music hub, the center sits vacant following a deadly shooting outside its doors.
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.”
Freebies were passed for years to city staffers, and the SF Standard’s reporting shows that is anything but typical.
Candidates for the assembly seat must navigate a sequence of elections next year that includes a potentially big shift in the local political map.
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.
‘Lands End,’ a group showing of photography, film, sculpture and installation, overlooks the opulent ruins of the Sutro Baths and the unyielding Pacific Ocean.
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.
Fall storms helped San Francisco’s water supply, but November outlook remains dry.
John Vochatzer (aka Calamity Fair) is reevaluating his role as a street artist as he opens the new Tenderloin gallery, Moth Belly.
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.
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.
To avoid a state takeover, the school district needs to close a $125 million deficit through a combination of cuts and new revenues.
Recent shootings and attacks in the Tenderloin have made life traumatic for families and residents, said a neighborhood group demanding action from City Hall.
In the wake of severe rains from an “atmospheric river” last month, the city has ramped up its efforts to safeguard the homeless.
The city’s housing stock lags behind jobs growth, continuing a long-term imbalance between employment and affordability.
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.
If San Franciscans feel less safe, they may have a point.
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.
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.
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.
The extension will cost $67 million, with FEMA expected to cover some of that cost.
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.
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.’
59 units will be subsidized by the city and managed by Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
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.
Some merchants are celebrating a cautious return to normalcy, while others are disenchanted over seeming inconsistencies in the city’s ever-changing health codes.
City officials ducked, covered and held on.
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.
Sup. Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed are calling for reform of the city’s ankle monitoring program after data revealed extensive violations.
City staff are required to work in-person starting Nov. 1, which could help private employers do the same, according to Breed.
The program will pay out rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fencing ring operators who resell stolen goods.
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.
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.
San Francisco voters will decide the fate of three school board members in February 2022.
The sprawling redevelopment of the city’s Sunnydale neighborhood could be a national model for affordable housing, according to federal and local leaders.
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.
Vaccination numbers improved among police and other first responders just hours ahead of a key deadline.
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.
Chinese visual artist Yunfei Ren hopes that the series will “remind people what has changed and what has not.”
The legislation, called “Cars to Casa,” would make it easier to build homes on lots occupied by parking lots and gas stations.
Those locations span the Mission, Ingleside, Hayes Valley and Richmond districts in San Francisco.
The loss of students is posed to worsen an already sizable deficit for the next fiscal year.
In a report, watchdogs urged tighter oversight of widespread gifting practices that open the door for corruption.
Contractors and nonprofit workers who come into regular contact with city workers must be vaccinated by Dec. 31.
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.
Mask requirements will be lifted in indoor settings where “stable groups of fully vaccinated people gather,” said the Department of Public Health.
Despite a devastating eighteen months, merchants in San Francisco’s downtown are holding out hope for recovery—and calling for help.
Starting in November, transit service could be thrown into chaos once hundreds of unvaccinated workers are terminated.
The district must come up with a plan to close a $116 million deficit by Dec. 15.
The city hasn’t yet set a specific threshold for lifting its mask mandate, though some other neighboring counties have.
Many attendees said that Texas’ new—and highly restrictive—abortion law motivated them to march.
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.
The city plans to pay $23 million to acquire 77 units in the Mission and Outer Mission neighborhoods for permanent supportive housing.
Chiu’s appointment will trigger a high-stakes special election for his seat in the state assembly.
Herrera’s contract approval marks a changing of the guard at the scandal-tainted utilities agency.
Jason Kruta, who allegedly stole signed Board of Education recall petitions in May, self-surrendered at San Francisco County Jail.
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.
After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19, the highly anticipated annual Folsom Street Fair returned with vigor on Sunday.
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.
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.
The saga of JFK drive—and exactly what it should look like going forward—continues.
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.
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.
San Francisco health officials say they will revise mask restrictions as soon as they can, but that’s small comfort to struggling downtown merchants.
The city aims to buy 160-unit complex for supportive housing, but neighbors say they already do more than their share.
The barge with a 20-foot LED screen displays moving images of asylees along San Francisco’s shoreline this weekend.
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.
The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.
The fund would require landlords and small businesses to work out a deal on remaining back rent.
The race was called shortly after polls closed on Sept. 14.
Now in its 22nd year and sporting the theme “Eternal Return,” the How Weird Street Faire is a celebration of the city’s diversity.
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.
Many major S.F. companies already have vaccine mandates, though most workers are still staying away from the office.
The Republican-led recall effort was largely fueled by frustration over pandemic lockdowns and shuttered schools.
Prop H, designed to streamline small-business permitting, is not making a big impact. Some policymakers and business lobbyists say further reform is needed.
SFMTA Director Jeffery Tumlin said the agency faces “the worst financial crisis” in its history and needs additional funding.
The tech sector is booming, but city leaders worry that remote work will undercut the recovery of the downtown economy.
The Department of Elections now has 30 business days to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a special election.
The city boasts more than 40 installations created by over 30 artists and installed in 17 neighborhoods.
City Grazing’s herd of 100 goats provides sustainable land management through goat grazing.
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.
A shortage of staff has contributed to a rise in ‘ambulance diversion’ at San Francisco General Hospital.
Office workers are staying home for now, but record levels of investment in S.F. suggest a brighter long-term outlook for downtown.
The process begins with selecting a firm to lead the search for qualified candidates.
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.
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.
The CDC recommended additional vaccine shots for high-risk populations earlier this week.
Donated community household items get a second chance at life with the Bayview Gateway project.
Tens of thousands of San Francisco students returned to classrooms on Monday following more than a year of remote learning.
The census data will play a key role in reshuffling San Francisco’s Supervisorial districts in 2022.
City officials hope that the new mandate will provide an added incentive to get vaccinated.
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.
The group hoping to unseat three San Francisco school board members is on track to get on the ballot, according to political strategists.
Ajmal Amani spent a decade working as a contract translator for Navy SEALS and other U.S. government agencies, his former attorney said.
Thefts at Union Square and other locations give ammunition to the DA’s critics.
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.
A housing oversight body questioned whether two Board of Supervisors’ decisions to stall housing are indicative of a “larger trend” in the city.
San Francisco was an early pioneer of a proposed state framework for math instruction that’s sparked scrutiny and fierce debate.
SFUSD looks to trim the fat from its central office in an effort to close a $125 million budget deficit by December.
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.
The prolific San Francisco musician conjures irresistible earworms from snippets of half-forgotten riffs and echoes of nostalgic harmony.
With a housing deadline looming, a proposed ordinance may raise the potential for new housing in single-family neighborhoods.
A nixed plan for a drop-in center has become a flashpoint for homeless services dispute.
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.
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.
Haney represents District 6 on the Board of Supervisors, and was president of the San Francisco school board until 2018.
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.
The pandemic may have raised dangers for victims and survivors of domestic violence, according to the city.
You know her voice. Now hear her story—and her hopes for San Francisco.
Sgt. Davin Cole, a 27-year veteran of SFPD, was booked in San Mateo county jail on Wednesday evening.
SFMTA, transit union disagree on staffing capacity ahead of planned service restoration
Campos is one of four candidates vying to replace David Chiu in the state assembly.
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.
The district plans to slash 360 jobs and tens of millions in expenses as part of a state-mandated budget balancing plan.
The agency is trimming service on the 30-Stockton, 14-Mission and other popular routes to accommodate a loss of unvaccinated operators.
The program is one of several efforts to bring back conventions and tourism to San Francisco’s deserted downtown core.
Officer Kenneth Cha faces manslaughter charge for shooting of a mentally ill man at his home on Capitol Ave.
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.
The iconic San Francisco music festival returns to Golden Gate Park for its first October outing.
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.
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.
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.
The Pop Up Shop SF nurtures budding entrepreneurs and local youth.
Reimbursements of up to $150 are available up to four times a year.
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.
Chief of Police Bill Scott shares his thoughts on community policing and the state of crime in San Francisco.
If the second signature-gathering effort succeeds, San Francisco voters could decide whether to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin as soon as February 2022.
School district employees will be required to present proof of vaccination by Aug. 31.
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.
Burglaries during COVID varied dramatically by location, suggesting that different neighborhoods are having vastly different experiences with crime.
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.
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.
With public schools slated to reopen on Aug. 16, families will soon return to a…
As COVID cases rose, forcing residents to stay inside, an explosion of creativity and new beginnings took place in the Outer Sunset.
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.
Our Outer Sunset episode features stories of 3 new businesses that launched during the pandemic. Here are 7 more that did the same.
The mask mandates apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents of eight Bay Area jurisdictions.
With the Delta variant spreading, Breed and the City Attorney aim to broaden vaccine mandates beyond the city’s own workforce of 37,000.
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.
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.
Transit officials and the Board of Supervisors clashed over how much pre-pandemic Muni service should be restored—and how soon.
PG&E called the city’s efforts a “waste of time and resources,” and said its assets are not for sale.
To mask or not to mask? That is the question.
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?
In Here/Say’s series “When the Lights Come Up in the City,” we tour three neighborhoods…
The Mission, Bayview and Ingleside districts are seeing the most sideshows, which damage streets and risk injury and death, according to city officials.
Riders in the south and north sides of the city are “effectively experiencing a different bus system.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill authorizing state law enforcement to assist in dismantling organized retail crime in hotspots across California.
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.
A new city ordinance will require greater oversight of the billions in grants that San Francisco departments award each year.
Combining karaoke and oral history, the customized tricycle and mobile sculpture aims to raise awareness of Filipino Americans’ immigration stories.
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.
These seven Bayview District businesses, owned by community trailblazers, pivoted quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
The project sparked fierce opposition from some residents in the Sunset, who said the 98-unit development was too large for the neighborhood.
Ocean Beach Cafe owner Joshua James is creating an oasis by the beach for non-drinkers.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to make Shared Spaces, a…
A proposal to give fire department paramedics the authority to place 5150 holds, or involuntary…
With San Francisco winding down its large-scale vaccine operations, health officials are taking a new…
About $28 million in funds for service contracts went unspent in fiscal 2021, according to city budget analyst.
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.
With movie productions stirring back to life, San Francisco wants a piece of the action. …
A high-profile petition meddling case took a new turn with the victim, Man Kit Lam,…
A plan to create a new team to respond to homelessness-related concerns received a stamp…
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.
Last month, Mayor London Breed issued a sweeping announcement about the city’s commitment to a…
As the pandemic subsides, City Hall wades into a whole new way of handling how citizens weigh in.
Mayor London Breed and Board President Shamann Walton exchanged words at a Tuesday meeting, while Supervisor Aaron Peskin apologized for misbehavior.
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, who is currently serving his fifth non-consecutive term representing District 3, announced…
Supervisors held the first in a series of hearings that will determine how San Francisco’s money is spent over the next two years.
The ordinance buys tenants more time to receive help if they owe back rent.
The decision came despite evidence of support for the program, including a community survey that showed moderate support for cameras.
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.
Exclusive video shows an altercation between a campaign volunteer and an individual who allegedly tried to steal signed petitions.
The school district says it lost 700 students this school year, in addition to a decline of 1,000 students in fall 2020.
Breed’s budget includes funding for housing, addiction and mental health, public safety, and economic recovery.
A Bay Area mother is protesting the open-air drug market in the Tenderloin.
Amid a growing overdose crisis in San Francisco, a Board of Supervisors hearing on Thursday…
The community reflects on a year of racial reckoning following George Floyd’s killing.
How this sourdough whiz kid breaks bread with the community.
San Francisco Unified School District reiterated its commitment on Tuesday to return students to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall.
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.
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.
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.
Commercial corridors that ban or restrict cars may see a boost in business activity, according to new data from the review platform.
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.
David Miles, Jr. has been championing San Francisco’s eclectic roller skating community for more than four decades.
This June, we’re bringing you stories of the pandemic from across San Francisco. Be a part of history by sharing your voice.
Take 7,000-square-feet of space, add a dash of local art, two dozen community partners, seven…
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.
What the Sunset’s disappearing Slow Streets reveal about San Francisco’s return to ‘normal.’
The ACLU’s Susan Mizner on why she believes conservatorship is “generally a mistake”
This news comes as a major relief for families who have been asking for months about the district’s reopening plans.
Artist Michelle Browder links Montgomery to SF through her sculpture dedicated to the enslaved Black women whose pain birthed a medical field.
Last April, in the early stages of the pandemic, Mayor London Breed announced that a…
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 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.
In our first “Here’s How,” we break down how San Francisco’s eight cultural districts work.
For this San Francisco city official, the issue of conservatorship is not just about policy—it’s a matter close to his heart.
In remote learning, many English Language Learners are falling behind.
Here’s how SF reached a boiling point.
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.
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.
It’s been a rollercoaster few months for academically competitive Lowell High School. In January, it…
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…
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.
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.
In San Francisco, a city of opportunity, it took this small business more than four years to open its doors.
Thomas Wolf knows the Tenderloin well. He spent six months sleeping on its streets in 2018.
We started Here/Say Media to answer a simple question—what if local news made us feel…