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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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

‘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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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. 

‘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.

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.

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‘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.

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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.

Making More Out of the Mall Experience

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

S.F. Reimburses Sustainable Commuters for Emergency Rides Home

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

London Breed Budget Speech

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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

How this sourdough whiz kid breaks bread with the community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here/Hear COVID Chronicles

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.

A Sunset Slow Street at 41st and Irving looking South

‘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.

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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.

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.

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

Here’s how SF reached a boiling point.

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.

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…