David Sjostedt

David is a staff writer at The Standard with a focus on housing and homelessness. An SF State Gator alum, David was formerly editor–in–chief of the Golden Gate Xpress and a reporting intern at the SF Examiner. He's originally from a small port town in Los Angeles called San Pedro, where he grew up playing piano, dribbling basketballs and surfing. David witnessed the hardships of addiction from a young age and is drawn to San Francisco for its ongoing conversations about the issue. He thinks the city is massively under-appreciated and is always sending stories home that depict its beauty.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.