Matt Smith

Matt Smith was previously a special investigative reporter at Barron's and before that a staff journalist at The Center for Investigative Reporting. During the 1990s and 2000s Smith was San Francisco news columnist for Village Voice Media. Smith graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and from Reed College. Before his career in journalism Smith was a professional bicycle racer.

12 Articles Published

Celebrated Plan to Close SF’s Juvenile Hall in Tatters as City Moves to Build New Facility

Supervisors’ 2019 commitment to swap the previous 150-bed juvenile detention center with a less punitive facility has gone unfulfilled.

Overdose Deaths at SF’s City-Funded Facilities Totaled 246 Over Two Years

More than 10 people per month on average died of overdoses in the city’s supportive housing facilities and shelter-in-place hotels during 2020 and 2021.

City Contractor Urban Alchemy Denies it Provides Security Services, Despite Evidence to the Contrary

CEO Lena Miller made her first public comments on her nonprofit allegedly performing unlicensed security work.

Judge Resurrects Lawsuit Alleging Mayor Breed Links to Nuru Corruption Scandal

The lawsuit shows how a federal investigation of alleged pay to play practices continues to shadow city officials, including Breed.

Central Subway Likely To Be Delayed Yet Again, Federal Monitor Says

Transit line connecting Chinatown and SoMa has long been a target of criticism

Search for Russian Oligarch Wealth Hits a Wall in SF, Thanks to City’s Disregard for Public Records Laws

The SF assessor-recorder’s high fees and limited access to public records make it all but impossible to chase down money launderers who hide their cash in local real estate.

Former Supervisor Jane Kim Targeted in Ethics Complaint Over Stevenson Street Housing Project

Kim worked closely with the leader of a powerful housing nonprofit to oppose a major apartment project. She says she did the work on her own time.

Let the Good Times Roll: SF Nightlife Hopeful as Bars and Venues Fill Again

Indie bands and arcade games serve as a bellwether for partygoers’ return to the city.

Concerns Grow Over Urban Alchemy Expanding Security Work in Tenderloin

San Francisco has awarded Urban Alchemy increasingly hefty contracts, but safety concerns are being raised as the scope of the organization’s role expands.

Shooting of Tenderloin ‘Ambassador’ Raises Questions about Security Practices at Fast-Growing Urban Alchemy

The shooting of an Urban Alchemy employee last week has raised questions about whether the program is risking workers’ safety by having them provide security services.