Explainers

Why Are So Many Streets in SoMa Named for Women?

Mary, Minna, Clara and Clementina are just some of the alleys and sidestreets found throughout one of the most dynamic and historical neighborhoods in SF.

After State-Imposed Cuts, What’s in Next Year’s School Budget?

The 2022-2023 school year will see less per-pupil spending in San Francisco public schools than the previous year.

Explainer: Here’s How the Fate of Lowell’s Admissions Will Be Decided

The superintendent wants to form a task force to tackle the issue. But will the board OK the plan?

No, Voter Turnout Wasn’t ‘Abysmally Low’ in SF This Election

At around 46%, turnout for the June 7 election outpaced the average for gubernatorial primaries and is on par with the last 10 years of all primary elections.

Who Is SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Bishop Feuding with Nancy Pelosi Over Abortion Rights?

The city’s top Catholic prelate made waves for formally denying Communion to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her support for abortion rights. But his history of controversy goes way back.

SF’s Budget Includes ‘Enterprise Departments’. Here’s What That Means

These revenue-generating departments make up roughly half of San Francisco’s budget in a typical year, but some got hit hard by Covid.

June Propositions: Everything You Should Know Before You Vote

On June 7, San Franciscans will vote on eight policy questions. Some seem pretty simple, but are much more complicated than they appear.

Take 3 Minutes to Understand Proposition C, Which Seeks to Limit the Frequency of Recalls in San Francisco

Prop. C is all about “recall reform”—narrowing the window in which recalls can occur and limiting the power of post-recall mayoral appointees. If that sounds confusing, you’re not alone. We break it down into simpler terms in this video explainer.

Interactive: Inside DA Chesa Boudin’s Office

All 350+ people who work at DA Chesa Boudin’s office, visualized in one interactive graphic.

Before the World Changed: New Census Data Looks at Pre-Covid San Francisco

The latest ACS five-year study gives robust information on the city’s neighborhoods.