Public Health & Safety

SF Police Refuse to Admit Man Killed by Officers Had Airsoft Guns

The San Francisco Police Department—the agency whose officers shot the man to death—maintained Friday that the man was carrying a handgun.

State Sen. Wiener Pushes New Bill Allowing Teens to Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent

If passed, the state law would lower the age of consent for all vaccines to 12.

Lawsuit Alleging SFPD Illegally Used Live Surveillance to Spy on Protesters Finally Gets Its Day in Court

A San Francisco Superior judge will hear arguments Friday on whether police illegally accessed live footage of protesters in May 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.

Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with ‘Two Guns’ at SFO’s International Terminal, Homeless Person Injured

San Francisco police shot and killed a man who was allegedly armed with two guns and advanced on officers at the international terminal of the city’s airport Thursday morning. 

SF City Attorney Subpoenas Companies Suspected of Running Rogue Covid Testing Sites

Reports about unsanctioned pop-up testings sites emerged earlier this month as the city’s testing infrastructure has been stressed with the infectious Omicron variant.

SF Drug Overdose Deaths Were Down in 2021 for the First Time in Years. But 2 Neighborhoods Saw a Bump in the Numbers

Fewer people in San Francisco died from drug overdoses in the second year of the pandemic, marking the city’s first dip in years, according to a new report. But the loss of life remains startlingly high and is actually climbing in some pockets of the city.


Photo Gallery: Meet San Francisco’s Security Guards

Commuting from all around the Bay, with experience ranging from one week to 30 years, meet the people who work security in San Francisco.

UN Plaza Linkage Center Serves 118 People on Opening Day

Some early critics of the site—which connects those struggling with homelessness and addiction to services—have changed their tune. But others remain skeptical.

SF’s Asian Community Expresses Fear, Outrage at Vigil for Woman Killed on NY Subway Tracks (本文有中文譯版)

The killing of an Asian American woman with Bay Area roots this past weekend in New York City has reignited community concerns over pandemic-related hate crimes.

Fentanyl testing

Gov. Newsom’s $50M Opioid Education Pledge Comes as Colleges Warn of Risks

Opioid overdose deaths have been steadily increasing for years among Californians age 34 and under, more than tripling from 1999 to 2019