We started 2021 as a very small team with a funny name, and we ended it with a fast-growing newsroom under a new banner, The San Francisco Standard. It was a weird COVID year, of course, and the city struggled in many ways. But we found plenty of joy too.
We dove deep into the Tenderloin District, covering the heated policy debates and their human impact.
COVID-19 was of course on our minds. Earlier in the pandemic, we took a look inside a ready-to-go makeshift hospital, which would have been used for patient overflow if the pandemic were to push other recovering patients out of their hospital beds. Thankfully, it was never needed.
The word ‘recall’ was on many peoples' minds, and we tracked the process of the school board recall from an attempted steal to ballot delivery.
With worries about crime soaring and San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin facing a recall, we were ready with background on the staunchly progressive lawyer and some sharp analysis of what’s really going on with crime.
We tried to stay close to San Francisco’s many communities through this tumultuous year. From the Sunset, where residents grappled with affordable housing plans….
…to the Fillmore, where Black leaders, including actor Danny Glover, are calling on the city to donate the Fillmore Heritage Center, where the Black Panthers' meal program once lived.
The Black Lives Matter mural there was repainted, alongside many other artistic tributes to George Floyd and the Black community.
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