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Pharmacist Hank Chen is known for providing personalized service at Charlie’s Pharmacy in the Fillmore.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Left: A Walgreens at 300 Gough St. is among San Francisco stores closing.

Walgreens closures open the door for San Francisco’s neighborhood pharmacies

‘I think you’ll see more independents start to pop up’

Pharmacist Hank Chen is known for providing personalized service at Charlie’s Pharmacy in the Fillmore.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Left: A Walgreens at 300 Gough St. is among San Francisco stores closing.
Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
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Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
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A rally in the Castro in March held by the GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance showed support for Asian and Pacific Islanders communities. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)

Fighting Asian hate: Community leaders come together to fight back

‘Thinking about the effects of racial trauma on our community is sobering’

A rally in the Castro in March held by the GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance showed support for Asian and Pacific Islanders communities. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)
Passengers wait to board a Muni bus on Market Street; more than 300 Muni drivers have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, threatening to create a major disruption to service. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to The Examiner)

Muni service disruptions anticipated as vaccine mandate approaches

‘This is a warning that you will be possibly disciplined or terminated’

Passengers wait to board a Muni bus on Market Street; more than 300 Muni drivers have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, threatening to create a major disruption to service. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to The Examiner)
As of Sept. 30, some 300 Muni transit operators were either unvaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA has over 600 unvaccinated employees. More than half are drivers

Operators need to get vaccinated by Nov. 1, or The City could face reduced service

As of Sept. 30, some 300 Muni transit operators were either unvaccinated or did not report their vaccination status. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Abraham Ignacio is librarian for the Filipino American Center at the San Francisco Public Library, a place where Filipino American residents can learn about the history and culture of their homeland and participate in community programs. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Filipino American History Month: ‘We are making our mark on the United States’

Abraham Ignacio helms SF library offering programs, services to his community

Abraham Ignacio is librarian for the Filipino American Center at the San Francisco Public Library, a place where Filipino American residents can learn about the history and culture of their homeland and participate in community programs. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s transit agency is planning a project for major improvements to The City’s beloved cable cars, including modernizing the electrical system, upgrading infrastructure and rehabilitating vehicles. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Costly cable cars: City seeks $625 million to avoid more ‘temporary shutdowns’

The nearly 150-year-old system is overdue for major renovations

San Francisco’s transit agency is planning a project for major improvements to The City’s beloved cable cars, including modernizing the electrical system, upgrading infrastructure and rehabilitating vehicles. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown could become permanent supportive housing if The City can overcome neighborhood pushback. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Nimbytown: Will SF neighborhoods allow vacant hotels to house the homeless?

‘We have a crisis on our hands and we need as many options as possible’

The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown could become permanent supportive housing if The City can overcome neighborhood pushback. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Robert Bendanas’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Convertible is part of San Francisco LowRider Council’s 40th anniversary festivities. <ins>(CraigLee/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Celebrating lowriders: ‘These aren’t just tricked-out cars. They’re works of art’

Lowriders aren’t just tricked-out cars. They’re works of art, handcrafted by their…

Robert Bendanas’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Convertible is part of San Francisco LowRider Council’s 40th anniversary festivities. <ins>(CraigLee/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
A group of entrepreneurs banded together to open Fog City Community Fitness during the pandemic in San Francisco. (Courtesy Fog City)

Why open a business during the pandemic? Because ‘I truly, deeply love San Francisco.’

Three days before opening day at Trade Routes, a new neighborhood bar…

A group of entrepreneurs banded together to open Fog City Community Fitness during the pandemic in San Francisco. (Courtesy Fog City)
Members of SisterWeb support Spanish-speaking Black and Pacific Islander women who are training to become doulas. <ins>(Courtesy Mister Simmons)</ins>

How SF improves pregnancy care for communities of color

Doulas provide information, support and advocacy

Members of SisterWeb support Spanish-speaking Black and Pacific Islander women who are training to become doulas. <ins>(Courtesy Mister Simmons)</ins>
San Francisco economists are uncertain about whether conventioneers will return to Moscone Center as uncertainties around COVID remain.
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Report suggests bad news for San Francisco’s economic recovery

San Francisco’s celebrated June 15 reopening date was supposed to mark the…

San Francisco economists are uncertain about whether conventioneers will return to Moscone Center as uncertainties around COVID remain.
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Artie Gilbert, an Urban Alchemy worker who helps people on the street, says, “To feel accepted and supported and not judged is huge.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Artie Gilbert, an Urban Alchemy worker who helps people on the street, says, “To feel accepted and supported and not judged is huge.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Climate change activists say goals to clean up the environment will not be reached until driving is no longer an attractive transportation option. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Climate change activists say goals to clean up the environment will not be reached until driving is no longer an attractive transportation option. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The Southeast Health Center COVID-19 testing and vaccine site in the Bayview District offers free services. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Vaccines increase as Bayview-Hunters Point battles Delta surge

The light at the end of the tunnel seems ‘further’ and ‘dimmer’

The Southeast Health Center COVID-19 testing and vaccine site in the Bayview District offers free services. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Pedestrians and cyclists maneuver along JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park near the de Young Museum, whose officials are opposed to closing the road to car traffic.
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New idea for JFK Drive: Would partial closure work?

Supervisor Chan will soon propose a compromise of sorts

Pedestrians and cyclists maneuver along JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park near the de Young Museum, whose officials are opposed to closing the road to car traffic.
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Patrons enjoy dining outside at Yo También Cantina in the Inner Sunset.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Now that we have parklets, how do we make them pretty?

The first step towards re-imagining San Francisco

Patrons enjoy dining outside at Yo También Cantina in the Inner Sunset.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
People walk past a row of shops and eateries on Valencia Street in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

The new Valencia Street: Lessons learned and solutions applied

‘It has a lot of the contradictions that define San Francisco’

People walk past a row of shops and eateries on Valencia Street in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Great Highway to reopen on weekdays, sparking renewed debate

The Upper Great Highway soon will reopen to vehicles for the first…

San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco plans to reopen the Upper Great Highway, which had been closed for recreational use during the COVID pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)