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Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years…

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Sergeant John Macaulay Park in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Sergeant John Macaulay Park in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Volunteers Kyle Esguerra, left, and Kara Church prepare bags of fresh produce to be distributed at a San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank pop-up pantry at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in The City on July 22. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Volunteers Kyle Esguerra, left, and Kara Church prepare bags of fresh produce to be distributed at a San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank pop-up pantry at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in The City on July 22. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Cooks work in the kitchen at The Vault Garden. (Courtesy Hardy Wilson)

Help wanted: SF restaurants are struggling to staff up

Some small businesses have to ‘sweeten the pot’ when hiring workers

Cooks work in the kitchen at The Vault Garden. (Courtesy Hardy Wilson)
Needles, sharps containers, metal tins for cooking heroin, alcohol wipes and fentanyl detection strips are some items used at San Francisco harm reduction sites. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Needles, sharps containers, metal tins for cooking heroin, alcohol wipes and fentanyl detection strips are some items used at San Francisco harm reduction sites. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF experiments with sobering center as new solution to drug crisis

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug, potentially triggering destructive, dangerous behavior that poses…

Needles, sharps containers, metal tins for cooking heroin, alcohol wipes and fentanyl detection strips are some items used at San Francisco harm reduction sites. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Needles, sharps containers, metal tins for cooking heroin, alcohol wipes and fentanyl detection strips are some items used at San Francisco harm reduction sites. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Plans for improvements on Market Street could lead to a cut in historic F-Market streetcar service for as many as four years. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Better or worse? SF scales back ambitions for Market Street makeover

Better Market Street was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation undertaking, the kind…

Plans for improvements on Market Street could lead to a cut in historic F-Market streetcar service for as many as four years. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Passengers board a Muni M-Ocean View bus outside West Portal Station in May. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Muni to add 31-Balboa and M-Ocean View to list of restored lines

Residents of the Tenderloin have been demanding the return of the 31-Balboa…

Passengers board a Muni M-Ocean View bus outside West Portal Station in May. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Arsema Asfaw, an incoming senior at the Bay School of San Francisco, relies on Muni to get to her school in the Presidio from her home in Hayes Valley.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Muni will soon be free for all youth: Here’s what young people had to say

Anyone 18 years old or under can ride Muni for free starting…

Arsema Asfaw, an incoming senior at the Bay School of San Francisco, relies on Muni to get to her school in the Presidio from her home in Hayes Valley.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials have said that the agency will not restore full service and will slowy allocate federal funding in an effort to decrease its structural deficit. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA received $1 billion in federal stimulus: Why are some buses and trains not running?

Michael James prefers to do his grocery shopping at the Trader Joe’s…

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials have said that the agency will not restore full service and will slowy allocate federal funding in an effort to decrease its structural deficit. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
A man kicks off to cross the intersection at Fifth and Howard streets on a Scoot e-scooter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A man kicks off to cross the intersection at Fifth and Howard streets on a Scoot e-scooter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Dr. Hillary Kunins, the new director of the Department of Public Health’s Behavioral Health Services and Mental Health SF program, outside the Behavioral Health building on Howard Street on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF’s new mental health director faces a huge challenge, starting with the fentanyl crisis

‘I know it’s a tough moment, but we will come through it.’

Dr. Hillary Kunins, the new director of the Department of Public Health’s Behavioral Health Services and Mental Health SF program, outside the Behavioral Health building on Howard Street on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People take part in a rally to bring back the 31-Balboa Muni line at Eddy and Jones streets in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Photo by David Elliott Lewis)
People take part in a rally to bring back the 31-Balboa Muni line at Eddy and Jones streets in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Photo by David Elliott Lewis)

Muni slow to restore certain crucial bus lines, leaving some residents behind

For ten years, Luis Castillo has used Muni as his gateway to…

People take part in a rally to bring back the 31-Balboa Muni line at Eddy and Jones streets in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Photo by David Elliott Lewis)
People take part in a rally to bring back the 31-Balboa Muni line at Eddy and Jones streets in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Photo by David Elliott Lewis)
Nothing has seemingly gone right with the Van Ness Avenue Project, where construction has slowed traffic and inconvenienced pedestrians and businesses for years. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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The mess on Van Ness: New report sheds light on SF’s biggest traffic hassle

‘It is extraordinary that this city seems unable to deliver a transportation-related capital project’

Nothing has seemingly gone right with the Van Ness Avenue Project, where construction has slowed traffic and inconvenienced pedestrians and businesses for years. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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A rendering of the planned redesign for Harvey Milk Plaza. (Courtesy SWA Group)

Newly unveiled Harvey Milk Plaza redesign would create larger, interactive memorial

Castro group wants more for legendary supervisor: ‘Is this it? Is this how we honor our heroes?’

A rendering of the planned redesign for Harvey Milk Plaza. (Courtesy SWA Group)
A car crashed into the parklet outside the Napper Tandy Irish pub and restaurant at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission in April.<ins> (Photo by Reddit user spgulliver)</ins>
A car crashed into the parklet outside the Napper Tandy Irish pub and restaurant at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission in April. (Photo by Reddit user spgulliver)

Cars and parklets don’t mix: SF searches for solutions after recent accidents

Andrew Fidelman got the call in the middle of the night from…

A car crashed into the parklet outside the Napper Tandy Irish pub and restaurant at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission in April.<ins> (Photo by Reddit user spgulliver)</ins>
A car crashed into the parklet outside the Napper Tandy Irish pub and restaurant at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in the Mission in April. (Photo by Reddit user spgulliver)
Transit-only lanes on Mission Street have reduced travel times by 20 percent during the pandemic, transit officials say. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency

The streets of San Francisco became real-time laboratories for The City’s public…

Transit-only lanes on Mission Street have reduced travel times by 20 percent during the pandemic, transit officials say. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fight over ‘poverty tows’ heats up

‘What can we do to ensure the vehicle stays in the hands of the owner?’

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Chapel on Valencia Street was distinctly quiet on The City’s reopening day. (Carly Graf/The Examiner)

Relics of the pandemic scattered across the Mission District

‘We’re sort of easing into it’

The Chapel on Valencia Street was distinctly quiet on The City’s reopening day. (Carly Graf/The Examiner)
Youth activists with the Sunrise Movement march along a rural road during their two-week trek from Paradise to San Francisco to call attention to an increase in deadly wildfires as a result of climate change on June 2, 2021. (Photo by Brooke Anderson)

Weeks-long climate march culminates on the Golden Gate Bridge

Lola’s alarm goes off most mornings before dawn. The 17-year-old high school…

Youth activists with the Sunrise Movement march along a rural road during their two-week trek from Paradise to San Francisco to call attention to an increase in deadly wildfires as a result of climate change on June 2, 2021. (Photo by Brooke Anderson)