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Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board signs off on changes to scooter permit program

Companies will gete longer permits, but higher stakes

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
President Joe Biden plans to sign a number of executive orders over the next week. (Biden Transition/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)

Biden signals new direction by signing mask order on his first day in office

President plans ambitious 10-day push of executive orders, legislation

President Joe Biden plans to sign a number of executive orders over the next week. (Biden Transition/CNP/Zuma Press/TNS)
MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (L) of Georgia taps elbows during a rally for supporters on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Both become senators Wednesday.  (Jenny Jarvie/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Vice President Harris swears in senators Padilla, Warnock, Ossoff

New Democratic senators tip balance of power in upper legislative house

MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (L) of Georgia taps elbows during a rally for supporters on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. Both become senators Wednesday.  (Jenny Jarvie/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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84-year-old male sustains life-threatening injuries when struck by driver of vehicle

An 84-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a…

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

Joe Biden issues call for ‘unity’ amidst extreme partisan rancor

‘I will be a president for all Americans,’ he says in inauguration speech

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
Private vehicles were banned from much of Market Street in January 2020, causing bike ridership on the street to increase by 25 percent and transit efficiency by as much as 12 percent. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board approves new Better Market Street legislation

Advocates say traffic safety improvements don’t go far enough to make up for lost bikeway

Private vehicles were banned from much of Market Street in January 2020, causing bike ridership on the street to increase by 25 percent and transit efficiency by as much as 12 percent. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The T Third Street train resumes service on Saturday, joined by a new express route between Bayview-Hunters Point and downtown.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Bayview-Hunters Point residents get first direct express bus to downtown

New Muni route to launch alongside the return of the T-Third train

The T Third Street train resumes service on Saturday, joined by a new express route between Bayview-Hunters Point and downtown.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>

SFMTA board to vote on Better Market Street changes

Agency seeks to make up for slimmed-down plan with traffic safety improvements

Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>
Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>

Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
A mural of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART board votes 6-3 to call for prosecution of officer in killing of Oscar Grant

Symbolic resolution follows Alameda DA decision to not charge Anthony Pirone

A mural of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft customers will pay a fee ranging from 30 cents to $1.50 per ride to cover increased benefits to drivers. (Shutterstock)

Lyft announces additional fee for California riders to cover cost of Prop. 22 driver benefits

Following Uber’s lead, company says price hike necessary to make business ‘sustainable’

Lyft customers will pay a fee ranging from 30 cents to $1.50 per ride to cover increased benefits to drivers. (Shutterstock)
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Gig drivers and labor unions ask state Supreme Court to strike down Prop. 22

Lawsuit alleges voter-approved legislation violates California’s constitution

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Wanda Jackson stands next to a mural in 2019 at Fruitvale Station of her son Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART police in 2009. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)

BART board members criticize DA decision not to file new charges in Oscar Grant case

Four directors will introduce resolution calling for prosecution of former BART police officer

Wanda Jackson stands next to a mural in 2019 at Fruitvale Station of her son Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART police in 2009. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)
The 39 Coit line, shown here in 2018, is one of several currently discontinued routes that used smaller buses designed for hilly terrain and narrow streets. (Daniel E. Porter/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA to purchase 30 new hybrid buses designed to serve currently dormant routes

Supes called for swift restoration of community lines and speedy transition to electric buses

The 39 Coit line, shown here in 2018, is one of several currently discontinued routes that used smaller buses designed for hilly terrain and narrow streets. (Daniel E. Porter/Special to S.F. Examiner)
BART service extends down the Peninsula, intersecting with Caltrain at several stations including Millbrae. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Caltrain board member calls for regional rail system

Improved coordination between transit agencies will be key to Bay Area’s recovery, officials agree

BART service extends down the Peninsula, intersecting with Caltrain at several stations including Millbrae. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A parking meter sticks out of a Shared Spaces area outside Brandy Ho’s Hunan Food on the Chinatown/North Beach border on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Is it time to end free parking in San Francisco?

Increasing the cost of parking and offloading city garages could shrink budget shortfall

A parking meter sticks out of a Shared Spaces area outside Brandy Ho’s Hunan Food on the Chinatown/North Beach border on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A view of the former barracks of the Angel Island Immigration Station. (Courtesy Russell Nauman, AIISF)

Ferry to Angel Island provides a direct route to history

Advocates say loss of service from SF will make it hard to visit key Chinese immigration site

A view of the former barracks of the Angel Island Immigration Station. (Courtesy Russell Nauman, AIISF)
With a score of 75, San Francisco’s streets got a “good” rating from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco roads in ‘good’ condition

A 10-year program to make streets smoother reaches its primary goals

With a score of 75, San Francisco’s streets got a “good” rating from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters gather on the second day of pro-Trump events fueled by President Donald Trump's continued claims of election fraud in an attempt to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them in a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Pro-Trump riot in U.S. Capitol condemned by local leaders as ‘attempted coup’

Unrest extends to Sacramento, as Newsom cancels briefing due to ‘outright assault to our democracy’

Protesters gather on the second day of pro-Trump events fueled by President Donald Trump's continued claims of election fraud in an attempt to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them in a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Manny Yekutiel, owner of Manny’s, was approved for a seat on San Francisco’s transit board on Tuesday, along with Fiona Hinze. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes approve two SFMTA directors despite pushback about lack of Latino representation

Fiona Hinze and Manny Yekutiel will complete the seven-person board

Manny Yekutiel, owner of Manny’s, was approved for a seat on San Francisco’s transit board on Tuesday, along with Fiona Hinze. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)