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Union Square Community Ambassadors are taking part in a city program designed to bring visitors downtown. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021 )

Downtown’s recovery is The City’s recovery

Public being welcomed back with new businesses, safe nightlife, exciting storefronts

Union Square Community Ambassadors are taking part in a city program designed to bring visitors downtown. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021 )
Transgender activist Elle Moxley took a different surname after transitioning, and it had a powerful effect. <ins>(Courtesy Irvin Rivera)</ins>

Changing my name after my transition may seem like a simple act—it was anything but

By Elle Moxley This spring, as new life began to emerge and…

Transgender activist Elle Moxley took a different surname after transitioning, and it had a powerful effect. <ins>(Courtesy Irvin Rivera)</ins>
Many small, independent restaurants rely on DoorDash deliveries to stay in business.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Latino restaurants are on the brink of disaster

SF shouldn’t limit their options to stay open

Many small, independent restaurants rely on DoorDash deliveries to stay in business.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
A permanent supportive housing apartment building in the works in the South of Market Area is an example of the kind of project that should be developed with new city funding. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Good news for recovery: $68 million for affordable housing

Budget surplus offers money that can be allocated to acquire hundreds of units

A permanent supportive housing apartment building in the works in the South of Market Area is an example of the kind of project that should be developed with new city funding. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A Muni M-Ocean View bus recently headed up West Portal Avenue; underground service on the route is not being scheduled to return this summer. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Let’s get loud about the future of Muni

We must demand transparency and a return to full service

A Muni M-Ocean View bus recently headed up West Portal Avenue; underground service on the route is not being scheduled to return this summer. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

If you care about Black lives, you cannot support the effort to remove Chesa Boudin

By Cat Brooks Last summer, the murder of George Floyd ignited unprecedented…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some say that images taken from surveillance cameras target vulnerable members of communities. (Shutterstock)

Turning the Castro into a surveillance state will not keep us safe

By Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Club and Alice B.…

Some say that images taken from surveillance cameras target vulnerable members of communities. (Shutterstock)
Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. 
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SFUSD seniors will gather, connect to end their careers

By Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga Throwing a graduation cap in the…

Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. 
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More than 100 people are still in jail awaiting trial past the last day in which they must be legally brought to trial. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The lack of courtroom access in San Francisco is a human rights issue

By Mano Raju The murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, a…

More than 100 people are still in jail awaiting trial past the last day in which they must be legally brought to trial. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A lot at 730 Stanyan St. is currently home to a safe sleeping site but will eventually be the site of a long anticipated affordable housing project. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

City should stop foot dragging on critically needed affordable housing in Haight-Ashbury

Residents want a firm commitment on project at 730 Stanyan Street

A lot at 730 Stanyan St. is currently home to a safe sleeping site but will eventually be the site of a long anticipated affordable housing project. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
People are having widely varied emotional — as well as physical — reactions after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

As safety returns, get ready for a flood of feelings

By Beth Winegarner On Jan. 19, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice…

People are having widely varied emotional — as well as physical — reactions after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Prop. I increased the transfer tax on those selling real estate worth $10 million or more. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Breed and Board of Supervisors: Put Biden’s words into action and follow the will of the voters

By David Campos For the first time in generations, Americans this week…

Prop. I increased the transfer tax on those selling real estate worth $10 million or more. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Immigrants in for-profit detention facilities are not receiving COVID vaccines in the same fashion as the general public.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Immigrants in detention need information about and access to vaccines

By Martina Caretta As an international student in the United States living…

Immigrants in for-profit detention facilities are not receiving COVID vaccines in the same fashion as the general public.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
From left, Nancy Lewis, Rita Goldberger, Jamilah Din and Herb Mintz say the Outer Sunset Farmers Market has invited a new sense of community in neighborhood. (Courtesy Kate Quach)

Pop-up farmers market finds its way into the hearts of the Outer Sunset

Weekly showcase is place for commerce and for community

From left, Nancy Lewis, Rita Goldberger, Jamilah Din and Herb Mintz say the Outer Sunset Farmers Market has invited a new sense of community in neighborhood. (Courtesy Kate Quach)
With increased use of DNA ancestry testing kits, there are many implications for the future of privacy, criminal justice and health care. (Shutterstock)

Bay Area playing big role in the future of home DNA testing

By Libby Copeland Home DNA testing has become a cultural phenomenon —…

With increased use of DNA ancestry testing kits, there are many implications for the future of privacy, criminal justice and health care. (Shutterstock)
Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Restoring faith in San Francisco’s public schools

By Decreasing the Distance Last week SFUSD welcomed 6,056 of our youngest…

Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A tent encampment site for the homeless was set up in the Bayview District in May 2020. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Safe-sleeping sites meet demands of San Franciscans’ top post-COVID priority

A Place For All would guarantee secure, well-managed locations for people experiencing homelessness

A tent encampment site for the homeless was set up in the Bayview District in May 2020. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)

Safe streets have emptied my emergency department — we should keep them

By Dr. Stephen Gamboa I was at my church picnic in Golden…

Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Unified School District opened some classrooms this week, including Bryant Elementary School. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD must stay focused on full, five-day reopening

By Jenny Lam This week I greeted students at Bret Harte Elementary…

San Francisco Unified School District opened some classrooms this week, including Bryant Elementary School. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin would not reduce crime in San Francisco

Issues of crime and punishment are among the hardest we deal with…

Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)