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San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s investment in pretrial diversion can serve as a model for the state

California Supreme Court ruling solidifies move away from cash bail toward increased release rates

San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)
Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)

Will our lawmakers have the courage to sponsor campaign finance reform?

By Jackie Fielder Corporations are not charitable organizations. They have a fiduciary…

Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Do the Math. Filling vacant apartments without building more homes won’t solve SF’s housing shortage

By Lisa Zahner San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston recently declared vacant apartments…

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Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for the San Francisco school board to focus

By Gabriela López Right now, I have tunnel vision. When I played…

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Advocates are pleased that California’s new attorney general is Rob Bonta (pictured in 2015), whose legislative efforts in the Assembly have supported criminal justice reform. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Rob Bonta’s appointment brings our family hope for justice

By Michelle and Ashley Monterrosa Our brother, Sean Monterrosa, had his life…

Advocates are pleased that California’s new attorney general is Rob Bonta (pictured in 2015), whose legislative efforts in the Assembly have supported criminal justice reform. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Free Muni service is not simply good for riders, it also would improve San Francisco’s economy by helping employees and customers get to storefronts and workplaces. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Now is a great time to pilot Free Muni

By Dean Preston Transit ridership is at a historic low, fare revenue…

Free Muni service is not simply good for riders, it also would improve San Francisco’s economy by helping employees and customers get to storefronts and workplaces. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden Gate Park advocate David Miles, right, and his family are among those who enjoy having no car traffic on John F. Kennedy Drive. (Courtesy photo)

My 40+ year fight with SF museums over street safety in Golden Gate Park

By David Miles I was in Golden Gate Park this weekend with…

Golden Gate Park advocate David Miles, right, and his family are among those who enjoy having no car traffic on John F. Kennedy Drive. (Courtesy photo)
Some advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and those with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park.
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Closing JFK Drive is recreational redlining

The history of redlining in America has impacted communities of color for…

Some advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and those with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park.
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

We need a new kind of leadership to address homelessness after the pandemic

By Mary Kate Bacalao Leading San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive…

Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SB 260 is the right law at the right time

By Kalpana Narlikar The Climate Corporate Accountability Act (SB 260) was introduced…

Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A Muni bus drives in the red bus and taxi only lane at 16th and Mission streets.(Emma Chiang/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Recommitting to Transit First in San Francisco

By Scott Feeney San Francisco’s Transit First policy just turned 48 years…

A Muni bus drives in the red bus and taxi only lane at 16th and Mission streets.(Emma Chiang/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Senate Bill 271 would remove a requirement that California’s elected sheriffs have a law enforcement background certified by State Peace Officer Standards and Training. (Shutterstock)

SB 271 would bring meaningful reform to sheriffs’ offices

By Ross Mirkarimi Let the people run for sheriff! It was once…

Senate Bill 271 would remove a requirement that California’s elected sheriffs have a law enforcement background certified by State Peace Officer Standards and Training. (Shutterstock)
Proposed state legislation is calling to end a partnership between University of California, San Francisco health services and Catholic hospitals. (Shutterstock)

UC, Catholic health care partnership is saving lives

Passage of Senate Bill 379 would be detrimental to patients

Proposed state legislation is calling to end a partnership between University of California, San Francisco health services and Catholic hospitals. (Shutterstock)
A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)

State health officials need to update school reopening guidelines

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly, As physicians, nurses, and…

A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)
High schoolers in drama and music programs that have been shut down by the pandemic should be able to resume performing. (Shutterstock)

High school sports return, but performing arts don’t — why?

By Ralph E. Shaffer Under new rules for high schools, athletes in…

High schoolers in drama and music programs that have been shut down by the pandemic should be able to resume performing. (Shutterstock)
University of California, San Francisco has been partnering with hospitals that restrict the types of care offered to patients.
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner

The University of California should not enter restrictive contracts with discriminatory hospitals

By Jody Steinauer I recently cared for a pregnant woman with two…

University of California, San Francisco has been partnering with hospitals that restrict the types of care offered to patients.
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S.F. Examiner
A Muni N-Judah shuttle bus passes UCSF Parnassus on Irving Street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How can UCSF house its new workers?

By Fernando Martí and Peter Cohen Healthcare infrastructure has long been a…

A Muni N-Judah shuttle bus passes UCSF Parnassus on Irving Street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco could be more accommodating in helping public school teachers get vaccinated quickly. (Shutterstock)

The City needs to work with the school district to vaccinate educators quickly

By Gabriela López As we all know, vaccines are a major tool…

San Francisco could be more accommodating in helping public school teachers get vaccinated quickly. (Shutterstock)
The Tuolumne River is a major source of water for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. (Shutterstock)

The SFPUC is tarnishing SF’s record as an environmental leader

By Bill Martin and Hunter Cutting San Francisco has long been an…

The Tuolumne River is a major source of water for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. (Shutterstock)
The de Young Museum has said it opposes keeping JFK Drive car-free because it would limit access to the museum. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Don’t sacrifice car-free JFK for museum parking

By Marcel E. Moran Of all the difficult decisions facing San Francisco…

The de Young Museum has said it opposes keeping JFK Drive car-free because it would limit access to the museum. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)