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City rules allowing small business permits to be held up by appeals and paperwork can cause months of delays and cost thousands of dollars. (Shutterstock)

How can we rebuild our economy, if we make it this hard to sell ice cream?

Proposition H would give businesses confidence in opening, and the flexibility they need to survive

City rules allowing small business permits to be held up by appeals and paperwork can cause months of delays and cost thousands of dollars. (Shutterstock)
Protesters march from Dolores Park in the Mission District to City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump administration’s family separation and detention process. (Eddie Hernandez Photos/Shutterstock)

The health of families depends on being together — stop direct transfers to ICE detention centers

By Sukhdip Purewal Boparai As a first generation Punjabi American and public…

Protesters march from Dolores Park in the Mission District to City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump administration’s family separation and detention process. (Eddie Hernandez Photos/Shutterstock)
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We cannot allow police unions to define public safety

By Cat Brooks Recently, the San Francisco and San José Police Officers…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Police do not belong in hospitals either

Police do not belong in hospitals either

By Adeola Oni-Orisan, Erinma Ukoha, Maisha Davis On July 8, 2020, Asmara…

Police do not belong in hospitals either
The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the need for access to legal couseling in the community. (Shutterstock)

Universal access to legal aid is the key to an equitable post-pandemic world

By Adrian Tirtanadi As the rest of San Francisco began to shelter…

The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the need for access to legal couseling in the community. (Shutterstock)
A site on 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex is expected to be developed into The City’s first housing project for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

In the “new normal,” teachers still need housing. Where will they live?

The City needs a real commitment to educator housing

A site on 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex is expected to be developed into The City’s first housing project for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco is doing a poor job of preserving its trees, which are crucial in combating climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A requiem for San Francisco’s urban forest

Smoky skies, poor air quality highlight need to increase The City’s tree canopy

San Francisco is doing a poor job of preserving its trees, which are crucial in combating climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic works with a client in the Bayview District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Our city’s budget needs to support the needs of vulnerable youth

We cannot afford to deprioritize funding for homeless services

A rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic works with a client in the Bayview District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.

Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.

A statement from the family of Luis Góngora Pat

Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.
Passengers exit a J-Church train at Powell Street Station in April of 2019. A plan to bring back service on the line includes a transfer to a different train at Church and Market streets for the underground section of the route. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA says proposed J-Church changes are an improvement. We say they’re a boondoggle.

By Bob Planthold and Pi Ra On August 22, the San Francisco…

Passengers exit a J-Church train at Powell Street Station in April of 2019. A plan to bring back service on the line includes a transfer to a different train at Church and Market streets for the underground section of the route. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A proposed California law will assist local news outlets, which are vital for maintaining a free society. (Shutterstock)

For readers’ sake, #savelocaljournalism

By Charles F. Champion A brand management and crisis communication professor I…

A proposed California law will assist local news outlets, which are vital for maintaining a free society. (Shutterstock)
Eviction (Shutterstock)

The Board of Supervisors must close the COVID-19 eviction moratorium loophole

Many San Francisco renters are struggling to make ends meet during the…

Eviction (Shutterstock)
San Francisco supervisors oppose proposed state legislation that would cause The City to lose affordable housing impact fees. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Senate Bill 1085 threatens San Francisco’s mandate to build affordable housing

By Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safai San Francisco is poised…

San Francisco supervisors oppose proposed state legislation that would cause The City to lose affordable housing impact fees. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City workers at facilities including Laguna Honda Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital have been providing essential services during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF should not balance its budget on the backs of public workers providing essential services

By Theresa Rutherford San Francisco is reckoning with the impacts of COVID-19,…

City workers at facilities including Laguna Honda Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital have been providing essential services during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Planning for education in a pandemic should not be rushed

Planning for education in a pandemic should not be rushed

By Gabriela Lopez There are numerous issues Board of Education candidate Michelle…

Planning for education in a pandemic should not be rushed
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Trump’s asylum reforms will deport Bay Area asylum seekers infected by COVID

By Amanda Bhuket While our national attention has been consumed by the…

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The San Francisco Board of Education is failing our children

The San Francisco Board of Education is failing our children

By Michelle Parker The uncertainties of the upcoming school year are keeping…

The San Francisco Board of Education is failing our children
In a recent study in San Francisco’s Mission District, the overwhelming majority of people who tested positive were Latino and almost all were employed as “essential” workers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

It’s going to get even worse for California’s Latinos unless the U.S. Senate acts swiftly around HEROES Act

By Luis Granados A sobering look at the state of Latinos under…

In a recent study in San Francisco’s Mission District, the overwhelming majority of people who tested positive were Latino and almost all were employed as “essential” workers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
An open letter to San Francisco Unified School District leadership

An open letter to San Francisco Unified School District leadership

Dear Superintendent Matthews and commissioners of the San Francisco Board of Education,…

An open letter to San Francisco Unified School District leadership
The owners of Louis’ Diner at Lands End announced the restaurant would close after more than 80 years of business earlier this month. (Shutterstock)

Louis’ Diner slips away into memory

By Spring Berlandt What can I say about Louis’ Diner. It was…

The owners of Louis’ Diner at Lands End announced the restaurant would close after more than 80 years of business earlier this month. (Shutterstock)