Joel P. Engardio

‘The Gazelle of San Quentin’

Seven years into a life sentence, Markelle Taylor was 36 and realized continued survival at San Quentin State Prison would require some spiritual help.

Shield law should protect all journalists

The morning after the tragic death of Jeff Adachi, I received a call from a well-known local journalist.

The politics of beauty

The uglier national politics get, some seek solace in local matters.

Discovering presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

I like to ask people how they discovered Pete Buttigieg.

SF reboots 20-year-old effort to create law enforcement database

When police arrested 63 people over six days for selling heroin and…

This “retail doctor” helps neighborhoods, merchants thrive

Time travel is possible on a train through the Twin Peaks tunnel.…

Leading a bicycle coalition in San Francisco is a perilous ride

Riding a bike in San Francisco can be perilous. There are speeding…

Can a Paris streetscape inspire San Francisco to create 10,000 new homes?

Most millennials have little hope of raising a family in San Francisco…

From Iran, With Persistence

Iranian-American Nima Rahimi wore sunglasses the morning in June when the Supreme…

SF police union gets openly gay leader and a new style, at last

An openly gay leader of the San Francisco Police Officers Association should…

A green rainbow for our time

A road trip in Jim Crow America was a nightmare for African…

Will the Great War ever end?

Fake news, global warming, deadly flu outbreaks, chemical weapons attacks in Syria…

Finding the best places to build Westside housing

When state Sen. Scott Wiener told me about his plan to require…

Beyond Assessor: Carmen Chu redefines her role

It’s hard to get excited about a political office called “Assessor.” There…

Calling out a ‘silent killer’

Driving my boyfriend home from chemotherapy, we couldn’t believe the ad on…

The joy of preparing for the Big One

Sometimes a popcorn machine is not just about the popcorn. Residents at…

These kids believe in hard work, not unicorns

Tech startups valued at $1 billion are called unicorns because they’re rare.…

Strangest thing: Some agreement in SF housing debate

In the simple version of San Francisco’s housing crisis, two giant generations…

Fueling girl power in tech

No one ever expected a tech revolution West of Twin Peaks, the…