Joel P. Engardio

Housemates Pierce Smith, 81, and Ed Taylor, 27, enjoy living together in Smith’s home in the Inner Sunset, via a program called Home Match, which pairs seniors with people looking for an affordable place to live. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Housing creation with heart

Home Match links seniors with people who need an affordable place to live

Housemates Pierce Smith, 81, and Ed Taylor, 27, enjoy living together in Smith’s home in the Inner Sunset, via a program called Home Match, which pairs seniors with people looking for an affordable place to live. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)

How to win neighborhoods and influence City Hall

There’s a reason Christopher Guest mockumentaries and fictional TV shows like “Schitt’s…

Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco police joined the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2002, soon after 9/11. But police withdrew in 2017. The civil grand jury report warns there has been a reduction in information sharing since. (Courtesy photo)

The jury has spoken. Will anyone listen?

The San Francisco Civil Grand Jury report did not shy away from controversial questions like counter-terrorism and pensions.

San Francisco police joined the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2002, soon after 9/11. But police withdrew in 2017. The civil grand jury report warns there has been a reduction in information sharing since. (Courtesy photo)
While in prison, Markelle Taylor was able run 105 non-stop loops around the prison track — the equivalent of a marathon. (Christine Yoo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘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.

While in prison, Markelle Taylor was able run 105 non-stop loops around the prison track — the equivalent of a marathon. (Christine Yoo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A group from the Public Defender’s Office pause to honor late Public Defender Jeff Adachi in front of the Hall of Justice during a march on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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.

A group from the Public Defender’s Office pause to honor late Public Defender Jeff Adachi in front of the Hall of Justice during a march on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Neighbors Kate King and Carol Dimmick teamed up and overcame resistance to their beautification plans.                                 Courtesy photo

The politics of beauty

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

Neighbors Kate King and Carol Dimmick teamed up and overcame resistance to their beautification plans.                                 Courtesy photo
The author (right) with presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg during a recent visit to San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Discovering presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

I like to ask people how they discovered Pete Buttigieg.

The author (right) with presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg during a recent visit to San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Mike Ng and Senior Deputy Ajay Saxena wait while Deputy Rebecca Lee is helped by Deputy Walt Jacobs to interpret court documents as they work on digitizing the records at the Central Records and Warrants Unit at the Hall of Justice on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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

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

San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Mike Ng and Senior Deputy Ajay Saxena wait while Deputy Rebecca Lee is helped by Deputy Walt Jacobs to interpret court documents as they work on digitizing the records at the Central Records and Warrants Unit at the Hall of Justice on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
“Merchant corridors can no longer survive just serving surrounding neighbors,” Vas Kiniris said. “You need to offer unique experiences to attract new customers from all over town.” (Courtesy photo)

This “retail doctor” helps neighborhoods, merchants thrive

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

“Merchant corridors can no longer survive just serving surrounding neighbors,” Vas Kiniris said. “You need to offer unique experiences to attract new customers from all over town.” (Courtesy photo)
Brian Wiedenmeier, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition navigates the politics of cycling which can be as unforgiving as the road. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Leading a bicycle coalition in San Francisco is a perilous ride

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

Brian Wiedenmeier, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition navigates the politics of cycling which can be as unforgiving as the road. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A look at The City on the left, and the City of Light on the right. (Courtesy)

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…

A look at The City on the left, and the City of Light on the right. (Courtesy)
Nima Rahimi with his mother Nayer and father Mehdi. Rahimi’s parents immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s. (Courtesy Kaveh Nikpour)

From Iran, With Persistence

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

Nima Rahimi with his mother Nayer and father Mehdi. Rahimi’s parents immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s. (Courtesy Kaveh Nikpour)
San Francisco Police Officers Association president Tony Montoya, pictured at SFPOA headquarters, is feeling optimistic about working with people who have been critical of the union. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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…

San Francisco Police Officers Association president Tony Montoya, pictured at SFPOA headquarters, is feeling optimistic about working with people who have been critical of the union. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Angelic Williams created an app called MyUmbrella that tells LGBTQ people of color where to find welcoming businesses. It was inspired by "The Green Book," which helped African Americans travel safely in Jim Crow America. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A green rainbow for our time

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

Angelic Williams created an app called MyUmbrella that tells LGBTQ people of color where to find welcoming businesses. It was inspired by "The Green Book," which helped African Americans travel safely in Jim Crow America. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
World War I veteran Wilford Sheltraw and retired U.S. Navy Commander Zoe Dunning served a century apart, but the Great War connects them. (Left: Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner; Right: Courtesy Zoe Dunning)

Will the Great War ever end?

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

World War I veteran Wilford Sheltraw and retired U.S. Navy Commander Zoe Dunning served a century apart, but the Great War connects them. (Left: Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner; Right: Courtesy Zoe Dunning)
Build Westside housing here: Single-story stretches of West Portal Avenue, served by three Muni trains and an often-empty parking lot behind Stonestown Mall. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Finding the best places to build Westside housing

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

Build Westside housing here: Single-story stretches of West Portal Avenue, served by three Muni trains and an often-empty parking lot behind Stonestown Mall. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Assessor Carmen Chu dispenses asset-building advice at her Family Wealth Forum. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Beyond Assessor: Carmen Chu redefines her role

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

Assessor Carmen Chu dispenses asset-building advice at her Family Wealth Forum. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Arcadi Kolchak, left, and Richard So are millennials working to save their generation and others from an epidemic of hepatitis B in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Calling out a ‘silent killer’

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

Arcadi Kolchak, left, and Richard So are millennials working to save their generation and others from an epidemic of hepatitis B in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Miraloma Park neighborhood association board members, from left, Robert Gee, Bill Kan, Joanie Van Rijn and Daniel Homsey play with the solar-panel generators, emergency radios and portable toilets stored in Gee’s garage. The volunteers helped make their community one of the safest places to be when disaster strikes San Francisco. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The joy of preparing for the Big One

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

Miraloma Park neighborhood association board members, from left, Robert Gee, Bill Kan, Joanie Van Rijn and Daniel Homsey play with the solar-panel generators, emergency radios and portable toilets stored in Gee’s garage. The volunteers helped make their community one of the safest places to be when disaster strikes San Francisco. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Steen founded Rainbow Street, a lifeline for LGBT persecution in the Middle East, while riding the Google bus to Silicon Valley. His friend Mohammad was the first client; they met when Steen studied Arabic in Jordan. (Left: Courtesy Allyson Stronach; Right: Courtesy Kevin Steen)
Kevin Steen founded Rainbow Street, a lifeline for LGBT persecution in the Middle East, while riding the Google bus to Silicon Valley. His friend Mohammad was the first client; they met when Steen studied Arabic in Jordan. (Left: Courtesy Allyson Stronach; Right: Courtesy Kevin Steen)