Joel P. Engardio

From left, SEO Scholars Iris Bonilla, 20, Kamiah Brown, 16, and David Ruiz, 15. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

These kids believe in hard work, not unicorns

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

From left, SEO Scholars Iris Bonilla, 20, Kamiah Brown, 16, and David Ruiz, 15. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Not-so-odd Couple: SPUR director Christine Johnson, left, and Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods president George Wooding are supposed to represent opposite sides of the housing debate, but they agree on more issues than anyone expected. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Strangest thing: Some agreement in SF housing debate

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

Not-so-odd Couple: SPUR director Christine Johnson, left, and Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods president George Wooding are supposed to represent opposite sides of the housing debate, but they agree on more issues than anyone expected. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“We can do it!” A majority of the instructors at theCoderSchool in West Portal are women. They want to inspire girls to pursue tech careers. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Fueling girl power in tech

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

“We can do it!” A majority of the instructors at theCoderSchool in West Portal are women. They want to inspire girls to pursue tech careers. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mohammed Khalil stands outside his family’s Mission District convenience store. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Self-survival in San Francisco

The growing list of demographics facing extinction in San Francisco includes families…

Mohammed Khalil stands outside his family’s Mission District convenience store. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Retired architect Eugene Lew and his assistant James Pitts have designs to help middle-income families afford a home in San Francisco. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What if we turned the Sunset into Paris?

On a peninsula as tiny and popular as San Francisco, it’s difficult…

Retired architect Eugene Lew and his assistant James Pitts have designs to help middle-income families afford a home in San Francisco. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chris and Rica Kwan’s ice cream is a hit in San Francisco, but they can’t find adequate housing for their growing family. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A city without ice cream makers?

At seven months pregnant, Rica Kwan stood for five hours serving ice…

Chris and Rica Kwan’s ice cream is a hit in San Francisco, but they can’t find adequate housing for their growing family. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marjan Philhour, pictured campaigning outside Lafayette Elementary School in the Richmond District on Nov. 7, is the new executive director of the rebranded Community Alliance for Jobs and Housing. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

A million reasons San Francisco must build housing

Can San Francisco hold a million people? Our population peaked at 775,000…

Marjan Philhour, pictured campaigning outside Lafayette Elementary School in the Richmond District on Nov. 7, is the new executive director of the rebranded Community Alliance for Jobs and Housing. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Cheol “Charles” Ryu is a refugee from North Korea who drives for Lyft. He will become a U.S. citizen in September. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Finding God, country and the Goo Goo Dolls

Cheol Ryu escaped starvation and forced labor in a North Korean coal…

Cheol “Charles” Ryu is a refugee from North Korea who drives for Lyft. He will become a U.S. citizen in September. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Assessor Recorder Carmen Chu before and after digitizing 150,000 paper files to bring her office into the 21st Century. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s something about Carmen

Shrugs abound when asking people on the street what they know about…

Assessor Recorder Carmen Chu before and after digitizing 150,000 paper files to bring her office into the 21st Century. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Bay City Beacon team is writing tales of The City for their generation. Some are pictured, from left to right: Daniel Herzstein, 23, Jay Ann Leyson, 30, Andy Lynch, 25, Laura Clark, 30, Victorio Li, 20. (Courtesy photo)

This isn’t your parents’ ‘Tales of the City’

I’ll never forget the couple, baby boomers, sitting next to me at…

The Bay City Beacon team is writing tales of The City for their generation. Some are pictured, from left to right: Daniel Herzstein, 23, Jay Ann Leyson, 30, Andy Lynch, 25, Laura Clark, 30, Victorio Li, 20. (Courtesy photo)
Rise SF is a newly launched pro-housing and transportation organization. (Courtesy Rise SF)

Turning ‘Yes, over there’ into ‘Yes, here’

Taiwan has seen an incredible advancement of democracy, free speech and human…

Rise SF is a newly launched pro-housing and transportation organization. (Courtesy Rise SF)
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” (Courtesy Lionel Hsu)

Second-best time for tree planting is now

Running for supervisor against an incumbent is a tough but worthy endeavor,…

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” (Courtesy Lionel Hsu)
Some of the 60 students and parents who staged a walkout at Sunnyside Elementary because their 5th grade class has been without a regular teacher since school started. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

All they want for school is a teacher

Two months into the school year, 31 students in the 5th grade…

Some of the 60 students and parents who staged a walkout at Sunnyside Elementary because their 5th grade class has been without a regular teacher since school started. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Joel Engardio working as a server at Red Lobster in San Bruno in 2003. (Courtesy Qris Fry)

The Red Lobster Test

Before buying our house, my husband Lionel and I took the Red…

Joel Engardio working as a server at Red Lobster in San Bruno in 2003. (Courtesy Qris Fry)
Westside resident Dennis Seaman, 60, bridges the divide between bicyclists and motorists. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Time to mandate bicycle licenses

Bicyclists in San Francisco should have to register their bike, obtain a…

Westside resident Dennis Seaman, 60, bridges the divide between bicyclists and motorists. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Westside residents and court watch members at the Moraga tiled steps in Golden Gate Heights, the scene of many auto burglaries. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Accountability in criminal justice sought on the Westside

How many times does your car have to be broken into in…

Westside residents and court watch members at the Moraga tiled steps in Golden Gate Heights, the scene of many auto burglaries. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Liz Brisson’s bold tunnel project for the M-line on the westside will give Muni a real, end-to-end subway. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

M-Line to Mars?

The day our new Central Subway opens, I will enjoy the fast…

Liz Brisson’s bold tunnel project for the M-line on the westside will give Muni a real, end-to-end subway. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)

Another advocate doesn’t mean better advocacy

There’s talk about creating a new citywide elected office in San Francisco…

San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)
West Portal residents Arthur Perkins (left) and Paul Barbagelata circulated a petition calling for city officials to address the westside crime wave. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Mad as Hell on San Francisco’s Westside

Pervasive crime and violence were among the problems Peter Finch railed against…

West Portal residents Arthur Perkins (left) and Paul Barbagelata circulated a petition calling for city officials to address the westside crime wave. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Westside San Francisco, where homes are detached with lawns on four sides in District 7. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Go west, new housing — within reason

Venture west of Twin Peaks and you will discover something very curious…

Westside San Francisco, where homes are detached with lawns on four sides in District 7. (Joel P. Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)