Joel P. Engardio

What if we turned the Sunset into Paris?

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

A city without ice cream makers?

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

A million reasons San Francisco must build housing

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

Finding God, country and the Goo Goo Dolls

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

There’s something about Carmen

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

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

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

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

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

Second-best time for tree planting is now

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

All they want for school is a teacher

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

The Red Lobster Test

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

Time to mandate bicycle licenses

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

Accountability in criminal justice sought on the Westside

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

M-Line to Mars?

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

Another advocate doesn’t mean better advocacy

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

Mad as Hell on San Francisco’s Westside

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

Go west, new housing — within reason

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

Transforming discussions of death

Sex in America was so taboo that even though it was on…

The Airbnb solution

When it comes to things that evoke absolute feelings of love or hate, Airbnb…

A court for the 10th circle of hell

A man pushed a needle of heroin into his arm as I…

From near death and homeless to City Hall

When I was looking to hire a coordinator for my 2012 supervisor…