Joel P. Engardio

Evy Schiffman with her husband Neil a few months before he died of lung cancer last summer. (Courtesy Evy Schiffman)

Transforming discussions of death

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

Evy Schiffman with her husband Neil a few months before he died of lung cancer last summer. (Courtesy Evy Schiffman)
The Airbnb solution

The Airbnb solution

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

The Airbnb solution
David Traylor (left) isn’t psychotic, in jail or dead today thanks to Judge Ronald Albers (right) of San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A court for the 10th circle of hell

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

David Traylor (left) isn’t psychotic, in jail or dead today thanks to Judge Ronald Albers (right) of San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gary McCoy. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner

From near death and homeless to City Hall

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

Gary McCoy. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner
There goes our housing like sand slipping though our fingers. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Like sand slipping through our fingers

What do Groundhog Day, the boogeyman, Whack-a-Mole and the phrase “like sand…

There goes our housing like sand slipping though our fingers. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Assemblymember Phil Ting, center, waves from a car in the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade. (Courtesy photo)

Assemblyman Ting is unsung LGBT hero

Editor’s Note: Joel Engardio’s column will appear on the Opinion page now…

Assemblymember Phil Ting, center, waves from a car in the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade. (Courtesy photo)
CCSF Trustees Rafael Mandelman, left, and Alex Randolph have differing politics: Mandelman is a firebrand progressive, and Randolph is a Mayor Lee-appointed moderate. Yet they are both highly competent and work effectively together to save City College. (Courtesy photo)

Saving City College with competence

I grew up in the General Motors factory town of Saginaw, Mich.,…

CCSF Trustees Rafael Mandelman, left, and Alex Randolph have differing politics: Mandelman is a firebrand progressive, and Randolph is a Mayor Lee-appointed moderate. Yet they are both highly competent and work effectively together to save City College. (Courtesy photo)
Jose and Maria Cardenas have lived in the Mission for 50 years. The couples want to regain control of their Hampshire Street property for the family, but the tenants are refusing to leave. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Victim Wars: Evictors vs. the Evicted

At first glance, this is another sad eviction story in the ongoing…

Jose and Maria Cardenas have lived in the Mission for 50 years. The couples want to regain control of their Hampshire Street property for the family, but the tenants are refusing to leave. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Guiding principles to avoid a mealy mouth

When community groups invite me to speak about the issues featured in…

From left, Bayview residents Julius Crane, Tyra Fennell and Xan DeVoss are working

Reconciling Gayview and Bayview pride

A nation with same-sex marriage and a South Carolina without a Confederate…

From left, Bayview residents Julius Crane, Tyra Fennell and Xan DeVoss are working
Vicki Hennessy at her Westside home. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The woman who would be sheriff

Everything I know about women’s prisons I learned watching the Netflix hit “Orange…

Vicki Hennessy at her Westside home. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joel Engardio and Lionel Hsu were married in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. Supervisors Scott Wiener and Katy Tang officiated. (Courtesy Suzanne Lucas)

A perfect union of lessons learned

When I saw the Supreme Court’s close-as-it-gets 5 to 4 vote granting…

Joel Engardio and Lionel Hsu were married in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. Supervisors Scott Wiener and Katy Tang officiated. (Courtesy Suzanne Lucas)
From left, Selena Weng, David Lee and Fawwaz Fikkeri hold petitions to put the Open Government Act initiative on the November ballot. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Helping give voice to silent majority

It’s human nature to ignore things outside the scope of our daily…

From left, Selena Weng, David Lee and Fawwaz Fikkeri hold petitions to put the Open Government Act initiative on the November ballot. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
S.F. startup is not your grandma's Snapchat

S.F. startup is not your grandma’s Snapchat

It's easy to forget that hippies and gays were originally despised as…

S.F. startup is not your grandma's Snapchat