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Members of the Street Crisis Response Team speak with a person along Market Street. (Courtesy SFDPH)

San Francisco’s new homeless street teams make progress, garner praise

Shari Lachin works on one of San Francisco’s new street outreach teams…

Members of the Street Crisis Response Team speak with a person along Market Street. (Courtesy SFDPH)
Mayor London Breed, pictured at a news conference in Union Square in May, announced her two-year budget on Tuesday. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

What you need to know about London Breed’s new budget proposal

Mayor London Breed announced her two-year city budget proposal at a Chinatown…

Mayor London Breed, pictured at a news conference in Union Square in May, announced her two-year budget on Tuesday. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Though there are obstacles, there are positive signs pointing to San Francisco’s downtown recovery. (Courtesy photo)

Downtown upswing? Merchants express cautious optimism about SF’s ‘ghost town’

Michelle Hong has operated Cafe Madeleine with her husband for about two…

Though there are obstacles, there are positive signs pointing to San Francisco’s downtown recovery. (Courtesy photo)
Supervisor Dean Preston speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He is currently proposing legislation that would provide rent relief to small businesses forced to close during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

New measure would provide rent relief for struggling small businesses

Many of San Francisco’s shuttered small businesses have racked up hefty rent…

Supervisor Dean Preston speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He is currently proposing legislation that would provide rent relief to small businesses forced to close during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed spoke at the reopening of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch on April 20; in June, more restrictions will be lifted, including letting patrons visit for as long as they like. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s libraries are springing back to life

San Francisco’s limited reopening of its Main Library this month is bringing…

Mayor London Breed spoke at the reopening of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch on April 20; in June, more restrictions will be lifted, including letting patrons visit for as long as they like. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to S.F. Examiner)
City officials are considering a proposal to buy property at 1236 Carroll St. in the Bayview District that will become the site of a fire department training facility. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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San Francisco’s Fire Department needs a new place to train: Where will it be?

After years of searching, San Francisco appears to have found a new…

City officials are considering a proposal to buy property at 1236 Carroll St. in the Bayview District that will become the site of a fire department training facility. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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S.F. Police Department Mobile Command Centers in UN Plaza have been set up to combat crime and quality-of-life issues. <ins>(Michael Toren/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

More cops and counselors coming to troubled Mid-Market

San Francisco will add more police officers to the Mid-Market area starting…

S.F. Police Department Mobile Command Centers in UN Plaza have been set up to combat crime and quality-of-life issues. <ins>(Michael Toren/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A man sleeps along Market Street near Powell Street BART station in the Mid-Market area on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

San Francisco Supes support plan to reduce homelessness by 90 percent: Will it work?

California should push cities to achieve a 90 percent reduction in the…

A man sleeps along Market Street near Powell Street BART station in the Mid-Market area on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Better than expected tax revenues leave city with $157.3M surplus for this year

As the fiscal year nears an end and Mayor London Breed prepares…

Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and planning consultant Walter Wong are shown here together at a Christmas Party. (Courtesy photo)

Nuru scandal: Permit expediter Walter Wong to repay SF $1.7M

Longtime permit expediter and city contractor Walter Wong has agreed to repay…

Former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and planning consultant Walter Wong are shown here together at a Christmas Party. (Courtesy photo)
A second Hummingbird Place is set to open at 1156 Valencia St. following the success of a facility at San Francisco General Hospital. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) —

Shelter contract for mentally ill to get five-year, $17.2M extension

San Francisco is expected to give a five-year extension to a pilot…

A second Hummingbird Place is set to open at 1156 Valencia St. following the success of a facility at San Francisco General Hospital. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) —
Visitors read a notice hanging on the Polk Street entrance to City Hall on Thursday, March 26, 2020, shortly after the building was closed. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City Hall reopening to the public on June 7 after long closure due to COVID-19

San Francisco will reopen City Hall to the public on June 7…

Visitors read a notice hanging on the Polk Street entrance to City Hall on Thursday, March 26, 2020, shortly after the building was closed. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Large grocery store and drug store chains will need to continue paying hazard pay to employees through June under city legislation approved Tuesday. (Shutterstock)

SF extends $5 hourly hazard pay for grocery, drug store employees until June 15

Despite opposition from large grocers, San Francisco extended a law Tuesday to…

Large grocery store and drug store chains will need to continue paying hazard pay to employees through June under city legislation approved Tuesday. (Shutterstock)
A Homeless Outreach Team member speaks with homeless people along Jones Street in the Tenderloin on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Breed proposes another street outreach team to divert calls away from police

San Francisco would launch a new street outreach team to respond to…

A Homeless Outreach Team member speaks with homeless people along Jones Street in the Tenderloin on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Port of San Francisco, which controls much of the The City’s waterfront, faces potential layoffs due to a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 
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Special to S.F. Examiner

In a financial ‘crisis,’ SF Port officials lobby for stimulus funding

Looking to right their financial ship, Port of San Francisco officials are…

The Port of San Francisco, which controls much of the The City’s waterfront, faces potential layoffs due to a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 
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Special to S.F. Examiner
Stores including Walgreens and Safeway are required to pay their employees additional hazard pay under a city ordinance that is currently set to expire later this month. (Shutterstock)

Grocery workers could gain additional weeks of $5 per hour hazard pay

San Francisco will vote next week on whether to extend a law…

Stores including Walgreens and Safeway are required to pay their employees additional hazard pay under a city ordinance that is currently set to expire later this month. (Shutterstock)
Recology customers should receive refunds by September if a legal settlement over an overcharge is approved. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors approve $100M Recology settlement to refund overcharged customers

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $100 million…

Recology customers should receive refunds by September if a legal settlement over an overcharge is approved. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bars will be able to reopen at 25 percent capacity on Thursday, a day earlier than initially expected. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Bars to reopen Thursday as SF moves into yellow tier

San Francisco moved Tuesday into the state’s least restrictive COVID-19 yellow tier,…

Bars will be able to reopen at 25 percent capacity on Thursday, a day earlier than initially expected. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center officials may begin using more trained health-care workers to respond to security calls. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF General Hospital to reduce reliance on deputies for security

As the nation explores alternatives to policing, city health officials have found…

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center officials may begin using more trained health-care workers to respond to security calls. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Port of San Francisco has lost $15 million in tariffs from passengers due to the cancellation of nearly 200 cruises since March 2020. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examine

Return of cruise industry could bring much-needed revenue back to Port of SF

Cruise ships, which may be allowed to set sail in U.S. waters…

The Port of San Francisco has lost $15 million in tariffs from passengers due to the cancellation of nearly 200 cruises since March 2020. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examine