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The SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse cannot resume operations until The city returns to the red COVID-19 risk tier. (Shutterstock photo)

Rec and Park Commission approves extension of SkyStar Wheel permit despite environmental concerns

Historic Preservation Commission approval still needed before end of next month

The SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse cannot resume operations until The city returns to the red COVID-19 risk tier. (Shutterstock photo)
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2021 gets off to a deadly start as overdoses continue to climb

The number of fatal drug overdoses last month in San Francisco increased…

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The SkyStar Wheel in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse has only been open for 39 days.<ins></ins>

Opposition forces postponement of vote on SkyStar Wheel

Critics say lights, noise from generator not appropriate for Golden Gate Park

The SkyStar Wheel in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse has only been open for 39 days.<ins></ins>
Mayor London Breed speaks at the opening of the SF Market COVID-19 mass vaccination site in the Bayview District on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The City has opened another mass vaccination site — but when will it have enough vaccine?

San Francisco announced the opening of its third mass vaccination site Tuesday…

Mayor London Breed speaks at the opening of the SF Market COVID-19 mass vaccination site in the Bayview District on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Ezekiel Logan, a 96-year-old World War II Navy veteran, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from Kaiser nurse Jamie Rant at the opening of the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Moscone Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF to pause COVID-19 vaccinations at two mass sites as supplies run out

San Francisco’s two high-volume vaccination sites will temporarily cease operations Monday due…

Ezekiel Logan, a 96-year-old World War II Navy veteran, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from Kaiser nurse Jamie Rant at the opening of the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Moscone Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Matt Haney has suggested spending a budget surplus to help local businesses, which are struggling due to the pandemic. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

Unexpected surplus gives city budget a boost

Property taxes come in higher than projections

Supervisor Matt Haney has suggested spending a budget surplus to help local businesses, which are struggling due to the pandemic. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
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California’s first cases of South African COVID variant found in Bay Area

Two cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant first discovered in South…

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While more San Franciscans will soon qualify to get vaccinated, limited supplies mean they may still have to wait.<ins></ins>

City expanding vaccine eligibility to teachers, first responders, food workers

Teachers, police officers, childcare workers and those who work in the food…

While more San Franciscans will soon qualify to get vaccinated, limited supplies mean they may still have to wait.<ins></ins>
The City’s Vehicle Triage Center opened in December 2019, and served 75 people by November of 2020, according to a City Controller’s report. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The City’s Vehicle Triage Center opened in December 2019, and served 75 people by November of 2020, according to a City Controller’s report. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The opening of the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Moscone Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City launches new mass vaccination site amid calls for better data, communication

While members of the Board of Supervisors called for improvement in The…

The opening of the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Moscone Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
An empty parcel along Essex Street will be transformed into a garden with multiple plots and a tool shed. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Garden planned on site of potential Bay Bridge bike ramp

Fate of Essex Street site remains uncertain due to lack of funds for West Span bike project

An empty parcel along Essex Street will be transformed into a garden with multiple plots and a tool shed. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly advised fans to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl in their own households. 
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Health officials fear Super Bowl, Chinese New Year could fuel another surge

As excitement builds for Super Bowl Sunday, California’s top health official warned…

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly advised fans to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl in their own households. 
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Tents fill up a new safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Homeless sleeping cabins proposed for Tenderloin parking lot

180 Jones currently holds a safe sleeping site for tents

Tents fill up a new safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Ferris wheel at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse, which has spent much of the past year shut down due to the pandemic, may get an extended stay. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

150-foot high Ferris wheel could remain in Golden Gate Park until March 2025

The Recreation and Park Department is seeking permission to keep a 150-foot…

The Ferris wheel at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse, which has spent much of the past year shut down due to the pandemic, may get an extended stay. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Mayor London Breed delivered an upbeat State of the City address virtually on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)

Breed sets sights on an ‘incredible recovery’ in State of City address

Commits to ‘goal of building 5,000 new homes each year’

Mayor London Breed delivered an upbeat State of the City address virtually on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)
Dr. Hillary Kunins, who worked on strategies to address the opioid crisis in New York, will begin her job as director of Behavioral Health Services in March. (Courtesy SFGOV)

New behavioral health director hired to lead Mental Health SF effort

San Francisco has hired Dr. Hillary Kunins as the new director of…

Dr. Hillary Kunins, who worked on strategies to address the opioid crisis in New York, will begin her job as director of Behavioral Health Services in March. (Courtesy SFGOV)
Joaquin Torres has led the Office of Economic and Workforce Development since 2018. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Breed to appoint workforce director Joaquín Torres as Assessor-Recorder

Mayor London Breed will appoint Joaquín Torres to serve as San Francisco’s…

Joaquin Torres has led the Office of Economic and Workforce Development since 2018. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu was confirmed to her new position <ins>as city administrator</ins> Tuesday.<ins> The role, which manages 25 city departments, is considered the most powerful non-elected position in city </ins><ins>government</ins>. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Carmen Chu confirmed as City Administrator

Assessor Carmen Chu was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to…

Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu was confirmed to her new position <ins>as city administrator</ins> Tuesday.<ins> The role, which manages 25 city departments, is considered the most powerful non-elected position in city </ins><ins>government</ins>. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Patients line up in their cars to receive a shot at The City’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination site at City College of San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Legislation would require SF to create a public COVID-19 vaccine plan — fast

San Francisco’s Department of Public Health would have to come up with…

Patients line up in their cars to receive a shot at The City’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination site at City College of San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Outdoor dining, as seen here at Mama’s on Washington Square in North Beach in September, is expected to resume in San Franisco this week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF to reopen outdoor dining, personal services

San Francisco will allow outdoor dining and other limited business activity to…

Outdoor dining, as seen here at Mama’s on Washington Square in North Beach in September, is expected to resume in San Franisco this week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)