Jennifer Friedenbach

A homeless encampment near Ninth and Brannan streets is seen July 20, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Homeless funding initiative headed for the November ballot

A white jogger throwing a black homeless man’s property into Lake Merritt.…

A homeless encampment near Ninth and Brannan streets is seen July 20, 2017. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
An assortment of bicycle parts rest on a fence near a homeless encampment a 16th and Shotwell streets in San Francisco in March 6. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

‘Chop shop’ legislation targets homeless people in SF

My whole family rides bikes. And just like many other San Franciscans,…

An assortment of bicycle parts rest on a fence near a homeless encampment a 16th and Shotwell streets in San Francisco in March 6. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Emergency shelters are hard to come by in San Francisco: The City did not open up its 75 inclement-weather beds despite the past two weeks of rain. (Yesica Prado/2016 S.F. Examiner)

We must stop leaving our residents out in the rain

After years of drought, all this rainfall feels wonderful, life-lifting and freshly…

Emergency shelters are hard to come by in San Francisco: The City did not open up its 75 inclement-weather beds despite the past two weeks of rain. (Yesica Prado/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Latonya Drisdale stands by her belongings under the Highway 101 overpass at Potrero and Cesar Chavez streets on March 31. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

For SF homeless, ‘tough love’ concept just doesn’t add up

A week before Christmas — a time one usually associates with good…

Latonya Drisdale stands by her belongings under the Highway 101 overpass at Potrero and Cesar Chavez streets on March 31. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner)

Wins for homeless

Trump isn’t the only surprise winner this election season. Here in San…

(Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner)
David Martinez sits in his tent while San Francisco police officers respond to a complaint regarding Martinez’s tent encampment at Folsom and 17th streets on Sept. 8. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

November ballot measures incite class hatred in San Francisco

With a stinky pile of initiatives on the San Francisco ballot this…

David Martinez sits in his tent while San Francisco police officers respond to a complaint regarding Martinez’s tent encampment at Folsom and 17th streets on Sept. 8. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Neil Taylor, a homeless San Francisco resident, stands near the corner of Brannan and Division streets on June 27. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Proposed ballot measure on homelessness will exacerbate crisis

A young African-American man I talked to recently shared how he is…

Neil Taylor, a homeless San Francisco resident, stands near the corner of Brannan and Division streets on June 27. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A woman memorializes Luis Gongora, who was fatally shot by San Francisco police on April 7, outside of a town hall meeting at the Laborers Internationl Union building in the Mission on Wednesday, April 13. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Homeless advocacy begins with listening

Last week was awful, in that gut-wrenching, sick-to-your-stomach kind of way. Midweek…

A woman memorializes Luis Gongora, who was fatally shot by San Francisco police on April 7, outside of a town hall meeting at the Laborers Internationl Union building in the Mission on Wednesday, April 13. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A tale of two homeless sweeps

After a very long and chaotic week for the campers on Division…

Cultural shift long overdue for San Francisco police

Often in the wake of tragedy, we can find some solace in…

‘Hero’ in Market Street birth celebrated for wrong reasons

When I saw the raw aftermath footage of a woman giving birth…

No substance behind mayor’s homeless app

Earlier this month, the Mayor’s Office announced a new category on the…

Profiling leads to community decline

This month was my husband’s birthday, and I decided to get him…

Sleeping is a crime in San Francisco

Last week, an encampment of elderly black people near our office in…