Kelly Dessaint

Tenants’ rights laws are often mysterious and written in language that confuses. (Shutterstock)

It’s not a good time to be a bad landlord

Tenant Relief Act, at last, is one positive thing for renters

Tenants’ rights laws are often mysterious and written in language that confuses. (Shutterstock)
People have been dining indoors, inside Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café in North Beach. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What happens when the pandemic is over?

According to the latest COVID stats, I may have to start regularly…

People have been dining indoors, inside Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Café in North Beach. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
My backyard once was, like much of the San Francisco Bay’s estuary, a tidal marsh.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Revenge of the tidal marsh in my East Bay backyard

Home improvement attempts foiled by workers, weather

My backyard once was, like much of the San Francisco Bay’s estuary, a tidal marsh.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
COVID restrictions have prompted a benefit or two, such as empty streets in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Taking the scenic route through a pandemic

Streets of San Francisco are pleasantly free of traffic

COVID restrictions have prompted a benefit or two, such as empty streets in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Embarcadero Plaza near San Francisco’s waterfront previously was named Justin Herman Plaza.<ins> (Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner file)</ins>

Where the streets have more than one name

Welcome changes on roads, schools reflect goals for diversity, equality

Embarcadero Plaza near San Francisco’s waterfront previously was named Justin Herman Plaza.<ins> (Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner file)</ins>
A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)

An offer in dollars too good to resist

Expenses get covered in what feels like a deal with the devil

A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)
Comedian Brian Posehn had a cameo as a driver in the the popular series “The Mandalorian.” (Courtesy Disney+)

The future of taxi driving is in the stars

A certain type of passenger will rely on traditional cabs, but will a person be at the wheel?

Comedian Brian Posehn had a cameo as a driver in the the popular series “The Mandalorian.” (Courtesy Disney+)
While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Looking for the story that wants to be told

Excursions through The City prompt memories of rides and times past

While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Wearing a mask got difficult on a hill-filled walk through Oakland Zoo’s 
Glowfari attraction.<ins> (Oakland Zoo screenshot)</ins>

The pros and cons of living through a pandemic

Social distancing might be thing we want to keep post-COVID

Wearing a mask got difficult on a hill-filled walk through Oakland Zoo’s 
Glowfari attraction.<ins> (Oakland Zoo screenshot)</ins>
One ride that I thought would be a typical late-night fare had an unexpected impact. (Shutterstock)

When your luck runs wild with a late-night fare

A particularly talkative rider has a surprising proposition

One ride that I thought would be a typical late-night fare had an unexpected impact. (Shutterstock)
It’s disheartening to see that Bill Graham Civic’s marquee isn’t announcing upcoming concerts. (Screenshot/Bill Graham Civic Twitter)

A cruise through The City with the ghosts of rides past

I take my time and don’t even mind the occasional traffic jams

It’s disheartening to see that Bill Graham Civic’s marquee isn’t announcing upcoming concerts. (Screenshot/Bill Graham Civic Twitter)
With voters supporting ride-hail drivers working for Uber and Lyft, the future of the cab industry is in serious doubt. (Shutterstock photo)

The SF taxi industry is doomed

Prop. 22 passing means no one will be taking cabs

With voters supporting ride-hail drivers working for Uber and Lyft, the future of the cab industry is in serious doubt. (Shutterstock photo)
Thankfully, playgrounds that were closed due to the pandemic during the summer have reopened.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

The perils of parenting, COVID-style

At long last, it’s OK to take your little one out to play

Thankfully, playgrounds that were closed due to the pandemic during the summer have reopened.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
It’s wrong to think that Uber and Lyft, which are behind Proposition 22, value public interest over shareholders’ profits. (Courtesy photo)

When did we start trusting corporations to draft laws?

Prop. 22 ads do not accurately portray the lives of full-time ride-hail drivers

It’s wrong to think that Uber and Lyft, which are behind Proposition 22, value public interest over shareholders’ profits. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco cab drivers are required to provide a urine specimen every year if they want to keep their permits. (Screenshot/SFMTA website)

A birthday present from the SFMTA

Drug test needed to renew a cab permit is humiliating, demeaning

San Francisco cab drivers are required to provide a urine specimen every year if they want to keep their permits. (Screenshot/SFMTA website)
The time has come to view Uber and Lyft as what they really are — cab companies on crack. Courtesy photo

I Drive SF: San Francisco will always get the taxi service it deserves

As rideshare companies face increased regulation, voters will weigh in on what they want

The time has come to view Uber and Lyft as what they really are — cab companies on crack. Courtesy photo
Some have said that the taxi business has been picking up at San Francisco International Airport as the pandemic hits the six-month mark. (Courtesy photo)

On the prospect of driving an SF taxi again

With the bread and butter of the business gone, should I attempt to get behind the wheel?

Some have said that the taxi business has been picking up at San Francisco International Airport as the pandemic hits the six-month mark. (Courtesy photo)
There’s a bustling scene on Lombard Street during a heat wave in The City. (Courtesy photo)

I Drive SF: Fear and loathing on Lombard Street

With heat, traffic and lightning, the Bay Area can still sometimes surprise

There’s a bustling scene on Lombard Street during a heat wave in The City. (Courtesy photo)
Ralph’s grocery stores in Southern California are doing good business during the pandemic. (Courtesy photo)

I Drive SF: Home is where the weather suits your clothes

Good to be back after sweltering SoCal stay

Ralph’s grocery stores in Southern California are doing good business during the pandemic. (Courtesy photo)
On a recent visit, the Apple store in San Luis Obispo didn’t have a shortage of customers. (Courtesy San Luis Obispo Collection)

I Drive SF: San Francisco dreaming on such a gloomy LA day

When you go from the Bay Area to Southern California, you feel the differences in your skin

On a recent visit, the Apple store in San Luis Obispo didn’t have a shortage of customers. (Courtesy San Luis Obispo Collection)