Robyn Purchia

After the San Francisco Indian Center burned down in October 1969, Native American activists proposed re-establishing a new cultural center on Alcatraz Island. When the proposal was denied, they occupied the island for 19 months. (Courtesy Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Archives)

Native Americans deserve a restored cultural center

For almost a year, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota…

After the San Francisco Indian Center burned down in October 1969, Native American activists proposed re-establishing a new cultural center on Alcatraz Island. When the proposal was denied, they occupied the island for 19 months. (Courtesy Golden Gate National Recreation Area Park Archives)
San Francisco officials are building toward the future by utilizing new infrastructure, like electric vehicle charging stations, and creating sustainable programs. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Tomorrow’s San Francisco depends on today’s investment

It’s March 14, 2028. Life in The City isn’t so different from…

San Francisco officials are building toward the future by utilizing new infrastructure, like electric vehicle charging stations, and creating sustainable programs. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, center, president of Interfaith Power and Light, reads to a prayer circle last week at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Shared values unite Americans from both sides of the aisle

San Francisco is united in its resistance to President Donald Trump. Last…

Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, center, president of Interfaith Power and Light, reads to a prayer circle last week at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Native Americans and their allies demonstrate outside Wells Fargo on Saturday in San Francisco over the commercial bank’s backing of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Courtesy Anesti Vega/Indigenous Rising Media)

A public bank is not a promise to keep San Francisco’s money green

Montgomery Street echoed with the Lakota cry, “Mni Wiconi!” — “Water is…

Native Americans and their allies demonstrate outside Wells Fargo on Saturday in San Francisco over the commercial bank’s backing of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Courtesy Anesti Vega/Indigenous Rising Media)
Solar panels are seen on the rooftop of the Chinatown Public Health Center in San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Climate change policies create American jobs

It’s been a month since the Women’s March, and yelling at politicians…

Solar panels are seen on the rooftop of the Chinatown Public Health Center in San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Fisheries impacted by disasters, including the local Dungeness crab fleet, will see some relief after Congress allocated $200 million in relief in the federal budget bill. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s love affair with Dungeness crab grows more toxic

For local Dungeness crab fishermen and women, life has become a heart-shaped…

Fisheries impacted by disasters, including the local Dungeness crab fleet, will see some relief after Congress allocated $200 million in relief in the federal budget bill. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
It can be hard to tell the difference between a compostable straw and a non-compostable one. (Courtesy photo)

Compostable straws are great, but they’re no zero waste unicorn

Eva Holman, an anti-plastic crusader for the San Francisco Surfrider Foundation, recently…

It can be hard to tell the difference between a compostable straw and a non-compostable one. (Courtesy photo)
A woman at the San Francisco Retirement Board’s Jan. 24 meeting holds a sign encouraging the board to vote in favor of divesting The City’s pension from fossil fuel holdings. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘Defiant’ Retirement Board staff drags heels on fossil fuel divestment

Brick walls typically don’t respond to pressure. Like the people in charge…

A woman at the San Francisco Retirement Board’s Jan. 24 meeting holds a sign encouraging the board to vote in favor of divesting The City’s pension from fossil fuel holdings. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Demonstrators rally outside City Hall in April to push for the defunding of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Robyn Purchia 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Trump reminds us we have the power to protect our planet

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration one year ago, the bad news hasn’t…

Demonstrators rally outside City Hall in April to push for the defunding of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Robyn Purchia 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
A Department of Environment employee posts stickers with composting information on bins at Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen in the Sunset. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco must toss out its throw-away culture

Like a lot of San Franciscans, Andrew Perlman cares about the environment.…

A Department of Environment employee posts stickers with composting information on bins at Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen in the Sunset. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee exits the chamber room to applause after presenting his proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year at City Hall on May 31, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Retirement Board ought to heed late mayor’s call, vote to divest from fossil fuels

The unexpected loss of Mayor Ed Lee still hangs over our city.…

Mayor Ed Lee exits the chamber room to applause after presenting his proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year at City Hall on May 31, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Understanding the wide range of commuter needs — like not wanting to see sexual ads when children are present — is crucial in creating an enjoyable public transit experience. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rider experience must be part of the public transit equation

On Thanksgiving, San Francisco resident Carmel Graham took her two young girls…

Understanding the wide range of commuter needs — like not wanting to see sexual ads when children are present — is crucial in creating an enjoyable public transit experience. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to extensively regulate flame-retardant chemicals, and the rest of California should quickly follow suit. (Courtesy photo)

California should expand on San Francisco’s flame retardants ban

Many are giving thanks this holiday to the first responders who battled…

San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to extensively regulate flame-retardant chemicals, and the rest of California should quickly follow suit. (Courtesy photo)
Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone young men dance in honor of the bears at the Big Time Gathering at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Recognizing Ohlone culture can heal San Francisco

Zachary Ippoliti told me he died in the Presidio. Every July for…

Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone young men dance in honor of the bears at the Big Time Gathering at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Candy Store in Russian Hill offers a wide selection of bulk Halloween candy, including foil-wrapped chocolates and package-free candy corn and gummy worms. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Halloween can help San Francisco disrupt wasteful food packaging

For better or worse, The City has sparked some major cultural revolutions.…

The Candy Store in Russian Hill offers a wide selection of bulk Halloween candy, including foil-wrapped chocolates and package-free candy corn and gummy worms. (Robyn Purchia/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A room inside the San Francisco Zen Center, which has operated in The City since 1962. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A little Zen for these troubled times

San Franciscans were delighted to see a gigantic heart in the sky…

A room inside the San Francisco Zen Center, which has operated in The City since 1962. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Every time a mattress is sold, an $11 fee is charged and deposited into a fund to help local agencies retrieve abandoned mattresses — but San Francisco hasn’t accepted the money. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco should accept money under the mattress to combat illegal dumping

Earlier this month, the Marina Green was a dump. But residents of…

Every time a mattress is sold, an $11 fee is charged and deposited into a fund to help local agencies retrieve abandoned mattresses — but San Francisco hasn’t accepted the money. (Courtesy photo)
SFMTA directors have argued that electric vehicle technology is not ready, instead authorizing the purchase of hundreds of new trolleys and planning to expand The City’s diesel hybrid fleet. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

As other cities lead electric charge, San Francisco expands diesel fleet

With our Bay breezes and environmental ethos, San Francisco typically boasts better…

SFMTA directors have argued that electric vehicle technology is not ready, instead authorizing the purchase of hundreds of new trolleys and planning to expand The City’s diesel hybrid fleet. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A haul of fresh fish are put on ice before they’re weighed on the docks of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on July 11, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

California’s water wars pit farmers against local fishermen

Business was good when Larry Collins began his career as a fisherman…

A haul of fresh fish are put on ice before they’re weighed on the docks of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on July 11, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Chevron refinery fire, as seen from the Albany Bulb on Aug. 6, 2012. (Courtesy Michael Moore/via Flickr)

With lives, livelihoods on the line, SF clings to coal, oil investments

Five years ago, on a clear August evening in Richmond, Calif., Isabella…

The Chevron refinery fire, as seen from the Albany Bulb on Aug. 6, 2012. (Courtesy Michael Moore/via Flickr)