Stuart Schuffman

San Francisco’s Coit Tower. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Getting a visitor’s perspective of San Francisco

Living in San Francisco can make you jaded and cynical, so hearing the insights of someone who’s seeing this place with fresh eyes is heartening.

San Francisco’s Coit Tower. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
Summer Shannon regularly cleans the sidewalk in front of her building in the Tenderloin, and so she was stunned to receive a threat from The City. (Courtesy photo).

Getting fined for gummed up sidewalks in the Tenderloin

It’s no secret that San Francisco has used the Tenderloin as a containment zone for homelessness and drug use for decades.

Summer Shannon regularly cleans the sidewalk in front of her building in the Tenderloin, and so she was stunned to receive a threat from The City. (Courtesy photo).
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on May 17, 2019 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Any plan by Trump to deal with homelessness should scare you

We’ve seen how the Trump Administration deals with human beings it considers “undesirable.”

A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on May 17, 2019 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)
Since Mayor Val Zudans is a “lifetime NRA member” he took particular umbrage to the supervisors designating it a “domestic terrorist organization.” (Courtesy photo)

A letter to the Florida mayor who trashed our fine city of San Francisco

The mayor of tiny Vero Beach, Florida wrote a letter, on official letterhead, lambasting San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors.

Since Mayor Val Zudans is a “lifetime NRA member” he took particular umbrage to the supervisors designating it a “domestic terrorist organization.” (Courtesy photo)
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Hiero Day is the best parts of the Bay wrapped into one event

The best part of Labor Day Weekend isn’t the Burning Man Rapture anyway, it’s Hiero Day.

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A view of the Golden State Warriors’ new Chase Center arena from the “Thrive City” plaza along Third Street during a media tour on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chase Center: A giant roomba that is still a bad idea

Given this incredible propensity for screwing up huge projects, none of us should be surprised that The City went ahead with this absurdly placed arena.

A view of the Golden State Warriors’ new Chase Center arena from the “Thrive City” plaza along Third Street during a media tour on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Republican Party only started caring about Jews and Israel (which they equate as the same thing) around the time George W. Bush got elected.(Courtesy photo)

Why would any Jew be a Republican?

As a Jew, a loud obnoxious one at that, I’m also repeatedly flabbergasted that other Jews are Republicans.

The Republican Party only started caring about Jews and Israel (which they equate as the same thing) around the time George W. Bush got elected.(Courtesy photo)
As I approached the gates of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on Friday there was a small part of me that thought, “Could it happen here?” (Courtesy photo)

Gun control: We have to start somewhere and now

The point of terrorism is to cause terror

As I approached the gates of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on Friday there was a small part of me that thought, “Could it happen here?” (Courtesy photo)
Some days are better than others when you write for a living. (Courtesy photo)

Missing the days when a writer could just be a writer

Sometimes it’s easy to do this: Sit down in front of a…

Some days are better than others when you write for a living. (Courtesy photo)
Thousands of protestors in a “Families Belong Together” march to San Francisco City Hall on June 30,2018 protesting Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and the separation of more that 2,000 children. (Courtesy photo)

What history can teach us about defeating fascism today

Beyond being a great historical tale about beating fascism, the story of the Battle of Cable Street has many important parallels to today.

Thousands of protestors in a “Families Belong Together” march to San Francisco City Hall on June 30,2018 protesting Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and the separation of more that 2,000 children. (Courtesy photo)
San Franciscans hoped for a spectacular fireworks show, but were bested by the fog again. (Courtesy photo)

Faint lights flickering in the fog

Celebrating Fourth of July in San Francisco

San Franciscans hoped for a spectacular fireworks show, but were bested by the fog again. (Courtesy photo)
(Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune)

If you support the detention camps, you’re a bad person

Driving down Interstate 10 toward the hotel I could see the border…

(Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune)
If you give yourself over to The City, you’re bound have a good time. (Courtesy photo)

Taking a day to let San Francisco wash over us

It’s not often that I wake up with nothing on my agenda.

If you give yourself over to The City, you’re bound have a good time. (Courtesy photo)
Sietske Tjallingii (left) and Molly Craft (right) live in the neighborhood and stopped to lounge in the shade at Dolores Park, San Francisco on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Lola Chase/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Franciscans cannot take the heat

As I write this I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Downtown San Francisco simply because they have air conditioning.

Sietske Tjallingii (left) and Molly Craft (right) live in the neighborhood and stopped to lounge in the shade at Dolores Park, San Francisco on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Lola Chase/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
” I’ve seen so many people dragged on social media for saying the wrong thing, not out of spite or malintent, but simply because they didn’t know what they were saying was wrong.” (Courtesy photo)

Let’s be more patient with those who are not woke

A couple weeks ago my girlfriend Kayla and I were lying in bed trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix.

” I’ve seen so many people dragged on social media for saying the wrong thing, not out of spite or malintent, but simply because they didn’t know what they were saying was wrong.” (Courtesy photo)
Floating in Richardson Bay, the body of water between Sausalito and Belvedere, are about 200 boats that serve as the homes for a community who call themselves Anchor-Outs. ( Courtesy photo)

Homeless people take to boats in wealthy Marin county

I was on Twitter the other night and came across a tweet by ABC7 anchor and reporter Dion Lim.

Floating in Richardson Bay, the body of water between Sausalito and Belvedere, are about 200 boats that serve as the homes for a community who call themselves Anchor-Outs. ( Courtesy photo)
A boarded up vacant building on the 500 block of Columbus Avenue. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Why so many SF storefronts are empty

A couple weeks ago I found myself with a little bit of extra time to kill in North Beach.

A boarded up vacant building on the 500 block of Columbus Avenue. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Every Mother’s Day National Bail Out raises money to bail out black mothers or caregivers who are in jail under pretrial detention. (Courtesy photo)

Make your mother proud: Help Free Black Mamas

For the past couple years I’ve been doing something extra special for my mom on Mother’s Day.

Every Mother’s Day National Bail Out raises money to bail out black mothers or caregivers who are in jail under pretrial detention. (Courtesy photo)
Audience members hold signs as Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, speaks at a meeting of the San Francisco Port Commission on the Embarcadero Navigation Center which the commission approved on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The hypocrisy of the Embarcadero Navigation Center opponents

By now you’ve most likely heard about the drama on the Embarcadero.

Audience members hold signs as Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, speaks at a meeting of the San Francisco Port Commission on the Embarcadero Navigation Center which the commission approved on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The late journalist Herb Caen’s writings about San Francisco describe the way many feel about The City now. (Courtesy photo)

When the city you love does not love you back

Back in 2011 I had a travel TV show on IFC that I’d created and hosted called Young, Broke, and Beautiful.

The late journalist Herb Caen’s writings about San Francisco describe the way many feel about The City now. (Courtesy photo)