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Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would help reopen public schools but emphasized “safety is key.”<ins> (Jae Hong/Getty Images via Tribune News Service)</ins>

Gov. Newsom announces $2 billion plan to reopen public schools

State will provide support for testing, contact tracing, safety materials and oversight

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would help reopen public schools but emphasized “safety is key.”<ins> (Jae Hong/Getty Images via Tribune News Service)</ins>
The boarded-up Shared Spaces dining area for Washington Bakery and Cafe in Chinatown on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Business owners spent thousands to build Shared Spaces platforms. Now what?

Lack of city guidance, support leaves merchants struggling to maintain vacant sites during shutdown

The boarded-up Shared Spaces dining area for Washington Bakery and Cafe in Chinatown on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Alyssa Nakken at Oracle Park on July 21, 2020 in San Francisco , California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Giants made history in 2020 but failed to make the playoffs

Giants fans knew 2020 was going to be different when the calendar…

Alyssa Nakken at Oracle Park on July 21, 2020 in San Francisco , California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
A woman walks in to the Emergency Room entrance at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Hundreds of S.F. nurses left out of city’s emergency sick leave policy

In April, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, San Francisco Mayor London…

A woman walks in to the Emergency Room entrance at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
With tunes both scathing and heartwarming, Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 release “Letter to You” exemplifies the rocker’s versatility. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)

Top 10 rock albums of 2020

Despite a dearth of concerts, musicians released truly remarkable records

With tunes both scathing and heartwarming, Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 release “Letter to You” exemplifies the rocker’s versatility. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)
A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

2020: The year in pictures

A global pandemic, rising social justice movement, City Hall scandal and climate-changing fires made for truly unforgettable days and months

A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Starcity, an outfit providing co-living spaces in urban areas, is developing a property at 457 Minna St. in San Francisco. <ins>(Courtesy Starcity)</ins>

Talkin’ ’bout a Starcity revolution

Company offers high-tech boarding houses and investment opportunities

Starcity, an outfit providing co-living spaces in urban areas, is developing a property at 457 Minna St. in San Francisco. <ins>(Courtesy Starcity)</ins>
Teammates wait for Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) at home plate after he hit a game-winning grand slam against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 4th, 2020. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

In an unusual year, Oakland Athletics put in their usual winning performance

Unusual years aren’t unusual for the A’s. Whether it is a record-breaking…

Teammates wait for Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) at home plate after he hit a game-winning grand slam against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 4th, 2020. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
From left, Diana Lauren Jones as Cordelia, Jessica Powell as King Lear, Ron Chapman as Duke of Burgundy and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as King of France appeared in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of “King Lear.” (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)

For Bay Area theaters, the show must go on

With stages shut, many troupes found new ways to tell stories in 2020

From left, Diana Lauren Jones as Cordelia, Jessica Powell as King Lear, Ron Chapman as Duke of Burgundy and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as King of France appeared in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of “King Lear.” (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)
Bay Bridge toll plaza (Courtesy photo)

New system for collecting tolls at state-owned bridges goes into effect Friday

On Monday, the Bay Area Toll Authority announced that a new all-electronic…

Bay Bridge toll plaza (Courtesy photo)
Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax gave an update on COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. (Examiner screenshot)

Lockdown may be slowing spread of COVID-19

Officials say it is too soon to relax vigilance

Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax gave an update on COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. (Examiner screenshot)
In 2019, 25 future events at Moscone Center were canceled. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Moscone Convention Center faces uncertain future, Grand Jury says

Street conditions, safety concerns and steep costs make San Francisco less attractive for events

In 2019, 25 future events at Moscone Center were canceled. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jenya, a sea lion found injured at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park in November 2020, made a strong recovery at the Marine Mammal Center. (Courtesy Marine Mammal Center)

Injured sea lion discovered in Aquatic Park released back into ocean after making recovery

A wounded sea lion found last month in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park…

Jenya, a sea lion found injured at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park in November 2020, made a strong recovery at the Marine Mammal Center. (Courtesy Marine Mammal Center)
Damali Taylor said the Police Commission had made significiant progress on reform measures during her term. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor stepping down

Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor is stepping down from her position,…

Damali Taylor said the Police Commission had made significiant progress on reform measures during her term. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said it was likely that regional stay-at-home orders would be extended. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bay Area’s hospital capacity continues to drop as state struggles with COVID-19 surge

Regional shelter-in-place orders likely to be extended

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said it was likely that regional stay-at-home orders would be extended. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces the filing of charges against former SFPD officer Christopher Samoyoa in the 2017 fatal shooting of Keita O’Neill outside the Hall of Justice on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Former SFPD officer pleads not guilty to felony charges in 2017 Bayview police shooting

Christopher Samayoa charged last month with manslaughter, assault in death of Keita O’Neil

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces the filing of charges against former SFPD officer Christopher Samoyoa in the 2017 fatal shooting of Keita O’Neill outside the Hall of Justice on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Golden State Warriors stand to improve in 2021, given the return of superstar Steph Curry, who rarely played in 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

After a year on the back burner, Warriors begin 2021 with Klay out, Curry back at the helm

New faces could give the team new life as season begins

The Golden State Warriors stand to improve in 2021, given the return of superstar Steph Curry, who rarely played in 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, second from right, is working on an album of classic tunes with his sons slated for release next year, along with a biography. (Courtesy photo)

William Lee Golden recalls music from his youth

Oak Ridge Boys baritone records classic tunes with his sons

The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, second from right, is working on an album of classic tunes with his sons slated for release next year, along with a biography. (Courtesy photo)
Incoming San Francisco Unified School Board members Kevine Boggess, left, and Matt Alexander outside the district office on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board gets new faces, new energy

Come Jan. 8, the San Francisco school board will have two freshman…

Incoming San Francisco Unified School Board members Kevine Boggess, left, and Matt Alexander outside the district office on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Trump spent three days hospitalized for coronavirus. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

Trump signs coronavirus relief bill and federal budget

US President Donald Trump signed into law the 900- billion-dollar coronavirus relief…

U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Trump spent three days hospitalized for coronavirus. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)