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San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new program that provides loans of up to $100,000 to businesses recovering from the pandemic’s effects.<ins> (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)</ins>

City launches largest loan program yet for businesses struggling to recover post pandemic

A new program will provide zero percent interest loans of up $100,000…

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new program that provides loans of up to $100,000 to businesses recovering from the pandemic’s effects.<ins> (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)</ins>
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials have said that the agency will not restore full service and will slowy allocate federal funding in an effort to decrease its structural deficit. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA received $1 billion in federal stimulus: Why are some buses and trains not running?

Michael James prefers to do his grocery shopping at the Trader Joe’s…

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials have said that the agency will not restore full service and will slowy allocate federal funding in an effort to decrease its structural deficit. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
The Tonga Room’s official band The Island Groove has been entertaining guests from a boat in the lagoon for years. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)

Tonga Room swimmingly back in business

Rain, rum drinks remain intact in historic tiki lounge

The Tonga Room’s official band The Island Groove has been entertaining guests from a boat in the lagoon for years. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on Monday, July 5, 2021. (Christopher Victorio | Special to The Examiner)

Giants at the All-Star break: Can they keep up this pace?

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Reversing the well-worn cliche about…

  • Jul 9, 2021
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on Monday, July 5, 2021. (Christopher Victorio | Special to The Examiner)
A crab fisherman casts his net off a pier near Foint Point in San Francisco. (Craig Lee/Special to The Examiner)

San Francisco: The past we can’t agree on

By Lincoln Mitchell “The City just isn’t what it used to be.”…

  • Jul 9, 2021
A crab fisherman casts his net off a pier near Foint Point in San Francisco. (Craig Lee/Special to The Examiner)
Many influential thinkers visited the Alan Watts library at Druid Heights in the 1960s-70s. (Courtesy Michael Toivonen)

The hush-hush bohemian enclave that bred San Francisco legends

Druid Heights was ‘a vortex of social and artistic energy that bloomed out of nowhere’

  • Jul 8, 2021
Many influential thinkers visited the Alan Watts library at Druid Heights in the 1960s-70s. (Courtesy Michael Toivonen)
KC Turner is known for presenting cool concerts in intimate settings. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Promoter KC Turner survives COVID with backyard concerts

Music presenter continues to stage live driveway shows in The City

KC Turner is known for presenting cool concerts in intimate settings. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
A man kicks off to cross the intersection at Fifth and Howard streets on a Scoot e-scooter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF clashes with scooter company over permit violations: City wins

Scoot’s application for renewal denied

A man kicks off to cross the intersection at Fifth and Howard streets on a Scoot e-scooter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A Flywheel taxi driver heads up Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Taxi industry fights back with fixed-fare pricing proposal

Taxis have long worked at a disadvantage against rideshare titans like Uber…

A Flywheel taxi driver heads up Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Bishop Robert McElroy, pictured at the Pastoral Center Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is the former pastor of several Bay Area churches. <ins>(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)</ins>
Bishop Robert McElroy, pictured at the Pastoral Center Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is the former pastor of several Bay Area churches. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Hunting heretics or seeking converts: Analyzing the split between two California Bishops

San Diego’s McElroy sees things much differently than San Francisco’s Cordileone

  • Jul 7, 2021
Bishop Robert McElroy, pictured at the Pastoral Center Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is the former pastor of several Bay Area churches. <ins>(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)</ins>
Bishop Robert McElroy, pictured at the Pastoral Center Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is the former pastor of several Bay Area churches. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
One-on-one tutoring is among the services that districts provide to students in special education. (Julie Leopo/EdSource)

California special education sees ‘historic’ boost in new funding

By Carolyn Jones EdSource Special education in California has been showered with…

  • Jul 7, 2021
One-on-one tutoring is among the services that districts provide to students in special education. (Julie Leopo/EdSource)
The nation’s largest privately-held wireless infrastructure firm Mobilitie recently announced it has begun construction on 200 miles of fiber stretching between San Francisco and Oakland; fiber patch cords in a data processing center are pictured. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Will more Internet fiber narrow the Bay Area’s digital divide?

By Veronica Irwin Special to The Examiner The way that we talk…

  • Jul 7, 2021
The nation’s largest privately-held wireless infrastructure firm Mobilitie recently announced it has begun construction on 200 miles of fiber stretching between San Francisco and Oakland; fiber patch cords in a data processing center are pictured. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Graciela Gomez looks out the window from her boyfriend's home in South Gate, on June 28, 2021. (Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters)

California may move to regulate booming debt settlement industry

By Erika Paz Cal Matters Before the pandemic, Graciela Gomez relied on…

  • Jul 7, 2021
Graciela Gomez looks out the window from her boyfriend's home in South Gate, on June 28, 2021. (Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters)
Caltrain locomotives sit in their bays at Fourth and Townsend streets in San Francisco. A recent meeting of the Caltrain board went off the rails, underscoring how hard it will be for the agency to deliver on its big plans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Peninsula drama: It’s county vs. county in Caltrain ‘power struggle’

By Benjamin Schneider Examiner Staff Writer Government meetings are supposed to be…

  • Jul 7, 2021
Caltrain locomotives sit in their bays at Fourth and Townsend streets in San Francisco. A recent meeting of the Caltrain board went off the rails, underscoring how hard it will be for the agency to deliver on its big plans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Union Square Community Ambassadors are taking part in a city program designed to bring visitors downtown. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021 )

Downtown’s recovery is The City’s recovery

Public being welcomed back with new businesses, safe nightlife, exciting storefronts

Union Square Community Ambassadors are taking part in a city program designed to bring visitors downtown. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021 )
The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Feinstein’s cabaret stars celebrate coming home to SF

Old friends return to intimate room, with COVID protocols in place

The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Assemblymember David Chiu pushes a bill that promises to jumpstart wind energy production in California. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

California inches toward goals for offshore wind energy production

A bill that promises to jumpstart wind energy production in California has…

Assemblymember David Chiu pushes a bill that promises to jumpstart wind energy production in California. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Residential evictions have increased dramatically in 2021, despite Gavin Newsom’s extension of the eviction moratorium. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Where are tenants falling through the cracks of California eviction ban?

By Manuela Tobias, Nigel Duara and John Osborn D’Agostino CalMatters In the…

  • Jul 6, 2021
Residential evictions have increased dramatically in 2021, despite Gavin Newsom’s extension of the eviction moratorium. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)
California legislators approve a wildlife undercrossing and a trail overcrossing on Highway 17. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Twitter)

State legislators approve $2M for wildlife corridor, trail connections

Both hikers and wildlife should enjoy the Santa Cruz Mountains even more…

California legislators approve a wildlife undercrossing and a trail overcrossing on Highway 17. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Twitter)
Recent data shows that there are very few outbreaks of COVID among people who are vaccinated: just one case out of every 2,583. <ins>(Courtesy Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)</ins>

Breakthrough COVID cases are rare in California, but cause for concern remains

By Barbara Feder Ostrov Cal Matters About 7,550 out of more than…

  • Jul 6, 2021
Recent data shows that there are very few outbreaks of COVID among people who are vaccinated: just one case out of every 2,583. <ins>(Courtesy Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)</ins>