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Jeannine Suarez shows off a Derby jacket, beloved for its signature squiggly lined-lining. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

The Derby is back: Celebrating life and legacy of the iconic S.F. jacket

Jeannine Suarez greets satisfied customers at her store in the Haight

Jeannine Suarez shows off a Derby jacket, beloved for its signature squiggly lined-lining. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
A visit to the Blockbuster in Bend was a highlight of my vacation in Northern California and Oregon. <ins>(Instagram)</ins>

Sometimes I think about leaving San Francisco

Fun recent road trip confirms my love for The City

A visit to the Blockbuster in Bend was a highlight of my vacation in Northern California and Oregon. <ins>(Instagram)</ins>
In 2020, there were lots of condominiums for sale in San Francisco, but new listings in 2021 are significantly reduced. (Shutterstock)

Condo bargain hunters: you’re too late

After pandemic-related rush, inventory in The City is way down

In 2020, there were lots of condominiums for sale in San Francisco, but new listings in 2021 are significantly reduced. (Shutterstock)
Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won an Oscar for her role in “Minari.” <ins>(Courtesy A24)</ins>

Three distinct flavors of Asian tragedy: ‘Minari,’ ‘Bitter Melon,’ ‘The Valley’

Contemporary films exemplify diverse, complex experiences

Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won an Oscar for her role in “Minari.” <ins>(Courtesy A24)</ins>
The late Ruach Graffis is beloved for helping cab drivers, labor organizing and dedication to social justice. <ins>(Facebook screenshot)</ins>

The great taxicab in the sky

Mentor Ruach Graffis led her life, and ended it, with dignity

The late Ruach Graffis is beloved for helping cab drivers, labor organizing and dedication to social justice. <ins>(Facebook screenshot)</ins>
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area of Yosemite National Park supplies San Francisco’s drinking water. 
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SF’s water supply could use leadership, not litigation

Solutions needed to keep taps and salmon running

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area of Yosemite National Park supplies San Francisco’s drinking water. 
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Housemates Pierce Smith, 81, and Ed Taylor, 27, enjoy living together in Smith’s home in the Inner Sunset, via a program called Home Match, which pairs seniors with people looking for an affordable place to live. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Housing creation with heart

Home Match links seniors with people who need an affordable place to live

Housemates Pierce Smith, 81, and Ed Taylor, 27, enjoy living together in Smith’s home in the Inner Sunset, via a program called Home Match, which pairs seniors with people looking for an affordable place to live. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Photojournalist and filmmaker Lou Dematteis is part of the team behind “Keeper of the Fire,” a documentary about poet Alejandro Murguía screening at the Roxie at 4:45 p.m. June 5 and online in June in SF DocFest. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

‘Keeper of the Fire’ matches words with images

Filmmaker Lou Dematteis sheds light on poet Alejandro Murguía

Photojournalist and filmmaker Lou Dematteis is part of the team behind “Keeper of the Fire,” a documentary about poet Alejandro Murguía screening at the Roxie at 4:45 p.m. June 5 and online in June in SF DocFest. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Many minimum-wage employees take jobs that aren’t fulfilling because they have no other options. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Nobody wants to work your terrible job

With Universal Basic Income, people can lead more meaningful lives

Many minimum-wage employees take jobs that aren’t fulfilling because they have no other options. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
The price of housing in Lake Tahoe has skyrocketed since the pandemic due to the influx of people from the Bay Area. (Shutterstock)

Taking a look at Lake Tahoe’s new homeowners

Their economic impact has changed the face of real estate

The price of housing in Lake Tahoe has skyrocketed since the pandemic due to the influx of people from the Bay Area. (Shutterstock)
International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. <ins>(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

International Bird Rescue marks 50 years of wildlife protection

Group established in wake of massive oil spill continues essential rehabilitation, research

International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. <ins>(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
Describing his experience in India, journalist Dilip D’Souza posted, “Got my second vaccination dose at the BKC Covid Centre today: 4.5 hrs with surging crowds.” (Courtesy Dilip D’Souza)

India thought it had herd immunity from COVID — until it didn’t

Country’s crisis points to importance of getting vaccinated

Describing his experience in India, journalist Dilip D’Souza posted, “Got my second vaccination dose at the BKC Covid Centre today: 4.5 hrs with surging crowds.” (Courtesy Dilip D’Souza)
During the pandemic, there has seemed to be plenty of cab drivers to satisfy demand. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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Pondering the prospect of driving a cab post-COVID

For now, the cons outweigh the pros

During the pandemic, there has seemed to be plenty of cab drivers to satisfy demand. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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Beloved North Beach haunt Specs’ will open soon, and it will be nice to see bartender Laura Bellizzi there. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

I’m so excited the bars are back open

I’ve missed not just booze, but great stories and other stuff that happens

Beloved North Beach haunt Specs’ will open soon, and it will be nice to see bartender Laura Bellizzi there. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Franciscans mourned the loss of a Monterey Cypress tree in the median along Geary Boulevard that was removed to accommodate a transit project.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Now is a good time to hug a city tree

Nature shouldn’t be regarded as something separate from humans

San Franciscans mourned the loss of a Monterey Cypress tree in the median along Geary Boulevard that was removed to accommodate a transit project.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang is an instructor at Community Music Center in the Mission District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Jon Jang composes bittersweet symphonies

Musician-activist’s works are steeped in civil rights history

Jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang is an instructor at Community Music Center in the Mission District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Despite familiar images of destruction from San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, most Bay Area homeowners have not opted to purchase earthquake insurance. (Shutterstock)

To (earthquake) insure or not to insure?

Most Bay Area homeowners opt to take a chance rather than pay a high premium

Despite familiar images of destruction from San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire, most Bay Area homeowners have not opted to purchase earthquake insurance. (Shutterstock)
Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)

How to win neighborhoods and influence City Hall

There’s a reason Christopher Guest mockumentaries and fictional TV shows like “Schitt’s…

Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)
The documentary “Seaspiracy” is an exposé about the fishing industry and a call for veganism. <ins>(Courtesy Ali Tabrizi/Netflix)</ins>

‘Seaspiracy’ worth watching, even if its message needs calibration

Documentary’s view of veganism as a war against capitalism, environmental calamities is jolting

The documentary “Seaspiracy” is an exposé about the fishing industry and a call for veganism. <ins>(Courtesy Ali Tabrizi/Netflix)</ins>
People are having widely varied emotional — as well as physical — reactions after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

As safety returns, get ready for a flood of feelings

By Beth Winegarner On Jan. 19, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice…

People are having widely varied emotional — as well as physical — reactions after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>