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A safe injecting site would give clients access to clean needles and paraphernalia, and provide medical supervision and Narcan to prevent overdoses. (Nuala Bishari/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Will the Biden Administration help or hinder plans to open safe consumption sites in SF?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed…

A safe injecting site would give clients access to clean needles and paraphernalia, and provide medical supervision and Narcan to prevent overdoses. (Nuala Bishari/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’s free to obtain and be trained to administer Narcan, which could save someone who has overdosed on fentanyl.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

You could save your neighbor’s life

Narcan reverses fatal effects of overdosing

It’s free to obtain and be trained to administer Narcan, which could save someone who has overdosed on fentanyl.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – pictured testifying via video at a congressional 
hearing in July 2020 – recently announced a program in which Amazon is seeding $2 billion in funding for affordable housing.<ins></ins>

Amazon may not be all evil

Online giant is helping funding affordable housing in three cities

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – pictured testifying via video at a congressional 
hearing in July 2020 – recently announced a program in which Amazon is seeding $2 billion in funding for affordable housing.<ins></ins>
While Oakland has seen vicious action surrounding a memorial to Breonna Taylor, residents in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago put up a mural in her honor in December. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

After its hateful destruction, Breonna Taylor’s statue will be restored

America must deal with how Trumpism equals racism combined with narcissism, irrationalism, terrorism

While Oakland has seen vicious action surrounding a memorial to Breonna Taylor, residents in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago put up a mural in her honor in December. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Looking for the story that wants to be told

Excursions through The City prompt memories of rides and times past

While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Residents of Treasure Island report serious health concerns that may be associated with the area’s toxic environment.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

The safety of Treasure Island residents must be addressed

SF needs to step up to improve health of low-income dwellers

Residents of Treasure Island report serious health concerns that may be associated with the area’s toxic environment.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Art curator and consultant Ericka Scott, who opened Honey Art Studio in the Fillmore, also is co-director of The City’s new African American Cultural District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

What choice do we have but to rebuild our pandemic lives?

Endings are also beginnings, and it’s likely we’ll see things blossom

Art curator and consultant Ericka Scott, who opened Honey Art Studio in the Fillmore, also is co-director of The City’s new African American Cultural District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Joe Biden will inevitably be blamed for many things that happened under President Donald Trump once he is sworn in as president. <ins>(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)</ins>

A look ahead to the Biden Administration’s first 100 days

Stand by for hypocrisy on a previously unimagined level — and plenty of craziness besides

Joe Biden will inevitably be blamed for many things that happened under President Donald Trump once he is sworn in as president. <ins>(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)</ins>
Black Lives Matters demonstrations in spring and summer in The City were among the highlights of 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A few good things from this very awful year

Pandemic hasn’t stopped people from supporting each other

Black Lives Matters demonstrations in spring and summer in The City were among the highlights of 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

CPMC nurses fight back against new staffing ratios

Hospitals say increased patient load needed to cope with surge in pandemic admissions

CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/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)
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>
Writer Ann Kim prepares Korean rice cake soup with dumplings (<em>duk mandoo kuk</em>) on New Year’s Day. (Courtesy MyKoreanKitchen.com)

Bay Area luminaries weigh in on their 2020 holiday rituals

Following tradition can offer calmness amid chaos

Writer Ann Kim prepares Korean rice cake soup with dumplings (<em>duk mandoo kuk</em>) on New Year’s Day. (Courtesy MyKoreanKitchen.com)
A woman and her daughter walk home after getting tested for COVID-19 and applying for employment opportunities and stipends at the Latino Task Force Resource Hub in the Mission District. <ins>(Courtesy Mike Chen)</ins>

Services remain elusive for many Latinos who contract COVID-19

When Nereyda’s 12-year-old daughter came home from school in early December feeling…

A woman and her daughter walk home after getting tested for COVID-19 and applying for employment opportunities and stipends at the Latino Task Force Resource Hub in the Mission District. <ins>(Courtesy Mike Chen)</ins>
Wearing a mask got difficult on a hill-filled walk through Oakland Zoo’s 
Glowfari attraction.<ins> (Oakland Zoo screenshot)</ins>

The pros and cons of living through a pandemic

Social distancing might be thing we want to keep post-COVID

Wearing a mask got difficult on a hill-filled walk through Oakland Zoo’s 
Glowfari attraction.<ins> (Oakland Zoo screenshot)</ins>
The Presidio Trust, which has restored natural areas in The City, is considering reintroducing the locally extinct California quail to the urban park.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Presidio may bring California quail back to San Francisco

Residents can create conditions that would allow charismatic bird to thrive

The Presidio Trust, which has restored natural areas in The City, is considering reintroducing the locally extinct California quail to the urban park.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Adrian Williams provides fresh food for the Fillmore for every season

Founder of nonprofit The Village Project left corporate career to devote herself to service

Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adrian Williams, director of the Village Project, and her team work together to bag groceries for residents of the Fillmore and Western Addition. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
During my 20 years in San Francisco, I’ve enjoyed living in different neighborhoods.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

How San Francisco changed my life

My devotion to this mystifying city is tied to the way it made me feel when I was in my early 20s

During my 20 years in San Francisco, I’ve enjoyed living in different neighborhoods.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>
Redfin’s online home-buying service becoming available in S.F. enables people selling and purchasing single-family homesto close a deal without a real estate professional.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

Virtual home-buying in The City: Not a revolution … yet

Service new to San Francisco another blow in humans vs. technology war

Redfin’s online home-buying service becoming available in S.F. enables people selling and purchasing single-family homesto close a deal without a real estate professional.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>
There are resources for domestic violence survivors in increasingly dangerous situations during the pandemic. <ins>(Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Screenshot)</ins>

COVID-19 has led to fewer options for domestic violence survivors

But Bay Area nonprofits continue to provide crucial service

There are resources for domestic violence survivors in increasingly dangerous situations during the pandemic. <ins>(Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Screenshot)</ins>