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Planning Commissioners ready to take on single-family zoning

Debate over Senate Bill 50 might pave the way for increased density

Black hole image brought out a few nasty trolls

The release last week of the first image of a black hole was a triumph for science, technology, and humanity.

Of 420, Easter and other rites of spring

Late April is one of the most glorious times of the year in the Bay Area.

How to become a taxi driver

One of the major “innovations” Uber and Lyft have unleashed upon the world is a low barrier of entry in recruiting drivers.

Tiger Woods, Stephen Curry, Erik Kratz and the demography of sports

Even at a time when the nation is divided over the border and sanctuary laws, many of us are united in our enjoyment of sports.

Don’t go overboard on unneeded marijuana packaging rules

This weekend is going to be dope.

Remembering Los Siete and The Mission district’s identity

From the time she was eight years old, Mission-born and raised artist Vero Majano remembers hearing about Los Siete.

On Guard: JUUL hires former dueling campaign consultants, hinting at big-money ballot fight to come over vape ban

Also: Letters from residents show support for waterfront Navigation Center as well as opposition

When passenger safety becomes a casualty of innovation

I’ll never forget my first wasted girl.

Official claims Breed asked her to resign amid debate over closing juvenile hall

Juvenile Probation Commission President Rebecca Woodson said she resigned at mayor’s request

A few words about bar etiquette

For many, bars are sacred spaces. People go to them to make memories, and to forget.

It’s time to reconsider risky plan to eradicate rodents on the Farallones

About 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge lie a small group islands known as the Farallones.

Sally Stephens: Of rap and free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce whether they will consider overturning the conviction of a young rapper.

Finding out why sea stars are disappearing from the San Francisco coast

Six years ago, if you had poked your head under the water off the California coast, you might have seen vibrant populations of ochre and sunflower sea stars.

  • Apr 7, 2019

Discovering presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

I like to ask people how they discovered Pete Buttigieg.

When you lose taxis, you lose a sense of wonder – and safety

When you live with a rambunctious two-year old in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, ignoring background noise is the only way to not go insane.

The death penalty does not work

Does the death penalty prevent homicides and cruel acts of violence?

Can robots do journalism?

It’s no secret that the business of media is broken.

Soaking rains a boost for salmon

The relentless rain soaking the state is great news for salmon.