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A brief history of walls being used as political tools

On New Year’s Day, the southern state of Kerala in India experienced…

Why electric cars make sense for Uber, Lyft drivers in San Francisco

On a recent cold, San Francisco day, Marcel Espia picked me up…

Simplistic narratives at play in red-hot SF board president vote

In the least surprising outcome in many moons at City Hall, the…

Playing the San Francisco music scene from BART plazas to Sketchfest

Marc Capelle has beaten the odds on a few scores: Not only…

Homeless puppet helps kids talk about life on SF’s streets

Maliya is only 8-years-old and midway through third grade, but she already…

Union says experienced firefighters knocked out of running for fire chief job

Should the next fire chief be one of San Francisco’s top firefighters?…

Yee backed for board president by Chinese community

The race for president is on, and I ain’t talkin’ Trump. The…

Getting stalked by a bad aura

Maybe it’s just my imagination. Or maybe I really do need to…

This “retail doctor” helps neighborhoods, merchants thrive

Time travel is possible on a train through the Twin Peaks tunnel.…

A look back at San Francisco’s crazy, competitive, roller-coaster year

San Francisco made electoral history, honored hidden history, and witnessed historically bad…

San Francisco officials come out against Raiders move to Giants ballpark

Should the Oakland Raiders play at AT&T Park, home of the San…

When a turnaround becomes a second chance

It’s a cold, blustery evening in The City. As I wait for…

When San Francisco fails those who love it

“This really is an amazing city,” Quincy said as we drove past…

‘Twas the day after Christmas and oh, what a mess

‘Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the flat Not a…

Glen Park GoBike station could add congestion to an already chaotic intersection

An intersection in the Glen Park neighborhood has become the poster child…

For baker reinventing his life in San Francisco, worker-ownership is a sweet deal

“Not all bakers are early risers,” said Howard Ryan. “I go to…

Breed’s letter asking for brother’s clemency may ‘backfire’

Cameras and microphones encircled Mayor London Breed at the newly rehabilitated and…

Love thy neighbor even when you hear too much through the walls

I live on the top floor of a building constructed in 1914.…

Demographic evolution recognizes that ethnic identities are fluid, multi-faceted

Since I first started this column almost two years ago, I am…

Taking a cop’s reprimand as a compliment

On Friday night, as the symphony and ballet are about to break…