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San Francisco residents have reported racist remarks targeting Asians inspired by the rise in coronavirus cases. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Asian San Franciscans reporting spike in hateful attacks

A white man threw a drink in the face of a San…

San Francisco residents have reported racist remarks targeting Asians inspired by the rise in coronavirus cases. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
In uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider immigration practices. (Courtesy photo)

Immigration at the time of coronavirus

Now’s the time to safeguard all people, regardless of the papers they carry

In uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider immigration practices. (Courtesy photo)
People wait to shop in line outside the downtown Trader Joe’s on Fourth Street after San Francisco and five other Bay Area counties ordered people to stay at home except for essential services to slow the spread the coronavirus on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How coronavirus might save us all

If it takes a global pandemic to show us how broken our system is, so be it

People wait to shop in line outside the downtown Trader Joe’s on Fourth Street after San Francisco and five other Bay Area counties ordered people to stay at home except for essential services to slow the spread the coronavirus on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The indefinite cancellation of open houses has ensured uncertainty in Bay Area real estate. (Courtesy photo)

Apocalypse SF Bay Area real estate market in 2020?

March is usually a time of rejoicing in the real estate world. This year everything is different.

The indefinite cancellation of open houses has ensured uncertainty in Bay Area real estate. (Courtesy photo)
People with pets are dealing with isolation by getting out to the dog park, while keeping safe distances from each other.

Sheltering in place in these days of COVID-19

There’s an unnatural quiet in San Francisco.

People with pets are dealing with isolation by getting out to the dog park, while keeping safe distances from each other.
Jeffrey Fang and his family have been back in the U.S. for only for three weeks after being part of China’s quarantine earlier in the year, and arrived home just in time for San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

One family’s coronavirus journey from China to SF

Lessons learned from four separate quarantines

Jeffrey Fang and his family have been back in the U.S. for only for three weeks after being part of China’s quarantine earlier in the year, and arrived home just in time for San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
City Hall should abolish rent and mortgage payments. Here’s why.

City Hall should abolish rent and mortgage payments. Here’s why.

If we don’t protect working San Franciscans, the results could be devastating.

City Hall should abolish rent and mortgage payments. Here’s why.
Nurses protested outside Kaiser Hospital on Geary Boulevard on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

Nurses say Kaiser not taking sufficient precautions with coronavirus

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center management is unnecessarily exposing nurses to coronavirus, nurses…

Nurses protested outside Kaiser Hospital on Geary Boulevard on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
Cab drivers still on the streets of San Francisco are calling the situation “dire.”(Courtesy photo )

Can taxis survive the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s the end of the taxi industry as we’ve known it and, honestly, I don’t know what to feel anymore.

Cab drivers still on the streets of San Francisco are calling the situation “dire.”(Courtesy photo )
Fishing industry workers are feeling hopeful about the 2020 salmon season. (Courtesy photo)

There are ways to get the 2020 salmon season off to a good start

Contact water officials to ensure supplies meet needs of people and fish

Fishing industry workers are feeling hopeful about the 2020 salmon season. (Courtesy photo)
City officials said that, in the wake of the current public health crisis, San Francisco public works crews and police won’t be clearing tent encampments. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

City homeless response team shifts from enforcement to coronavirus outreach

HSOC to suspend sweeps, change tactics under new leadership

City officials said that, in the wake of the current public health crisis, San Francisco public works crews and police won’t be clearing tent encampments. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
Lamea Abuelrous, owner of Temo’s cafe, says her business is not just about serving coffee, but about making customers comfortable. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Sharing culture, one cup at a time

Lamea Abuelrous arrives to her cafe, Temo’s, before dawn

Lamea Abuelrous, owner of Temo’s cafe, says her business is not just about serving coffee, but about making customers comfortable. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Leaving a good tip can make an important difference in the well-being of restaurant workers and others in the service industry. (Courtesy photo)

During the coronavirus, it’s important to be a big tipper

Services workers’ livelihoods depend on your support

Leaving a good tip can make an important difference in the well-being of restaurant workers and others in the service industry. (Courtesy photo)
Urtnasan Enkhbat says that Mongolians are undercounted in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Jaya Padmanabhan)

Mongolians in the Bay Area are optimistic about the future

Despite challenges, recent immigrants have high aspirations

Urtnasan Enkhbat says that Mongolians are undercounted in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Jaya Padmanabhan)
San Francisco’s unique real estate market may not necessarily be hugely responsive to a drop in mortgage rates. (Courtesy photo)

Market Musings: Mortgage rates are falling again. Does it matter?

The City’s home owners, rather than buyers, stand to gain most from cut

San Francisco’s unique real estate market may not necessarily be hugely responsive to a drop in mortgage rates. (Courtesy photo)
Department of Building Inspection Director Tom Hui has been placed on leave. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Breed seeking dismissal of top building official amid corruption investigation

DBI head Tom Hui accused of offering ‘preferential treatment’ to billionaire developer

Department of Building Inspection Director Tom Hui has been placed on leave. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing

San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing

Prop. E aims to strike a balance by placing new limits on office projects

San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing
Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Joe Biden in Texas the night before Super Tuesday primary voting. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)

Sally Stephens: Waiting for the 11th hour to vote

I have never had so much trouble deciding who to vote for in an election as I had this year.

Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Joe Biden in Texas the night before Super Tuesday primary voting. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)
Rev. Norman Fong retires after a life of activism seen ‘through the lens of faith’

Rev. Norman Fong retires after a life of activism seen ‘through the lens of faith’

Chinatown CDC leader’s career joined need for justice with an eye for balance

Rev. Norman Fong retires after a life of activism seen ‘through the lens of faith’
Jeff Kositsky, director of the SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, will move to a new city position later this month. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF’s top homeless official to step down, assume new city role

Kositsky to take new position managing Health Streets Operation Center

Jeff Kositsky, director of the SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, will move to a new city position later this month. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)