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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)
State Sen. candidate Jackie Fielder’s election night party at Barrel Proof in the Mission District on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Progressive campaign consultant allegedly assaults former Chesa Boudin campaign staffer

Venerated progressive campaign consultant Jim Stearns allegedly assaulted a former campaign staffer of Chesa Boudin Tuesday night at an election party,according to witnesses.

State Sen. candidate Jackie Fielder’s election night party at Barrel Proof in the Mission District on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
I can tell right away things aren’t what they seem…

I can tell right away things aren’t what they seem…

I Drive SF: Two strangers in the backseat

I can tell right away things aren’t what they seem…
Some politicos make a weak showing in Democratic Party race

Some politicos make a weak showing in Democratic Party race

Name recognition usually a big factor in low profile race

Some politicos make a weak showing in Democratic Party race
New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty presents a nuanced history of our housing crisis in his new book, “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.”

Green Space: The environmental movement and the housing crisis

Much like San Francisco today, rows and rows of temporary homes were erected around The City in the 1940s.

New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty presents a nuanced history of our housing crisis in his new book, “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.”
Fielder’s progressive campaign aims to give Wiener a reality check

Fielder’s progressive campaign aims to give Wiener a reality check

Here in our tiny 7x7 burg, state senate candidate Jackie Fielder has…

Fielder’s progressive campaign aims to give Wiener a reality check
Musician Roy Loney performs with the Flamin’ Groovies at the 2016 Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland. (Courtesy/ Ruth E. Kaiser)

Remembering rockin’ Roy Loney: San Francisco born and bred

“I wanted to be Roy when I grew up,” said Jello Biafra…

Musician Roy Loney performs with the Flamin’ Groovies at the 2016 Burger Boogaloo at Mosswood Park in Oakland. (Courtesy/ Ruth E. Kaiser)
John Angel knocks on doors in The Mission Hotel to canvass for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

Sanders surging in California and San Franciscans are leading the way

California is Bern’n, and no, it isn’t just our uncharacteristically warm weather…

John Angel knocks on doors in The Mission Hotel to canvass for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Breed defends Bloomberg’s LGBTQ record after calls for her to rescind endorsement

Mayor Breed defends Bloomberg’s LGBTQ record after calls for her to rescind endorsement

Transgender people are “he, she, or it” and “some guy in a…

Mayor Breed defends Bloomberg’s LGBTQ record after calls for her to rescind endorsement
City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday announced new subpoenas including some targeting companies associated with permit expediter Walter Wong (right), seen here at an event with former Public Works head Mohammed Nuru (left). (Courtesy photo)

City Attorney targets permit expediter, developers in new round of subpoenas

San Francisco’s corruption scandal is the dumpster fire that keeps on giving…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday announced new subpoenas including some targeting companies associated with permit expediter Walter Wong (right), seen here at an event with former Public Works head Mohammed Nuru (left). (Courtesy photo)
The socialism Bernie Sanders is offering is democratic socialism. It’s not Stalin, it’s Sweden. (Christopher Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What having a brother with special needs taught me about socialism

From doctors to therapists to special schools, raising a kid like my brother nearly bankrupted my parents.

The socialism Bernie Sanders is offering is democratic socialism. It’s not Stalin, it’s Sweden. (Christopher Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Corcoran Global Living provides name recognition with Barbara Corcoran (second from left), one of the investors on TV’s “Shark Tank.” (Courtesy photo)

Market Musings: The latest SF real estate firm deal is a good one

Pour one out, real estate homies, for another independent San Francisco real estate firm.

Corcoran Global Living provides name recognition with Barbara Corcoran (second from left), one of the investors on TV’s “Shark Tank.” (Courtesy photo)
Nuru corruption scandal prompts call to boost Ethics Commission budget

Nuru corruption scandal prompts call to boost Ethics Commission budget

Watchdog agency lacks staff, resources to carry out its duties

Nuru corruption scandal prompts call to boost Ethics Commission budget
Alyssa Nakken is the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)

Making inclusive coaching decisions in major league baseball

Last month, the Giants announced another change – they hired Alyssa Nakken as an assistant coach.

Alyssa Nakken is the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)
Mayor Breed may appear in Matrix 4

Mayor Breed may appear in Matrix 4

Mayor London Breed may soon enter the Matrix. Multiple sources confirmed to…

Mayor Breed may appear in Matrix 4