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Carmen Chu became City Administrator in February, after her predecessor, Naomi Kelly, resigned in connection to the ongoing corruption scandal at City Hall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Report knocks City Administrator for innefficiency, lack of transparency

‘A culture that allows corruption to take place’

Buena Vista Horace Mann School in the Mission District is receiving funds to improve dilapidated conditions. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

$40 million approved for long-awaited Buena Vista Horace Mann renovation

‘I’m hoping there’s a fast process to this since SFUSD has a history of moving things slowly’

Hospital staffers and union organizers protest staffing shortages at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Roseville on Oct. 14.<ins> (Fred Greaves/CalMatters)</ins>

Hospitals brace for strikes as California workers protest staff shortages

Burnout, unending stress of pandemic cited as reasons for leaving

  • Oct 15, 2021
Voters filled out ballots in the gubernatorial recall election at City Hall in September. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to permanently allow non-citizens to vote in Board of Education elections. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco supervisors approve non-citizen voting in school board elections

San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to permanently allow non-citizens to…

Voters filled out ballots in the gubernatorial recall election at City Hall in September. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to permanently allow non-citizens to vote in Board of Education elections. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The Bay Area is vying to be one of 16 communities, spread across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer championships. Games would be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Courtesy of Bay Area Host Committee, World Cup 2026)

Bay Area launches bid to host World Cup games in 2026

FIFA officials pay San Francisco a visit as they tour prospective venues

The Bay Area is vying to be one of 16 communities, spread across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer championships. Games would be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Courtesy of Bay Area Host Committee, World Cup 2026)
The summer tourism season at Lake Tahoe typically winds down in late August, but this year it jolted to an early halt by wildfire smoke. Climate change stands to impact California’s tourist destinations going forward. (Max Whittaker/The New York Times)

How climate change impacts California tourism

‘Who wants to go wine tasting or hiking if you’re baking?’

  • Oct 27, 2021
The summer tourism season at Lake Tahoe typically winds down in late August, but this year it jolted to an early halt by wildfire smoke. Climate change stands to impact California’s tourist destinations going forward. (Max Whittaker/The New York Times)
Salesforce Tower and several other buildings in downtown San Francisco can be seen through the fog; climate scientists report that The City’s beloved mascot may be on the decline. (Courtesy Engel Ching)

Is San Francisco losing its fog? Scientists fear the worst

This isn’t just an identity crisis for San Franciscans. It’s an ecological problem

Salesforce Tower and several other buildings in downtown San Francisco can be seen through the fog; climate scientists report that The City’s beloved mascot may be on the decline. (Courtesy Engel Ching)
California Highway Patrol officers watch as Caltrans workers remove barricades from homeless camp sites as residents are forced to relocate from a parking lot underneath Interstate 80 on Monday, May 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco’s broken promise to resolve homeless encampments

‘There is an idea that The City is leading with services, and they are not’

California Highway Patrol officers watch as Caltrans workers remove barricades from homeless camp sites as residents are forced to relocate from a parking lot underneath Interstate 80 on Monday, May 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A report from the University of California, Davis shows a wide variation across the state regarding students who are taking high school and college courses at the same time. (Shutterstock)

Dual enrollment is on the rise for California high schoolers — but some are left behind

Making courses equitable, accessible hinges on a variety of factors

  • Oct 27, 2021
A report from the University of California, Davis shows a wide variation across the state regarding students who are taking high school and college courses at the same time. (Shutterstock)
A California advisory panel of university researchers recently reported that eliminating or reducing new oil wells and properly shutting down existing ones would eliminate “the source of nearly all environmental stressors” and protect local and regional populations.<ins> (iStock)</ins>

Newsom backs tougher rules on California oil wells

By Rachel Becker CalMatters Lea este artículo en español. Gov. Gavin Newsom…

  • Oct 26, 2021
A California advisory panel of university researchers recently reported that eliminating or reducing new oil wells and properly shutting down existing ones would eliminate “the source of nearly all environmental stressors” and protect local and regional populations.<ins> (iStock)</ins>
Plans are for restrooms at the Powell Street station in The City to reopen in February. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>
Plans are for restrooms at the Powell Street station in The City to reopen in February. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)</ins>
San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation that would create a centralized account from which domestic workers could access pay for sick leave. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Proposed SF law would help domestic workers earn sick leave

‘We are going to make it easy for employers to participate’

San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation that would create a centralized account from which domestic workers could access pay for sick leave. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday in support of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. (Pfizer)

FDA advisory panel supports Pfizer COVID vaccine for 5-11 age group

CDC board to discuss next week; California among West Coast states set to issue separate approval

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday in support of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. (Pfizer)
Mayor London Breed said a new training program will “connect youth in neighborhoods and communities that have historically lacked opportunity” to careers in San Francisco. (Screenshot opps4allsf.org)

New SF youth internship program focuses on mental health

City, UCSF partner to offer paid work training for young adults

Mayor London Breed said a new training program will “connect youth in neighborhoods and communities that have historically lacked opportunity” to careers in San Francisco. (Screenshot opps4allsf.org)
Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 5, 2021. Haugen said the Securities and Exchange Commission was the agency that she believed could rein in the company. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

Facebook faces a public relations crisis. What about a legal one?

‘I filed with the SEC because Facebook lied to regulators and their investors’

  • Oct 26, 2021
Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 5, 2021. Haugen said the Securities and Exchange Commission was the agency that she believed could rein in the company. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)
From left, Gabriela López, Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga were sworn in to the Board of Education on Jan. 7, 2019. The election date for their possible recall is Feb. 15, 2022. (Ida Mojadad/Examiner file)

The silver lining of San Francisco’s ‘recall fever’

Recalls are an expensive but valuable amplifier for everyday people

From left, Gabriela López, Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga were sworn in to the Board of Education on Jan. 7, 2019. The election date for their possible recall is Feb. 15, 2022. (Ida Mojadad/Examiner file)
FILE — Mort Sahl on Nov. 10, 1967. Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues, delivering biting social commentary in the guise of a stand-up comedian and thus changing the nature of both stand-up comedy and social commentary, died on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., near San Francisco. He was 94. (Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times)

Legendary local comedian dies at 94

By Bruce Weber NYTimes News Service Mort Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural…

  • Oct 26, 2021
FILE — Mort Sahl on Nov. 10, 1967. Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues, delivering biting social commentary in the guise of a stand-up comedian and thus changing the nature of both stand-up comedy and social commentary, died on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., near San Francisco. He was 94. (Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times)
A felled tree in San Francisco is pictured on Fillmore Street following a major storm that produced high winds and heavy rains on Oct. 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Philip Ford)

Extreme weather in California: Prolonged drought and record rain

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times This week has been one for…

  • Oct 26, 2021
A felled tree in San Francisco is pictured on Fillmore Street following a major storm that produced high winds and heavy rains on Oct. 24, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Philip Ford)
Jennifer Stout, vice president for global public policy for Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, testifies before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee in Washington about mounting concerns that some social media platforms can harm children and teenagers. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times)

YouTube, Snap and TikTok executives take their turn answering to Washington

By David McCabe New York Times WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Tuesday grilled…

  • Oct 26, 2021
Jennifer Stout, vice president for global public policy for Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, testifies before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee in Washington about mounting concerns that some social media platforms can harm children and teenagers. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times)
Outside Lands boasts high-quality food and drink from dozens of purveyors, and many are local.<ins> (Courtesy Outside Lands)</ins>

Outside Lands is for food lovers

85 food vendors, 40 wineries, 30 breweries make the festival nourishing to gluttonous

  • Oct 26, 2021
Outside Lands boasts high-quality food and drink from dozens of purveyors, and many are local.<ins> (Courtesy Outside Lands)</ins>