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The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)

‘Good for Ball’ or ‘Bad for Ball’ — A Niners analysis

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner What’s the first thing that…

  • Sep 24, 2021
Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Happy birthday, Marc Benioff. Your company did the right thing

Salesforce kept Dreamforce small, which made all kinds of sense

  • Sep 24, 2021
Poet and translator Jack Hirschman was known for championing fellow writers, particularly unsung voices from the working class and people whose first language isn’t English. <ins>(Photo by Marco Bakker/Courtesy Agneta Falk)</ins>

Agneta Falk on Jack Hirschman’s arcane life and love

‘Word man’ was legend among street artists, poets and those we used to call hipsters

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Is San Francisco’s elections director impeding voting machine progress?

Open source technology could break up existing monopoly

  • Sep 24, 2021
Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju announced that a lawsuit has been filed against San Francisco Superior Court seeking an injunction to require the court to prioritize criminal cases.(Courtesy Daniel Montes/Bay City News)

S.F. public defender demands Superior Court clear backlog of criminal trials

“It is a humanitarian crisis that we have over 100 people waiting in jail for months’

San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju announced that a lawsuit has been filed against San Francisco Superior Court seeking an injunction to require the court to prioritize criminal cases.(Courtesy Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>

Kids 12 and under could soon be eligible for COVID-19 shots in San Francisco

By Sydney Johnson Examiner staff writer Parents waiting anxiously for their children…

  • Sep 24, 2021
San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>
LaMonte Wade Jr., right, celebrated with Kevin Gausman at home plate after hitting a homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Why LaMonte Wade Jr. should play every day … next year

The Giants should see how much ability they can coax from this season’s surprise

  • Sep 24, 2021
LaMonte Wade Jr., right, celebrated with Kevin Gausman at home plate after hitting a homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
The Grove in Golden Gate Park is maintained largely by those who remember San Francisco’s 20,000 AIDS victims.<ins> (Open Eye Pictures/New York Times)</ins>

Looking at COVID through the SF prism of AIDS

AIDS took 40 years to claim 700,000 lives. COVID surpassed that number in 21 months

  • Sep 24, 2021
The Grove in Golden Gate Park is maintained largely by those who remember San Francisco’s 20,000 AIDS victims.<ins> (Open Eye Pictures/New York Times)</ins>
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”

Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
Drivers gathered to urge voters to reject an initiative that would exempt Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies from state labor laws, in San Francisco in October 2020. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

What’s the role of unions in the 21st century?

As membership declines in California, economic inequality increases

  • Sep 23, 2021
Drivers gathered to urge voters to reject an initiative that would exempt Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies from state labor laws, in San Francisco in October 2020. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

What Newsom’s victory in Orange County says about 2022

Region is no longer a reliably conservative enclave

  • Sep 23, 2021
People waited to vote in the recall election in Huntington Beach on Sept. 14; Orange County’s rejection of the recall hints at what could be in store for the 2022 midterms. (Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
City College of San Francisco, facing a large budget deficit, has seen changing leadership in the past year.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

City College of San Francisco names new permanent Chancellor

David Martin set to start in November

City College of San Francisco, facing a large budget deficit, has seen changing leadership in the past year.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
A ranch dog drinks from a well in Oroville that’s near a solar panel and water storage tank. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

As California drought deepens, water use drops only 1.8%

North Coast and Bay Area residents cut water use while Southern Californians didn’t

  • Sep 23, 2021
A ranch dog drinks from a well in Oroville that’s near a solar panel and water storage tank. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Supe asks for rent relief for small businesses

‘We believe this is the right way to deal with the crisis right now’

San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)
Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is pictured at bat on July 29 against the Dodgers at Oracle Park; the teams are in the top spots in their league as the season closes. 
Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner

With playoff positions on the line, old rivalries get new life

Giants cruised through season, Dodgers not far behind

  • Sep 23, 2021
Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is pictured at bat on July 29 against the Dodgers at Oracle Park; the teams are in the top spots in their league as the season closes. 
Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner
Pinal Shah, a former counselor for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a senior behavioral engineer of trust, safety and abuse at the investment firm Robinhood.<ins></ins>

SF’s next big unicorns aren’t startups. They’re people

Meet the faces behind The City’s growing ‘responsible tech’ movement

  • Sep 22, 2021
Pinal Shah, a former counselor for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a senior behavioral engineer of trust, safety and abuse at the investment firm Robinhood.<ins></ins>
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)

Contractor’s deal on California rent relief gets more lucrative

Mississippi firm slated to administer $2.6 billion

  • Sep 23, 2021
Eviction protections passed in June are set to expire on Sept. 30, but eligible tenants may apply for rent relief. (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said retail thefts in The City are underreported crimes. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)

S.F. unveils initiative to tackle rise in retail thefts

Incidents are not victimless crimes, mayor says

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said retail thefts in The City are underreported crimes. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
Auditory hallucinations are typically associated with psychosis, schizophrenia or a manic phase of bipolar disorder. Yet for the patients described in this article, none of those diagnoses apply. (Shutterstock)

Pandemic-related loneliness is leading to hallucinations for some

Bay Area women experiencing similar distress to those in jail

  • Sep 23, 2021
Auditory hallucinations are typically associated with psychosis, schizophrenia or a manic phase of bipolar disorder. Yet for the patients described in this article, none of those diagnoses apply. (Shutterstock)
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

  • Sep 23, 2021
San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)