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Medical assistant Julrry Valconcha administers a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Dedri Holman at the South of Market Health Center on Aug. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Why California has one of the lowest COVID-19 rates

In California, the delta surge has pushed vaccination rates even higher

  • Sep 16, 2021
Medical assistant Julrry Valconcha administers a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Dedri Holman at the South of Market Health Center on Aug. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Affordable housing has become the chief expense for most California students, such as those attending community college in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

California commits $500 million more to student housing

Called ‘a drop in the bucket,’ though $2 billion could be made available in future years

  • Sep 16, 2021
Affordable housing has become the chief expense for most California students, such as those attending community college in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco police are considering new restrictions on “no-knock” warrants. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Should SF police ban ‘no-knock’ warrants?

Police say unannounced entries are necessary to protect officers, public

San Francisco police are considering new restrictions on “no-knock” warrants. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
How much disorder is tolerable in a city that sees itself as a progressive beacon, but where the housing crunch leaves thousands homeless? (Image courtesy of Creative Outlet)

Order and disorder in San Francisco

The homeless and addiction crises may be better understood as disorder, not crime

  • Sep 16, 2021
How much disorder is tolerable in a city that sees itself as a progressive beacon, but where the housing crunch leaves thousands homeless? (Image courtesy of Creative Outlet)
Gov. Gavin Newsom waves as he departs a visit at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 headquarters on Recall Election Day on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Lessons from a landslide: Key takeaways from California’s recall circus

After a summer of half-baked polls and overheated press coverage, the race wasn’t even close

  • Sep 14, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom waves as he departs a visit at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 headquarters on Recall Election Day on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown could become permanent supportive housing if The City can overcome neighborhood pushback. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Nimbytown: Will SF neighborhoods allow vacant hotels to house the homeless?

‘We have a crisis on our hands and we need as many options as possible’

The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown could become permanent supportive housing if The City can overcome neighborhood pushback. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco schools scramble to meet high demand for online learning

‘The constraints around resources and staffing is real’

Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)
A U.S. Department of Agriculture field manager walks along the parched ground in a pomegranate orchard at Wolfskill Experimental Orchards near Davis. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

How science hopes to transform California crops to cope with drought

The search is on for less-thirsty trees

  • Sep 15, 2021
A U.S. Department of Agriculture field manager walks along the parched ground in a pomegranate orchard at Wolfskill Experimental Orchards near Davis. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
Ahmad Ibrahim Moss, a Lyft driver whose pandemic-related unemployment benefits have stopped, is driving again and relying on public assistance to help make ends meet. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

How much does gig work cost taxpayers?

Some drivers and labor experts say Prop. 22 pushed an undue burden on to everyday taxpayers.

  • Sep 15, 2021
Ahmad Ibrahim Moss, a Lyft driver whose pandemic-related unemployment benefits have stopped, is driving again and relying on public assistance to help make ends meet. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the U.S. (Shutterstock)

Why California teens need mental illness education

SB 224 calls for in-school mental health instruction as depression and suicide rates rise

  • Sep 15, 2021
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the U.S. (Shutterstock)
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacted to the news that the recall effort against him had failed Tuesday at California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Newsom’s anti-Trump recall strategy offers GOP a warning for 2022

The Republican party’s Trump-era brand is toxic in California

  • Sep 15, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom reacted to the news that the recall effort against him had failed Tuesday at California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco on Election Day, spoke to reporters and union members at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 headquarters.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Newsom overwhelmingly defeats California recall attempt

In saying “no” to the recall, Californians saying “yes” to vaccines, science, pluralism

  • Sep 15, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom, in San Francisco on Election Day, spoke to reporters and union members at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 headquarters.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
People cheered as the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was declared a failure at an election night party at Manny’s in the Mission. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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Newsom’s hometown celebrates as recall votes roll in

SF supporters gather at Manny’s in the Mission

  • Sep 14, 2021
People cheered as the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was declared a failure at an election night party at Manny’s in the Mission. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
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Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Bay Area turns out in huge numbers to support Newsom’s victory

More than a quarter of statewide votes opposing the recall came from the Bay Area

Voters fill out their ballots in California’s recall election at the Department of Elections in City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Sacramento County temporary employee Ranisha Sampson extracts ballots at the Sacramento County Registrar Office on Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)

Newsom headed for victory in California recall election

Margin enough for CNN and NBC to declare that the effort to oust Governor had failed

  • Sep 14, 2021
Sacramento County temporary employee Ranisha Sampson extracts ballots at the Sacramento County Registrar Office on Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)

As California votes, it rethinks its tradition of direct democracy

‘This is a system that was put in place 100 years ago’

  • Sep 14, 2021
People wait to vote in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, as California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. (Allison Zaucha/The New York Times)
As Gavin Newsom hit the campaign trail Tuesday in San Francisco, officials and experts said the voting system for the gubernatorial recall election remained secure. (Kevin Hume/The Examiner)

Bizarre voting machine story no threat to recall vote, officials say

‘This is part of the effect and perpetuation of the Big Lie’

  • Sep 14, 2021
As Gavin Newsom hit the campaign trail Tuesday in San Francisco, officials and experts said the voting system for the gubernatorial recall election remained secure. (Kevin Hume/The Examiner)
At San Francisco International Airport, international inbound travelers are required to have a negative test prior to boarding their plane to the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)

What to know about flying from Bay Area airports during COVID pandemic

On their own, COVID-19 and airports can cause mountains of anxiety. Putting…

At San Francisco International Airport, international inbound travelers are required to have a negative test prior to boarding their plane to the Bay Area. (Courtesy photo)
Remembering former linebacker Paras Haralson, the 49ers said he lived life “with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy.”<ins> (Examiner photo archive)</ins>

49ers mourn former linebacker Parys Haralson. He was 37

Former San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Parys Haralson died suddenly Monday, according to…

Remembering former linebacker Paras Haralson, the 49ers said he lived life “with an extraordinary amount of passion and joy.”<ins> (Examiner photo archive)</ins>
The Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is working on plans to increase ferry service in Mission Bay, Redwood City and Treasure Island. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Ferry expansion planned despite pandemic’s toll on ridership

By Dan Rosenheim Bay City News Ridership on Bay Area ferries remains…

The Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is working on plans to increase ferry service in Mission Bay, Redwood City and Treasure Island. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)