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More than two dozen people attended a protest of city COVID restrictions outside San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s home in the Lower Haight on Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Group targets Breed in protest of shelter-in-place restrictions

Around two dozen people gathered outside Mayor London Breed’s Lower Haight home…

More than two dozen people attended a protest of city COVID restrictions outside San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s home in the Lower Haight on Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure has about 12,600 units of both market rate and affordable housing remaining to develop in various stages. Of the total, 4,290 are affordable housing units, including 3,000 in the Candlestick Point/Hunters Point Shipyard development. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Affordable housing benefit extension considered for those displaced by redevelopment

‘Certificate of preference’ holders would retain lottery priority for below-market-rate units

The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure has about 12,600 units of both market rate and affordable housing remaining to develop in various stages. Of the total, 4,290 are affordable housing units, including 3,000 in the Candlestick Point/Hunters Point Shipyard development. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A 30-Stockton Muni bus heads along Marina Boulevard in the Marina District on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Marina residents want 30 Stockton extension out of their neighborhood

SFMTA says route provides link to Presidio green space, reduces crowding in dense neighborhoods

A 30-Stockton Muni bus heads along Marina Boulevard in the Marina District on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The end of the California Cable Car line at California Street and Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Neighborhood groups want to ‘reimagine’ cable car stop at Van Ness and California

They say the westernmost terminus should celebrate its history and be more pedestrian-friendly

The end of the California Cable Car line at California Street and Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Police insignia at a news conference after a headless corpse was found in a fishtank at 228 Clara Street on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF police make arrests in three unrelated killings

DA files homicide charges in two of the cases

San Francisco Police insignia at a news conference after a headless corpse was found in a fishtank at 228 Clara Street on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD Captain Tim Falvey, Rudy Corpuz Jr. of United Playaz, Philonise Floyd, Arthur Reed and Mayor London Breed discussed gun buybacks during a virtual news conference on Nov. 10, 2020. (Examiner screenshot)

San Francisco gun buyback event enters sixth year

Gun violence prevention advocates, the San Francisco Police Department and the Mayor’s…

SFPD Captain Tim Falvey, Rudy Corpuz Jr. of United Playaz, Philonise Floyd, Arthur Reed and Mayor London Breed discussed gun buybacks during a virtual news conference on Nov. 10, 2020. (Examiner screenshot)
The San Francisco Unified School District is seeking to open 72 elementary schools, 12 early education sites and county schools. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School district submits letter of interest to open schools

The San Francisco Unified School District has taken the first step in…

The San Francisco Unified School District is seeking to open 72 elementary schools, 12 early education sites and county schools. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City officials are proposing to wind down a program allowing vulnerable homeless people to shelter in unused hotel rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic by October of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes to square off with Mayor’s Office — again — over shelter-in-place hotel program

Emergency legislation to halt plans to close SIP hotel program will go to full board for vote

City officials are proposing to wind down a program allowing vulnerable homeless people to shelter in unused hotel rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic by October of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A still from video footage of the April 21 police shooting in the Tenderloin (Courtesy SFPD)

DA Boudin declines to charge officers in two police shootings

District Attorney Chesa Boudin has declined to charge three San Francisco police…

A still from video footage of the April 21 police shooting in the Tenderloin (Courtesy SFPD)
SFPD (Kevin N. Hume)

Man fatally shot in South of Market, suspect arrested

One man was killed and another was arrested following a shooting in…

SFPD (Kevin N. Hume)
BART, in cooperation with developers, city agencies and the public, is working on major plans to improve the Balboa Park Station. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Balboa Park Station redesign to enhance accessibility and safety, make space more inviting

Virtual town hall for Balboa Park BART Station Plaza Dec. 14

BART, in cooperation with developers, city agencies and the public, is working on major plans to improve the Balboa Park Station. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said coronavirus cases are increasing because people didn’t stay home for Thanksgiving.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SF expects batch of 12K COVID-19 vaccines by Dec. 15

Vaccine will not come soon enough to prevent current surge, officials warn

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said coronavirus cases are increasing because people didn’t stay home for Thanksgiving.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in The City for some time, but is now the first company to do so without a test driver at the wheel. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Five Cruise driverless vehicles deployed to the Sunset District

Local officials and advocates remain concerned about lack of regulatory power and transparency

Cruise has been testing self-driving vehicles in The City for some time, but is now the first company to do so without a test driver at the wheel. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
A screenshot from body-worn camera footage pictures the moment after Officer Christopher Flores fired a shot at Jamaica Hampton. <ins>(Courtesy SFPD)</ins>

SFPD officer, man shot by police surrender on assault charges

DA details charges against Officer Christopher Flores, Jamaica Hampton

A screenshot from body-worn camera footage pictures the moment after Officer Christopher Flores fired a shot at Jamaica Hampton. <ins>(Courtesy SFPD)</ins>
Kindergartener Naeema Rutherford goes down a slide at the recently-renovated Merced Heights Playground in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Playgrounds to reopen in San Francisco during COVID-19 shutdown

State health officials change guidance to allow outdoor play

Kindergartener Naeema Rutherford goes down a slide at the recently-renovated Merced Heights Playground in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Kindergartners are expected to be admitted to the San Francisco Unified School District under a new “zoned” student assignment system by the 2023-24 school year.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

School board approves major overhaul of student assignment system

Choices to be limited to 8 to 10 schools to encourage diversity, predictability, shorter commutes

Kindergartners are expected to be admitted to the San Francisco Unified School District under a new “zoned” student assignment system by the 2023-24 school year.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
An Empty Shared Spaces outdoor dining area along Grant Avenue in North Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, following last week's public health order to close outdoor dining. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Restaurants that invested in ‘Shared Spaces’ call outdoor dining ban ‘devastating’

Owners say staff layoffs, closures are inevitable without financial help

An Empty Shared Spaces outdoor dining area along Grant Avenue in North Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, following last week's public health order to close outdoor dining. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
School district officals are still deciding how many elementary school students they can bring back to campus this spring after shutting down last year due to COVID-19. The answer depends in part on how many parents are willing to send their children back to school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

District debates how many students to bring back on campus this spring

With limited COVID-safe capacity, more students could mean less in-person learning time

School district officals are still deciding how many elementary school students they can bring back to campus this spring after shutting down last year due to COVID-19. The answer depends in part on how many parents are willing to send their children back to school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation seeking to acknowledge the original Indigenous inhabitants of San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes to acknowledge Ramaytush Ohlone community at every meeting

Beginning next week, the Board of Supervisors will read at the start…

Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation seeking to acknowledge the original Indigenous inhabitants of San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Dean Preston said the city needs to provide “immediate relief for struggling renters and small property owners.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Preston moves to use expected Prop. I revenue on rent relief, affordable housing

Supervisor Dean Preston introduced legislation Tuesday to allocate more than $11 million…

Supervisor Dean Preston said the city needs to provide “immediate relief for struggling renters and small property owners.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)