Opinion

More than 100 people are still in jail awaiting trial past the last day in which they must be legally brought to trial. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The lack of courtroom access in San Francisco is a human rights issue

By Mano Raju The murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, a…

A lot at 730 Stanyan St. is currently home to a safe sleeping site but will eventually be the site of a long anticipated affordable housing project. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

City should stop foot dragging on critically needed affordable housing in Haight-Ashbury

Residents want a firm commitment on project at 730 Stanyan Street

From left, Nancy Lewis, Rita Goldberger, Jamilah Din and Herb Mintz say the Outer Sunset Farmers Market has invited a new sense of community in neighborhood. (Courtesy Kate Quach)

Pop-up farmers market finds its way into the hearts of the Outer Sunset

Weekly showcase is place for commerce and for community

Prop. I increased the transfer tax on those selling real estate worth $10 million or more. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Breed and Board of Supervisors: Put Biden’s words into action and follow the will of the voters

By David Campos For the first time in generations, Americans this week…

Prop. I increased the transfer tax on those selling real estate worth $10 million or more. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Immigrants in for-profit detention facilities are not receiving COVID vaccines in the same fashion as the general public.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Immigrants in detention need information about and access to vaccines

By Martina Caretta As an international student in the United States living…

Immigrants in for-profit detention facilities are not receiving COVID vaccines in the same fashion as the general public.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
With increased use of DNA ancestry testing kits, there are many implications for the future of privacy, criminal justice and health care. (Shutterstock)

Bay Area playing big role in the future of home DNA testing

By Libby Copeland Home DNA testing has become a cultural phenomenon —…

With increased use of DNA ancestry testing kits, there are many implications for the future of privacy, criminal justice and health care. (Shutterstock)
Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Restoring faith in San Francisco’s public schools

By Decreasing the Distance Last week SFUSD welcomed 6,056 of our youngest…

Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A tent encampment site for the homeless was set up in the Bayview District in May 2020. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Safe-sleeping sites meet demands of San Franciscans’ top post-COVID priority

A Place For All would guarantee secure, well-managed locations for people experiencing homelessness

A tent encampment site for the homeless was set up in the Bayview District in May 2020. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)

Safe streets have emptied my emergency department — we should keep them

By Dr. Stephen Gamboa I was at my church picnic in Golden…

Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Unified School District opened some classrooms this week, including Bryant Elementary School. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD must stay focused on full, five-day reopening

By Jenny Lam This week I greeted students at Bret Harte Elementary…

San Francisco Unified School District opened some classrooms this week, including Bryant Elementary School. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin would not reduce crime in San Francisco

Issues of crime and punishment are among the hardest we deal with…

Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and former Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer stood outside The City’s first Safe Sleeping Village at Civic Center to announce legislation on Oct. 20, 2021 to establish a Safe Sleeping Sites Program for unsheltered people. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A “shelter for all” policy sounds good, but it takes resources away from long term solutions

By Jennifer Friedenbach Homelessness is on the brink of exploding in San…

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and former Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer stood outside The City’s first Safe Sleeping Village at Civic Center to announce legislation on Oct. 20, 2021 to establish a Safe Sleeping Sites Program for unsheltered people. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin is one of two hotels The City has acquired for supportive housing during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Providing more supportive housing is the best way to heal the homeless

San Francisco must act quickly to acquire more hotels and other sites

The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin is one of two hotels The City has acquired for supportive housing during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
U.S. Attorney David Anderson in a file photo on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California must be independent

By Jim Reilly The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of…

U.S. Attorney David Anderson in a file photo on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Asian Americans rise above the fear to find strength in the face of hate

By Evan Matthew Chan One month ago — Tuesday, March 16th —…

(Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s investment in pretrial diversion can serve as a model for the state

California Supreme Court ruling solidifies move away from cash bail toward increased release rates

San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)
Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)

Will our lawmakers have the courage to sponsor campaign finance reform?

By Jackie Fielder Corporations are not charitable organizations. They have a fiduciary…

Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Do the Math. Filling vacant apartments without building more homes won’t solve SF’s housing shortage

By Lisa Zahner San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston recently declared vacant apartments…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for the San Francisco school board to focus

By Gabriela López Right now, I have tunnel vision. When I played…

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Advocates are pleased that California’s new attorney general is Rob Bonta (pictured in 2015), whose legislative efforts in the Assembly have supported criminal justice reform. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Rob Bonta’s appointment brings our family hope for justice

By Michelle and Ashley Monterrosa Our brother, Sean Monterrosa, had his life…

Advocates are pleased that California’s new attorney general is Rob Bonta (pictured in 2015), whose legislative efforts in the Assembly have supported criminal justice reform. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)