Opinion

Night view of the War Memorial Opera House. (By Kit Leong/Shutterstock)

Why are the great opera companies silent?

By Patti Niemi Leading a major opera company like the Metropolitan Opera,…

Night view of the War Memorial Opera House. (By Kit Leong/Shutterstock)
Wildfires and smoke-filled air have become increasingly common in California in recent years. (Shutterstock)

California can do better on climate

By Scott Wiener The night of August 29, 2018 capped off a…

Wildfires and smoke-filled air have become increasingly common in California in recent years. (Shutterstock)
A vacant site on Stanyan Street that once housed a McDonald’s currently holds a safe camping site and will eventually be replaced by affordable housing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

YIMBY organizing wins in the Haight-Ashbury

By Corey Smith The recent declaration by Supervisor Preston supporting the maximum…

A vacant site on Stanyan Street that once housed a McDonald’s currently holds a safe camping site and will eventually be replaced by affordable housing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
President Donald Trump reportedly owns a 30 percent stake in 555 California St. (Shutterstock)

Investors like Trump should pay more for COVID relief, affordable housing

By Dean Preston The lack of affordable housing in San Francisco has…

President Donald Trump reportedly owns a 30 percent stake in 555 California St. (Shutterstock)
Undocumented residents support our communities, we should support them

Undocumented residents support our communities, we should support them

By Edgar Castellano I know firsthand the health disparities faced by members…

Undocumented residents support our communities, we should support them
The Richmond District, like other neighborhoods, is struggling with the impact of the pandemic. (Sara Gaiser/S.F. Examiner)

City Hall shouldn’t kick people when they’re down

Growing up in the Richmond District, I remember buying toys at King…

The Richmond District, like other neighborhoods, is struggling with the impact of the pandemic. (Sara Gaiser/S.F. Examiner)
Businesses at the Japan Center mall have been trying to negotiate with property owners for rent relief. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

To save San Francisco small businesses, we need immediate action from Governor Newsom

By Dean Preston and Aaron Peskin It can be hard to pinpoint…

Businesses at the Japan Center mall have been trying to negotiate with property owners for rent relief. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Mar’s housing resolution will exacerbate San Francisco’s affordability crisis

By Todd David The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is at it…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City rules allowing small business permits to be held up by appeals and paperwork can cause months of delays and cost thousands of dollars. (Shutterstock)

How can we rebuild our economy, if we make it this hard to sell ice cream?

Proposition H would give businesses confidence in opening, and the flexibility they need to survive

City rules allowing small business permits to be held up by appeals and paperwork can cause months of delays and cost thousands of dollars. (Shutterstock)
Protesters march from Dolores Park in the Mission District to City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump administration’s family separation and detention process. (Eddie Hernandez Photos/Shutterstock)

The health of families depends on being together — stop direct transfers to ICE detention centers

By Sukhdip Purewal Boparai As a first generation Punjabi American and public…

Protesters march from Dolores Park in the Mission District to City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump administration’s family separation and detention process. (Eddie Hernandez Photos/Shutterstock)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

We cannot allow police unions to define public safety

By Cat Brooks Recently, the San Francisco and San José Police Officers…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Police do not belong in hospitals either

Police do not belong in hospitals either

By Adeola Oni-Orisan, Erinma Ukoha, Maisha Davis On July 8, 2020, Asmara…

Police do not belong in hospitals either
The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the need for access to legal couseling in the community. (Shutterstock)

Universal access to legal aid is the key to an equitable post-pandemic world

By Adrian Tirtanadi As the rest of San Francisco began to shelter…

The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the need for access to legal couseling in the community. (Shutterstock)
A site on 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex is expected to be developed into The City’s first housing project for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

In the “new normal,” teachers still need housing. Where will they live?

The City needs a real commitment to educator housing

A site on 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex is expected to be developed into The City’s first housing project for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco is doing a poor job of preserving its trees, which are crucial in combating climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A requiem for San Francisco’s urban forest

Smoky skies, poor air quality highlight need to increase The City’s tree canopy

San Francisco is doing a poor job of preserving its trees, which are crucial in combating climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic works with a client in the Bayview District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Our city’s budget needs to support the needs of vulnerable youth

We cannot afford to deprioritize funding for homeless services

A rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic works with a client in the Bayview District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.

Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.

A statement from the family of Luis Góngora Pat

Board of Supervisors: Defund the police, significantly.
Passengers exit a J-Church train at Powell Street Station in April of 2019. A plan to bring back service on the line includes a transfer to a different train at Church and Market streets for the underground section of the route. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA says proposed J-Church changes are an improvement. We say they’re a boondoggle.

By Bob Planthold and Pi Ra On August 22, the San Francisco…

Passengers exit a J-Church train at Powell Street Station in April of 2019. A plan to bring back service on the line includes a transfer to a different train at Church and Market streets for the underground section of the route. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A proposed California law will assist local news outlets, which are vital for maintaining a free society. (Shutterstock)

For readers’ sake, #savelocaljournalism

By Charles F. Champion A brand management and crisis communication professor I…

A proposed California law will assist local news outlets, which are vital for maintaining a free society. (Shutterstock)
Eviction (Shutterstock)

The Board of Supervisors must close the COVID-19 eviction moratorium loophole

Many San Francisco renters are struggling to make ends meet during the…

Eviction (Shutterstock)