Opinion

San Francisco has the authority, vacancies, and funds to house homeless people in hotels

San Francisco has the authority, vacancies, and funds to house homeless people in hotels

By Chris Herring and Neil Gong Last week San Francisco began acquiring…

San Francisco has the authority, vacancies, and funds to house homeless people in hotels
Help the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly continue our mission of providing free, local news

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This week, I was faced with the heartbreaking task of reducing the hours — and therefore the pay — of the very journalists who report, write, edit and photograph that news.

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Opinion: Instacart and other companies should give gig workers the health and safety protections they need

Workers are asking for hazard pay, hand sanitizer, paid sick leave

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Gov. Gavin Newsom (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: We still need an immediate statewide eviction moratorium

Governor Newsom needs to do more to protect California’s renters

Gov. Gavin Newsom (Courtesy Photo)
A web site created to collect reports of hate crimes received more than 750 reports nationwide in its first week, and over 100 in San Francisco alone. (Courtesy photo)

Let’s be better humans

Racist terms for coronavirus are fueling hatred against the Asian American community

A web site created to collect reports of hate crimes received more than 750 reports nationwide in its first week, and over 100 in San Francisco alone. (Courtesy photo)
Many small businesses are closed or struggling under the current coronavirus shelter-in-place order. The City needs to take steps to help them survive. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

Opinion: We need stronger relief measures

The effects of this pandemic will be felt for months. Families and businesses need more help to survive.

Many small businesses are closed or struggling under the current coronavirus shelter-in-place order. The City needs to take steps to help them survive. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Social distancing is difficult for those living on the street, and conditions in city shelters are ideal for spreading airborne diseases.                                Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner

Opinion: One-hundred medical experts advocate for more hotels for the unhoused, and quickly

Increase our hotel capacity so people can truly socially distance

Social distancing is difficult for those living on the street, and conditions in city shelters are ideal for spreading airborne diseases.                                Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
State and local officials have moved fast to find emergency shelter for unhoused residents affected who need to quarantine due to coronvirus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Opinion: Finding solutions to homelessness that last beyond the crisis

COVID-19 has inspired quick action. We need to maintain that urgency.

State and local officials have moved fast to find emergency shelter for unhoused residents affected who need to quarantine due to coronvirus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A car lies crushed under the third story of an apartment building in the Marina District that was damaged by the Oct. 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

Opinion: Improving hazard resilience in the Bay Area

Even while struggling to stem coronavirus, we must prepare for the next natural disaster

A car lies crushed under the third story of an apartment building in the Marina District that was damaged by the Oct. 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)
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Opinion: Why we are handing out tents during the coronavirus outbreak

How are people living on the streets expected to shelter-in-place?

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
This is not the first time that our dedicated journalists have had to cover a crisis that they are also living. (Courtesy photo)

Letter from the publisher: Local news, now more than ever

At Monday’s press conference when Mayor London Breed announced a shelter-in-place order for city residents

This is not the first time that our dedicated journalists have had to cover a crisis that they are also living. (Courtesy photo)
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Opinion: Santa Rita is not the solution for housing San Francisco’s jail population

The City must find better ways to close the seismically unsafe County Jail #4

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner, 2013)
A developer plans to demolish the buildings that house the Out of the Closet thrift store on Polk Street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Opinion: The demolition of Out of the Closet will hurt public health

The City needs to protect free public health service providers

A developer plans to demolish the buildings that house the Out of the Closet thrift store on Polk Street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The opioid crisis could be mitigated locally with the passage of Assembly Bill 362, which authorizes medical supervision for users of illicit drugs. (Shutterstock)

Opinion: The Tenderloin needs an innovation solution like safe injection sites

Criminalizing drug use is ineffective in curbing overdoses

The opioid crisis could be mitigated locally with the passage of Assembly Bill 362, which authorizes medical supervision for users of illicit drugs. (Shutterstock)
Frank Carlson was killed in a home invasion on April 18, 1974. (Courtesy Photo)

Justice and safety demand the longest term possible for brutal killer-rapist

Decades later, family members of victims continue to ask for killer’s sentence to be extended

Frank Carlson was killed in a home invasion on April 18, 1974. (Courtesy Photo)
An attack on a man collecting recyclables in the Bayview District was captured on video and went viral last month. (Courtesy image)

Opinion: Attack on senior highlights need for multicultural solutions

More services needed to bring community together

An attack on a man collecting recyclables in the Bayview District was captured on video and went viral last month. (Courtesy image)
Teachers and supporters rally to protest potential education cuts outside the San Francisco Unified School District office before a meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Opinion: We need greater transparency for San Francisco schools

The current school district budgeting process does not work

Teachers and supporters rally to protest potential education cuts outside the San Francisco Unified School District office before a meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
An attack on an elderly man collecting cans on Feb. 22, 2020 was captured on video.

Restorative justice is exactly what’s needed in the case of the attack on a Bayview elder

Assault that went viral on video could lead to healing in the community

An attack on an elderly man collecting cans on Feb. 22, 2020 was captured on video.
A rule presented by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would allow insurers to shift more prescription costs onto patients. (Courtesy photo)

Trump administration’s new insurance rule puts sick patients at risk

Proposal ultimately would drive up healthcare spending

A rule presented by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would allow insurers to shift more prescription costs onto patients. (Courtesy photo)
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Mayor Breed should withdraw her endorsement of Michael Bloomberg

Endorsing the former NYC mayor is ‘no different than endorsing discrimination and hate’

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