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Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

As pandemic wanes, SF public defender hopes clients will get ‘their day in court’

Like other attorneys in San Francisco, Deputy Public Defender Chris Garcia has…

Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
<em>The San Francisco Peace Pagoda stands tall in between Japan Center East and West malls.</em>
 (Ida Mojadad/The Examiner)

Patrons return to the Japantown mall

‘We’re so happy—it’s really hard to make a profit’

<em>The San Francisco Peace Pagoda stands tall in between Japan Center East and West malls.</em>
 (Ida Mojadad/The Examiner)
The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

SF Hall of Justice stuck in the pandemic past

In my years covering crime as a reporter in San Francisco, I’ve…

The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
Visitors walk through the western span of the Ferry Building the morning of Tuesday, June 15. (Ida Mojadad/SF Examiner)

Masks still a common occurrence at the Ferry Building

‘It’s more a mental thing than a science thing’

Visitors walk through the western span of the Ferry Building the morning of Tuesday, June 15. (Ida Mojadad/SF Examiner)
A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San…

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar has introduced legislation that would provide at least 16 weeks of leave for new parents.. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SF measure would provide maternity leave protections for elected officials and appointees

In 2006, then-Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier became the first elected official in San…

San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar has introduced legislation that would provide at least 16 weeks of leave for new parents.. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Members of El/La Para TransLatinas, pictured in 2018, support efforts to provide financial aid to low-income trans residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file photo)</ins>

Pilot program would provide basic income to aid San Francisco’s transgender community

The movement to use guaranteed income as a tool to fight poverty…

Members of El/La Para TransLatinas, pictured in 2018, support efforts to provide financial aid to low-income trans residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file photo)</ins>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)

Stern Grove announces summer schedule: Returns live on June 20 with Ledisi

Tickets for season’s concerts must be reserved online in advance

Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)
Jennifer Collins and Erik Appel of Emeryville grab a copy of “Who Taught You to Love?” a part of the Pop-Up Magazine Sidewalk Issue in Hayes Valley on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner

A multimedia magazine embedded in the streets of Hayes Valley

The live multimedia storytelling event Pop-Up Magazine has amassed a huge following…

Jennifer Collins and Erik Appel of Emeryville grab a copy of “Who Taught You to Love?” a part of the Pop-Up Magazine Sidewalk Issue in Hayes Valley on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner
Honey Mahogany was elected chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party last week. (Courtesy photo)

Honey Mahogany, SF Democratic Party’s first trans leader, has strong political ambitions

In 2016, an alum of RuPaul’s Drag Race named Honey Mahogany rallied…

Honey Mahogany was elected chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party last week. (Courtesy photo)
Lateef Gray, head of the Independent Investigations Bureau for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, outside the DA’s Office headquarters on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Policing the police: Meet the man Chesa Boudin picked to investigate SFPD shootings

Lateef Gray never saw himself as a criminal prosecutor, having worked as…

Lateef Gray, head of the Independent Investigations Bureau for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, outside the DA’s Office headquarters on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
After what she called a “lonely” year, Ella Maoz got to see her Mission High School classmates at a recent graduation ceremony rehearsal. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

‘Senioritis’ is worse than ever for this year’s high school graduates

‘It’s hard to let go of something you never got to finish’

After what she called a “lonely” year, Ella Maoz got to see her Mission High School classmates at a recent graduation ceremony rehearsal. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Security video shows former Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber hitting Stanislav Petrov with batons in the Mission in 2015.<ins></ins>

DA files new charges against former Alameda deputies in SF beating

Boudin also declines to prosecute officers in shootings of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Antonio Estrada

Security video shows former Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber hitting Stanislav Petrov with batons in the Mission in 2015.<ins></ins>
San Francisco health officers will allow pre-COVID capacity on Muni buses and trains when the state reopens on June 15. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

How prepared is our public transit system for the big reopening? Short answer: It’s not

Daniel Landry, a lifelong resident of the Western Addition and community organizer,…

San Francisco health officers will allow pre-COVID capacity on Muni buses and trains when the state reopens on June 15. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
District 5 Sup. Dean Preston speaks at a Yes on Proposition 15 rally outside the building at 555 California St. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.District 5 Sup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco renters could avoid looming eviction cliff, if Supes approve relief proposal

San Franciscans may avoid the eviction cliff looming in front of other…

District 5 Sup. Dean Preston speaks at a Yes on Proposition 15 rally outside the building at 555 California St. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.District 5 Sup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some nonprofit groups are interested in buying a former residential board-and-care facility at 628 Shotwell St. in the Mission District. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mission facility could be SF’s latest in a string of board-and-care losses

Until last month, a vacant building in the Mission was well on…

Some nonprofit groups are interested in buying a former residential board-and-care facility at 628 Shotwell St. in the Mission District. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
District Attorney Chesa Boudin gives a statement following the arraignment of Patrick Thompson, who is accused of stabbing two elderly Asian women on May 4 and did not attend the hearing, on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chesa Boudin recall supporters are fighting. Will it hurt their movement?

Supporters of the push to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin seem to…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin gives a statement following the arraignment of Patrick Thompson, who is accused of stabbing two elderly Asian women on May 4 and did not attend the hearing, on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Among efforts to address homelessness is a supportive housing project for adults and seniors in The City’s South of Market Area. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner

SF is swimming in cash to fight homelessness: The challenge on how to spend it awaits

San Francisco is swimming in cash to address its homelessness crisis —…

Among efforts to address homelessness is a supportive housing project for adults and seniors in The City’s South of Market Area. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
District Attorney Chesa Boudin seen on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here in 2020, is under increasing scrutiny for his handling of gun crimes in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

S.F. gun violence surge puts criminal justice system in the spotlight

A recent surge in San Francisco gun violence has critics asking why…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin seen on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here in 2020, is under increasing scrutiny for his handling of gun crimes in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)