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Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)

Survey suggests merger of BART and Caltrain could be popular

Bay Area commuter rail systems have been hit hard by loss of riders during pandemic

Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)
Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)

How to win neighborhoods and influence City Hall

There’s a reason Christopher Guest mockumentaries and fictional TV shows like “Schitt’s…

Roberta Bechtel, left, and Carol Dimmick have been instrumental in making improvements in San Francisco’s Triangle Park. (Courtesy photo)
A server delivers food to customers outside Grant Place Restaurant on Washington Street in Chinatown on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The City will help local restaurants apply for new round of federal loans

Mayor London Breed announced Monday that the City and other partners will…

A server delivers food to customers outside Grant Place Restaurant on Washington Street in Chinatown on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer at the Mission District cafe in a 2019 photo. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Q&A: Manny Yekutiel says local merchants have endured financial, emotional damage during pandemic

The SF Examiner recently launched a Q&A series that seeks to connect…

Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer at the Mission District cafe in a 2019 photo. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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)
The Port of San Francisco has lost $15 million in tariffs from passengers due to the cancellation of nearly 200 cruises since March 2020. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examine

Return of cruise industry could bring much-needed revenue back to Port of SF

Cruise ships, which may be allowed to set sail in U.S. waters…

The Port of San Francisco has lost $15 million in tariffs from passengers due to the cancellation of nearly 200 cruises since March 2020. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examine
Longtime bartender Laura Bellizzi rings the bell at Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Cafe, the historic North Beach bar on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Specs’ is ready to welcome back the regulars

Crowdfunding lets beloved North Beach hangout reopen

Longtime bartender Laura Bellizzi rings the bell at Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Cafe, the historic North Beach bar on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Gil Ayala (left) and Rubin Vasquez at the San Francisco LowRider Council 40th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Family Cruise along Mission Street near 25th Street in San Francisco, California on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The car is a 1977 Pontiac LeMans owned by Gil Ayala. Gilamonster is his nick name. They are both members of the New Temptation Car Club in Daly City.

(CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Cinco de Mayo cruise draws car clubs from around the Bay

Formed in the early 1980s to fight for the right to cruise…

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Gil Ayala (left) and Rubin Vasquez at the San Francisco LowRider Council 40th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Family Cruise along Mission Street near 25th Street in San Francisco, California on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The car is a 1977 Pontiac LeMans owned by Gil Ayala. Gilamonster is his nick name. They are both members of the New Temptation Car Club in Daly City.

(CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Bay Area labor, union members, and community supporters gather at the Embarcadero Plaza before marching to Civic Center for a rally on May Day, Saturday, May 1, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Workers take to the street for May Day march and rally

Unions and their supporters took to the streets in San Franisco Saturday…

San Francisco Bay Area labor, union members, and community supporters gather at the Embarcadero Plaza before marching to Civic Center for a rally on May Day, Saturday, May 1, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Western Michigan offensive lineman Jaylon Moore (76) was taken in the fifth round by the 49ers. (Courtesy Western Michigan)

49ers add more building blocks on final day of NFL Draft

The 49ers 2021 NFL Draft will always be judged on what they…

Western Michigan offensive lineman Jaylon Moore (76) was taken in the fifth round by the 49ers. (Courtesy Western Michigan)
People gathered at Civic Center Plaza on March 12 to protest proposed faculty layoffs at City College of San Francisco, which is facing a $33 million budget deficit for the next academic year . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

CCSF seeks city funding as cuts, state takeover loom

While President Joe Biden this week pitched a plan to offer federal…

People gathered at Civic Center Plaza on March 12 to protest proposed faculty layoffs at City College of San Francisco, which is facing a $33 million budget deficit for the next academic year . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Julia Dawson (Courtesy Public Works)

Nuru scandal: Official who knew about Recology overcharging is out

A top finance official left her role with the Department of Public…

Julia Dawson (Courtesy Public Works)
Aaron Banks, a Berkeley native who played at El Cerrito High School, was selected by the 49ers in the second round of Friday’s NFL Draft. (Courtesy photo)

49ers add El Cerrito’s Aaron Banks to offensive line

When you draft a quarterback of the future so high in the…

Aaron Banks, a Berkeley native who played at El Cerrito High School, was selected by the 49ers in the second round of Friday’s NFL Draft. (Courtesy photo)
Jamaica Hampton is accused of charging police officers with a glass bottle before he was shot in the Mission District on Dec. 7, 2019. (Screenshot)

Jamaica Hampton, man shot by police, is charged once again

A man who was shot by San Francisco police is facing a…

Jamaica Hampton is accused of charging police officers with a glass bottle before he was shot in the Mission District on Dec. 7, 2019. (Screenshot)
A Shared Spaces dining setup outside Jaranita at Chestnut and Steiner streets on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Disability advocates fear Shared Spaces could create an ‘obstacle course’ on city sidewalks

Proposed legislation may not go far enough to preserve accessibility for blind, mobility impaired

A Shared Spaces dining setup outside Jaranita at Chestnut and Steiner streets on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Triple shooting kills man along SF’s Market Street

Two others struck by gunfire but expected to survive

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. (Courtesy SFPUC)

SFPUC asks irrigation customers to reduce water use by 10 percent amid dry weather

In light of dry weather conditions throughout California, the San Francisco Public…

Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. (Courtesy SFPUC)
Trey Lance (Courtesy of North Dakota State)

Trey area: 49ers take Lance to be their QB of the future

It was a smokescreen all along. Ever since a seismic trade March…

Trey Lance (Courtesy of North Dakota State)
Kevin Lynch drinks a beer in the Columbus Cafe outdoor parklet in North Beach in March. City officials will soon allow bars to reopen for indoor service. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF to allow bars to reopen indoors next week with expected move into yellow tier

San Francisco plans to allow bars to reopen indoors next week for…

Kevin Lynch drinks a beer in the Columbus Cafe outdoor parklet in North Beach in March. City officials will soon allow bars to reopen for indoor service. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Planning Commission on Thursday approved office projects at 474 Bryant and 77 Stillman streets, depicted in renderings above. (Courtesy photo)

New office buildings approved in South of Market

The Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved two seven-story office buildings on…

The Planning Commission on Thursday approved office projects at 474 Bryant and 77 Stillman streets, depicted in renderings above. (Courtesy photo)