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Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Green Rush: Cannabis equity program elevates unexpected entrepreneurs

‘It’s a form of reparations for those of us who were ruined by cannabis arrest’

Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People walk along West Portal Avenue on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Franciscans embrace caution as the masks go back on

When the news came out last week that masks were once again…

People walk along West Portal Avenue on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Right to Counsel Coordinator Tim Coltman goes over information with clients at the Eviction Defense Collaborative. San Francisco is expected to expand access to legal counsel for those facing eviction proceedings. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Tenants facing eviction cliff want lawyers: Here’s what San Francisco is doing about it

Back in 2018, San Francisco voters passed the country’s first ballot measure…

Right to Counsel Coordinator Tim Coltman goes over information with clients at the Eviction Defense Collaborative. San Francisco is expected to expand access to legal counsel for those facing eviction proceedings. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
From left: West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center staff members Charles Fermin and Maverick Ruiz help students Malik Turalba-Khalil and Henry Zambrano in the middle school learning pod work out a math problem alongside fellow staff member Emi Arcilla during a math olympics exercise on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Home at last: Long-standing SOMA Filipino Center finally finds a permanent location

‘It just came that time where we need to find a space for us’

From left: West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center staff members Charles Fermin and Maverick Ruiz help students Malik Turalba-Khalil and Henry Zambrano in the middle school learning pod work out a math problem alongside fellow staff member Emi Arcilla during a math olympics exercise on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Breed appointment triggers progressive jockeying at City Hall

‘The question is do they run against each other? Does that split up the field?’

David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
David Campos, left, and Matt Haney are part of a large pool of potential candidates who are registered to vote in Assembly District 17. (Left photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner; right photo by Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Arsema Asfaw, an incoming senior at the Bay School of San Francisco, relies on Muni to get to her school in the Presidio from her home in Hayes Valley.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Muni will soon be free for all youth: Here’s what young people had to say

Anyone 18 years old or under can ride Muni for free starting…

Arsema Asfaw, an incoming senior at the Bay School of San Francisco, relies on Muni to get to her school in the Presidio from her home in Hayes Valley.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
District Attorney Chesa Boudin is prosecuting shoplifting crimes at a lower rate than his predecessors in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Data shows Chesa Boudin prosecutes fewer shoplifters than predecessor

‘We made an intentional decision to prioritize crimes involving violence, injury to human beings and use of weapons’

District Attorney Chesa Boudin is prosecuting shoplifting crimes at a lower rate than his predecessors in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A Flywheel taxi driver heads up Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Taxi industry fights back with fixed-fare pricing proposal

Taxis have long worked at a disadvantage against rideshare titans like Uber…

A Flywheel taxi driver heads up Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A Yellow Cab crosses Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Uber and Lyft surge pricing drives angry SF customers back to taxis

‘We just can’t stop talking about how high the prices are getting. It’s ridiculous.’

A Yellow Cab crosses Market Street on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Roman Candles are popular fireworks, but illegal to shoot off in San Francisco. (File photo)

Illegal fireworks: SF prepares for another barrage of rockets

If you thought illegal fireworks were bad last Fourth of July, this…

Roman Candles are popular fireworks, but illegal to shoot off in San Francisco. (File photo)
San Francisco police officers have been working as security guards at drugstores and other retail outlets. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

High-profile drugstore thefts expose deep-seated issues in S.F.

‘The systemic inequality in our society is what’s fueling organized retail theft’

San Francisco police officers have been working as security guards at drugstores and other retail outlets. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Sean Moore with his parents in an undated image. (Courtesy photo)

Landmark SFPD shooting settlement: City proposes $3.25 million for family of man shot by police

‘The video allows the public to pull the curtain back on how these interactions actually go’

Sean Moore with his parents in an undated image. (Courtesy photo)
“Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color” collects writings by Bay Area essayists and poets. (Courtesy photo)

People of color share ‘Essential Truths’

Bay Area writers, artists tell stories of overcoming adversity

“Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color” collects writings by Bay Area essayists and poets. (Courtesy photo)
Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

SF teachers’ union: From the conflicts of COVID, a new leader emerged

During the pandemic, San Francisco’s teachers’ union found itself under an intense…

Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Supervisor Dean Preston speaks about rent relief at a meeting of Faith in Action, a nonprofit serving low-income residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

How to apply for post-pandemic rent relief in San Francisco and California

Reyna Aguilar has amassed $20,000 in rent debt since losing her restaurant…

Supervisor Dean Preston speaks about rent relief at a meeting of Faith in Action, a nonprofit serving low-income residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling…

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
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Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to…

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People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,…

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>

The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer…

Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>
Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)

What’s in a name? Asian American magazine fights to keep its identity

An investor-backed media group laid claim to the moniker of SF’s long-running Hyphen magazine, sparking a conversation about writing over community history

Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)