Broke Ass City

San Francisco residents cast their votes at the City Hall voting center on May 7, the first day of voting for the June 5 primary election. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A few easy ways to save our democracy

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you like to know what’s…

 

Lateefah Simon, left, and Matt Haney are exactly the people who need to be in office. (Courtesy photos)

When your word is bond

I have this problem where it’s really important to me to keep…

 

Officer Gary Kunnaboot, left, stands near Jamie Plummer at the intersection of Folsom and 17th streets in San Francisco’s Mission District on Sept. 8 after receiving a complaint about a tent encampment. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Proposition Q makes life harder for the homeless

Have you seen this year’s ballot? It has an insane amount of…

 

Warm nights in San Francisco are so rare that many people opt to gather at places like Dolores Park. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

Hot nights in Dolores Park

We sat there in Dolores Park drinking Anchor’s Mango Wheat beer. It…

Warm nights in San Francisco are so rare that many people opt to gather at places like Dolores Park. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
The Stud's famous drag shows, combined with politically aware patrons, perfectly illustrate what makes San Francisco special. (Rachel Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Out loud at The Stud

Earlier this month, I went to a brand new show at The…

The Stud's famous drag shows, combined with politically aware patrons, perfectly illustrate what makes San Francisco special. (Rachel Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
There’s no two ways about it: Oakland is now cooler than San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco is dead: Long live San Fran

‘How crazy is it that, at this point, Oakland is way cooler…

There’s no two ways about it: Oakland is now cooler than San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Scientists say human impact on Earth has been so significant that the Holocene Epoch is now giving way to the Anthropocene Epoch, notably marked by pollution and nuclear tests. (Courtesy photo)

See you in hell, humans

Well, it’s official: We’ve really screwed the pooch. Scientists have announced that…

Scientists say human impact on Earth has been so significant that the Holocene Epoch is now giving way to the Anthropocene Epoch, notably marked by pollution and nuclear tests. (Courtesy photo)
As Burning Man becomes more and more popular, it’s hard not to wonder if the magic is slowly disappearing. (Courtesy photo)

Yearning for Burning Man

It’s always about this time of year that I start to have…

As Burning Man becomes more and more popular, it’s hard not to wonder if the magic is slowly disappearing. (Courtesy photo)
Fogust — that is, The City’s noticably foggy August — is a time when true San Franciscans feel most at home. (Courtesy photo)

Fogust in San Francisco

It’s Fogust here in San Francisco. Our Great Grey Dame can even…

Fogust — that is, The City’s noticably foggy August — is a time when true San Franciscans feel most at home. (Courtesy photo)
When you’ve been in The City awhile, it can be hard to shake an ex. (Courtesy photo)

Can’t spell San Francisco without a few exes

You can’t spell San Francisco without a few exes. From the person…

When you’ve been in The City awhile, it can be hard to shake an ex. (Courtesy photo)
The only thing less sexy than renters insurance is losing all your stuff in a fire. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Renters insurance: A not-so-sexy necessity

You know what’s not sexy? Talking about renters insurance. I mean, talking…

The only thing less sexy than renters insurance is losing all your stuff in a fire. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)
If you’re ever visiting the Chenery Mansion, just say yes — and wear as little clothing as possible. (Courtesy Christine Brokowski)

When in doubt, just say yes

Just say yes. It’s a hell of a motto and, in a…

If you’re ever visiting the Chenery Mansion, just say yes — and wear as little clothing as possible. (Courtesy Christine Brokowski)
Sometimes it feels like the place you’ve given your heart to might not love you back. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco is just not that into you

Is it enough to love the way the fog tiptoes through the…

Sometimes it feels like the place you’ve given your heart to might not love you back. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco is a tale of three cities: the high-risers, low-risers and no-risers. (Courtesy photo)

A tale of three cities

"After the past few nights, I’ve realized San Francisco is a tale…

San Francisco is a tale of three cities: the high-risers, low-risers and no-risers. (Courtesy photo)
The Marijuana Don sits with bikini-clad women atop a tank outside the Marijuana Mansion on the Fourth of July. (Courtesy Marijuana Don via Instagram)

Entertainment tops tech at LA’s Marijuana Mansion

Jen Friel had reached out to me the week before. “You should…

The Marijuana Don sits with bikini-clad women atop a tank outside the Marijuana Mansion on the Fourth of July. (Courtesy Marijuana Don via Instagram)
See if you can spot Broke-Ass Stuart in the crowd during S.F. Pride last weekend. (Courtesy Ashkon Davaran)

San Francisco Pride never ceases to amaze

This was the first year in more than a decade where somebody…

See if you can spot Broke-Ass Stuart in the crowd during S.F. Pride last weekend. (Courtesy Ashkon Davaran)
If you’ve been off the market for awhile, online dating can be a tough adjustment. (Courtesy photo)

Living single in San Francisco

Sayre Piotrkowski and I were having dinner at the St. James Brasserie…

If you’ve been off the market for awhile, online dating can be a tough adjustment. (Courtesy photo)
Two men embrace during a vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on Sunday to honor the victims of a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

No such thing as strangers

People streamed into the Castro from every possible direction. It was as…

Two men embrace during a vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on Sunday to honor the victims of a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with his supporters in San Francisco's Mission District on Monday. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Weekday with Bernie

We followed Bernie down Mission Street like he was the Pied Piper…

Sen. Bernie Sanders meets with his supporters in San Francisco's Mission District on Monday. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
After his campaign rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders interacted with Warriors fans inside Oracle Arena as Golden State took down the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals. (Ben Margot/AP)

Bernie plays his greatest hits in Oakland

We lined up in the warm Oakland sun. Excited human beings, snaking…

After his campaign rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders interacted with Warriors fans inside Oracle Arena as Golden State took down the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals. (Ben Margot/AP)