Broke-Ass Stuart

When people think they are entitled to “first dibs” on our public space, think about how much easier it is to swallow the thought of evicting people out of private space. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Dolores Park fiasco a microcosm of San Francisco

Is it me, or does it feel like we’re being punked? It’s…

When people think they are entitled to “first dibs” on our public space, think about how much easier it is to swallow the thought of evicting people out of private space. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
Portland shares many of San Francisco’s values, without the soul-crushing class warfare that many have come to expect. (Courtesy photo)

Portland fears following in San Francisco’s footsteps

It’s taken me a few days of being out of San Francisco…

Portland shares many of San Francisco’s values, without the soul-crushing class warfare that many have come to expect. (Courtesy photo)
The Sentinel Building, a San Francisco landmark located on Kearny Street, is part of North Beach’s iconic imagery. (Courtesy photo)

Magic lives in North Beach

North Beach is where magic lives. Neon strip club signs throw color…

The Sentinel Building, a San Francisco landmark located on Kearny Street, is part of North Beach’s iconic imagery. (Courtesy photo)
Edwin Lindo, right, one of the “Frisco 5” hunger strikers, sips coconut water while negotiating with an officer inside Mission Police Station on April 26 — Day 6 of a hunger strike calling for the resignation or firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Hunger strikers teaching San Francisco a valuable lesson

Hunger strikes grow in importance the longer the protest goes. When my…

Edwin Lindo, right, one of the “Frisco 5” hunger strikers, sips coconut water while negotiating with an officer inside Mission Police Station on April 26 — Day 6 of a hunger strike calling for the resignation or firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
As people and businesses continue to pour into Oakland, The Town should use San Francisco as an example of what not to do. (Courtesy photo)

Oakland ought to learn from San Francisco’s mistakes

Over the weekend, I was at a benefit event for the Betti…

As people and businesses continue to pour into Oakland, The Town should use San Francisco as an example of what not to do. (Courtesy photo)
When it’s warm enough outside, Ocean Beach is the great equalizer — a place where people from all walks of life can come together and enjoy San Francisco’s beauty. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A perfect San Francisco day

Nobody appreciates warm weather like San Franciscans. We’re so used to living…

When it’s warm enough outside, Ocean Beach is the great equalizer — a place where people from all walks of life can come together and enjoy San Francisco’s beauty. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The power structures that shape much of San Francisco in 2016 can be observed in simple ways — like on a street corner.(Courtesy photo)

Power structures play out in Mission Street novella

I’m sitting in a fancy new coffee shop in the South of…

The power structures that shape much of San Francisco in 2016 can be observed in simple ways — like on a street corner.(Courtesy photo)
As Oakland Mayor Libby Scaaf regularly engages her constituency, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee remains in hiding — dodging questions about his connection to shady behavior. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Lee continues to hide from the public

Last week, I went to Kamau Right Now, the wonderfully smart and…

As Oakland Mayor Libby Scaaf regularly engages her constituency, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee remains in hiding — dodging questions about his connection to shady behavior. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
The booming tech industry in San Francisco is helping shape The City’s future, and many have no longterm plans to stay here. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Some in SF value people over profit

On Monday, I was interviewed by someone from BBC Mundo, the Spanish-language…

The booming tech industry in San Francisco is helping shape The City’s future, and many have no longterm plans to stay here. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Ashley Lauren Dickinson is the founder of Kinda Kind, a brand dedicated to the idea that kindness doesn’t have to be cheesy or churchy. (Courtesy photo)

Kinda Kind proves caring is cool

Bad news sells papers ... or at least in the 21st century,…

Ashley Lauren Dickinson is the founder of Kinda Kind, a brand dedicated to the idea that kindness doesn’t have to be cheesy or churchy. (Courtesy photo)
Homeless people are cleared out on Tuesday from a Division Street encampment beneath a billboard boasting about a “Dream House” in San Francisco. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Lee is turning San Francisco into a Dickens novel

It’s 8:20 on Tuesday morning, and Division Street is awash with reporters,…

Homeless people are cleared out on Tuesday from a Division Street encampment beneath a billboard boasting about a “Dream House” in San Francisco. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ashante Jones, 39, in a tent on 13th Street before homeless people were ordered to vacate the area on Feb. 24, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Compassionate answers to homeless issues

Fog. Hills. Victorians. Bread bowls of chowder. For decades, those are the…

Ashante Jones, 39, in a tent on 13th Street before homeless people were ordered to vacate the area on Feb. 24, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Sometimes the daily routine of life can make you miss the beauty of San Francisco that surrounds you, such as the view of The City from Aquatic Park. (Eric Risberg/2014 AP)

Routine can make it easy to overlook SF

It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine. The days blend…

Sometimes the daily routine of life can make you miss the beauty of San Francisco that surrounds you, such as the view of The City from Aquatic Park. (Eric Risberg/2014 AP)
Protesters Katey Wade, left, and Keeya Singer of Homeless Advocacy Project hold signs during the Tackle Homelessness protest near Ferry Building on Feb. 3. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

The City that knows how to fight back

The Super Bowl is over and the citadel that was Super Bowl…

Protesters Katey Wade, left, and Keeya Singer of Homeless Advocacy Project hold signs during the Tackle Homelessness protest near Ferry Building on Feb. 3. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Police officers order protesters in San Francisco to remove a tent set up near the Ferry Building during a protest over the issue of homelessness on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Dissent is in the air

There’s a riot going on in San Francisco. OK, honestly, it’s more…

Police officers order protesters in San Francisco to remove a tent set up near the Ferry Building during a protest over the issue of homelessness on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Protest tackles homelessness

The tent village on the border of SoMa and the Mission stretches…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee inauguration Friday, January 8, 2016 (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Lee’s second term feels like Amateur Hour

Do you know about “Amateur Night at the Apollo”? It’s a legendary…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee inauguration Friday, January 8, 2016 (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Now that Powerball has ballooned to the largest lottery in history, many in the U.S. are in a frenzy for a chance at having “fuck-you money.” (John Locher/AP)

Lottery makes losers out of entire country

The term is “fuck-you money,” and it means having enough money to…

Now that Powerball has ballooned to the largest lottery in history, many in the U.S. are in a frenzy for a chance at having “fuck-you money.” (John Locher/AP)
Perhaps 2016 will be the year we look back and say we actually learned something about homeless and other issues that nag at The City. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Trying to avoid the same-old, same-old

I’m sitting at the Gaslamp Cafe at 12th and Howard, watching the…

Perhaps 2016 will be the year we look back and say we actually learned something about homeless and other issues that nag at The City. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
It can be kind of eerie walking around in San Francisco on Christmas with so many people away from The City. (Jeff Chiu/2011 AP)

Christmas in The City can be surreal

By the time you read this, I will already be gone. I’ll…

It can be kind of eerie walking around in San Francisco on Christmas with so many people away from The City. (Jeff Chiu/2011 AP)