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30 Tanforan Ave. in South San Francisco is being considered as a possible location for a Muni training facility, potentially costing The City millions. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Criticism persists as costly Muni training facility advances toward approval

The proposed pricey new training facility for Muni drivers advanced closer to…

30 Tanforan Ave. in South San Francisco is being considered as a possible location for a Muni training facility, potentially costing The City millions. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee has been criticized recently for his efforts to address San Francisco’s homeless issue, including the creation of a temporary shelter at Pier 80. Lee said one of two new Navigation Centers could be created near the Pier 80 shelter. (Emma Chiang/Special to SF Examiner)

Mayor Ed Lee fires back at critics, defends his homeless efforts

In an unusual show of political force, Mayor Ed Lee defended his…

Mayor Ed Lee has been criticized recently for his efforts to address San Francisco’s homeless issue, including the creation of a temporary shelter at Pier 80. Lee said one of two new Navigation Centers could be created near the Pier 80 shelter. (Emma Chiang/Special to SF Examiner)
San Francisco receives a royalty payment for the oil and gas extracted from a city-owned parcel of the Kern River oil field, above.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SF looks to end relationship with oil wells that fund Golden Gate Park, Public Library

San Francisco’s city budget has benefited from oil drilling for decades through…

San Francisco receives a royalty payment for the oil and gas extracted from a city-owned parcel of the Kern River oil field, above.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Volunteer gardener Jim Donahue works

Surplus land explored for housing

San Francisco voters prioritized creating below-market-rate housing on public land in November…

Volunteer gardener Jim Donahue works
Ashante Jones stands outside of San Francisco’s one and only Navigation Center in the Mission district on Wednesday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco struggling to open additional Navigation Centers

One day after San Francisco swept the homeless and their tents from…

Ashante Jones stands outside of San Francisco’s one and only Navigation Center in the Mission district on Wednesday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco raises tobacco purchase age to 21; voters to decide affordable housing requirements

San Francisco became the first major California city Tuesday to raise the…

An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tents on Division Street sidewalks. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Pressure mounts to expand Navigation Centers amid controversial homeless sweeps

As San Francisco remains divided over last week’s homeless sweeps, questions linger…

Tents on Division Street sidewalks. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The City has seen strong enrollment in its renewable energy program. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

With strong enrollment in CleanPowerSF, focus shifts to renewable energy projects

San Francisco’s renewable energy program appears to be off to a strong…

The City has seen strong enrollment in its renewable energy program. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Polar Bear, a 40-year-old homeless man, waves before getting into the car of the Homeless Outreach Team on Thursday.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Calls for solutions intensify in decades-long debate over homelessness

San Francisco’s residents and politicians have sounded off for decades on the…

Polar Bear, a 40-year-old homeless man, waves before getting into the car of the Homeless Outreach Team on Thursday.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner

Muni’s pricey training facility plan hits roadblock

San Francisco’s transit agency wants to spend $2.4 million annually — a…

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
Outfitting police officers with body-worn cameras took a step forward Wednesday when the Board of Supervisors approved $2.4 million in funding for the project. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

Supes release $2.4M for Police Department body cams

City officials authorized funding Wednesday for San Francisco to begin outfitting police…

Outfitting police officers with body-worn cameras took a step forward Wednesday when the Board of Supervisors approved $2.4 million in funding for the project. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Archbishop Franzo King D.D. stands in front of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in the Fillmore District on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner

Fillmore’s St. John Coltrane Church faces last notes

A proposal to allow the Fillmore Auditorium to add a large vertical…

Archbishop Franzo King D.D. stands in front of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in the Fillmore District on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner

Amid legal threats, SF debates raising tobacco purchase age to 21

San Francisco’s evolving crackdown on tobacco use enters another stage with a…

A San Francisco Department of Pubic Health report states a growing need for post acute nursing beds like San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Report: San Francisco faces skilled-nursing bed shortage

San Francisco is suffering from a shortage of post-acute health care beds,…

A San Francisco Department of Pubic Health report states a growing need for post acute nursing beds like San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s renewable energy program, is expected to begin in May, though notices of automatic enrollment will be distributed this month. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

CleanPowerSF initiates first wave of automatic enrollment

For more than a decade, the effort by San Francisco to launch…

CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s renewable energy program, is expected to begin in May, though notices of automatic enrollment will be distributed this month. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
Noe Valley resident Kathy Lipscomb talks during public comment at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meeting before they approved changes to the commuter shuttle program. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board approves changes to tech commuter shuttle program

San Francisco’s transit agency agreed to modify the commuter shuttle program Tuesday,…

Noe Valley resident Kathy Lipscomb talks during public comment at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meeting before they approved changes to the commuter shuttle program. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A woman sits on a Facebook commuter shuttle as protesters block buses at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Feb. 9. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Progressive bloc leading on commuter shuttle, affordable housing debates

The political power of San Francisco’s newly formed progressive majority on the…

A woman sits on a Facebook commuter shuttle as protesters block buses at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Feb. 9. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Former City workers who turn judges could see pension bump

Judges who are former employees with San Francisco government are in line…

Charges should be dropped against SF political operatives, say lawyers

Lawyers for three San Francisco political operatives charged with bribery say the…

Members of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition protest for an independent investigation on the murder of Mario Woods outside of San Francisco's City Hall on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Special to the SF Examiner)

Amid controversial Super Bowl performances, Mario Woods protestors reiterate demands

Justice for Mario Woods Coalition members on Monday stood on the steps…

Members of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition protest for an independent investigation on the murder of Mario Woods outside of San Francisco's City Hall on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Special to the SF Examiner)