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Protesters block two buses, transporting workers to Facebook and Yahoo in Silicon Valley, at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Tuesday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA to consider changes to ‘Google bus’ program

The future of the “Google bus” program may no longer include the…

Protesters block two buses, transporting workers to Facebook and Yahoo in Silicon Valley, at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Tuesday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Whole Foods would like to open up a store at the spot where the Lombardi Sports store was, but residents have resisted the project. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco may expand chain store ban to Polk Street neighborhood

Amid an effort by Whole Foods to move into the Polk Street…

Whole Foods would like to open up a store at the spot where the Lombardi Sports store was, but residents have resisted the project. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Public Library Building Officer Steve Heart helps a man consolidate his belongings before entering the Main Library at Civic Center Plaza on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Library sheds problematic image; incidents down nearly 50 percent

The San Francisco Main Branch library has dealt with a troubled reputation…

San Francisco Public Library Building Officer Steve Heart helps a man consolidate his belongings before entering the Main Library at Civic Center Plaza on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gun owners in San Francisco are now required to secure any firearms left in a parked car by keeping them in the trunk if inaccessible from inside of the vehicle or in a lock box affixed to the car out of view such as under the seat. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SF requires safer storage of firearms left in vehicles

San Francisco added a new gun control law to the books Tuesday…

Gun owners in San Francisco are now required to secure any firearms left in a parked car by keeping them in the trunk if inaccessible from inside of the vehicle or in a lock box affixed to the car out of view such as under the seat. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

Animal shelter left out of Lee’s $350M bond proposal

Mayor Ed Lee’s $350 million bond slated for the June ballot has…

(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Fire Department is one of few departments that still uses wooden ladders in its daily operation. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Lee donor won city contract for S.F. fire truck ladders

The lumber company that contributed to Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign through two…

The San Francisco Fire Department is one of few departments that still uses wooden ladders in its daily operation. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
A tech shuttle bus waits at a Muni bus stop on Valencia Street. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors postponed a decision on the future of the so-called “Google Buses” until Feb. 9, when the two sides of the debate are expected to negotiate a compromise. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

‘Google Bus’ future still uncertain

The future of the “Google Bus” in San Francisco remains uncertain as…

A tech shuttle bus waits at a Muni bus stop on Valencia Street. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors postponed a decision on the future of the so-called “Google Buses” until Feb. 9, when the two sides of the debate are expected to negotiate a compromise. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney George Gascon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson announced charges against retired Human Rights Commission employee Zula Jones, ex-HRC commissioner Nazly Mohajer and former political consultant Keith Jackson on Friday. (Bryan Carmody/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Officials at City Hall note lack of surprise after corruption charges

There’s little sense of surprise around City Hall in the wake of…

District Attorney George Gascon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson announced charges against retired Human Rights Commission employee Zula Jones, ex-HRC commissioner Nazly Mohajer and former political consultant Keith Jackson on Friday. (Bryan Carmody/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Aaron Peskin voiced his disapproval on Thursday of the Academy of Art’s student housing practices, calling it “our dirty little secret.” (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Peskin calls for crackdown on Academy of Art’s real estate

Time appears to be running out for San Francisco’s Academy of Art…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin voiced his disapproval on Thursday of the Academy of Art’s student housing practices, calling it “our dirty little secret.” (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Hall.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

City contract followed campaign gifts for Mayor Lee

The pair who allegedly solicited with Mayor Ed Lee’s knowledge a $10,000…

San Francisco City Hall.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Stan Roth, Market Street food cart operator, joins Supervisors Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin and John Avalos for a news conference at the foot of Market Street demanding that the Super Bowl Host Committee fully reimburse The City for costs and to address the impacts to street artists and small business owners. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Supes to call for Super Bowl 50 cost reimbursement

Like any good athletic contest, the two opposing sides battle until the…

Stan Roth, Market Street food cart operator, joins Supervisors Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin and John Avalos for a news conference at the foot of Market Street demanding that the Super Bowl Host Committee fully reimburse The City for costs and to address the impacts to street artists and small business owners. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee and other public officials are named in details from an FBI probe into state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Voters may decide on mayor’s ability to appoint members of the board

Voters will apparently decide whether to eliminate the mayor’s appointment power to…

Mayor Ed Lee and other public officials are named in details from an FBI probe into state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
From left, Cannabis State Legislation Task Force members Barbara Fugate, Laura Thomas, Terrance Alan and Sarah Shradar attend the group's first meeting Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pot panel sets high ambitions, seeks to build broad political support

The architects behind the vision of San Francisco when marijuana is a…

From left, Cannabis State Legislation Task Force members Barbara Fugate, Laura Thomas, Terrance Alan and Sarah Shradar attend the group's first meeting Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gwen Woods, center, is consoled by attorney John Burris as she addresses the media on Dec. 11 about the shooting of her son, Mario Woods, by San Francisco police officers. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco may publicly apologize to Mario Woods’ mother

Tensions remain high in San Francisco over last month’s fatal police shooting…

Gwen Woods, center, is consoled by attorney John Burris as she addresses the media on Dec. 11 about the shooting of her son, Mario Woods, by San Francisco police officers. (Connor Hunt/Special to S.F. Examiner)
After estimating the total cost of Super Bowl 50 to San Francisco at $4 million last week, new estimates say Muni costs alone will be $2.3 million. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supes zero in on Airbnb registration, Super Bowl 50 costs

Nearly one year after a law went into effect legalizing short-term rentals…

After estimating the total cost of Super Bowl 50 to San Francisco at $4 million last week, new estimates say Muni costs alone will be $2.3 million. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was sworn into office for his final term on Friday. During the ceremony, many protesters showed up demanding he fire Police Chief Greg Suhr after police fatally shot Mario Woods in December. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Bumpy start to mayor’s final term

Ed Lee began his mayoral career as the consensus builder bringing harmony…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was sworn into office for his final term on Friday. During the ceremony, many protesters showed up demanding he fire Police Chief Greg Suhr after police fatally shot Mario Woods in December. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is sworn in for his second term by Gov. Jerry Brown in City Hall Friday, January 8, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Protest, celebration mark Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration to second full term

Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration to his second four-year term was lauded with…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is sworn in for his second term by Gov. Jerry Brown in City Hall Friday, January 8, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
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San Francisco criticized for not adding more shelter beds for homeless during El Niño storms

Despite Mayor Ed Lee’s promise last month to add up to 1,300…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, says she needs more time to assess the budgetary needs of the commission.

Ethics Commission defying Mayor Ed Lee on requested budget cuts

San Francisco’s Ethics Commission said Tuesday it would defy Mayor Ed Lee’s…

LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, says she needs more time to assess the budgetary needs of the commission.
Mayor Ed Lee has asked city departments to cut spending by 1.5 percent in anticipation of a $100 million deficit next fiscal year. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Ed Lee instructs city departments to cut budgets

San Francisco faces a $100 million budget deficit next fiscal year despite…

Mayor Ed Lee has asked city departments to cut spending by 1.5 percent in anticipation of a $100 million deficit next fiscal year. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)