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Sierra Club consistently focused on protecting environment, building community

In a recent op-ed in these pages, Supervisor London Breed’s chief of…

SF Sierra Club puts politics over the planet

SF Sierra Club puts politics over the planet

I bleed green. I started a company making biofuels, then another working…

SF Sierra Club puts politics over the planet
Some Democrats want to plug the DCCC campaign contribution black hole. (Courtesy photo)
Some Democrats want to plug the DCCC campaign contribution black hole. (Courtesy photo)
Gov. Jerry Brown’s “by right” trailer bill is intended to streamline the process of building new housing, but some members of the Board of Supervisors and some building trades and environmental groups oppose the bill, arguing it could strip away environmental review and harm low-income renters. (Ryan McNulty/Special to SF Examiner)

Gov. Brown’s housing plan riling up politics in SF and beyond

Time is running out for Gov. Jerry Brown to approve his housing…

Gov. Jerry Brown’s “by right” trailer bill is intended to streamline the process of building new housing, but some members of the Board of Supervisors and some building trades and environmental groups oppose the bill, arguing it could strip away environmental review and harm low-income renters. (Ryan McNulty/Special to SF Examiner)
Muni may not be perfect, but it keeps cars off the road and provides afforable transportation to many. (Courtesy Nathan Yergler, used under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Why Muni doesn’t suck

Complaining about Muni is like a civic pastime, right up there with…

Muni may not be perfect, but it keeps cars off the road and provides afforable transportation to many. (Courtesy Nathan Yergler, used under CC BY-SA 2.0)
San Francisco’s elected leaders at City Hall must stand up for their values in a responsible manner. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Dirty politics at City Hall

We, as a city, benefit when our leaders are passionate, argumentative and…

San Francisco’s elected leaders at City Hall must stand up for their values in a responsible manner. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Who will serve as the next president of the Board of Supervisors? (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Amid heated political sparring, San Francisco approves $9.6 billion budget

Despite heated exchanges with accusations of hypocrisy and extortion, the Board of…

Who will serve as the next president of the Board of Supervisors? (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)

Special Board of Supes meeting showcases political divide

There was perhaps no better image of City Hall’s political divide than…

San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)
Legislation that would ban the sale of polystyrene foams — commonly known as Styrofoam — and related products in San Francisco has gained considerable support, including that of the Small Business Commission and the Commission on the Environment. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF’s proposed Styrofoam ban picks up support amid industry opposition

San Francisco’s proposed Styrofoam ban is picking up support from key city…

Legislation that would ban the sale of polystyrene foams — commonly known as Styrofoam — and related products in San Francisco has gained considerable support, including that of the Small Business Commission and the Commission on the Environment. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photo)
In this file photo, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, right, sits with supervisors Eric Mar, center, and David Campos while discussing plans at City Hall for San Francisco to have an elected public advocate. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Public Advocate post among bevy of charter amendments introduced for November ballot

San Francisco is considering the creation of an elected public advocate position…

In this file photo, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, right, sits with supervisors Eric Mar, center, and David Campos while discussing plans at City Hall for San Francisco to have an elected public advocate. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Protesters line the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday in support of the “Frisco 5,” a group of hunger strikers who refuse to eat until Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired or resigns. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner

Hunger strikers say Board of Supervisors is failing on police reform

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee may have hid from hunger strikers at…

Protesters line the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday in support of the “Frisco 5,” a group of hunger strikers who refuse to eat until Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired or resigns. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner
The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously passed legislation that will require solar installations on the roofs of new buildings in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Supervisors make big environmental moves

Thank you, San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The City has passed and…

The Board of Supervisors last week unanimously passed legislation that will require solar installations on the roofs of new buildings in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Cadelia Swain, 8, does her homework on a bench at Buchanan Street Mall in the Western Addition on Tuesday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Renaissance underway at once-decrepit Buchanan Street Mall

Board of Supervisors President London Breed remembers Buchanan Street Mall, a stretch…

Cadelia Swain, 8, does her homework on a bench at Buchanan Street Mall in the Western Addition on Tuesday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Last year’s 4/20 festivities on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park were more than just peace, love and weed — a park ranger was struck over the head with a bottle during an argument. This year, San Francisco is upping safety measures to ensure a good time for all. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF agencies aim to snuff out 4/20 side effects

Litter in a tie-dye stained Golden Gate Park. Streets clogged with traffic.…

Last year’s 4/20 festivities on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park were more than just peace, love and weed — a park ranger was struck over the head with a bottle during an argument. This year, San Francisco is upping safety measures to ensure a good time for all. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)
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San Francisco’s $9 billion question

Working for the president of the Board of Supervisors, I spend my…

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Students who miss 10 percent or more of the school year are considered chronic absentees. Eight of 12 district high schools in San Francisco reported more than 11 percent of their students were chronically absent last year. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF schools working to combat chronic absenteeism

Students in San Francisco’s public schools may at first just miss a…

Students who miss 10 percent or more of the school year are considered chronic absentees. Eight of 12 district high schools in San Francisco reported more than 11 percent of their students were chronically absent last year. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Jane Kim speaks in support of the Chinese-American hospital workers at UC San Francisco, who were reportedly fired after organizing for higher wages, during a news conference on Tuesday at City Hall. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

City leaders decry alleged unfair firing of janitors from UCSF

City leaders voiced support Tuesday for UC San Francisco subcontracted janitors who…

Supervisor Jane Kim speaks in support of the Chinese-American hospital workers at UC San Francisco, who were reportedly fired after organizing for higher wages, during a news conference on Tuesday at City Hall. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to 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
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)
Gwen Woods, mother of 26-year-old Mario Woods who was shot and killed by police on Dec. 2 in the Bayview, speaks to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF supervisors call for federal investigation into Woods shooting

Reacting to last month’s fatal police shooting of Mario Woods, San Francisco…

Gwen Woods, mother of 26-year-old Mario Woods who was shot and killed by police on Dec. 2 in the Bayview, speaks to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)