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AP file photoWarren Hellman

Hellman Meadow a fitting tribute to local benefactor

San Francisco is blessed with an abundance of meadows, but what it…

 

Mike Koozmin/The SF ExaminerOccupy SF protesters march down Market Street on Wednesday after their movement was broken up at Justin Herman Plaza.

Occupy SF spirit will outlive encampment

San Francisco officials showed great restraint in dealing with the local Occupy…

 

Courtesy photoOne San Francisco clan has kept its Thanksgiving tradition alive for 50 years.

Family keeps enduring Thanksgiving tradition alive

Leave it to a group of nurses to start a healthy Thanksgiving…

 

Photos.comThe concept of punishing people for the temerity of owning cars in San Francisco may be coming to an end. Well

Parking costs a tired way of balancing Muni budget

No one is quite sure when it happened, but at some juncture…

Photos.comThe concept of punishing people for the temerity of owning cars in San Francisco may be coming to an end. Well
Examiner file photoCalifornia Pacific Medical Center officials have agreed to rebuild St. Luke's Hospital in the Outer Mission

With San Francisco's election over, hospital plan takes center stage

One of the biggest winners in last week’s election wasn’t even a…

Examiner file photoCalifornia Pacific Medical Center officials have agreed to rebuild St. Luke's Hospital in the Outer Mission
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Election results strip bare any myths about San Francisco

Back in the early days of this column, I would occasionally get…

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Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner in Tuesday's election. (AP file photo)Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner in Tuesday's election. (AP file photo)

No ballot count needed for these SF election winners and losers

Widespread voter confusion, wasted millions in campaign financing, claims of election fraud…

Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner in Tuesday's election. (AP file photo)Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner in Tuesday's election. (AP file photo)
San Francisco state football coach Phil Ferrigno (San FranPreps.com)

Coaching is all in the family for this San Francisco clan

With the surprising success of the 49ers this season, there’s been a…

San Francisco state football coach Phil Ferrigno (San FranPreps.com)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is benefiting from the decision of his Oakland counterpart

Occupy Oakland drama takes spotlight off grateful Ed Lee

He’s got a major occupation in one of San Francisco’s prime-time parks,…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is benefiting from the decision of his Oakland counterpart
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For San Francisco democracy, the skyline’s the limit

San Francisco can be magical, but it’s rarely majestic. The City’s landscape…

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Standing together: The City’s Occupy protest is smaller than many

Occupy SF less effective in city of coherent protests

As a general rule in the history of marches and movements, you’re…

Standing together: The City’s Occupy protest is smaller than many
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San Francisco: Where only those with spokes get to speak

Unless you might have missed it, bicycle safety and education week has…

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San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has drafted a plan that would give city businesses up to a $10

Tax breaks to hire felons may be too radical even for San Francisco

As if people in San Francisco needed another reason to protest, this…

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has drafted a plan that would give city businesses up to a $10
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Stow Lake tiff spotlights SF’s resistance to change

One of San Francisco’s most conflicting traits is that it is so…

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Ranked-choice voting proponents said the system would increase voter turnout

San Francisco must join cities discarding ranked-choice voting

When you get news that San Francisco is bucking a national trend,…

Ranked-choice voting proponents said the system would increase voter turnout
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SF school politics keeping kids from having any fun

Writing about San Francisco often brings letters from outsiders with the shared…

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Proposition B is a $248 million bond measure aimed at fixing San Francisco's crumbling streets. (Examiner file photo)Proposition B is a $248 million bond measure aimed at fixing San Francisco's crumbling streets. (Examiner file photo)

Costly road repairs should be in city budget, not bond measure

San Franciscans can be a cranky brood. That’s why it’s been fairly…

Proposition B is a $248 million bond measure aimed at fixing San Francisco's crumbling streets. (Examiner file photo)Proposition B is a $248 million bond measure aimed at fixing San Francisco's crumbling streets. (Examiner file photo)

The simple freedom of staying out of the tech loop

During a brief but significant brain freeze some months back, I agreed…

The state's prisoner realignment plan is a chance for officials to figure out if getting people out from behind bars can result in less crime and save money — a sort of new take on the cell being half-full. (Examiner file photo)The state's prisoner realignment plan is a chance for officials to figure out if getting people out from behind bars can result in less crime and save money — a sort of new take on the cell being half-full. (Examiner file photo)

Prisoner release comes with a whole lot of questions for San Francisco

If you haven’t been hit by the realization that California has transformed…

The state's prisoner realignment plan is a chance for officials to figure out if getting people out from behind bars can result in less crime and save money — a sort of new take on the cell being half-full. (Examiner file photo)The state's prisoner realignment plan is a chance for officials to figure out if getting people out from behind bars can result in less crime and save money — a sort of new take on the cell being half-full. (Examiner file photo)
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St. Anthony’s has given six decades of steady service

It seems appropriate that the St. Anthony Foundation traces its origin to…

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