Opinion

The sun sets over the Bay Area, seen from the Berkeley hills on Oct. 18, 2017. “The gauzy fantasy that we are so much better here in the Bay Area because of our diversity, because we are too focused on the future to get hung up on this region’s ugly past, because we’re so much cooler than everywhere else — lets white liberals pretend that the taint of racism can’t reach them here in this shining city on a bunch of hills.” (Andrew Burton/New York Times)

The Bay Area is far from a haven for progressive diversity and harmony

‘I’ve experienced more day-to-day racism in the Bay Area than in the last capital of the Confederacy.’

 

Big Lots! went big on help wanted signs as signs around the region are getting the cold shoulder from workers reluctant to resume service-industry jobs in Moreno Valley on July 5, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG via CalMatters)

Newsom glosses over California’s sluggish recovery

But employment data says otherwise

  • Oct 26, 2021

 

The Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus is pictured on Jan. 14. The Democrats’ Build Back Better bill would enable free community college nationwide, but CCSF is already tuition-free for all San Francisco residents. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

What Biden’s Build Back Better bill would mean for San Franciscans

Not much compared to other places — because The City already provides several key features

 

“Empanada Lady” Paula Tejada, Chile Lindo owner pictured at her shop in the Mission District in 2018, is pleased that The City has relaxed regulations around outdoor dining and drinking during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

In the time of COVID, San Francisco’s soul is in the hands of all of us

Denise Sullivan has written 100 Examiner columns and is still not done

“Empanada Lady” Paula Tejada, Chile Lindo owner pictured at her shop in the Mission District in 2018, is pleased that The City has relaxed regulations around outdoor dining and drinking during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)

State health officials need to update school reopening guidelines

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly, As physicians, nurses, and…

A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)
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Faith calls us to forgive rent debt

By Hatem Bazian, Joanna Lawrence Shenk, Laura Rumpf and Zarina Kiziloglu As…

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The Nov. 11, 2018 Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Francisco marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. (Shutterstock)

With the Biden-Harris administration on the horizon, there’s reason for hope this Veterans Day

In the years since I started representing veterans and working on veterans…

The Nov. 11, 2018 Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Francisco marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. (Shutterstock)
Policymakers are not taking action in assisting survivors of sexual violence in The City and country. (Shutterstock photo)

Our leaders must address sexual violence as an urgent policy concern

By Bianca Rosen Sexual violence is a public health crisis. Every 73…

Policymakers are not taking action in assisting survivors of sexual violence in The City and country. (Shutterstock photo)
Murals painted at UCSF in the late 1930s by artist Bernard Zakheim depict scenes from California’s medical history, from the Spanish era into the early twentieth century. Zakheim, a Diego Rivera-collaborator, was regarded as one of the finest muralists of his day. The most celebrated panel features Biddy Mason, a Georgia slave turned California philanthropist and entrepreneur. (Photo courtesy Richard Rothman)

UCSF should save this California monument to Black history

By Kevin Waite The long, hot summer of protest is drawing to…

Murals painted at UCSF in the late 1930s by artist Bernard Zakheim depict scenes from California’s medical history, from the Spanish era into the early twentieth century. Zakheim, a Diego Rivera-collaborator, was regarded as one of the finest muralists of his day. The most celebrated panel features Biddy Mason, a Georgia slave turned California philanthropist and entrepreneur. (Photo courtesy Richard Rothman)
Enrollment in community colleges such as City College of San Francisco tends to increase during recessions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Community colleges will be essential to California’s recovery

By Jenny Worley and Shanell Williams When the shelter-in-place order is finally…

Enrollment in community colleges such as City College of San Francisco tends to increase during recessions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A sign from a Tuesday, Dec. 10 City Hall rally where supporters of City College of San Francisco urged the Board of Supervisors to support a $2.7 million allocation to prevent the cancellation of nearly 300 classes. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

CCSF administrators and elected leaders need to accept city help to prevent class cuts

By Madeline Mueller The recent and unprecedented cut of some additional 300…

A sign from a Tuesday, Dec. 10 City Hall rally where supporters of City College of San Francisco urged the Board of Supervisors to support a $2.7 million allocation to prevent the cancellation of nearly 300 classes. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin speaks at a debate at UC Hastings School of Law on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Dear Sally Stephens: Chesa Boudin will stand up for crime victims

Dear Sally: Based on your latest column, a “Letter to San Francisco’s…

San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin speaks at a debate at UC Hastings School of Law on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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SF neighborhoods demand fixes to Senate Bill 50

Community development planning needs to be equitable

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Feral kittens are some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable animals. (Courtesy photo)
Feral kittens are some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable animals. (Courtesy photo)
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SF’s failed ‘War on Drugs’ needs innovation to transform the status quo

By Hadi Razzaq San Francisco has historically responded to street-level drug activity…

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Ficus trees are vulnerable to large limb failures that pose safety hazards in public rights of way. (Courtesy photo)

Street tree removals are a last resort to protect public safety

By Mohammed Nuru and Carla Short Three years ago, San Francisco voters…

Ficus trees are vulnerable to large limb failures that pose safety hazards in public rights of way. (Courtesy photo)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A ridehail tax won’t fix traffic congestion

By Susan Vaughan and David Fairley Centuries ago, the Catholic church sold…

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(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Ugly attacks in the district attorney’s race

By Sandra Lee Fewer and Matt Haney Households across San Francisco recently…

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A bicyclist rides along 24th Street under a canopy of ficus trees in the Mission District in April 2019.

No tree removals without justification

Advocates decry city plans to take down ficuses

A bicyclist rides along 24th Street under a canopy of ficus trees in the Mission District in April 2019.
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Mental health issues require the right level of care at the right time

By Vivian Imperiale Mental health has been in the news, with several…

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