Planning

San Francisco had a net domestic out-migration of residents as did most Silicon Valley counties between July 2017 to July 2018, according to the Joint Venture 2019 report. (Courtesy photo)

Even while San Francisco’s economy is booming, people are restless to leave

Not everyone is choosing to stay in The City and Silicon Valley.…

San Francisco had a net domestic out-migration of residents as did most Silicon Valley counties between July 2017 to July 2018, according to the Joint Venture 2019 report. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Fire fighters work to extinguish a gas line-related fire in the Richmond District on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s nothing natural about natural gas

Two weeks ago, contractors working at the corner of Geary Boulevard and…

San Francisco Fire fighters work to extinguish a gas line-related fire in the Richmond District on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Two Ford GoBike stations are expected to arrive in the Marina District this March.  (S.F. Examiner photo/Kevin N. Hume)

After neighborhood pushback, first Ford GoBike stations headed to Marina District

Ford GoBike rentals are bound to the Marina District for the very…

Two Ford GoBike stations are expected to arrive in the Marina District this March.  (S.F. Examiner photo/Kevin N. Hume)
San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center in the Mission in March 2015, but has yet to deliver on a promise to build one for homeless youth. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

City falling short on plan to house homeless youth, commission says

San Francisco continues to fall short of a 2015 goal to build…

San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center in the Mission in March 2015, but has yet to deliver on a promise to build one for homeless youth. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Construction on the Traffic Company and Forensic Services Division Facility at 1995 Evans Ave. is expected to begin in Summer 2019 (Courtesy Department of Public Works)

Construction to begin on new police building in Bayview after years of delays

Nearly five years after voters approved $165 million for the project, San…

Construction on the Traffic Company and Forensic Services Division Facility at 1995 Evans Ave. is expected to begin in Summer 2019 (Courtesy Department of Public Works)
Every year, Outside Lands is a fun place to meet up with friends. (Ryan McNulty/2016/ S.F. Examiner)

Residents appeal Outside Lands permit extension over noise concerns

Residents who say the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival can…

Every year, Outside Lands is a fun place to meet up with friends. (Ryan McNulty/2016/ S.F. Examiner)
J.R. Eppler in front of the lot on 23rd St. that is the subject of a debate over use. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Park or truck depot? Neighborhood groups and food bank tussle over Dogpatch land

The booming Dogpatch neighborhood’s hunger for new green space is clashing with…

J.R. Eppler in front of the lot on 23rd St. that is the subject of a debate over use. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Property owner sues city over order to rebuild illegally demolished house

A property owner who was ordered by the city to rebuild an…

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People wait in line to give public comment about COPA in front of the Planning Comission on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Support builds for plan to give nonprofits first crack at buying apartment buildings

A proposal that would place nonprofits first in line to purchase multi-unit…

People wait in line to give public comment about COPA in front of the Planning Comission on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The proposed site for a new cannabis dispensary at 1685 Haight Street on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

First cannabis equity permit moves toward approval, faces pushback from rejected applicants

A hearing on a retail cannabis dispensary in San Francisco’s Upper Haight…

The proposed site for a new cannabis dispensary at 1685 Haight Street on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Nearly half of the units in The City’s pipeline are part of larger projects with

Slow approval process not only obstacle for city housing goals

Plans for close to 45,000 potential homes are currently approved in San…

Nearly half of the units in The City’s pipeline are part of larger projects with
The Plaza 16 Coalition and supporters rally at Mission Dolores Park before a San Francisco Planning Commission public hearing on proposed housing developments for 1979 Mission Street at the Mission High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tensions over Mission District gentrification flare at hearing on 16th Street project

The developers of a controversial Mission District housing project have offered opponents…

The Plaza 16 Coalition and supporters rally at Mission Dolores Park before a San Francisco Planning Commission public hearing on proposed housing developments for 1979 Mission Street at the Mission High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pedestrians walk past boarded up vacant buildings in the 500 block of Columbus Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tax on vacant housing, storefronts proposed for November ballot

Plans are in the works to place a vacancy tax on the…

Pedestrians walk past boarded up vacant buildings in the 500 block of Columbus Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The 6x6 mall development on Market Street has sat vacant since its completion in 2016. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco seeks to get a handle on its inventory of vacant storefronts

To the detriment of commercial corridors, San Francisco doesn’t actually know how…

The 6x6 mall development on Market Street has sat vacant since its completion in 2016. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bike lanes would become more common on state roads that run through California cities under a bill introduced Monday by State Senator Scott Wiener. S.F. Examiner file photo.

Wiener introduces bill to make state roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians

San Francisco, like many California cities, has state-owned highways that serve as…

Bike lanes would become more common on state roads that run through California cities under a bill introduced Monday by State Senator Scott Wiener. S.F. Examiner file photo.
After years of standing vacant, the Fillmore Heritage Center reopened to the public in November. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lawsuit alleges cronyism in city Fillmore Heritage Center deal

A Fillmore District businessman who made four attempts to purchase the long-vacant…

After years of standing vacant, the Fillmore Heritage Center reopened to the public in November. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Uber and Lyft rides represent a growing portion of The City and state’s transportation network. To electrify this network, it’s necessary to increase access to charging stations. (Courtesy photo)

Why electric cars make sense for Uber, Lyft drivers in San Francisco

On a recent cold, San Francisco day, Marcel Espia picked me up…

Uber and Lyft rides represent a growing portion of The City and state’s transportation network. To electrify this network, it’s necessary to increase access to charging stations. (Courtesy photo)
A planned medical cannabis dispensary at 2161-2165 Irving St.m in the Sunset District is among those that would get another chance at permits to sell recreational cannabis under legislation set to come before the Board of Supervisors, despite its having missed a requirement to complete construction in 2018.  (Daniel Kim/ 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Select cannabis businesses to get a second shot at retail permits

San Francisco may bend the rules for a dozen medical marijuana sites…

A planned medical cannabis dispensary at 2161-2165 Irving St.m in the Sunset District is among those that would get another chance at permits to sell recreational cannabis under legislation set to come before the Board of Supervisors, despite its having missed a requirement to complete construction in 2018.  (Daniel Kim/ 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission approves SOMA housing development despite community concerns over park shadow

UPDATED 5:45 P.M.: The Planning Commission narrowly approved a SoMa housing development…

People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Avery residential tower under construction at 450 Folsom St. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Transbay developer still on the hook for promised grocery store

A Transbay developer failed to convince a city commission Tuesday to release…

The Avery residential tower under construction at 450 Folsom St. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)