Planning

A jar of cannabis sits on the counter inside The Apothecarium on Lombard Street in San Francisco. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF to offer free legal services to cannabis equity applicants

In a show of commitment to the cannabis equity program, San Francisco…

A jar of cannabis sits on the counter inside The Apothecarium on Lombard Street in San Francisco. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Millennium Tower stands at Mission and Fremont Streets in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood Tuesday September 13, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Second cracked window on Millennium Tower was known to window washers ‘for years’

Residents of the sinking Millennium Tower can’t seem to catch a break…

Millennium Tower stands at Mission and Fremont Streets in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood Tuesday September 13, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A Planning Commission report has proposed alternatives to a proposed ban on employee cafeterias often provided by tech companies like Square. Options include making cafeterias open to the public and requiring employers to provide employees with vouchers for local restaurants as well. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF Planning Commission to weigh alternatives to proposed ‘cafeteria ban’

A controversial ban on private cafeterias in office buildings could face significant…

A Planning Commission report has proposed alternatives to a proposed ban on employee cafeterias often provided by tech companies like Square. Options include making cafeterias open to the public and requiring employers to provide employees with vouchers for local restaurants as well. (Kevin N. Hume/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)

Proposed Folsom Street development won’t overshadow SoMa park, study finds

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission greenlit a six-story, mixed-use housing…

People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Planning Commission approved new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the Mission District on Thursday Oct. 18, 2018 (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Brewpubs would be banned from serving hard liquor in Mission District under tightened restrictions

The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday tightened restrictions on new bars…

The Planning Commission approved new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the Mission District on Thursday Oct. 18, 2018 (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some of the dilapidated buildings on Parcel G are seen during a U.S. Navy-led public bus tour of the old Hunters Point Shipyard in June 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Reports suggest radioactive contamination affects Hunters Point Shipyard in areas never tested by Navy

Two new reports released Thursday show that radioactive contamination at the Hunters…

Some of the dilapidated buildings on Parcel G are seen during a U.S. Navy-led public bus tour of the old Hunters Point Shipyard in June 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A man throws away a watermelon rind in a new high-tech garbage can at the UN Plaza Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Five of the garbage cans are in place around UN Plaza as part of a pilot project from San Francisco Public Works. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

High-tech trash bins arrive at Civic Center

Six new, high-tech garbage bins landed at UN Plaza Wednesday morning. No,…

A man throws away a watermelon rind in a new high-tech garbage can at the UN Plaza Farmers Market on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Five of the garbage cans are in place around UN Plaza as part of a pilot project from San Francisco Public Works. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Board of Supervisors has approved a project at India Basin that will include more than 1,500 units of housing. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner)

Supes reject environmental appeals, approve India Basin housing development

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a more than 1,500 unit housing…

The Board of Supervisors has approved a project at India Basin that will include more than 1,500 units of housing. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco’s program to permit accessory dwelling units has resulted in just 81 new homes, a low rate that city officials are trying to fix. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

City easing onerous approval process for accessory dwelling units

San Francisco’s program to permit accessory dwelling units, or in-law units, has…

San Francisco’s program to permit accessory dwelling units has resulted in just 81 new homes, a low rate that city officials are trying to fix. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
An overview of some of the skyscrapers in the SoMA neighborhood on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Seismic report on existing tall buildings recommends re-inspection

A first of its kind study of tall buildings in San Francisco…

An overview of some of the skyscrapers in the SoMA neighborhood on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Federal funding will help subsidize rents for housing on the private market for 99 homeless, disabled people, according to city officials. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF secures federal funding to help house 99 homeless persons

San Francisco’s effort to address homelessness just got a boost from the…

Federal funding will help subsidize rents for housing on the private market for 99 homeless, disabled people, according to city officials. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
A man walks past the Wash Club laundromat along 25th Street in the Mission District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission rejects Mission laundromat site housing despite pending lawsuit

In a narrow 4-3 vote, the Planning Commission on Thursday rejected a…

A man walks past the Wash Club laundromat along 25th Street in the Mission District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A skateboarder attempts a trick at Playland at 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The site is expected to be developed into affordable homes for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board members say rent is too high on first teacher housing project in SF

San Francisco school board members called on the developer of an educator…

A skateboarder attempts a trick at Playland at 43rd Avenue at the Francis Scott Key Annex on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The site is expected to be developed into affordable homes for San Francisco teachers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Residents of the SF Shipyards housing development attend a meeting with officials to get an update on the ongoing cleanup efforts at the old Hunters Point shipyard on May 7, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Affordable housing plans at shipyard move forward despite concerns over radioactive contamination

The City is forging ahead with plans to develop a 28,792 square-foot…

Residents of the SF Shipyards housing development attend a meeting with officials to get an update on the ongoing cleanup efforts at the old Hunters Point shipyard on May 7, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Development plans for India Basin cover 38.24 acres that include 900 Innes Ave., the India Basin Shoreline Park —which will be developed by The City’s Recreation and Park Department — and 700 Innes Ave., to be developed by BUILD Inc. (Erica Marquez/2014 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Environmental advocates, Russian bathhouse challenge India Basin development

Environmental advocates and a Russian bathhouse have filed appeals of a massive…

Development plans for India Basin cover 38.24 acres that include 900 Innes Ave., the India Basin Shoreline Park —which will be developed by The City’s Recreation and Park Department — and 700 Innes Ave., to be developed by BUILD Inc. (Erica Marquez/2014 Special to S.F. Examiner)
A view of the public housing development at 990 Pacific Ave. in Chinatown before a grand re-opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chinatown public housing complex celebrates makeover

The conclusion of a year-long effort to rehabilitate 92 affordable housing units…

A view of the public housing development at 990 Pacific Ave. in Chinatown before a grand re-opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Department of Building Inspection Director Tom Hui, showing an example of a placard that may be placed in front a property that does not comply with the retrofit program. (Michael Toren/S.F. Examiner)

Hundreds of property owners have yet to comply with seismic retrofit deadlines

Hundreds of San Francisco property owners required to seismically retrofit their buildings…

Department of Building Inspection Director Tom Hui, showing an example of a placard that may be placed in front a property that does not comply with the retrofit program. (Michael Toren/S.F. Examiner)
From left: District 10 Supervisor candidates Tony Kelly, Theo Ellington, Uzuri Pease-Greene and Shamann Walton sit for a debate alongside moderator J.R. Eppler at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Candidates’ ties to Shipyard project, developer at issue in District 10 race

The botched cleanup of the contaminated Hunters Point Shipyard is a sensitive…

From left: District 10 Supervisor candidates Tony Kelly, Theo Ellington, Uzuri Pease-Greene and Shamann Walton sit for a debate alongside moderator J.R. Eppler at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

Mayor calls for in-law unit applications to be expedited

Under an executive directive issued by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, hundreds…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
According to a Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefits District report, only 14 percent of the area’s 16 million annual visitors are from The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fisherman’s Wharf hopes to lure in locals

Fisherman’s Wharf is looking to haul a new catch: San Franciscans. The…

According to a Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefits District report, only 14 percent of the area’s 16 million annual visitors are from The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)