Politics

The City has struggled to conduct outreach in some neighborhoods as it works to expand Slow Streets — such as this section of Page Street in the Lower Haight — to underserved neighborhoods. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA delays vote on Bayview Slow Streets, approves five others in ‘underserved’ areas

SFMTA struggles to conduct outreach in neighborhoods with lower internet access

 

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 8, 2021. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

President Joe Biden announces new limits on guns in wake of mass shootings

First steps target ghost guns, violence prevention, ‘red flag’ laws, weapons trafficking

 

Shireen McSpadden, executive director of the Department of Disability and Aging Services, is set to become director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. (Courtesy photo)

Mayor Breed appoints new head of Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

Shireen McSpadden, executive director of Department of Disability and Aging Services, to start May 1

 

San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco’s investment in pretrial diversion can serve as a model for the state

California Supreme Court ruling solidifies move away from cash bail toward increased release rates

San Francisco has been a pioneer in the effort to end cash bail, investing heavily in pretrial services as a community-based solution to protect public safety and support individuals awaiting trial. (Courtesy photo)
Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)

Will our lawmakers have the courage to sponsor campaign finance reform?

By Jackie Fielder Corporations are not charitable organizations. They have a fiduciary…

Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)
Dean Preston, pictured at a campaign rally in 2020, introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors backing Assembly Bill 20. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Supes back bill banning corporate campaign contributions

AB 20 would prohibit businesses from donating directly to political candidates

Dean Preston, pictured at a campaign rally in 2020, introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors backing Assembly Bill 20. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

State to reopen all businesses and activities by June 15

Newsom: ‘We will be opening up this economy’

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Do the Math. Filling vacant apartments without building more homes won’t solve SF’s housing shortage

By Lisa Zahner San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston recently declared vacant apartments…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Vice President Kamala Harris and California Gov. Gavin Newsom take a walking tour of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. In her first visit to since the Oakland native became vice president, Harris will discuss topics including water infrastructure and small business. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Harris touts infrastructure plan — and Newsom — in Oakland visit

Noah Bierman Los Angeles Times Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday gave…

Vice President Kamala Harris and California Gov. Gavin Newsom take a walking tour of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. In her first visit to since the Oakland native became vice president, Harris will discuss topics including water infrastructure and small business. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
A new director is expected to be named soon for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City expected to announce new homeless department head shortly

Mayor London Breed is expected to announce a new director for the…

A new director is expected to be named soon for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Increased BART service, including a new South Bay connection, could be in the works under President Biden’s proposal.<ins></ins>

Bay Area transit poised to benefit from Biden infrastructure bill

Capital projects could come ‘off the shelf’ with federal funding

Increased BART service, including a new South Bay connection, could be in the works under President Biden’s proposal.<ins></ins>
Announcing that federal money will come to San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said, “We are not going to need to lay off any employees. Instead we are able to make investments in our recovery.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Federal funding shrinks SF budget deficit to $23M

American Rescue Plan saves city from layoffs, deep service cuts

Announcing that federal money will come to San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said, “We are not going to need to lay off any employees. Instead we are able to make investments in our recovery.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Sen. Dianne Feinstein became California’s longest-serving U.S. senator Sunday. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/TNS)

Dianne Feinstein becomes California’s longest-serving US senator

Jennifer Haberkorn Los Angeles Times Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday became the…

Sen. Dianne Feinstein became California’s longest-serving U.S. senator Sunday. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/TNS)
School Board Vice President Alison Collins has been the subject of widespread calls for her resignation since a parent active in a recall effort unearthed tweets in which she uses derogatory language toward Asian Americans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board strips Alison Collins of titles, committees in vote of no confidence

The San Francisco school board voted 5-2 Thursday to strip Board member…

School Board Vice President Alison Collins has been the subject of widespread calls for her resignation since a parent active in a recall effort unearthed tweets in which she uses derogatory language toward Asian Americans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced the launch of a program that will provide artists with a guaranteed basic income. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF launches guaranteed income pilot program for 130 artists

Task force to start discussing a larger effort

Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced the launch of a program that will provide artists with a guaranteed basic income. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

We need a new kind of leadership to address homelessness after the pandemic

By Mary Kate Bacalao Leading San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive…

Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Janitors on strike and members of SEIU Local 87 hold a demonstration in front 101 California St. due to alleged unfair labor practices on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)

More than 700 janitors strike, alleging unfair labor practices amid contract negotiations

More than 700 San Francisco janitors walked off the job Wednesday for…

Janitors on strike and members of SEIU Local 87 hold a demonstration in front 101 California St. due to alleged unfair labor practices on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, left, pictured in 2015, has been chosen by California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s new attorney general; State Sen. Ed Hernandez is at right. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Rob Bonta, San Francisco Bay Area Democratic lawmaker, appointed California attorney general

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday appointed Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta as California…

California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, left, pictured in 2015, has been chosen by California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s new attorney general; State Sen. Ed Hernandez is at right. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SB 260 is the right law at the right time

By Kalpana Narlikar The Climate Corporate Accountability Act (SB 260) was introduced…

Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bay Area transit agencies have struggled to coordinate schedules and integrate fares.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Legislation calls for seamless transportation network

Assemblymember Chiu’s bill would enable riders to use different systems and pay one fare

Bay Area transit agencies have struggled to coordinate schedules and integrate fares.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>