Politics

Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Restoring faith in San Francisco’s public schools

By Decreasing the Distance Last week SFUSD welcomed 6,056 of our youngest…

Eduardo de la Cruz walks in with his son, kindergartener Erron Cudjo, for his first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tents filled up a safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin in June 2020.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Proposal for major expansion of safe sleeping sites gets cool reception in committee

Supervisor Mandelman calls for creation of more temporary shelter sites to get homeless off streets

Tents filled up a safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin in June 2020.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Supervisor David Canepa (front) announced a $2 million grant to allow 500 San Mateo County residents to attend community college for free. Behind him from left to right stand students Daniela Sanchez-Sevilla, Alec Guiulfo, Mikayla Balan and Fernando Martin Montanes. (Courtesy photo)
Supervisor David Canepa (front) announced a $2 million grant to allow 500 San Mateo County residents to attend community college for free. Behind him from left to right stand students Daniela Sanchez-Sevilla, Alec Guiulfo, Mikayla Balan and Fernando Martin Montanes. (Courtesy photo)
Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accommodate everyone living on the street.
Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accommodate everyone living on the street.
Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin takes part in a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District to urge people to reject xenophobia and support Asian merchants on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

New Boudin recall effort seeks to reframe narrative

Local Democrats seeking to prevent the recall effort against District Attorney Chesa…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin takes part in a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District to urge people to reject xenophobia and support Asian merchants on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin would not reduce crime in San Francisco

Issues of crime and punishment are among the hardest we deal with…

Violent crime has decreased in The City since San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin took office. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and former Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer stood outside The City’s first Safe Sleeping Village at Civic Center to announce legislation on Oct. 20, 2021 to establish a Safe Sleeping Sites Program for unsheltered people. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A “shelter for all” policy sounds good, but it takes resources away from long term solutions

By Jennifer Friedenbach Homelessness is on the brink of exploding in San…

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and former Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer stood outside The City’s first Safe Sleeping Village at Civic Center to announce legislation on Oct. 20, 2021 to establish a Safe Sleeping Sites Program for unsheltered people. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
People came out in numbers to memorialize George Floyd, who was fatally shot by police, outside San Francisco City Hall on June 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFPD prepares for possible protests as Chauvin trial continues

Police to schedule community meetings, provide officers with crowd control training

People came out in numbers to memorialize George Floyd, who was fatally shot by police, outside San Francisco City Hall on June 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Passengers ride the 49-Van Ness Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors Preston and Haney to introduce legislation to pilot Free Muni

Legislation calls for board to fund three-month program to offset fare revenue loss

Passengers ride the 49-Van Ness Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed on Tuesday introduced plans for a drug sobering center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Drug sobering center site announced in South of Market

San Francisco is back on track to open its first ever drug…

Mayor London Breed on Tuesday introduced plans for a drug sobering center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin is one of two hotels The City has acquired for supportive housing during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Providing more supportive housing is the best way to heal the homeless

San Francisco must act quickly to acquire more hotels and other sites

The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin is one of two hotels The City has acquired for supportive housing during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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 approves new slow streets in ‘underserved’ areas but struggles with outreach

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved a new…

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>
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

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)
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

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

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)