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SFMTA has said it could lay off more than 1,200 employees by next fiscal year if it doesn’t get more funding. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

$14 billion for transit in second federal coronavirus relief package is a start, officials say

Bay Area leaders grateful for funding, but a ‘long-term, sustainable’ revenue source still needed

SFMTA has said it could lay off more than 1,200 employees by next fiscal year if it doesn’t get more funding. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
In this file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., heads to the Senate floor after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for ongoing talks for the COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill on Dec. 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Congressional leaders have resolved the final major issue delaying passage of a nearly $1 trillion coronavirus economic aid package. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/TNS)

Congressional leaders reach deal for nearly $900 billion coronavirus aid package

Sarah D. Wire Los Angeles Times Congressional leaders agreed Sunday on a…

In this file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., heads to the Senate floor after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for ongoing talks for the COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill on Dec. 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Congressional leaders have resolved the final major issue delaying passage of a nearly $1 trillion coronavirus economic aid package. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/TNS)
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Uber rolls out fee for California customers as Prop. 22 takes effect

Company charging passenger to cover cost of new benefits for drivers

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New York Electoral College members, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), and Former President Bill Clinton arrive to vote for President and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, New York on December 14, 2020. Joe Biden’s march to the White House — overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s frantic attempts to overturn the US election — was formalized when the Electoral College met to confirm the Democrat’s win. (Hans Pennink/POOL/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Biden wins Electoral College to cement victory and rebuff Trump

Mark Niquette Bloomberg News Joe Biden officially clinched the presidency after the…

New York Electoral College members, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), and Former President Bill Clinton arrive to vote for President and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, New York on December 14, 2020. Joe Biden’s march to the White House — overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s frantic attempts to overturn the US election — was formalized when the Electoral College met to confirm the Democrat’s win. (Hans Pennink/POOL/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
Passengers board an N-Judah Muni bus at Fifth and Market streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chamber of Commerce urges supes to give SFMTA the money it needs in next budget cycle

Letter calls on the board to make ‘tough decisions’ necessary to keep Muni running

Passengers board an N-Judah Muni bus at Fifth and Market streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny's, helps customer Parvathy Nair at the Mission District cafe on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Rules Committee recommends two SFMTA board nominees for approval by full board

Fiona Hinze and Manny Yekutiel would bring new perspectives to transit agency leadership

Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny's, helps customer Parvathy Nair at the Mission District cafe on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Dean Preston said the city needs to provide “immediate relief for struggling renters and small property owners.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Preston moves to use expected Prop. I revenue on rent relief, affordable housing

Supervisor Dean Preston introduced legislation Tuesday to allocate more than $11 million…

Supervisor Dean Preston said the city needs to provide “immediate relief for struggling renters and small property owners.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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SF’s proposed ban on smoking in apartments fails to pass in second vote

In an unusual turn of events, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday…

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State Assemblymember David Chiu hopes to extend a state moratorium on evictions due to inability to pay rent caused by coronavirus through the end of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

California’s ban on evictions would last through 2021 under new extension proposal

Hannah Wiley The Sacramento Bee California tenants struggling to pay rent due…

State Assemblymember David Chiu hopes to extend a state moratorium on evictions due to inability to pay rent caused by coronavirus through the end of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
By the end of May more than 200 childcare centers and family childcare homes had closed in San Francisco, many of them for good. (Shutterstock)

Childcare is essential to The City’s recovery

Care providers and early educators on the verge of collapse need funds to survive

By the end of May more than 200 childcare centers and family childcare homes had closed in San Francisco, many of them for good. (Shutterstock)
President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Biden picks California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for health and human services secretary

By Noam N. Levey and Sarah D. Wire Los Angeles Times President-elect…

President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Former Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard facing domestic violence, child abuse charges

Prominent Bay Area political strategist Nathan Ballard is facing domestic violence and…

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Mayor London Breed said “I need to hold myself to a higher standard” in response to criticism of a recent meal at a Napa Valley restaurant. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Breed calls criticism for French Laundry trip ‘fair’

Mayor said she regrets that actions ‘distracted’ from public health message as COVID-19 cases rise

Mayor London Breed said “I need to hold myself to a higher standard” in response to criticism of a recent meal at a Napa Valley restaurant. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge over Thanksgiving was lighter than usual, but still the best week relative to last year since shelter-in-place has started. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Thanksgiving travel lower than usual but still expected to cause COVID-19 surge, experts say

Fewer people traveled for Thanksgiving this year, but the holiday is still…

Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge over Thanksgiving was lighter than usual, but still the best week relative to last year since shelter-in-place has started. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Supes ban tobacco smoking in apartments but exempt cannabis

San Francisco banned smoking and vaping of tobacco in apartments Tuesday night,…

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Protesters marching in response to a police shooting on Market Street last month in called for San Francisco supervisors to reject a proposed police union contract. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner).

Supes approve police raises with final 9-2 vote

Union reaches side deals with city, but contract lacks reform concessions advocates wanted

Protesters marching in response to a police shooting on Market Street last month in called for San Francisco supervisors to reject a proposed police union contract. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner).
Many landlords fought the proposal requiring them to register properties, calling it an invasion of privacy. 
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Housing inventory wins unanimous approval from supervisors

Legislation will require landlords to register properties, report vacancies and rents

Many landlords fought the proposal requiring them to register properties, calling it an invasion of privacy. 
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The number of high-value real estate transactions in San Francisco such as office or hotel properties has declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Decline in high-end real estate sales this year means less money for The City

Transfer tax revenues on track to come in far below previous years

The number of high-value real estate transactions in San Francisco such as office or hotel properties has declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)