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The newly renovated Margaret Hayward Playground includes a new children’s play area, a community clubhouse with a kitchen and extra space for senior and youth programs, and a plaza that can also be used as a stage. (Courtesy SF Rec and Park)

City unveils newly renovated Western Addition playground

A park and community center in San Francisco’s Western Addition reopened Friday…

 

A worker carries a sheet of plywood to place over a storefront window at Nieman Marcus in Union Square on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Downtown businesses cover windows ahead of election week

Businesses moved to cover their windows on Friday amid fears of potential unrest.

 

Mayor London Breed said The City would pause reopening plans in order to “make sure we continue our cautious and deliberate approach.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SF slows down reopening after COVID-19 cases rise

Restaurants no longer permitted to increase indoor dining capacity to 50 percent

 

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Table salt and poop: Testing for COVID-19 in S.F. sewage

The City’s sewers could provide an early warning of fresh outbreaks

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Castro District hoping for a quiet Halloween

The number of new COVID-19 cases in The City may be dropping,…

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Nineteenth Avenue is one of The City’s busiest corridors — and also one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. (Shutterstock)
Nineteenth Avenue is one of The City’s busiest corridors — and also one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. (Shutterstock)
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Workforce development fund to support training programs at City College

Supervisors back plans to use $500K toward economic recovery efforts through CCSF

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Fiona Hinze (Courtesy Fiona Hinze)

Advocate for people with disabilities nominated to SFMTA Board

Mayor Breed says Fiona Hinze brings ‘important perspective’ to agency leadership

Fiona Hinze (Courtesy Fiona Hinze)
Police arrested three men in connection with a December 2019 fatal shooting in the Tenderloin after serving warrants in San Francisco and in Antioch. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Three arrested in 2019 killing of SF mother

Cops accuse trio of participating in street gang

Police arrested three men in connection with a December 2019 fatal shooting in the Tenderloin after serving warrants in San Francisco and in Antioch. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
There have been at least 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers at San Francisco International Airport. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Supes back SFO worker healthcare legislation despite airline, business opposition

Costs of ‘Health Airport Ordinance’ in dispute, with estimates ranging from $8.4 M to $163 M annually

There have been at least 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers at San Francisco International Airport. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Lakeshore Elementary School was closed in March shortly before SFUSD closed all schools due to coronavirus concerns. The district is now working to prepare all elementary schools to reopen by mid-January.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

School district preparing buildings for hybrid learning

SFUSD plans to use 72 elementary schools and 12 early education sites for first phase of reopening

Lakeshore Elementary School was closed in March shortly before SFUSD closed all schools due to coronavirus concerns. The district is now working to prepare all elementary schools to reopen by mid-January.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Ten candidates are running for a seat on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District.. (Courtesy photos)

Strong leadership needed as City College faces multiple crises

Ten candidates vying for four seats on CCSF board

Ten candidates are running for a seat on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District.. (Courtesy photos)
Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Should there be fewer cars in the Tenderloin’s future?

The pandemic has opened San Franciscans’ eyes to new uses of urban streets

Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Prop. 21 would allow San Francisco city officials to expand rent control to cover thousands more units. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tenant advocates take another try at expanding rent control with Prop. 21

Measure would allow city to impose new protections on properties 15 years or older

Prop. 21 would allow San Francisco city officials to expand rent control to cover thousands more units. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
New lower speed limits on sections of Geary Boulevard were prompted by the death of a pedestrian at Gough Street in August. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Speed limits to be reduced on parts of Geary Boulevard

Zones near senior centers will go down to 25 MPH

New lower speed limits on sections of Geary Boulevard were prompted by the death of a pedestrian at Gough Street in August. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City officials closed San Francisco County Jail No. 4 on the top floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. in September, reducing the number of beds in the jail system by about 400. 
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S.F. Examiner

SF jail closure prompts doctor to call for release of more inmates

Reduced space increases risk of COVID-19 spreading among those in custody

City officials closed San Francisco County Jail No. 4 on the top floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. in September, reducing the number of beds in the jail system by about 400. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Mayor London Breed speaks about the JobsNOW program outside the Balboa Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Expanded city employment program gives aid to neediest residents

A city employment program will be expanded to give more low-income residents…

Mayor London Breed speaks about the JobsNOW program outside the Balboa Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Cyclists have flocked to Market Street since private vehicles were largely banned from a long stretch of it in January. (Amanda Peterson/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Plans for sidewalk-level bikeway on Market Street dropped due to costs, increased cyclist volume

Advocates say revisions to Better Market Street fail to meet safety goals of project

Cyclists have flocked to Market Street since private vehicles were largely banned from a long stretch of it in January. (Amanda Peterson/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
The main entrance to the Department of Public Health building at 101 Grove St. The department is planning to move out of the building because it is seismically unsafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors approve $150M to relocate Public Health Department, replace hospital chillers

Board OKs mayoral appointment of Rachael Tanner to Planning Commission

The main entrance to the Department of Public Health building at 101 Grove St. The department is planning to move out of the building because it is seismically unsafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Anti-eviction demonstrators rally outside San Francisco Superior Court. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Report: Unpaid rent due to COVID-19 could be up to $32.7M per month

A new city report that attempts to quantify how much rent has…

Anti-eviction demonstrators rally outside San Francisco Superior Court. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)