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Supervisor Dean Preston speaks about rent relief at a meeting of Faith in Action, a nonprofit serving low-income residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

How to apply for post-pandemic rent relief in San Francisco and California

Reyna Aguilar has amassed $20,000 in rent debt since losing her restaurant…

 

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling…

 

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Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to…

 

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,…

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>

The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer…

Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>
Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)

What’s in a name? Asian American magazine fights to keep its identity

An investor-backed media group laid claim to the moniker of SF’s long-running Hyphen magazine, sparking a conversation about writing over community history

Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)
Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

As pandemic wanes, SF public defender hopes clients will get ‘their day in court’

Like other attorneys in San Francisco, Deputy Public Defender Chris Garcia has…

Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fight over ‘poverty tows’ heats up

‘What can we do to ensure the vehicle stays in the hands of the owner?’

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
<em>The San Francisco Peace Pagoda stands tall in between Japan Center East and West malls.</em>
 (Ida Mojadad/The Examiner)

Patrons return to the Japantown mall

‘We’re so happy—it’s really hard to make a profit’

<em>The San Francisco Peace Pagoda stands tall in between Japan Center East and West malls.</em>
 (Ida Mojadad/The Examiner)
Revelers at Madrone Art Bar in the early hours of June 15, 2021 (Courtesy Power Quevedo).

No social distancing at Motown-themed dance party

‘I don’t care how anyone feels, I just want to dance!’

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Revelers at Madrone Art Bar in the early hours of June 15, 2021 (Courtesy Power Quevedo).
The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

SF Hall of Justice stuck in the pandemic past

In my years covering crime as a reporter in San Francisco, I’ve…

The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
Visitors walk through the western span of the Ferry Building the morning of Tuesday, June 15. (Ida Mojadad/SF Examiner)

Masks still a common occurrence at the Ferry Building

‘It’s more a mental thing than a science thing’

Visitors walk through the western span of the Ferry Building the morning of Tuesday, June 15. (Ida Mojadad/SF Examiner)
A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San…

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar has introduced legislation that would provide at least 16 weeks of leave for new parents.. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SF measure would provide maternity leave protections for elected officials and appointees

In 2006, then-Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier became the first elected official in San…

San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar has introduced legislation that would provide at least 16 weeks of leave for new parents.. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Cyclists and pedestrians enjoyed the car-free Great Highway between Sloat Boulevard and Lincoln Way. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner/2020)

Debate over Great Highway’s closure represents a much larger San Francisco problem

Last month, a sign appeared in the window of the popular Outer…

Cyclists and pedestrians enjoyed the car-free Great Highway between Sloat Boulevard and Lincoln Way. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner/2020)
Mayor London Breed’s budget includes proposed subsidies that would reduce the cost of renting Moscone Center. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Moscone Center is ready to welcome back conventions: But will the crowds return?

Moscone Center was essential to San Francisco’s COVID-19 strategy, serving as a…

Mayor London Breed’s budget includes proposed subsidies that would reduce the cost of renting Moscone Center. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Members of El/La Para TransLatinas, pictured in 2018, support efforts to provide financial aid to low-income trans residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file photo)</ins>

Pilot program would provide basic income to aid San Francisco’s transgender community

The movement to use guaranteed income as a tool to fight poverty…

Members of El/La Para TransLatinas, pictured in 2018, support efforts to provide financial aid to low-income trans residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file photo)</ins>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)

Stern Grove announces summer schedule: Returns live on June 20 with Ledisi

Tickets for season’s concerts must be reserved online in advance

Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)