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A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)

An offer in dollars too good to resist

Expenses get covered in what feels like a deal with the devil

A regular rider provided a cash retainer just at a time when it was needed. (Shutterstock)
Love Street owner Graciela Ronconi is doing very well in her shop’s new Richmond District location. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Leaving Haight: Love finds a home on Balboa Street

Vintage apparel pro Graciela Ronconi finds buying, selling therapeutic

Love Street owner Graciela Ronconi is doing very well in her shop’s new Richmond District location. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Woody LaBounty, left, and David Gallagher started the Western Neighborhoods Project which has a Balboa Street office housing historical items and comprehensive website dedicated to the history of The City’s West side. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Outside Lands podcast delves into West side’s quirky past

History buffs Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher have been sharing fun stories about the Richmond and Sunset since 1998

Woody LaBounty, left, and David Gallagher started the Western Neighborhoods Project which has a Balboa Street office housing historical items and comprehensive website dedicated to the history of The City’s West side. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Zero Grocery is among the Bay Area organizations delivering groceries in plastic-free packaging. (Screenshot)

Bye Trump, hello hope: SF can show US what’s possible

City’s climate efforts will shine under new administration

Zero Grocery is among the Bay Area organizations delivering groceries in plastic-free packaging. (Screenshot)
Amy Louise Chambers, known in her art community as Silver Lucy, celebrated Día de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Courtesy Robin Russell)

Friends, family fondly remember ‘Silver Lucy’

Fashion designer Amy Chambers sparkled with her art

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Amy Louise Chambers, known in her art community as Silver Lucy, celebrated Día de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Courtesy Robin Russell)
While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Looking for the story that wants to be told

Excursions through The City prompt memories of rides and times past

While there’s still a need for taxis in The City, some drivers, to avoid health risks during the pandemic, are taking a break. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

2020: The year in pictures

A global pandemic, rising social justice movement, City Hall scandal and climate-changing fires made for truly unforgettable days and months

A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Tenderloin has many residents who sleep overnight in tents. Here, a small encampment on Golden Gate Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner)

Tenderloin non-profit hands out Christmas Eve meals to unhoused residents

Three thousand pounds of prime rib from San Francisco’s House of Prime…

The Tenderloin has many residents who sleep overnight in tents. Here, a small encampment on Golden Gate Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner)
Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF moves into purple tier, triggering curfew and business shutdowns

San Francisco moved into the state’s purple COVID-19 tier Saturday, requiring The…

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Shamann Walton joined with community members to speak out against rising homicides, which have taken a heavy toll in the Bayview-Hunters Point in 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F Examiner)

SF homicides surpass 2019 total with month left in year

Police attribute rise to COVID-19, shootings and deadly gang violence

Supervisor Shamann Walton joined with community members to speak out against rising homicides, which have taken a heavy toll in the Bayview-Hunters Point in 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F Examiner)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Proposed changes to the police union contract would add insult to injury for community members

San Francisco is failing to heed calls for defunding and divestment from police

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pandemic-era measures to ease stresses in The City’s rental market may not be helpful to small landlords in the long run.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

San Francisco supes save the day — with a catch

Rent relief funding has strings attached in form of Proposition I

Pandemic-era measures to ease stresses in The City’s rental market may not be helpful to small landlords in the long run.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>

Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin will be purchased for permanent supportive housing in San Francisco using state Project Homekey funds. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF to purchase second hotel site to house the homeless under the state’s Project Homekey program

San Francisco was awarded more funding Friday to purchase a second hotel…

The Hotel Diva in the Tenderloin will be purchased for permanent supportive housing in San Francisco using state Project Homekey funds. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Without more federal aid, SFMTA may start dipping into ‘rainy day’ reserves

Financial forecast bleak, with a $32 million operating budget deficit expected this fiscal year

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The Union Square Business Improvement District controls a network of surveillance cameras. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

ACLU accuses police of ‘spying’ on George Floyd protesters in new lawsuit

SFPD tapped into privately funded camera network amid looting, vandalism in Union Square

The Union Square Business Improvement District controls a network of surveillance cameras. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some hotels may choose to stay closed until tourist demand rises high enough to sustain the cost of operations. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco hotels prepare to reopen Monday

Will travelers return to The City?

Some hotels may choose to stay closed until tourist demand rises high enough to sustain the cost of operations. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bystander struck by gunfire in Excelsior

Bystander struck by gunfire in Excelsior

A bystander was shot in the Excelsior on Monday evening when gunfire…

Bystander struck by gunfire in Excelsior
Struggling Chinatown restaurants get help moving business outdoors

Struggling Chinatown restaurants get help moving business outdoors

A total of $25,000 will be distributed to assist with costs of Shared Spaces program

Struggling Chinatown restaurants get help moving business outdoors
Lou Seal watches the game amidst empty seats as the San Francisco Giants play the first home exhibition game of the MLB 2020 season against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park on Tuesday. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

In a year of ‘nos’ and ‘won’ts,’ what will 2020 look like for the Giants?

Ragtag lineup may surprise in strange, short MLB season

Lou Seal watches the game amidst empty seats as the San Francisco Giants play the first home exhibition game of the MLB 2020 season against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park on Tuesday. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)