The City

Crab fisherman Skip Ward of Marysville casts his crab net out off a pier near Fort Point. (Craig Lee/Special to The	Examiner)

San Francisco came back to life, and we captured it all

Last spring, in the early days of the pandemic, the bestselling authors…

  • Jun 16, 2021
Scenes from an SFO-bound BART train on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the day California fully reopened for business after the COVID pandemic. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)

SF reopens: BART riders dreading the end of the pandemic

‘I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be packed like sardines’

High noon in Union Square: Ten Canyon High School (Anaheim, CA) graduates, Class of 2021, on a senior trip in San Francisco. They weren’t certain of City rules so they remained masked outdoors. Even though one of their personal vehicles was broken into while touring Golden Gate Park, they appreciated the beauty of San Francisco. (Catherine Bigelow/The Examiner)

Signs of life: From Union Square style to Portola soul

‘The return of this icon is thrilling’

  • Jun 15, 2021
<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)
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)
Throngs of tourists return to Fisherman’s Wharf (Benjamin Schneider / The Examiner).

On reopening day, a stark contrast in two tourist meccas

‘Today is pretty lousy, frankly’

  • Jun 15, 2021
Throngs of tourists return to Fisherman’s Wharf (Benjamin Schneider / The Examiner).
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)
Mano Raju, San Francisco Public Defender along with other city officials unveil “Jeff Adachi Way” at Gilbert Street to honor the late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Opinion: If you want to work towards justice, fund your local public defender

By Mano Raju Special to The Examiner About one year ago, public…

  • Jun 17, 2021
Mano Raju, San Francisco Public Defender along with other city officials unveil “Jeff Adachi Way” at Gilbert Street to honor the late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Chapel on Valencia Street was distinctly quiet on The City’s reopening day. (Carly Graf/The Examiner)

Relics of the pandemic scattered across the Mission District

‘We’re sort of easing into it’

The Chapel on Valencia Street was distinctly quiet on The City’s reopening day. (Carly Graf/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 at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)

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 at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)
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

  • Jun 17, 2021
Hyphen hosts a group show at Space Gallery in San Francisco in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Albert Law/Pork Belly Studio)
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)
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)
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Gavin Newsom under COVID: The governor dishes on his pandemic life

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters It was strange, after 15 months of watching…

  • Jun 18, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 update at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco’s Rize Up Bakery serving up sourdough with a call to action

Azikiwee Anderson wakes up most mornings just before dawn to start cooking…

Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Micael Butial stands as he holds an umbrella that he painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate” at a rally held to show support for Asian and Pacific Islanders communities, Sunday, March 21, 2021 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Inside the California organization tracking anti-Asian hate incidents

By Mallika Seshadri CalMatters Richard Lim was walking along a quiet sidewalk…

  • Jun 16, 2021
Micael Butial stands as he holds an umbrella that he painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate” at a rally held to show support for Asian and Pacific Islanders communities, Sunday, March 21, 2021 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
<em>Sunset District resident Ian Bettinger smiles as he digs into some bibimbap at Art’s Cafe at Ninth Avenue and Irving Street. </em>
(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Museum-goers are ‘excited and terrified’

As I boarded the N Judah, I smiled under my mask, thrilled…

  • Jun 16, 2021
<em>Sunset District resident Ian Bettinger smiles as he digs into some bibimbap at Art’s Cafe at Ninth Avenue and Irving Street. </em>
(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Chef Mauricio Sibrian, a 25-year John's Grill employees, preps steak in the kitchen at

The restaurant that survived two pandemics in one lifetime

11:15 a.m., a half hour before the lunch doors open, isn’t exactly…

  • Jun 15, 2021
Chef Mauricio Sibrian, a 25-year John's Grill employees, preps steak in the kitchen at
Youth activists with the Sunrise Movement march along a rural road during their two-week trek from Paradise to San Francisco to call attention to an increase in deadly wildfires as a result of climate change on June 2, 2021. (Photo by Brooke Anderson)

Weeks-long climate march culminates on the Golden Gate Bridge

Lola’s alarm goes off most mornings before dawn. The 17-year-old high school…

Youth activists with the Sunrise Movement march along a rural road during their two-week trek from Paradise to San Francisco to call attention to an increase in deadly wildfires as a result of climate change on June 2, 2021. (Photo by Brooke Anderson)