The City

Homeless people sleep outside entrances to the San Francisco Public Library during the homeless point-in-time count in 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Owning the Progressives: A new book takes aim at San Francisco’s social policies

Analyzing ‘San Fransicko,’ a sweeping conservative critique of The City’s approach to social issues

Homeless people sleep outside entrances to the San Francisco Public Library during the homeless point-in-time count in 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Donald Ray Antoine stars in “Interlude” at New Conservatory Theatre Center’s first live show this year.<ins> (Courtesy Lois Tema)</ins>

‘Interlude’ explores lockdown frustrations

New Conservatory’s world premiere depicts a Black gay man quarantined with his red-state parents

Donald Ray Antoine stars in “Interlude” at New Conservatory Theatre Center’s first live show this year.<ins> (Courtesy Lois Tema)</ins>
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will lead San Francisco into battle against the Dodgers in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday.<ins></ins>

What the Giants and Dodgers mean to Californians

Readers weigh in on the best rivalry in baseball

  • Oct 13, 2021
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will lead San Francisco into battle against the Dodgers in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday.<ins></ins>
Martha Garcia preps food in the kitchen at Verde Mexican Rotisserie in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 6; Domi Chavarria, the owner of the restaurant, lost about $10,000 worth of inventory as a result of a shut down for two weeks due to the Caldor Fire evacuation.<ins> (Salgu Wissmath/CalMatters)</ins>
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How much do wildfires really cost California’s economy?

There’s no systematic way to see the impact on the economy, environment and public health

  • Oct 13, 2021
Martha Garcia preps food in the kitchen at Verde Mexican Rotisserie in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 6; Domi Chavarria, the owner of the restaurant, lost about $10,000 worth of inventory as a result of a shut down for two weeks due to the Caldor Fire evacuation.<ins> (Salgu Wissmath/CalMatters)</ins>
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Junru Wang’s hand balancing is mind-blowing in “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Acrobats take over Club Fugazi with strength, grace and glee

‘Dear San Francisco’ is a loving, lively successor to ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’

Junru Wang’s hand balancing is mind-blowing in “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
A new lawsuit directly targets the manufacturers and retailers of untraceable “ghost gun” kits (Courtesy of SFPD)

California targets ‘ghost gun’ manufacturers in new legal strategy to stop gun violence

A lawsuit aims to hold the makers and sellers of kits accountable

  • Oct 13, 2021
A new lawsuit directly targets the manufacturers and retailers of untraceable “ghost gun” kits (Courtesy of SFPD)
The state ordered SFUSD to come up with a plan for financial recovery but after a year of discussion, no plan has been presented. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Can SF’s school district turn from death spiral to sea change?

What the impending state takeover of SFUSD means

The state ordered SFUSD to come up with a plan for financial recovery but after a year of discussion, no plan has been presented. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)

SFMTA should fire its unvaccinated employees holding us hostage to COVID-19

San Francisco’s public transportation workers must comply with the mandate

  • Oct 13, 2021
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
A Muni train passes by San Francisco Police Department headquarters. Employees at both the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SFPD could be fired if they don’t get vaccinated by November. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
Giants manager Gabe Kapler will lead his Giants team into a pressure-packed Game 5 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Giants)

Giants vs. Dodgers heading for Game 5: A historic matchup

‘Both teams know each other well. It’s pretty much as simple as that.’

Giants manager Gabe Kapler will lead his Giants team into a pressure-packed Game 5 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Giants)
Political consultant Ace Smith in his Financial District office. After handling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign, Smith will now run Supervisor Matt Haney’s bid for state Assembly.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

A conversation with top political consultant Ace Smith

‘Never allow a recall to become a referendum on your person’

Political consultant Ace Smith in his Financial District office. After handling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall campaign, Smith will now run Supervisor Matt Haney’s bid for state Assembly.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Gov. Gavin Newsom talks about housing bills he was signing during a ceremony at an apartment complex in Oakland on Sept. 28; however, this year he vetoed 66 pieces of legislation. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Why did the governor block California bills?

In 2021, Newsom proved more about what he has in common with his predecessors than how he is unique

  • Oct 12, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom talks about housing bills he was signing during a ceremony at an apartment complex in Oakland on Sept. 28; however, this year he vetoed 66 pieces of legislation. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
The Patriots Jet Team flies over ships docked at Pier 35 during Fleet Week 2021 in The City. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)

Burst of tradition: Fleet Week brings back San Francisco’s pre-pandemic vibe

Thousands flock to The City to enjoy the outdoors

The Patriots Jet Team flies over ships docked at Pier 35 during Fleet Week 2021 in The City. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)
Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)

SF’s youth ready to ‘turn and burn’ for the planet’s future

There are a lot of problems with Fleet Week but the environment doesn’t have to be one

Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)
Beethoven's audacious 1805 opera addressed tyranny in Napoleonic-occupied Vienna and was set in a prison-like fortress. Set designer Alexander V. Nichols created a multilevel, dynamically rotating cubed structure of prison cells, interrogation rooms and offices that are equipped with projected surveillance cameras. (Courtesy San Francisco Opera)

San Francisco Opera premieres ‘Fidelio’ a year late, but with the zeitgeist

Matthew Ozawa’s new production addresses tyranny in Beethoven’s time and ours

Beethoven's audacious 1805 opera addressed tyranny in Napoleonic-occupied Vienna and was set in a prison-like fortress. Set designer Alexander V. Nichols created a multilevel, dynamically rotating cubed structure of prison cells, interrogation rooms and offices that are equipped with projected surveillance cameras. (Courtesy San Francisco Opera)
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee and whistleblower, testifies before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing in Washington on Oct. 5.

What the public doesn’t understand about whistleblowers

The psychological motivations of people like Frances Haugen are widely misunderstood

  • Oct 12, 2021
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee and whistleblower, testifies before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing in Washington on Oct. 5.
Giants pitcher Alex Wood turned in a stellar performance in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

On a windy night in L.A., one run is enough for the Giants

By Scott Miller New York Times LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t only…

  • Oct 12, 2021
Giants pitcher Alex Wood turned in a stellar performance in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team’s minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to The Examiner)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team’s minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to The Examiner)

Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigns after homophobic and misogynistic emails

By Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman New York Times Jon Gruden stepped…

  • Oct 11, 2021
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team’s minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to The Examiner)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team’s minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to The Examiner)
Some San Francisco workers say they are not aware of standards being used to deny exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Shutterstock)
Some San Francisco workers say they are not aware of standards being used to deny exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Shutterstock)
As the deadline for all San Francisco city workers to get vaccinated gets closer, more and more holdouts are getting their COVID-19 shot. (Kevin Hume/Examiner file)
As the deadline for all San Francisco city workers to get vaccinated gets closer, more and more holdouts are getting their COVID-19 shot. (Kevin Hume/Examiner file)
<strong>“Sphere Packing: Bach” is the pinnacle piece in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s show. It’s a series of sculptures viewers can enter; inside are 1,128 loudspeakers, each of which plays one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions.<ins> (Photo by Mariana Yañe/Courtesy Rafael Lozano/Artists Rights Society)</ins>

Lozano-Hemmer’s ‘Unstable Presence’ is for multimedia and music lovers, even techies

At SFMOMA, Mexico City-born artist works with cutting-edge technology

<strong>“Sphere Packing: Bach” is the pinnacle piece in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s show. It’s a series of sculptures viewers can enter; inside are 1,128 loudspeakers, each of which plays one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions.<ins> (Photo by Mariana Yañe/Courtesy Rafael Lozano/Artists Rights Society)</ins>