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Rain expected to return

By Bay City News Service After a brief respite from the past…

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Private detective and attorney Jack Palladino is shown here visiting his stepdaughter and step grandkids in Portland after beginning his shift into retirement. (Courtesy Nick Chapman)

Legendary SF private detective on life support after robbery in the Haight

Jack Palladino’s career went from Patty Hearst and the Hells Angels to Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein

Private detective and attorney Jack Palladino is shown here visiting his stepdaughter and step grandkids in Portland after beginning his shift into retirement. (Courtesy Nick Chapman)
Patrons sit down for an early lunch at Crepevine in the Inner Sunset District on January 28, 2021, the day that outdoor dining in San Francisco resumed. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Rainy weather and uncertainty have a chilling effect on outdoor dining

Many restaurants will stay closed or staff up slowly until owners are sure demand is there

Patrons sit down for an early lunch at Crepevine in the Inner Sunset District on January 28, 2021, the day that outdoor dining in San Francisco resumed. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu is stepping down to take a new position as city administrator. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New property tax system, condo market evaluations among Carmen Chu’s final projects as assessor

Former supervisor will begin new role as city administrator Feb. 1

Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu is stepping down to take a new position as city administrator. (Joel Engardio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

2 seniors cling to life after being attacked in SF incidents

Police investigate assaults in Anza Vista, Haight

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)
JoAnn Mar, co-host of Folk Music & Beyond, said if KALW keeps running repeats and pre-recorded shows ‘people are going to stop listening.’ (Photo by Sandy Miranda, courtesy of SEIU Local 1021)

KALW staff say live announcers increasingly replaced by automation and pre-recorded shows

Management at SFUSD-licensed station said changes made due to pandemic, not intended to be permanent

JoAnn Mar, co-host of Folk Music & Beyond, said if KALW keeps running repeats and pre-recorded shows ‘people are going to stop listening.’ (Photo by Sandy Miranda, courtesy of SEIU Local 1021)
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here at a November press conference, was elected in November 2019 on a platform of criminal justice reform. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chesa Boudin responds to critics in first ‘State of Justice’ address

Under fire and facing a potential recall effort, DA remains ‘steadfast’ in committment to reform

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here at a November press conference, was elected in November 2019 on a platform of criminal justice reform. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Everett Middle School along Church Street in the Mission District on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD middle school and high school students ‘unlikely’ to return to school this year

News comes as no surprise for many parents but district ‘took a long time to share it’

Everett Middle School along Church Street in the Mission District on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
More than 200 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past year, although the agency says contact tracing suggests almost none of them caught it on the job. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Transit operators ‘thrown under the bus’ in statewide vaccine distribution plan

Muni union leader says members are ‘disgusted’ at by move to de-prioritize them for protection

More than 200 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past year, although the agency says contact tracing suggests almost none of them caught it on the job. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Ferris wheel at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse, which has spent much of the past year shut down due to the pandemic, may get an extended stay. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

150-foot high Ferris wheel could remain in Golden Gate Park until March 2025

The Recreation and Park Department is seeking permission to keep a 150-foot…

The Ferris wheel at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse, which has spent much of the past year shut down due to the pandemic, may get an extended stay. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bay Area transit agencies get first round of latest federal transit relief package

Muni to get $44 million from total of $982 million distributed locally

Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor London Breed delivered an upbeat State of the City address virtually on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)

Breed sets sights on an ‘incredible recovery’ in State of City address

Commits to ‘goal of building 5,000 new homes each year’

Mayor London Breed delivered an upbeat State of the City address virtually on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin hopes to improve communication with neighborhood residents about public safety concerns. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

New community liaison program will assign DA’s staff to each city district

Designated team will help improve communication on resident concerns

District Attorney Chesa Boudin hopes to improve communication with neighborhood residents about public safety concerns. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Dr. Hillary Kunins, who worked on strategies to address the opioid crisis in New York, will begin her job as director of Behavioral Health Services in March. (Courtesy SFGOV)

New behavioral health director hired to lead Mental Health SF effort

San Francisco has hired Dr. Hillary Kunins as the new director of…

Dr. Hillary Kunins, who worked on strategies to address the opioid crisis in New York, will begin her job as director of Behavioral Health Services in March. (Courtesy SFGOV)
Dianne Feinstein Elementary School is one of more than 40 San Francisco schools set to be renamed following Tuesday’s school board vote. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Dozens of city schools to get new names

Mayor Breed slams school board vote, urges focus on ‘getting our kids back in the classroom’

Dianne Feinstein Elementary School is one of more than 40 San Francisco schools set to be renamed following Tuesday’s school board vote. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority cut most of its bus service last year due to the pandemic, and has been slow to bring it back due to budget concerns and low ridership. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supes urge SFMTA to expedite restoration of Muni lines

Resolution emphasizes focus on seniors, individuals with disabilities and community routes

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority cut most of its bus service last year due to the pandemic, and has been slow to bring it back due to budget concerns and low ridership. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joaquin Torres has led the Office of Economic and Workforce Development since 2018. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Breed to appoint workforce director Joaquín Torres as Assessor-Recorder

Mayor London Breed will appoint Joaquín Torres to serve as San Francisco’s…

Joaquin Torres has led the Office of Economic and Workforce Development since 2018. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Proposition K, approved by voters in 2003, provides funding primarily for traffic safety and transit capital projects and investment. (Courtesy SFMTA Photos)

City likely to seek reauthorization of transit sales tax in 2022

Measure to fund emerging priorities such as traffic safety, COVID-19 recovery and Muni train control

Proposition K, approved by voters in 2003, provides funding primarily for traffic safety and transit capital projects and investment. (Courtesy SFMTA Photos)
Lowell High School (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Students, families call for culture shift at Lowell after racist incident

District to explore changes including possible revision of admissions policy

Lowell High School (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Gurvinder Singh chants during a protest in front of the Consulate of India in the Richmond District on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Groups rally outside SF consulate in support of Indian farmers

Demonstrators gathered outside the Consulate of India in San Francisco’s Richmond District…

Gurvinder Singh chants during a protest in front of the Consulate of India in the Richmond District on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to the S.F. Examiner)