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7 Outer Sunset Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

In Here/Say’s series “When the Lights Come Up in the City,” we tour three neighborhoods…

San Francisco, Bay Area Counties Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandates for All Residents

The mask mandates apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents of eight Bay Area jurisdictions.

San Francisco is ‘Looking at’ Ways to Mandate Vaccines for Non-City Employees, Says Mayor Breed

With the Delta variant spreading, Breed and the City Attorney aim to broaden vaccine mandates beyond the city’s own workforce of 37,000.

When the Lights Come Up in the City: North Beach Hustle

As the pandemic took hold in San Francisco, North Beach didn’t miss a beat as businesses and community stakeholders banned together to keep the neighborhood vibrant.

Supervisors to Consider Citywide Fourplex Expansion Next Year

The proposal is a “significant” upzoning for San Francisco, but would only make a dent in a state mandate to build 82,000 housing units by 2031.

SFMTA Warns of ‘Death Spiral’ as Supervisors Push for Full Service Restoration

Transit officials and the Board of Supervisors clashed over how much pre-pandemic Muni service should be restored—and how soon.

San Francisco Angles to Buy Out PG&E’s Local Assets in Move to Public Power

PG&E called the city’s efforts a “waste of time and resources,” and said its assets are not for sale.

Your Questions About Masking Answered by Dr. Naveena Bobba

To mask or not to mask? That is the question.

As Fire Season Looms, Some S.F. Residents Call for More Assistance

A growing body of evidence shows wildfire smoke can be deadly. With San Franciscans cautioned to stay indoors in smoky weather, what is the city doing to protect vulnerable residents?

7 North Beach Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

In Here/Say’s series “When the Lights Come Up in the City,” we tour three neighborhoods…

Sideshows, ‘Stunt Driving’ Are Costing the City, Say Supervisors

The Mission, Bayview and Ingleside districts are seeing the most sideshows, which damage streets and risk injury and death, according to city officials.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Bus Stop Disparities are Stark between City’s Northern and Southern Halves

Riders in the south and north sides of the city are “effectively experiencing a different bus system.”

Repeat Shoplifters are Driving S.F. Retail Crime, According to Police

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill authorizing state law enforcement to assist in dismantling organized retail crime in hotspots across California.

When the Lights Come Up in the City: Bayview Strong

As the pandemic took hold in San Francisco, Bayview did what it does best: It quickly pivoted and improvised to keep the lights burning brightly.

‘Long Overdue’ Reform of City’s $2B in Annual Grants Will Go Into Effect Next Year

A new city ordinance will require greater oversight of the billions in grants that San Francisco departments award each year.

SoMa’s ‘TNT Traysikel’ Spreads Cultural Pride on Three Wheels

Combining karaoke and oral history, the customized tricycle and mobile sculpture aims to raise awareness of Filipino Americans’ immigration stories.

S.F. Leaders to Tourists: ‘This is a Safe City’

SFPD plans to deploy 26 additional officers to high-tourism parts of San Francisco as part of an effort to lure visitors back to the city.

7 Bayview Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

These seven Bayview District businesses, owned by community trailblazers, pivoted quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

S.F. Supervisor Calls for More Transparency in Criminal Diversion

A report found that 55% of criminal defendants in San Francisco were rearrested before their case was resolved, drawing scrutiny of a nonprofit that runs diversion programs.

‘Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt’: Target Security Guard Speaks Out About S.F. Retail Crime

A combination of theft, rigid policies and slow police response times ha made working conditions dangerous for some retail workers, according to a former security guard at a San Francisco Target store.

Hotly-Contested Sunset Housing Development Gets Rubber Stamp from Board of Supervisors

The project sparked fierce opposition from some residents in the Sunset, who said the 98-unit development was too large for the neighborhood.

How Sobriety Helped One San Franciscan Build Community Through Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Ocean Beach Cafe owner Joshua James is creating an oasis by the beach for non-drinkers.

‘Shared Spaces’ for Outdoor Dining to Be Made Permanent, with Some Tweaks

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to make Shared Spaces, a…

San Francisco Fire Department Could Soon Place Emergency Psychiatric Holds

A proposal to give fire department paramedics the authority to place 5150 holds, or involuntary…

As COVID Evolves, So Does San Francisco’s Vaccination Strategy

With San Francisco winding down its large-scale vaccine operations, health officials are taking a new…

Flush with Funding, Homelessness Department Shows Persistent Underspending

About $28 million in funds for service contracts went unspent in fiscal 2021, according to city budget analyst.

Van Ness Dysfunction: Botched Planning Led to $37M in Cost Overruns and Years-Long Delays

Early mistakes—and discord between the city and a lead contractor—led to millions in unexpected costs and years of delays on the Van Ness corridor.

San Francisco Eyes More Movie, Television Productions to Boost Local Recovery

With movie productions stirring back to life, San Francisco wants a piece of the action. …

District Attorney Chesa Boudin Asked for Recusal from Petition Theft Case

A high-profile petition meddling case took a new turn with the victim, Man Kit Lam,…

Board of Supervisors Pledges to Create New Homelessness Response Team, but Details Remain Murky

A plan to create a new team to respond to homelessness-related concerns received a stamp…

SFPD Chief to Supervisors: ‘We Need Your Support’

Police chief Bill Scott said SFPD is losing officers and needs to hire to continue enacting reforms. As the city rolls out more non-police services, some Supervisors questioned the department’s desired $661M budget.

Tenderloin and Mid-Market Improvement Plan Met with High Hopes, and Some Skepticism

Last month, Mayor London Breed issued a sweeping announcement about the city’s commitment to a…

City Hall is Reopening. What Happens to Remote Public Comment?

As the pandemic subsides, City Hall wades into a whole new way of handling how citizens weigh in.

At Board Of Supervisors, Calls For Respect At City Hall Escalate Into Finger-Pointing

Mayor London Breed and Board President Shamann Walton exchanged words at a Tuesday meeting, while Supervisor Aaron Peskin apologized for misbehavior.

‘Absolute Chaos’: San Francisco Apartment-Seekers See a Market Suddenly Gone Haywire

With the city reopening, San Francisco renters trying to lock in deals are finding stiffer competition and sudden fluctuations in price and availability.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin to Enter Alcohol Treatment

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is currently serving his fifth non-consecutive term representing District 3, announced…

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Kicks Off $13B Budget Negotiations

Supervisors held the first in a series of hearings that will determine how San Francisco’s money is spent over the next two years.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Extend Eviction Protections For Another 60 Days

The ordinance buys tenants more time to receive help if they owe back rent.

After Months-Long Debate, Castro District Rejects Public Safety Cameras

The decision came despite evidence of support for the program, including a community survey that showed moderate support for cameras.

With Eviction Clock Ticking, State and Local Rent Relief May Fall Short of Need

The slow rollout of state of rent relief programs is raising concerns that people will fall through the cracks unless California extends its eviction moratorium and expands assistance.

SFPD Investigating Attempted Theft of Signed School Board Recall Petitions

Exclusive video shows an altercation between a campaign volunteer and an individual who allegedly tried to steal signed petitions.

SFUSD Enrollment Drops, Exacerbating Budget Woes

The school district says it lost 700 students this school year, in addition to a decline of 1,000 students in fall 2020.

London Breed Budget Speech

Mayor Breed Unveils $13B Budget Plan Aimed At ‘Equitable Recovery’

Breed’s budget includes funding for housing, addiction and mental health, public safety, and economic recovery.

Mother Of Fentanyl Addict Says San Francisco Needs To Do More To Save Her Son

A Bay Area mother is protesting the open-air drug market in the Tenderloin.

Board of Supervisors Hearing on Drug Treatment Sparks Debate on Harm Reduction, Abstinence

Amid a growing overdose crisis in San Francisco, a Board of Supervisors hearing on Thursday…

Photo Essay: The Fillmore’s BLM Street Mural Rises Again

The community reflects on a year of racial reckoning following George Floyd’s killing.

Meet San Francisco’s 14-Year-Old Wild Yeast Wrangler

How this sourdough whiz kid breaks bread with the community.

San Francisco Public Schools Commit To Full Return This Fall With New Start Times

San Francisco Unified School District reiterated its commitment on Tuesday to return students to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall.

Supervisors Pass ‘Free Muni’ Pilot, But Mayor London Breed Plans To Veto

San Francisco Supervisors approved a $12.5 million plan to make Muni free this summer, but Mayor London Breed said she will veto the plan. SFMTA officials also criticized the proposal as risky.

Supervisors Punt Votes On Permanent Shared Spaces, Small Business Recovery

A Board of Supervisors committee delayed two proposals with broad small business backing including a plan to codify Shared Spaces and another to streamline fees and permits.

Preparing For Disaster: Inside The Presidio Field Hospital That Never Was

As part of San Francisco’s pandemic response, the city built a field hospital in a Presidio warehouse to accommodate overflow patients should hospitals surge with COVID-19 cases. The care site—thankfully—was never needed.

Car-Free Valencia Street Is A Boon For Business, According To Yelp

Commercial corridors that ban or restrict cars may see a boost in business activity, according to new data from the review platform.

Here/Say Media Joining With Public Comment

We’re going deeper on something that’s core to our mission—breaking down the news. That’s why we’re teaming up with Public Comment, a local online outlet covering San Francisco’s economy and politics.

The Hardest-Working Man in Roller Skating: Meet San Francisco’s ‘Godfather of Skate’

David Miles, Jr. has been championing San Francisco’s eclectic roller skating community for more than four decades.

Here/Hear COVID Chronicles

Introducing Here/Hear, An Audio Retrospective On The Pandemic

This June, we’re bringing you stories of the pandemic from across San Francisco. Be a part of history by sharing your voice.

A Recipe for Success: Equity Is Baked Into La Cocina Municipal Marketplace

Take 7,000-square-feet of space, add a dash of local art, two dozen community partners, seven…

‘We Just Want My Grandpa To Feel Safe’: Family Of 84-Year-Old Asian Man Attacked In SF Speaks Out Against DA

The family of jump-kick victim Rong Xin Liao say they’ve been in the dark on legal proceedings for their grandfather’s alleged attacker for over a year, and believe their victims’ rights have been violated.

A Sunset Slow Street at 41st and Irving looking South

‘Barricades Down, Bike Lane Blocked’

What the Sunset’s disappearing Slow Streets reveal about San Francisco’s return to ‘normal.’

Conservatorship From A Disability Rights Perspective

The ACLU’s Susan Mizner on why she believes conservatorship is “generally a mistake”

SF School Board Pledges To Reopen Full Time For All Students In The Fall

This news comes as a major relief for families who have been asking for months about the district’s reopening plans.

A Monument To The ‘Mothers of Gynecology’ Rises In San Francisco

Artist Michelle Browder links Montgomery to SF through her sculpture dedicated to the enslaved Black women whose pain birthed a medical field.

Supervisor Shamann Walton On Why He Believes Car-Free JFK Is ‘Segregationist’ Policy

Last April, in the early stages of the pandemic, Mayor London Breed announced that a…

How Is San Francisco Responding To A Wave Of Anti-Asian Assaults?

Between March and December 2020, 708 anti-Asian hate incidents happened in the Bay Area and 292 took place in San Francisco alone. Here’s how the city is reacting.

Chinatown Trails Rest Of San Francisco In Vaccinations

Chinatown is lagging behind every other San Francisco neighborhood in terms of vaccinating its senior population, according to an analysis conducted by Here/Say Media and affirmed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Here’s How San Francisco’s Cultural Districts Work

In our first “Here’s How,” we break down how San Francisco’s eight cultural districts work.

Headshot of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

For Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Conservatorship Is Personal

For this San Francisco city official, the issue of conservatorship is not just about policy—it’s a matter close to his heart.

Thousands Of San Francisco Kids Learn English At School. It Isn’t As Easy Over Zoom.

In remote learning, many English Language Learners are falling behind.

How We Got Here: Why Some San Franciscans Are Trying To Remove The School Board

Here’s how SF reached a boiling point.

Meet The Parents Behind An Effort To Recall Three SF School Board Members

The couple, who met on Tinder in June, plans to bootstrap their way to San Francisco’s first successful recall effort in nearly 40 years.

3 Black-Led Organizations Making Real Change In San Francisco

Black History Month is almost over, but highlighting San Francisco’s Black community shouldn’t stop on March 1. Today we’re taking a look at Black leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and cultural influencers who are working year-round to move the City by the Bay forward.

San Francisco’s Elite Lowell High Has A Serious Culture Problem. What About Other District High Schools?

It’s been a rollercoaster few months for academically competitive Lowell High School. In January, it…

Like It Or Not: The Great Highway Will Change

The Upper Great Highway has become an urban escape for locked-down San Franciscans, but some residents aren’t fans of the traffic its closure has created. The beachside road’s future as a pedestrian-friendly corridor or high-speed thoroughfare hangs in the balance. But nature might have the final say…

‘The School District Is Pretty Much Failing Them’: With The Vaccine In Play, When Can SF’s Schools Reopen?

Like much of the country, San Francisco is embroiled in a debate over when and how best to reopen schools, with health experts and educators divided on the issue. But for Erika Foots, a single mother raising five children, it’s simple: “As far as my children go, I feel that the school district is pretty much failing them,” she said.

Who Is Chesa Boudin? Meet the San Francisco DA at the center of a media storm

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin rode into power on a wave of progressive populism. But his tenure has been rocky so far. So who is Chesa Boudin? We take a look behind the headlines.

Why Outer Richmond’s Cielito Lindo Took Four Years To Launch

In San Francisco, a city of opportunity, it took this small business more than four years to open its doors.

Recovering Heroin Addict Says San Francisco Is Failing Its Drug Users

Thomas Wolf knows the Tenderloin well. He spent six months sleeping on its streets in 2018.

Introducing Here/Say Media

We started Here/Say Media to answer a simple question—what if local news made us feel…