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South of Market Residents Push Back Against Homeless Housing Plan

The city aims to buy 160-unit complex for supportive housing, but neighbors say they already do more than their share.

A Whole New Voyage: Floating Media Art Installation ‘Night Watch’ Makes its West Coast Debut in San Francisco Bay

The barge with a 20-foot LED screen displays moving images of asylees along San Francisco’s shoreline this weekend.

‘Tone at the Top’ Led to Fraud, Bribes at Department of Building Inspection, Report Finds

Systemic flaws in DBI’s permitting and inspection process, coupled with misconduct by former director Tom Hui, created a culture of corruption at the department, a city report says.

S.F. Offers Small Businesses Relief Grants for Vandalism, Broken Windows

The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.

‘Imminent Crisis’: S.F. Moves to Create $25M Fund to Cover Small Businesses’ Back Rent

The fund would require landlords and small businesses to work out a deal on remaining back rent.

California Voters Reject Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

The race was called shortly after polls closed on Sept. 14.

Scenes From the 22nd Annual ‘How Weird’ Street Faire

Now in its 22nd year and sporting the theme “Eternal Return,” the How Weird Street Faire is a celebration of the city’s diversity.

Why Is There a Warship in San Francisco Bay?

The USS Tripoli—the Navy’s “newest amphibious assault ship”—crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and parked itself at Pier 30 ahead of Fleet Week. But some San Franciscans say it’s too loud.

Federal Vaccine Mandate Unlikely to Shift Plans at Major S.F. Employers

Many major S.F. companies already have vaccine mandates, though most workers are still staying away from the office.

Gavin Newsom Recall: What to Know About the Sept. 14 Special Election

The Republican-led recall effort was largely fueled by frustration over pandemic lockdowns and shuttered schools.

San Francisco Small Business Growth Lags Despite Efforts to Speed Approvals

Prop H, designed to streamline small-business permitting, is not making a big impact. Some policymakers and business lobbyists say further reform is needed.

Meet Tim ‘The Optimist,’ Muse of the Muni Transfer

For native San Franciscan and graffiti artist Tim “The Optimist” Williams, growing up taking the MUNI bus meant more than getting where he needed to go. It was about creating a nostalgic moment by saving a scrap of paper that served as a memory of the day’s events—a bus transfer.

S.F. Muni’s Financial Crisis Shadows Transit Month Celebration

SFMTA Director Jeffery Tumlin said the agency faces “the worst financial crisis” in its history and needs additional funding.

San Francisco Startups Rake in Funding Even as Employees Stay Home

The tech sector is booming, but city leaders worry that remote work will undercut the recovery of the downtown economy.

San Francisco School Board Recall Submits Signed Petitions in Effort to Qualify for Ballot

The Department of Elections now has 30 business days to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a special election.

These Extraordinary ‘Light Art’ Installations Illuminate S.F. by Night

The city boasts more than 40 installations created by over 30 artists and installed in 17 neighborhoods.

Meet the Firefighting Goats Helping to Mitigate San Francisco’s Wildfire Risk

City Grazing’s herd of 100 goats provides sustainable land management through goat grazing.

Two State Bills Could Help Chip Away At San Francisco’s Housing Shortage—Gradually

SB 9 and SB 10, both approved by the State Assembly this week, would make it easier to build multi-family housing in San Francisco and across the state.

S.F. Hospital Grapples With Vacancies Amid Nationwide Nursing Shortage

A shortage of staff has contributed to a rise in ‘ambulance diversion’ at San Francisco General Hospital.

S.F. Downtown Is Still Dead—But Job Listings, Venture Capital Point to a Possible Rebound

Office workers are staying home for now, but record levels of investment in S.F. suggest a brighter long-term outlook for downtown.

San Francisco School Board Begins Search Process for New Superintendent

The process begins with selecting a firm to lead the search for qualified candidates.

Chocolate Covered Serves More Than Just Chocolate at Its Small Noe Valley Location

Along with unique chocolates from around the world, Jack Epstein’s shop boasts a photographic history of San Francisco in the form of tin boxes.

Policymakers, Advocates Urge Tenants to Seek Relief Ahead of Sept. 30 Deadline

Between state and local programs, San Francisco residents have received about $25 million in relief payments so far. That may not be enough to stop a wave of evictions.

San Francisco Plans Booster Shots, Ramps Up Testing Amid COVID-19 Case Uptick

The CDC recommended additional vaccine shots for high-risk populations earlier this week.

Journey to the Bayview Gateway: A Look at San Francisco’s New Iconic Signage

Donated community household items get a second chance at life with the Bayview Gateway project.

Excitement, Some Jitters as Students Return to San Francisco’s Classrooms

Tens of thousands of San Francisco students returned to classrooms on Monday following more than a year of remote learning.

New Census Data Sets the Stage for San Francisco’s Redistricting

The census data will play a key role in reshuffling San Francisco’s Supervisorial districts in 2022.

San Francisco to Mandate Vaccines for Bar, Restaurant Patrons Starting August 20

City officials hope that the new mandate will provide an added incentive to get vaccinated.

City’s Plan to Reopen Great Highway to Cars Met with Pushback

Two advocates filed a CEQA appeal to delay the reopening of the Great Highway to cars, and a parents’ group organized a demonstration this weekend.

S.F. School Board Recall Campaign Says It’s Reached 51,325 Signatures, With One Month Remaining

The group hoping to unseat three San Francisco school board members is on track to get on the ballot, according to political strategists.

Making More Out of the Mall Experience

The Pop Up Shop SF nurtures budding entrepreneurs and local youth.

S.F. Reimburses Sustainable Commuters for Emergency Rides Home

Reimbursements of up to $150 are available up to four times a year.

Watch: Hundreds of Lowriders Cruise Mission Street for Annual ‘King of the Streets’ Parade

Aug. 14 began with a car show at Cow Palace, complete with an area for attendees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and ended with a cool cruise down Mission Street.

Police Chief Scott Talks Community Policing, Safety at Annual National Night Out Event

Chief of Police Bill Scott shares his thoughts on community policing and the state of crime in San Francisco.

Chesa Boudin Recall Campaigns Sprint to Signature-Gathering Deadlines

If the second signature-gathering effort succeeds, San Francisco voters could decide whether to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin as soon as February 2022.

SFUSD to Require Vaccinations for Teachers and Staff

School district employees will be required to present proof of vaccination by Aug. 31.

Jonathan Weber Joins Here/Say Media as Editor-in-Chief

Weber will oversee all editorial operations, leading the continued development of our reporting, editing and production teams and helping make Here/Say a top source of news and information for San Francisco.

Interactive Map: San Francisco’s Uneven Burglary Spikes by Neighborhood

Burglaries during COVID varied dramatically by location, suggesting that different neighborhoods are having vastly different experiences with crime.

City Commissioner, Activist Jon Jacobo Resigns Following Rape Allegation

Jon Jacobo, a well-known San Francisco political figure with leadership roles at several local organizations, announced his resignation from a city commission in the wake of allegations by a local activist that he assaulted and raped her.

Women Who Led San Francisco Through the Pandemic

From the beginning of the crisis, San Francisco saw women step up to the challenge. Here/Say spoke with five female leaders about their experiences guiding the city.

San Francisco Looks Ahead to Helping Children, Families Recover from Pandemic Upheaval

With public schools slated to reopen on Aug. 16, families will soon return to a…

When the Lights Come Up in the City: Innovative Outer Sunset

As COVID cases rose, forcing residents to stay inside, an explosion of creativity and new beginnings took place in the Outer Sunset.

Five Full Days, Masking Indoors and No Vaccine Requirement for Teachers: What School Will Look Like This Fall

Public health and school district officials reiterate that students will return to five days a week of in-person learning despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

7 Outer Sunset Businesses That Powered Through the Pandemic

Our Outer Sunset episode features stories of 3 new businesses that launched during the pandemic. Here are 7 more that did the same.

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…