Public Health & Safety

Here’s How San Francisco Deep Cleans Its Streets

In its effort to fight filth, San Francisco spends $96 million a year on street cleaning. We spent a morning with one of the teams on the frontlines.

Last-Minute Vaccine Push Staves off Layoffs of S.F. First Responders

Vaccination numbers improved among police and other first responders just hours ahead of a key deadline.

Walgreens to Close Five San Francisco Stores by Mid-November

Those locations span the Mission, Ingleside, Hayes Valley and Richmond districts in San Francisco.

San Francisco Expands Vaccine Mandate to Include City Contractors

Contractors and nonprofit workers who come into regular contact with city workers must be vaccinated by Dec. 31.

Two San Francisco Sisters Team Up to Help Black Women Counter Domestic Violence

Domestic violence has an unequal effect on San Franciscans. Last year, Black people made 29% of domestic violence-related 911 calls, while representing less than 6% of San Francisco’s population. One silver lining? Black Women Revolt Against Domestic Violence – a new resource center that seeks to assist Black women combat domestic violence recently launched.

San Francisco to Ease Indoor Masking Rules Starting Oct. 15

Mask requirements will be lifted in indoor settings where “stable groups of fully vaccinated people gather,” said the Department of Public Health.

San Francisco Reconsiders Indoor Mask Mandates

The city hasn’t yet set a specific threshold for lifting its mask mandate, though some other neighboring counties have.

S.F. Launches New Initiative to Battle Retail Crime

SFPD is making it easier to report retail theft, which is believed to be widely under-reported. As a result, crime rates will likely go up in the short term.

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

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

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.