Public Health & Safety

A Mother, an Officer, a Heartbreaking Death: How a Program for Addicts Stumbled on the Streets of the Tenderloin

Training police in ‘harm reduction’ approaches to drug addiction has worked in many cities. But in San Francisco, distrust between cops and social workers killed the effort—and severed a literal lifeline for Noah Tesfa.

Data from S.F. Sheriff Shows Widespread Flaws in Electronic Monitoring

Sup. Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed are calling for reform of the city’s ankle monitoring program after data revealed extensive violations.

Mayor Breed Touts 96% Vaccination Rate of City Workers Ahead of Nov. 1 Deadline

City staff are required to work in-person starting Nov. 1, which could help private employers do the same, according to Breed.

San Francisco Offers $100,000 Cash Rewards to Bust Criminal Fencing Rackets

The program will pay out rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fencing ring operators who resell stolen goods.

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.