Public Health & Safety

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.