This is a story of a beer garden, a bread factory, and a tree that must die. It's about a special power San Franciscans hold, a bureaucratic button anyone can push to halt any construction project.
Known as discretionary review, some say the process gives people a voice in the future of their neighborhoods. But at a time when California needs 2 million new housing units, it slows down new construction and drives up housing costs.
As elected officials work accelerate new housing construction, new laws and directives make changes to discretionary review likely.
In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the San Francisco Police Department prevents injection drug users from getting clean needles. That could violate the department’s own guidelines — and have deadly consequences.
Four years ago, Mokhtar Al-Khanshali had never tried good coffee. Now the Yemeni-American imports coffees consistently rated among the best in the world. As he helps to rebuild Yemen's coffee industry, he must return there often. In 2015, civl war broke out and he was forced to make a dangerous escape. But he kept going back. Today his coffees cross cultures, boundaries, and messy politics to bring people together over a wonderful experience.
In 1954 a young architect named I.M. Pei stood before city officials and media to unveil his plans for Denver's first high-rise hotel complex. Pei, who would become one of the world's preeminent architects, pledged that no expense would be spared in order "to make Denver proud of the development."
As any regular rider knows, Muni does a lot to earn its status as the least reliable major transit system in America. For many of its 300,000 daily riders, the one thing that makes it workable is real-time arrival information accessed via websites, mobile apps, or NextBus displays at transit stops. But soon after the new year arrived, the system started showing wildly inaccurate information.
When you ride BART, there’s usually a moment when you look up from your phone and wonder, "Where am I?" But when train operators call out stops over the loudspeaker, they can be hard to hear. Sometimes they skip mentioning stops, too. It's a big problem for visually-impaired riders like Ruhama Veltfort. New trains will solve the problem with automated announcements, but the old trains won't be phased out until 2022.
San Francisco's population of injection drug users—estimated at 22,500—are more likely to contract HIV, hepatitis C, and skin infections, which are costly to treat. A new task force will look at whether the city should provide safe spaces for them to shoot up.
It’s Pride week in San Francisco. This year, activities range from a barbecue for bisexuals to Friday’s trans march. The largest event is Sunday’s parade, and after political wins like gay marriage, the event has turned into a big party.
Corporate sponsors like Google, Whole Foods, and Bud Light have joined the fun, but that’s creating tension with activists.
Need a bag to pick up your dog’s poop? Don’t forget to bring your own because vandals destroyed all of the dispensers of free dog waste bags on Haight Street.
A recent story that violated good journalistic practices led to new calls to cut funding for California High-Speed Rail. I broke down the story’s sources. I asked media watchdogs to weigh in. And I talked to the reporter behind the problematic coverage.
It’s easy to spot Rick Griffith around town. The Denver-based graphic artist — with the scholarly spectacles, punk-rock roots and hair that soars like lightning bolts from the sides of an otherwise bald head — is a regular at local museums and coffeehouses where he often holds court with the city’s most arty crowds.
In 1979, as the Islamic Revolution got started in Iran, Eddie Baba was just five years old. His father had just died and the family was Christian at a time when religious persecution seemed close at hand. With an older brother nearing the age when boys could be recruited into the army, Eddie’s mom feared for their safety.
San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district is one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in one of the most politically progressive cities in America. Here, as we inaugurate a new president, many find the world that’s unfolding around us troubling.
But for all of the fear and anxiety, we had a look around the neighborhood and had no trouble finding people whose joy, optimism, and adorable smiles uplift the neighborhood.
Muni will carry 700,000 riders today, ranking it as the most heavily traveled transit system in the Bay Area. But as you read this, many buses and trains are at a standstill. They’re stopped as people fumble with dollar bills and coins to pay the fare, needlessly creating delays that our lurching transit system can’t afford. There are many ideas to speed up Muni, but one stands out as incredibly cheap and easy: offer a discount as an incentive for paying electronically rather than with cash.