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.
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.
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.