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Yellow tier remains out of reach in SF for now, but reopening will continue - The San Francisco Examiner

Yellow tier remains out of reach in SF for now, but reopening will continue - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco will not move out of the state’s COVID-19 orange tier next week, but The City’s reopening will continue to expand to include indoor events such as music concerts, Warriors games and theater performances.San Francisco in early March and weeks later o, allowing The City to reopen more of its economy.City officials had anticipated continued progress and predicted a move into the yellow tier next week, but that is now not going to happen.“San Francisco is not moving to the yellow tier next week as initially anticipated,” Health Officer Susan Philip said Thursday. “We did not meet...

Apr 9
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SF expects to vaccinate 80% of adults with first dose by next month - The San Francisco Examiner

SF expects to vaccinate 80% of adults with first dose by next month - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco is expected to have 80% of adults get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-May, Mayor London Breed said Thursday.But hitting that milestone depends on San Francisco receiving a steady and increasing number of doses when supply is limited across the nation.The City is already on track to vaccinate 50% of adults with at least the first dose by this week.As of Wednesday, 46% of residents aged 16 and over, or 350,678, have received their first dose of the vaccine. About 82% of residents 65 and older have received at least their first dose and 62% are fully...

Apr 1
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Sunnydale, Potrero housing projects set to get city Wi-Fi - The San Francisco Examiner

Sunnydale, Potrero housing projects set to get city Wi-Fi - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s latest project to help close the much-discussed digital divide is the expected launch of free wireless internet service for residents at the Sunnydale and Potrero public housing sites.The City in 2018 plans for an ambitious project to provide fiber-based broadband service to all residents and businesses that would have cost more than $1 billion. Instead it has prioritized bringing free access to select affordable housing sites.The Sunnydale and Potrero public housing sites are now slated to be equipped with wireless access by the Department of Technology.The San Francisco...

Mar 28
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Interim head of city homelessness department moves to new post - The San Francisco Examiner

Interim head of city homelessness department moves to new post - The San Francisco Examiner

The head of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has stepped down after serving for a year marked by the challenges of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.Abigail Stewart-Kahn was made interim director of the department in March 2020, after serving as its director of strategy and external affairs. She led the agency as The City moved thousands of homeless persons into hotel rooms and set up outdoor sites for people to live in tents.Stewart-Kahn will step down from the post on April 2 and will serve in a new position beginning in May as Special Advisor for Children and...

Mar 18
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Preston calls vacancies ‘the single biggest source of potential housing in San Francisco’ - The San Francisco Examiner

Preston calls vacancies ‘the single biggest source of potential housing in San Francisco’ - The San Francisco Examiner

As San Francisco continues to grapple with the lack of affordable housing, Supervisor Dean Preston is putting a spotlight on vacant units.Preston called for a Board of Supervisors committee hearing on vacancies to take place sometime in May and for the budget analyst to issue a report on the issue.He said that The City is largely ignoring “the single biggest source of potential housing in San Francisco.”“Tens of thousands of units, and we don’t know how many, sit vacant,” Preston said. “How do we activate them?”Vacant units have been a concern among city officials in previous years, but...

Mar 17
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Agreement reached over how to spend $125M surplus - The San Francisco Examiner

Agreement reached over how to spend $125M surplus - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco has reached an agreement over how in the current fiscal year, with money going to those impacted by the COVID pandemic including small businesses, renters, art programs and overdose prevention.The Board of Supervisors Budget and Appropriations Committee was scheduled to vote Wednesday to approve a number of items that are part of the agreement, which was announced ahead of the meeting by Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Matt Haney, the committee’s chair. The committee ultimately approved a series of amendments in support of the deal and will next meet on Tuesday when it’s...

Mar 17
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Hazard pay for store workers wins unanimous approval - The San Francisco Examiner

Hazard pay for store workers wins unanimous approval - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s grocery and drug store employees will receive a $5 per hour wage increase after the Board of Supervisors approved hazard pay legislation Tuesday.With the unanimous approval, San Francisco joins a growing number of California jurisdictions that have already passed a temporary wage increase called for by the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union.“While we are getting more people vaccinated every day, none of us can predict where we will be in two months,” said Board President Shamann Walton, who introduced the proposal. “This emergency ordinance will provide the extra...

Mar 10
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Hazard pay for drug and grocery store employees wins backing - The San Francisco Examiner

Hazard pay for drug and grocery store employees wins backing - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s and retailers with pharmacies to pay their employees $5 per hour in hazard pay appears to have the votes to pass next week.The emergency ordinance already has seven co-sponsors and on Thursday Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who is not yet listed among them, said he supported the proposal. It needs at least eight votes to pass.The Board of Supervisors Government and Audit Committee, on which Mandelman serves, voted to send the proposal, which was introduced by Board President Shamann Walton, to the full board for a vote next week.Supervisor Dean Preston said that the proposal...

Mar 4
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SF’s first-ever RV parking site for the unhoused is set to close. Will any new ones take its place? - The San Francisco Examiner

SF’s first-ever RV parking site for the unhoused is set to close. Will any new ones take its place? - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s first ever city-sanctioned site that provides a space for unhoused people to park and live in their vehicles will close down next month.The supervisor who supported it in his own district said there should be more sites like it, across The City.In 2019, at 2340 San Jose Ave., near the Balboa BART station, in response to complaints from residents about the increasing number of people living in their recreational vehicles.Supervisor Ahsha Safai had initially of RVs in his district along De Wolf Street. But he met with criticism that the ban, similar to those used in other...

Feb 9
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Citations for being in SF’s public parks after midnight soar - The San Francisco Examiner

Citations for being in SF’s public parks after midnight soar - The San Francisco Examiner

In 2014, San Francisco overnight on the premise that it would reduce vandalism costs.But years later, vandalism costs remain high while citations have soared, disproportionately impacting people of color, city data shows.Recreation and Park Department officials declined to offer an explanation for the increase, but the citations for being in parks between midnight and 5 a.m. have shot up as more park rangers were added to the ranks. The park ranger unit’s budget has grown from $2 million to $8 million in the past six years.Those who advocate for the homeless and those who work on curtailing...

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