San Francisco

San Francisco Rations Housing by Scoring Homeless People’s Trauma. By Design, Most Fail to Qualify.

A process called coordinated entry, used by cities across the country, is meant to match homeless people with housing. In San Francisco’s version, the system could be making it harder for some populations to get indoors.

Top Cities for Gen Z Renters

Young adults moved more than any other age group of renters during the pandemic, and they chose places with a lot of jobs opportunities, a lively social scene, diversity and reliable connectivity, according to a new report.

In San Francisco, Hundreds of Homes for the Homeless Sit Vacant

In spite of a growing Department of Homelessness with an annual budget of $598 million, eligible people still wait months or even years after being approved for assisted housing. Meanwhile, hundreds of units remain unused.

Cities With the Least and Most Energy Use

San Francisco ranks No. 1 on the City Clean Energy Scorecard while Baton Rouge, Louisiana came in last.

The Cities With the Heftiest Parking Fines

A new report looks at how violations like blocking traffic, loading zones or pedestrian ramps can put a dent in drivers' wallets.

In One City, 3 Days a Week in the Office May be a New Norm

That's according to a survey of about 200 companies in the San Francisco region. City leaders in other parts of the country are waiting to see how similar trends play out.

Rental Prices are Booming in Mid-Sized Cities

New estimates show how places like Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington have seen housing rents rise sharply during the pandemic. And the trend isn’t easing up.

Unearthing an Origin Story for Gentrification

COMMENTARY | The growth of the medieval city of Angkor involved wealthy elites pushing people off the land they had made valuable.

CEQA Is an Abomination

COMMENTARY | How California’s signature environmental law got out of control, and how to fix it.

Another Big Company Plans for Remote Work Beyond the Pandemic

Salesforce, one of San Francisco's top employers, says it expects the majority of its workers will be going into the office fewer than five days a week.

San Francisco and D.C. Transit Agencies Consider Big Layoffs, Service Cuts

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Ahead of Thanksgiving, Cities See Surge in Demand for Covid Tests

Leaders in San Francisco warned the city’s testing capacity is being overrun by people looking to travel, and urged people to just stay home.

San Francisco Voters Approve ‘Overpaid Executive Tax’

The surcharge will apply to businesses where top executives earn more than 100 times the median pay level for a company’s employees in the city.

Sleek, Silver and Stuffed With Litter: San Francisco Settles on Three Finalists for New Trash Can Design

The city's public works department is revamping its public trash can design to better contain garbage and, maybe, look nice on the street.

San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports.

San Francisco Voters to Decide on Taxing Companies With Outsized Executive Pay

Local elected leaders are sending the tax plan to the ballot, citing concerns about equity and the large hole that the coronavirus has blown in the city's budget.

In an Attempt to Help Struggling Restaurants, Cities Regulate Food Delivery Apps

Several cities have set caps on the commission a food delivery app can take from a restaurant in recent weeks, a measure officials say will relieve some of the burden on struggling local businesses.

The Inside Story Of How The Bay Area Got Ahead Of The COVID-19 Crisis

In the 24 hours before San Francisco Bay Area public health officials issued the country’s first stay-at-home order, they debated how to tackle the alarming rise in COVID-19 infections. Their decision set the course for the nation.

The City That Has Flattened the Coronavirus Curve

Mayor London Breed’s early and aggressive moves to contain the outbreak have made San Francisco a national model in fighting the pandemic.

Cities Rush to Respond as Homelessness and Coronavirus Collide

Homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. Cities are working to implement protective measures, often with no idea how they'll pay for it.