San Francisco Mulls Subsidized Housing, Other Perks for Police

Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2022 San Francisco police officials on Thursday laid out what they described as critically low sworn staffing levels at the department, saying that the vacancies have driven up call response times, wiped out preventative policing and overall made the city less safe. As of this month, the Police Department employs 1,723…

After 2 years of empty airports, the demand for travel is at a high. So are airfares

NPR, David Shaper, April 1, 2022 It’s spring break season, and airports are jampacked again as the number of people flying is just about back to pre-pandemic levels. An analysis of the Transportation Security Administration’s daily throughput datashows that an average of more than 2.1 million travelers have been going through airport security checkpoints each day over…

Can S.F. Mayor Breed sell the city to foreign tourists? She’s going to try on 10-day trip to Europe

San Francisco Chronicle, Mallory Moench, March 14, 2022 Mayor London Breed is embarking on a 10-day trip to four European destinations to meet with local leaders and airlines to sell San Francisco to tourists and businesses, a bid to help the city rebound economically from the pandemic. The mayor is leaving Monday night with officials…

Gavin Newsom has a bold new mental health plan, inspired by the misery on S.F. streets. Will it work?

San Francisco Chronicle, Heather Knight, March 3, 2022 The misery experienced on San Francisco’s sidewalks has long offered a case study in the failure of California’s mental health care system. Now, the dire situation is inspiring a proposal for a sweeping overhaul. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan, to be unveiled Thursday, seeks to tackle two big…

After lifting mask mandate, California unveils plan to ease into next stage of life with COVID

San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2022 The crisis phase of the 2-year-old coronavirus pandemic is winding down in California, and the state on Thursday announced its strategy for coexisting with COVID in the long term — relying on generally less restrictive and more fluid public health measures to tackle future surges. The plan unveiled Thursday…

S.F. Mayor London Breed is crafting a plan to push more downtown office workers to return in March

San Francisco Chronicle, February 18, 2022 Mayor London Breed is working with business leaders to push San Francisco employers to start bringing more workers back to downtown offices at some point in March. Breed revealed the plans during a Friday morning appearance with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at the Hyatt Regency. Sitting before hundreds of…