Rodrigo Santos admits to hiring ex-DBI director’s kids; other gems from lawsuit

In depositions, Rodrigo Santos did, notably, admit to having employed not one but two of former DBI director Tom Hui’s children. We are informed these are Hui’s only children, and that makes sense — if there were more, Santos probably would’ve hired them, too.  | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The loss of SF Weekly – gradually, then suddenly – is incalculable

Many years ago, my Aunt Rita decided to return to her childhood neighborhood in Brooklyn. Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again — but, | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The People taking San Francisco’s trash into their own hands

After losing his restaurant job over a year ago due to a pandemic closure, Manuel Montejano came across a Craigslist ad for a job that offered to pay | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Coliving rental startup HubHaus implodes, says no funds to pay unsecured claims

Gradually then suddenly, the San Francisco-based co-living rental platform HubHaus has foundered and fallen into insolvency.  The company, established in | Continue reading | 11 months ago

The loquat, San Francisco’s fruit, is hidden in plain sight

The loquat, a phonetic translation from the Cantonese lou4 gwat1, originated in Southern China¹ — as did my ancestors. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Glitches in CA's disease reporting system lead to significant COVID19 undercount

Glitches plaguing CalREDIE, the California disease registry system, have led to crippling delays in information filtering back to counties | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Mohammed Nuru, toilets, & the contract that explains San Francisco all too well

SF turned down a deal from Clear Channel that could’ve garnered some $40.5 million — in 10 years. With more toilets provided.  | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Tenderloin coronavirus test site requires smartphone and Google account

As San Francisco continues to make progress with reopening the city, one alarming trend has stood out: The number of people undergoing COVID-19 testing | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Tartine Workers Move to Unionize

Workers at Tartine Bakery this morning delivered letters to management at four Bay Area locations, formally stating they plan to unionize.  The letters | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Mission Pie Is Closing

Mission Pie, the 12-year-old restaurant and bakery at Mission and 25th, deploys the clever slogan, “Eat Pie. Live Forever.” If only. And, alas, no one | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Custard’s Last Stand: Mission Pie vs. the Gig Economy

aking pie isn’t like operating an app-based business in San Francisco. There are rules. If you don’t follow the rules, you don’t make good pie. Karen | Continue reading | 2 years ago

The Anti-Business Climate in San Francisco's Mission

hen you wander into Manny’s at 16th and Valencia, everything is chill. It’s a big space. And it’s crowded. People are working on projects, sipping $1.75 | Continue reading | 2 years ago

San Francisco Needs a Marshall Plan – For Toilets

ou see that guy over there?” James points with his chin, not his finger, at a paletero wheeling his ice cream trolley through the Mission. “He could fix | Continue reading | 2 years ago

The strange and terrible saga of San Francisco’s ‘historic laundromat’

An intractable system meets an intransigent developer and the result is lots of nothing and everybody lawyering up things first, here it is. Here’s the 137-page historical study of a laundromat, underwritten to the tune of $23,000 by Robert Tillman, who hopes to build an eight-st … | Continue reading | 3 years ago

SF protesters say no to “techsploitation,” block buses with scooters

Protesting what they called the “techsploitation” of the city’s public space, about 50 protesters descended on a eight large white commuter buses Thursday morning, blocking their departure with scooters. | Continue reading | 3 years ago