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Nick Bastone
14 hours ago - News

San Francisco housing policies under state review

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San Francisco. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

California's Department of Housing and Community Development will launch a first-of-its-kind review into San Francisco's housing policies, saying on Tuesday that the city is "the slowest jurisdiction in the state to move housing projects to construction."

  • The aim of the review, the department said, is "identifying and removing barriers to approval and construction of new housing."

D6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey to push for safe consumption sites

A man using narcotics.
A man utilizes one of New York City's safe consumption sites. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey intends to "fight hard" to establish safe consumption sites in San Francisco, telling Axios it's "a strategy that can save lives."

Why it matters: The city's in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic, largely driven by the opioid fentanyl. While accidental overdose deaths were 7% lower in 2021 than 2020, raw numbers remain high.

AAPI community and allies rally to stop anti-Asian hate

A crowd of people holding signs that read "Enough is enough" and "Stop hate"
A 2021 anti-Asian hate rally in San Francisco. Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Hundreds of members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and allies, marched and rallied over the weekend to demand that city officials and local police better address violence against the Asian American community in San Francisco.

Why it matters: Anti-AAPI violence has been on the rise since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, anti-Asian hate crimes in San Francisco increased by 567% from the previous year.

Nick Bastone
Aug 9, 2022 - Sports

Pickleball advocates want more dedicated courts

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Hans Carter serves the ball at the Louis Sutter pickleball courts. Photo: Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Considered "the fastest growing sport in America," pickleball — a mashup of tennis, badminton and ping-pong — has made its way to San Francisco.

  • But while the city's rec and parks department tells Axios it's working to meet the growing recreational demand of residents, local enthusiasts say there still aren't enough reliable places to play.

Landlords must give renters 10-day warning before eviction notice

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Landlords in San Francisco must now provide a 10-day warning to tenants before serving eviction notices, the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development announced Friday.

Why it matters: Tenant protections are important in San Francisco, one of the most expensive rental markets in the country.

Members-only pet care market heats up

Dr. Treat opened today in the Marina. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

A new vet clinic, Dr. Treat, opens Friday in San Francisco's Marina district.

Why it matters: An onslaught of COVID-era pet purchases unfolded as veterinary clinics faced labor shortages due to pandemic disruption.

Nick Bastone
Aug 5, 2022 - Business

Summer tourism shows promise for San Francisco

Data: San Francisco Travel Association; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Walking around Alamo Square Park in recent weeks and observing the endless selfies taken in front of the Painted Ladies, one can't help but wonder — is tourism on the rebound in San Francisco?

What's happening: Early indicators for this summer are promising.

School board member seeks no-confidence vote after Hsu's "hurtful" remarks

Two protest signs read "No room for racism on the school board" and "Racist attitudes can't possibly serve black and brown communities."
A rally outside a school board meeting that ruled to admonish Commissioner Ann Hsu. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

San Francisco school board member Mark Sanchez tells Axios his fellow commissioner Ann Hsu's "very hurtful" remarks should result in a vote of no confidence.

Driving the news: The school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to strongly reprimand Hsu in light of recent comments about the performance of Black and Latino students.