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Nick Bastone
11 hours ago - Business

Tech layoffs afoot in San Francisco

A passenger waiting to board his plane walks in front of a sign advertising Twilio at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California
A passenger walks in front of a Twilio ad at SFO. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Layoffs are in the air in San Francisco.

What's happening: Local tech companies — big and small — have announced staff reductions in recent weeks amid an uncertain economic landscape.

Megan Rose Dickey
11 hours ago - News

"Jeopardy!" legend Amy Schneider talks Tournament of Champions

Amy Schneider sits in a convertible during the SF Pride parade.
Amy Schneider (R) greets the crowd during the 52nd Annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration on June 26. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

"Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider will grace TV viewers with her presence again this month at the Tournament of Champions, where 21 former contestants will compete for the grand prize of $250,000.

What's happening: Axios caught up with Schneider last week to discuss her upcoming appearance on "Jeopardy!" and what it's like representing the transgender community.

Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 30, 2022 - News

San Francisco bike protest Critical Mass turns 30

Crowd of bicyclers riding against traffic.
Critical Mass in downtown San Francisco in October of 2000. Photo: Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Critical Mass, the monthly bike protest where cyclists swarm the streets of San Francisco, celebrates the big 3-0 Friday night.

State of play: The group first hit the streets of San Francisco on the final Friday of September 1992 to "call attention to the dangerous marginalization [cyclists] were routinely subjected to," cyclist Chris Carlsson wrote last week in the San Francisco Examiner.

Nick Bastone
Sep 30, 2022 - News

Gavin Newsom signs wave of housing bills

Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed dozens of bills into law on Wednesday meant to "address the worsening housing crisis" in California by speeding up the production of new homes across the state, the Chronicle reports.

Details: Among the slew of bills were two (AB2011 and SB6) aimed at making it easier to convert underused or vacant commercial spaces — such as big-box stores, strip malls and office parks — into housing.

Ahead of crucial vote, JFK Drive gets murals and more

Street mural in Golden Gate Park
"We are on native land" mural in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Nick Bastone/Axios

Head to the stretch of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park that's been closed to cars since the start of the pandemic, and you'll notice a collection of new changes.

What's happening: Local artists started painting large-scale street murals along a 1.5-mile section of the decommissioned roadway as part of a project dubbed "The Golden Mile."

Hot home: Presidio Heights mansion has historic $45 million price tag

Giant house
3450 Washington St. in Presidio Heights. Photo: Christopher Sturman

If this Presidio Heights mansion sells for its listing price of $45 million, it would be the most expensive home sale ever in San Francisco.

Details: Located at 3450 Washington St., the 9,865-square-foot mansion boasts six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and a three-car garage.

Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 28, 2022 - News

Scooter companies restrict parking in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood

Spin scooter parked
Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Electric scooter companies Bird, Lime and Spin are restricting riders from parking their two-wheelers in parts of the Tenderloin, the San Francisco Business Times first reported.

Why it matters: The Tenderloin is a racially diverse and economically vulnerable part of the city. Restricting parking directly impacts its community members.

Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 28, 2022 - News

San Francisco accused of violating constitutional rights of unhoused people

Person sitting on a sidewalk next to a tent.
Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

San Francisco faces a new lawsuit that alleges the city has violated the constitutional rights of unhoused people.

Driving the news: The lawsuit, filed Tuesday evening by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on behalf of the Coalition on Homelessness and seven unhoused people, alleges the city has violated the constitutional rights of unhoused people by criminalizing homelessness, despite the lack of shelters, specifically by: