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San Francisco Hopes To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness Living On Streets

San Francisco is using a new state law to expand the use of conservatorship, which allows the city to take people with mental illness and substance abuse issues off the streets without their consent and put them into treatment.

Missed Your Flight? At Some Airports, Therapy Animals Are There to Help

San Francisco is one of more than 50 airports with an in-house team of certified therapy animals that roam the terminals, offering comfort and distraction to weary travelers.

Are Floating Buildings the Solution to Sea Level Rise?

A prototype in the San Francisco Bay is testing a vision for floating buildings built to withstand sea-level rise.

NRA Files Lawsuit Against San Francisco after City Supervisors Label It a Terror Group

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San Francisco Offers $2.5 Billion to Buy Part of Troubled Utility

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Traveling to This Airport? Bring Your Own Water Bottle.

San Francisco International Airport banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles as part of a larger goal to become zero-waste by 2021.

In This City, Residents Can Search And Apply for Affordable Housing Online

San Francisco took a laborious paper process and transformed it into an easy-to-use online application system for open affordable housing spots.

Juul Hires Leading Teen Addiction Researcher As Medical Director

The move comes after Juul launched a recent campaign to overturn restrictions on e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco in San Francisco, where the company is based.

San Francisco To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes

Use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed among teenagers nationally.

Smart Cities Can Get Smarter in Protecting Residents

COMMENTARY | As cities and residents race to become more connected, we must consider how to protect public and private digital property.

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How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

Collaboration Key to Managing Scooters, Bike Shares

Proactively communicating with transportation companies can help ease the pain of integration, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

A Silicon Valley Approach To Financing Affordable Housing

COMMENTARY | Both innovative and on brand: San Francisco is using an accelerator to get money to affordable housing developers

The Cities Where Residents Are Most Eager to Leave

An analysis by real-estate website Redfin.com examined places where more people were searching for homes elsewhere compared to people looking to move in.

Transportation Officials Seek Flexible Federal Infrastructure Funding

Some states and localities have struggled to curb congestion because of the limited funding available for pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

The Gap Between Workers and Jobs

Workers live far away from available jobs in metropolitan areas across the country, researchers found.

San Francisco’s Homelessness Tradeoff

Taxing big business means more money for health care and social assistance, but the city’s economist says it could also mean fewer jobs and a smaller economy if companies move or open elsewhere—which could sting in a recession.