A Native American woman in a blue shirt and black jacket sits on a chair in a forested area near a house.

California Indian Tribes Denied Resources for Decades as Federal Acknowledgement Lags

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

In 1978, the U.S. government created a path to recognizing Indian tribes in the United States. Four years later, the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, a tribe native to Yosemite Valley, submitted its initial request to become a recognized tribe. » Read more

A person walks across the frame in front of a short set of stairs leading to the entrance of Laguna Honda Hospital. The hospital — a 780-bed facility on 62 acres in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood — is facing challenges in fulfilling a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services mandate to move out all patients by Sept. 13, 2022, before it can apply to the centers for recertification.

Laguna Honda Hospital Has to Self-Destruct to Survive

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” It is the second in a two-part series about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to pull funding for patient care at Laguna Honda Hospital. The first part explores events leading to that decision. » Read more

San Francisco Rent Relief Tracker

This is the latest snapshot of financial assistance to San Franciscans with rent debt, which we have been tracking on this page since February. We publish updated figures each week, except in weeks when new data is unavailable.

More than one month after statewide eviction protections expired on June 30, less than 4% of rent relief funds requested by San Francisco households remain unprocessed, with 55% of funds paid out.  » Read more

A view from a lower point on the hillside looking across lush green gardens and up toward Laguna Honda Hospital's Spanish Revival-style buildings.

Laguna Honda Doctors Warned SF of Looming Crisis

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” It is the first in a two-part series about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to pull funding for patient care at Laguna Honda Hospital.

Nearly 700 live-in patients at Laguna Honda Hospital were thrown into chaos this spring after a series of damning inspections led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pull funding and mandate a closure plan for the facility. » Read more

Volunteers spread open a panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt during an opening ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park. This was the largest display of the quilt since it was shown in Washington, D.C., in 2012.

After SF Visit, AIDS Quilt Heads to South to Raise Awareness

This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfurled recently in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for its largest display in a decade, marking the start of a campaign to educate the public about a disease that, since 1981, has infected 1.2 million people nationwide.  » Read more

Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, says the Biden administration is boosting HIV prevention and treatment initiatives after two years of concentrating public health resources on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden Administration Refocuses National HIV Response

After two years of focusing on COVID-19 pandemic response, the Biden administration is renewing attention to other ongoing public health challenges, including HIV and AIDS. 

The response is led by Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, who is a long-term survivor of the virus — defined as someone infected before the HIV drug cocktail deployed in the mid 1990s made it possible for most people to live with HIV as a chronic disease. » Read more

An apartment building gate displays a for rent sign.

As Statewide Eviction Protections Expire, SF Measure Kicks In

Although a state measure to prevent evictions for tenants with pending rent relief applications expired Thursday, some tenants in San Francisco and Los Angeles counties saw a glimmer of hope as previously voided local protections kicked back in.

“The state’s decision to let the last of its emergency eviction protections expire prioritizes big landlords and real estate industry profits over stabilizing the low-income households and communities of color most impacted by the pandemic,” said Molly Goldberg, director of the San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition. » Read more