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

A white woman with blond hair stands on a lawn in front of the water, with a city skyline in the background.

Expanding View of Domestic Violence Gives Survivors New Tool, but Unsympathetic Judges Remain an Obstacle

The San Diego County Superior Court judge listened to an impassioned plea from a lawyer seeking a restraining order to protect her client, Kimberly Abutin, who feared for her physical safety.

Kimberly’s husband, Albert Abutin, “had a hair-trigger temper, would slam doors,” and often hurled sexist insults at his wife, the lawyer told the court. » Read more

A woman facing away from the camera cleans a stovetop and range.

How California’s Coercive Control Law Could Help Women Manipulated by Partners

After two decades of marriage, Blanca finally hit a breaking point. Watching her husband rip apart the wedding dress she had so painstakingly sewn, then preserved over the years caused something to shift for her. That act was the final rupture in a relationship that had been turbulent from the start, with only short interludes of affection thrown in. » Read more

One of the containment domes at San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Diego.

Court Says California Utilities Commission Must Obey State Public Records Act

In a broad victory for government transparency, an appeals court has ruled that the California Public Utilities Commission must comply with a state law requiring all agencies to promptly release information to the public.

In a unanimous decision issued Friday, a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said the commission’s lengthy and open-ended administrative procedures violate the strict timelines of the California Public Records Act. » Read more

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We’re Hiring a Radio Host and Reporter

The San Francisco Public Press, an independent nonprofit news organization producing digital, print and audio journalism, seeks a full-time host and reporter for “Civic,” its flagship weekly news and public affairs podcast and radio show airing on KSFP-LP 102.5 FM in San Francisco. This is an opportunity to work with an organization dedicated to publishing and broadcasting reliable, relevant and professionally produced investigative reporting and community journalism for diverse and often under-served communities in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. 

We are looking for a high-energy audio journalist who believes in our public-service journalism mission and shares our desire to improve the lives of people in our region. 

We offer a collaborative and supportive newsroom, opportunities for professional development and a creative environment where you will be encouraged to design and tackle bold, ambitious projects. 

The San Francisco Public Press is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within our organization, and through our journalism and community engagement. We believe in supporting a culture of trust between our organization and the communities we serve. We seek to hire colleagues who are committed to these values. Our new host and reporter will get to shape “Civic,” which launched in 2019, with support from our audio team and the newsroom at large.