Fifth & Mission

The flagship news podcast of the San Francisco Chronicle. Producer/host Cecilia Lei and director of news Demian Bulwa discuss the biggest stories of the day with Chronicle journalists and newsmakers from around the Bay Area. | Get full digital access to the Chronicle:

What Went Wrong at John Muir Health?
In 2012, John Muir Health formed a multimillion dollar partnership with Stanford to boost its pediatric program and operations. The deaths of the hospital’s pediatric patients, including 2-year-old Ailee Jong, have raised questions about John Muir’s ability to perform complex procedures.
28 min
How Will We Respond to Another Mass Shooting?
After an exchange of gunfire on a crowded Sacramento street killed six people and wounded 12 more, Democratic politicians and others are again calling for gun control. Will there be meaningful change?
12 min
Cleve Jones: Facing Eviction and the Death of t...
Activist Cleve Jones has lived in the Castro for five decades but now he faces eviction after a wealthy new landlord bought his building and more than doubled his rent.
18 min
The Crisis Inside California Fast Food Restaurants
Employees at California fast food restaurants are confronting sometimes volatile situations at work without protection or training, according to a study that reviewed 911 calls at eateries in nine cities.
13 min
California Extends Eviction Protections Again -...
California lawmakers approved an emergency bill to extend eviction protections that were set to expire on March 31st. 11th hour politics have provided temporary relief for tenants and landlords, but there's no permanent solution in sight.
14 min
Laguna Honda Hospital Is In Crisis — Again
Federal officials have threatened to withhold critical funding that could mean the San Francisco hospital will have to close. As reporter Rachel Swan tells Dominic Fracassa, the crisis follows two patient overdoses last year that triggered a widespread investigation.
14 min
The Drought and Wildfires: Are We Prepared For ...
As California's historic drought persists, Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander joins host Cecilia Lei to give an update on water conservation efforts and whether the state is prepared for the upcoming wildfire season.
15 min
COVID: Oops, I Got It Again
Many Bay Area residents have been reinfected with COVID-19. The virus isn't going away, but health reporter Erin Allday tells host Demian Bulwa that the good news is that both vaccinations and infections can build protection for the future.
15 min
Soleil Ho is More Than a Food Critic
Award-winning Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the Season 3 launch of the Extra Spicy podcast. Ho reflects on how the pandemic has changed the food industry and using food to explore larger social issues.
18 min
Why Were Toxic Releases Kept Secret at a Bay Ar...
Residents of nearby cities are angry after finding out that the Valero refinery in Benicia was releasing chemicals at levels hundreds of times higher than the legal limit for years, and government regulators knew about it. Julie Johnson has the story.
11 min
Californians Could Get Some Relief at the Gas Pump
Gov. Gavin Newsom has unveiled a gas tax rebate plan that would put money back into the pockets of car owners and incentivize mass transit services. Reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the governor's proposal.
13 min
Is an End in Sight for Golden Gate Bridge Suici...
After years of delays and opposition, a suicide prevention system is nearing completion on the bridge. Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what the project means to victims’ families and the lessons learned by people on the front lines of bridge rescues.
17 min
Can a Shelter Mandate Fix San Francisco's Streets?
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about his proposal to force the city to offer shelter to all unhoused people, and Chronicle reporter Mallory Moench explains the potential costs and concerns of his plan.
17 min
One More Problem in the Tenderloin: A Rooster
For months, a rooster living in a Tenderloin yard has been terrorizing the neighborhood with its all-day crowing. Longtime resident Adriel Lively wanted to do something about it, but she only found dead ends.
13 min
Bay Area Asian American Women Turn "Pain into P...
On March 16, 2021, a white gunman killed 8 people in Atlanta spas — including 6 Asian women. One year later, 4 Asian women in the Bay Area reflect on the tragedy, and how it's changed their ideas around work, personal safety and community.
16 min
Tenderloin Emergency Ends: What's Changed and W...
An epidemic of fatal drug overdoses prompted San Francisco Mayor London Breed to declare an emergency in the hard-hit Tenderloin neighborhood. But as the 90-day order ends Thursday, have things gotten any better? Reporter Susie Neilson joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about it.
16 min
Pandemic Artifacts: What We Want to Remember
A moldy apple. A jar of used masks. A small bottle of vodka. Reporter Annie Vainshtein tells the stories of artifacts Bay Area residents have held onto as tokens of the COVID-19 pandemic, reminders of how they — and the world — have changed.
17 min
What the Kids Think About the End of School Mas...
Host Cecilia Lei and Chronicle reporter Annie Vainshtein visit San Francisco's Hoover Middle School and talk to students about how it feels to be allowed to go maskless for the first time since the start of the pandemic — something few of them did.
10 min
An Admissions Freeze and a Housing War in Berkeley
As lawmakers scramble to reverse a court-ordered enrollment freeze at UC Berkeley, the debate is igniting the housing wars. The school and its neighbors are sparring over who is responsible for a central problem.
13 min
The Family By the Bridge: The Story Behind a Tr...
Reporter Carolyn Said and SE Ranking spokeswoman Ksenia Khirvonina share details of the life of Tatiana Perebeinis, the Ukrainian woman who was killed with her children by a Russian mortar. Their photo in the New York Times captured the world's attention.
25 min
Mayor Breed Says COVID Is Over, "San Francisco ...
In her first state of the city address to a live audience since the start of the pandemic, the mayor strikes an optimistic tone. Host Cecilia Lei talks to City Hall reporter Mallory Moench about the mayor's plans, and to health reporter Erin Allday about whether we really are past COVID-19.
22 min
The Zelenskyy Zoom Call: How Ukraine Affects th...
Rep. John Garamendi, who represents a district between San Francisco and Sacramento, talks to Joe Garofoli about Saturday's congressional Zoom call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
21 min
S.F. Steps Closer to a Permanently Car-Free JFK...
The Recreation and Parks department has released a report advising that the Golden Gate Park roadway remain closed to vehicles permanently. Now the matter goes to the Board of Supervisors. Ricardo Cano and Heather Knight join Cecilia Lei to talk about it.
19 min
Which Black Californians Should Get Reparations?
California's reparations task force is exploring compensating Black Americans for slavery, but the group is split over whether people should have to prove they're descended from enslaved people to qualify.
16 min
Newts Crossing: A Bay Area Biodiversity Crisis
Chronicle reporter reporter Tara Duggan joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss efforts by two Bay Area volunteer groups on a mission to save newts from wholesale road deaths, and why protecting these little salamanders is important for the environment.
17 min
Life After a Terrorism Conviction — a Wrongful One
Hamid Hayat, a California native of Pakistani descent, was wrongly convicted of being part of a terrorist sleeper cell after 9/11 and spent 14 years in "Little Gitmo" and other prisons. Jason Fagone tells host Demian Bulwa about being the first reporter Hayat's told his story to.
22 min
San Francisco Drug Crisis: Is It Time for an Ab...
Reporter Kevin Fagan joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the city moving away from its decades-long emphasis on harm reduction in dealing with the drug crisis. That change is reflected in a new coalition called the Urban Vision Alliance.
16 min
The Fight for Ukraine: From Berkeley and Abroad
Maksym Zubkov was working on his PhD at UC Berkeley when Russia invaded his native Ukraine. He talks to host Cecilia Lei about what it's like to watch the war from the Bay Area. Plus: Four Ukrainians share what they're witnessing in their homeland.
24 min
Falling COVID Cases Change the Rules
Health reporter Erin Allday talks to host Demian Bulwa about the changes coming to the Bay Area as omicron fades. Also, reporter Chase DeFiliciantonio on San Francisco's push to get office workers back downtown.
14 min
Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: "We're Way Past a...
UC Berkeley political science professor M. Steven Fish joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why there are larger consequences for all Americans, what Putin’s motives are and how he might be stopped.
15 min
California Ready to Ditch School Mask Mandates
The fight is heating up as parents, teachers unions, district officials and public health experts all have different ideas about the best way forward. Education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about the different views between and within districts.
16 min
Corrected: UC Berkeley vs. Its Neighbors in a H...
The California Supreme Court will decide whether the school will have to slash admissions after nearby residents leveraged an environmental law to try to stop campus expansion projects. Reporters reporters Dustin Gardiner and Nanette Asimov explain the drama. (Republished to fix an editing error.)
17 min
UC Berkeley vs. Its Neighbors in a Housing Fight
The California Supreme Court will decide whether the school will have to slash admissions after nearby residents leveraged an environmental law to try to stop campus expansion projects. Reporters reporters Dustin Gardiner and Nanette Asimov explain the drama.
17 min
Asian Americans' Complicated Political Power in...
The school board recall spotlighted how Asian Americans are flexing their political muscle, especially Chinese voters. Chronicle reporter Roland Li and activist Gaynorann Siataga talk about it with host Cecilia Lei.
19 min
Extra Spicy: How Chuck E. Cheese Teaches Immigr...
As Season 3 of the Chronicle's food podcast approaches, we want to share one of our favorite episodes. Writer Liana Aghajanian talks about the role places like Chuck E. Cheese, Sizzler and IKEA play in the immigrant experience.
34 min
80 Years After Forced Relocation: A Japanese Fa...
A little boy smiles in the center of a photo of a Japanese American family as it's forced to leave San Francisco under Executive Order 9066. That boy grew up to be a judge. His son grew up to be San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto. Peter Hartlaub traces the family's history.
19 min
Oakland A's Ballpark Faces a Crucial Vote
The City Council will vote on whether to approve an environmental review of the $12 billion Howard Terminal project Thursday night. Reporter Sarah Ravani talks to host Cecilia Lei about what happens if the review passes — and if it doesn't.
13 min
Recall Landslide: 3 San Francisco School Board ...
Voters overwhelmingly recall board President Gabriela López and members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga. Reporters Joe Garofoli and Jill Tucker and host Demian Bulwa talk about the surprisingly decisive result and what it means for the attempt to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
15 min
Chesa Boudin Accuses SFPD of Mishandling Rape K...
The D.A. says his office has learned that a woman was connected to a property crime via evidence from a years-old rape examination. SFPD Chief Bill Scott says if an investigation confirms the allegation, "I’m committed to ending the practice.” Reporter Megan Cassidy has details.
9 min
Can Oakland Cut Murders — Again?
The annual homicide rate has jumped in the last five years. Reporter Raheem Hosseini talks to host Demian Bulwa about how the city is trying to rebuild its successful Ceasefire program, which the pandemic crippled. Note: This episode published in error Saturday.
16 min
San Francisco Crime Trends: The Data Reveals Wh...
Sensational news headlines don't tell the whole story. Data reporting can help. Chronicle reporter Susie Neilson joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about why digging into data is a critical component of understanding trends in the city.
16 min
Bay Area Suburbs: The New Eviction Battleground...
COVID eviction battles are moving to Bay Area suburbs, which don't have the same tenant protections as urban centers like San Francisco and Oakland. Who will be affected most?
23 min
Mask On, Mask Off: Will Mandates Come and Go Fo...
The state has announced that its indoor mask mandate will end on Feb. 16. Health reporter Erin Allday chats with host Cecilia Lei about how the latest in a long line of recalculations was made on the heels of the omicron surge, and how the Bay Area is approaching its own local directives.
14 min
Will Oakland Vote to Close 16 Schools?
The Oakland school board will decide Tuesday night whether it will close or consolidate 16 of the district’s 80 schools. Host Cecilia Lei talks to reporter Jill Tucker and an OUSD employee who's on a hunger strike against the closures.
19 min
Why California's Single-payer Bill Was Killed B...
AB 1400 was supposed to be the nation’s first government-funded health care system, but the legislation didn't even get a vote in the state Assembly. Assemblymember Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, tells Joe Garofoli why he pulled his own bill from the floor.
20 min
The War Between the SFPD and D.A. Chesa Boudin
An allegation of misconduct against San Francisco's progressive district attorney's office has prompted a bitter legal and political battle. Reporters Megan Cassidy and Rachel Swan join host Demian Bulwa to dig into the charge and Boudin's response.
15 min
Locked in Fentanyl's Grip
Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani takes us into the center of the city's fentanyl crisis — which has nearly double the death toll of COVID-19 — and introduces us to people who are suffering through it.
22 min
The New Move Against Masks in Schools
Is it time to move away from school mask requirements in the Bay Area? Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker tells host Demian Bulwa why some previously pro-mask parents and doctors are urging health officials to make them optional — and why others call that effort too early and too dangerous. Also, reporter Annie Vainshtein explains the anger and the fallout over Oakland’s decision to close and merge some schools, which will disproportionately hurt students of color.
18 min
San Quentin's Dying Death Row
Gov. Gavin Newsom opposes the death penalty, but while he's shutting down death row and transferring condemned men, he's not commuting their sentences. Reporter Kevin Fagan talks about Newsom's political calculus, and the executions he's witnessed.
19 min
New Year, Same Troubles: S.F. Chinatown Struggles
Lunar New Year is typically the busiest time in Chinatown, but not in the omicron surge. Reporter Janelle Bitker talks about the neighborhood's future, and Janet Chan of @sfchinatown2021 on Instagram, talks about her crusade to save it.
19 min
Once Essential, Now “Unskilled”: Food Workers C...
The omicron surge has made it hard for restaurant owners to operate safely, and steep declines in revenue are threatening permanent closures. Workers are being sidelined because of COVID-19 exposures and risk losing their critical health care coverage. Producer Caron Creighton reports on the struggles of the food industry and how once-celebrated workers now feel forgotten, despite still being on the front lines of the pandemic.
13 min
Doodler Serial Killer Case: A Breakthrough?
The SFPD says it's "closer than ever" to solving the case of a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco's gay community in the 1970s. Reporter Kevin Fagan, who reported and narrated the podcast The Doodler, talks about a probable sixth victim and a doubled reward.
19 min
What Big Sur's Winter Wildfire Means For Fire S...
On this episode of Fifth & Mission, Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander discusses why a rare winter wildfire along the Big Sur coastline may indicate a more regular problem facing California
13 min
One Man's Tragic Battle Against Addiction
Who are the people at the center of the Bay Area's epidemic of drug addiction and fatal overdoses? Columnist Heather Knight discusses her three years following a man named Jeffrey Choate through the ups and downs of painful addiction and hopeful recovery, from his teenage years getting hooked on painkillers to his time as a prison firefighter to his worst days on the streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin. Knight tells host Demian Bulwa that Jeffrey's story ended tragically but carries lessons about how we should respond to the crisis.
16 min
Sen. Alex Padilla's First Year: "We Don't Give Up"
The debut episode of It's All Political on Fifth and Mission features a conversation between senior political writer Joe Garofoli and Sen. Alex Padilla. The first Latino U.S. senator from California reflects on his first year in the Senate.
20 min
Can the Magic of the Castro Theatre Survive?
After 100 years, San Francisco's beloved Castro Theatre is getting a major makeover. How will it affect the cultural landmark? Host Cecilia Lei talks to reporter Tony Bravo, events producer Marc Heustis and drag performer Peaches Christ
22 min
S.F.’s Special Election: What you need to know
Voters will determine the fate of three San Francisco Board of Education commissioners on Feb. 15, and make their picks for the city’s assessor-recorder and in a primary for its newest Assembly member. Reporters Jill Tucker and Mallory Moench have the lowdown.
19 min
How Do Vaccines Affect Long COVID?
Not a lot is known about whether vaccines prevent long COVID, a condition whose symptoms can range from shortness of breath to psychosis. But as reporter Nanette Asimov tells host Cecilia Lei, researchers are starting to learn how the shot can help prevent and lessen the disease.
12 min
COVID Evictions: Could a Law Keep California Re...
A bill to change the controversial Ellis Act is making its way through the Legislature. But for some tenants, it's already too late. Reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Dominic Fracassa to discuss what the new bill would do, where it would apply and who could still be left behind.
13 min
Lift Every Voice: Bay Area Black Elders Share T...
To honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Fifth & Mission offers this encore presentation of the June 18, 2021, episode. Black Bay Area leaders including Betty Reid Soskin, Harry Edwards, Rev. Amos Brown and Barbara Rodgers share stories of the past and visions for the future.
20 min
What Will Happen To Oakland's Unvaccinated Stud...
Oakland Unified School District is requiring students ages 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker discusses what's at stake or the district, as well as families choosing not to vaccinate their children
14 min
Has Policing Increased in the Tenderloin?
Last month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a police crackdown in the Tenderloin to combat rampant drug use and crime. Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy checked in with the mayor to see how it's going.
10 min
Tools to Manage the Pandemic: Covid Pills and S...
With the omicron variant breaking daily COVID-19 case records, reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss a new antiviral pill. Plus: Erin Allday on Sonoma County's new shelter-in-place recommendation.
19 min
Newsom Outlines California's 'Existential Threats'
California's governor unveils his budget proposal. Chronicle reporter Dustin Gardiner and senior political writer Joe Garofoli join host Cecilia Lei to chat about what Newsom's priorities are, and what he wants to do with a $46 billion surplus.
17 min
What "Milder" Omicron Means for the Pandemic
UCSF's Dr. Bob Wachter joins host Cecilia Lei and Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday to offer clarity during this record-breaking omicron surge, including isolation guidelines, advice for parents of kids under 5 and when the pandemic might become endemic.
25 min
Omicron at School: Sickness and Sickouts
Pandemic tension is exploding again in schools — including in San Francisco, where public campuses were down nearly 900 teachers and aides on Thursday. Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker joins host Demian Bulwa to talk about fights over masks, tests and more.
17 min
Have We Reckoned With the Jan. 6 Insurrection?
One year after the Capitol was invaded by angry Trump supporters, Chronicle reporters Tal Kopan, Joe Garofoli and Matthias Gafni join host Cecilia Lei to discuss how prosecutions are going and the growing threat to American democracy.
20 min
Why Composting Is California’s Climate Change F...
A new law requires the state to dramatically expand its composting abilities and shrink the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2025. Chronicle reporter Chase DiFeliciantonio joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why this is a climate change fight. Plus: Reporter Dustin Gardiner discusses major infrastructure problems in the state’s recycling program.
21 min
How the Omicron Surge Is Different
The highly infectious variant is already surpassing the case numbers of last winter. Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about the latest COVID-19 wave and a possible silver lining.
17 min
Is a Drought Recovery Near?
Rain and snow storms helped usher in a new year in California, but are they drought busters? Chronicle reporter Kurtis Alexander has the latest.
14 min
What Will Be the Stories to Watch in 2022?
For our last episode of 2021, hosts Cecilia Lei and Demian Bulwa ask Chronicle journalists and other notable Bay Area figures to answer the question: ‘What issue or story are you most curious about or interested in following in 2022?'
24 min
What Oakland Can (and Can't) Do About Homelessness
In a Chronicle Live virtual event in November, reporter Kevin Fagan speaks with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and housing advocates Tomiquia Moss and Chelsea Andrews about the crisis.
36 min
Immunocompromised: What It’s Like to Be the Pan...
What does it actually mean to be immunocompromised? Fifth & Mission producer Téa Francesca Price shares the pandemic experiences of those with compromised health.
17 min
Newsom's Texas Two Step on Ghost Guns
The governor is co-opting the Lone Star State's end run around the courts on abortion to target illegal homemade firearms. As reporter Dustin Gardiner tells host Demian Bulwa, Newsom sees his gambit as an attempt to use a bad tactic for something good.
15 min
Breed’s New Tone for the Tenderloin: More Police
Mayor London Breed unveiled a strategy that would significantly boost police presence in S.F.'s Tenderloin district in order to manage increased gun violence and open air drug dealing. Despite promoting alternatives to policing recently, Breed's latest plan indicates an abrupt change in tone. Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani joins host Cecilia Lei to explain.
33 min
COVID '22: What Lies Ahead
UCSF's Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Monica Gandhi have turned into Twitter celebrities during the coronavirus pandemic. In this Twitter Spaces conversation, they discuss the omicron variant and how to stay safe with host Cecilia Lei and health reporter Erin Allday.
22 min
How Would You Spend a Trillion Dollars?
That's the question Bay Area communities are answering as money is distributed from the bipartisan infrastructure bill and possibly President Biden's Build Back Better bill. Political correspondent Tal Kopan talks about the projects that stand to benefit.
19 min
A Tale of Two Dickens Fairs
It's a holiday tradition that brings the flavor of Victorian London to the Cow Palace. But some participants are boycotting over what they say is the parent company's failure to make the fair safe and inclusive for all.
23 min
The Omicron Variant and a Holiday Surge
What you need to know about the emergence of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Northern California. Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday talks to host Demian Bulwa about how contagious and dangerous it is, and how well vaccinations and boosters protect against it.
17 min
Emeryville: Where Housing Gets Built
The East Bay city is on track to exceed its regional housing development goals. Chronicle reporter J.K. Dineen joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss why the city is uniquely positioned to do so, and what other cities can learn from its approach.
12 min
Are Parklets Endangered in San Francisco?
They've been a lifeline to restaurants, who were thrilled when the city made them permanent. But a slew of new rules might mean many will have to go. Bar owner Zack Schwab and Chronicle food reporter Janelle Bitker join Cecilia Lei to talk about it.
24 min
A Mother's Fight Against Fentanyl's Pull in San...
Fifth & Mission Host Demian Bulwa speaks with columnist Heather Knight and photographer Gabrielle Lurie about their story following a mother's desperate search to find her daughter in San Francisco, and get her clean from fentanyl. Laurie Steves quit her job, left her home in a Seattle suburb and moved to San Francisco with the desperate hope that she would not lose another child to drug addiction, but she had no idea how challenging that process would be.  
22 min
Supply Chain Woes: Consumers Be Aware
The Covid-19 pandemic, worker shortages and even global warming are all factors that have contributed to what is known as 'the supply chain crisis'.
19 min
Omicron in San Francisco: What You Need to Know
A resident becomes the first case of the latest COVID-19 variant in the United States. Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what the detection means for the Bay Area, how vaccines hold up against the variant and whether we should change our behavior now that omicron is here.
14 min
Bay Area Retail Theft: Oakland Cannabis Merchan...
A wave of mass retail theft and burglaries in the Bay Area has captivated national attention. Chronicle reporter Rachel Swan discusses what’s been happening in Oakland, and how cannabis thefts in the city highlight how leaders are responding.
16 min
The Omicron Variant: Here We Go Again?
Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what experts are saying about the latest coronavirus variant. Plus: Reporter Kellie Hwang shares what some of those experts in the Bay Area say about staying safe over the holidays.
20 min
Your Bay Area Transportation Questions Answered
Reporter Ricardo Cano joins Muni enthusiast and guest host Heather Knight to answer listener and reader questions about transit, safe streets, car-free JFK Drive and more.
15 min
Why Is San Francisco Shutting Down its Homeless...
Since last spring, San Francisco has moved thousands of unhoused residents into hotel rooms as emergency shelter during the pandemic. The program, Project RoomKey, is federally funded and the Biden Administration has extended its full funding through April 1, 2022. But San Francisco has been closing the shelter-in-place hotels for months, despite protests from homeless advocates. Producer Caron Creighton explains why.
13 min
Who Should Be Getting Boosters?
Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday joins host Demian Bulwa to talk COVID-19 boosters: Who should be getting them and why is California being aggressive with them? Plus: Can we expect a winter surge?
14 min
Civics, Charity and Sexual Violence
Did a civic and charitable group enable former Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli? Chronicle reporters lay out a new investigation finding years of problems at an organization that helped launch careers for numerous politicians.
14 min
Can a Supervised Drug Use Site Help Curb the Ov...
Mayor Breed is pushing for San Francisco to acquire a building to use as a site where people can use drugs under medical supervision. Plus: Data reporter Yoohyun Jung talks about The Chronicle's new Overdose Tracker.
19 min
Breaking: Jackie Speier Talks About Her Retirement
On this episode of the It's All Political podcast, Rep. Jackie Speier talks with The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli, Tal Kopan and Kevin Fagan shortly after announcing that she won't run for reelection in 2022. Speier has represented San Mateo County and part of San Francisco for decades and has been in Congress since 2008.
22 min
Oakland Homeless Experiment: Cash Subsidies
Mayor Libby Schaaf is announcing a program Tuesday that will give 200 struggling households about $700 a month with no strings attached. Chronicle reporter Sarah Ravani joins host Cecilia Lei to explain how it may help the city's homelessness crisis.
11 min
Why Some Bay Area Homes Still Have Racist Deeds
The 1968 Fair Housing Act outlawed discriminatory housing covenants, but remnants of redlining provisions linger on housing deeds today. Chronicle reporter Lauren Hepler tells the story of Ladera, a Peninsula community that took them on.
15 min
Lobbyists Got Millions in Improper PPP Loans
Reporter Alexei Koseff joins host Dominic Fracassa to talk about his investigation showing that some state lobbying firms improperly received pandemic-relief loans they weren't eligible for.
15 min
Vaccine Mandates: Effective or Inconsistent?
Reporters Rachel Swan and Jill Tucker join Cecilia Lei to talk about how city and state vaccine mandates are going with the San Francisco Police Department and California's schools.
18 min
COVID Case Spikes and Mental Health Eligibility...
Here's why California is seeing an uptick in active COVID cases and hospitalizations. Will expanded eligibility for booster shots help?
14 min
San Francisco Reckons With Its Anti-Chinese His...
Reporter Shwanika Narayan joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about a proposed Board of Supervisors resolution apologizing to the Chinese community, and advocates Dennis Wu and Drew Min share what the resolution symbolizes.
24 min
After Stevenson: The Politics of S.F. Housing C...
Heather Knight and Joe Garofoli join Cecilia Lei to talk about the latest gut check over how San Francisco addresses housing issues, and the implications the controversy is creating in races for statewide office.
18 min
How Chesa Boudin Charges Crimes
Susie Neilson breaks down exclusive figures showing how the San Francisco district attorney is charging people for crimes. Also: Rachel Swan discusses a bike theft that raises questions about how the criminal justice system and residents should respond.
16 min