54 episodes

Like any big city, San Francisco has big problems. Rampant homelessness, an opioid epidemic, widening income equality and deep political divisions. What’s stopping the city from fixing itself? Where are the creative solutions? And what happens when one person’s solution is another’s root of the problem? Host Laura Wenus and producer Cintia Lopez are on a quest to find out, one San Francisco story at a time.
SFNext: Fixing Our City is part of the San Francisco Chronicle's SFNext project.
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SFNext: Fixing Our City San Francisco Chronicle

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    • 4.2 • 38 Ratings

Like any big city, San Francisco has big problems. Rampant homelessness, an opioid epidemic, widening income equality and deep political divisions. What’s stopping the city from fixing itself? Where are the creative solutions? And what happens when one person’s solution is another’s root of the problem? Host Laura Wenus and producer Cintia Lopez are on a quest to find out, one San Francisco story at a time.
SFNext: Fixing Our City is part of the San Francisco Chronicle's SFNext project.
Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod.
Twitter: @sfnext
Got a tip, question, comment? Email us at sfnext@sfchronicle.com

    ‘No Moderate or Progressive Potholes’: Board President Aaron Peskin Says Now is the Time to Come Together

    ‘No Moderate or Progressive Potholes’: Board President Aaron Peskin Says Now is the Time to Come Together

    Aaron Peskin, president of the Board of Supervisors, has spent the majority of the last 23 years in office in San Francisco, representing District 3. His district includes North Beach, Chinatown and the Financial District, but the role of president means he must broker compromises between his colleagues and the mayor. On complex crises like the coronavirus pandemic, fentanyl use, and homelessness, he says he also helps coordinate siloed city departments. And with so many crises at hand, Peskin says, this is no time for divisive politicking — which is why he collaborated with Mayor London Breed on legislation easing restrictions on building use downtown. “There are no moderate or progressive potholes,” he says. “There are potholes and they need to be filled.” | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 25 min
    Soup With the Supes: Ronen Says Local Solutions Ignore Root Causes

    Soup With the Supes: Ronen Says Local Solutions Ignore Root Causes

    Supervisor Hillary Ronen represents the Mission, the Portola and Bernal Heights, but she has been trying to tackle problems in those neighborhoods since before she was elected. Now, she’s termed out, and she says she’s conflicted about trying to address the fallout of national issues with a municipal toolkit. While San Francisco’s government has its shortcomings, she says, it’s grappling with effects of poverty and inequality around the country — from homelessness to drug dealing to the housing crunch — that are more visible than ever. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 27 min
    Soup With the Supes: Catherine Stefani on Police and Public Safety

    Soup With the Supes: Catherine Stefani on Police and Public Safety

    Supervisor Catherine Stefani represents a part of San Francisco that does not have a reputation for violent crime — District 2 includes the Marina, Pacific Heights, Cathedral Hill, Laurel Village and NoPa. But shortly before SFNext: Fixing Our City interviewed her, a violent assault in the Marina made headlines, though it wasn't yet apparent that there was allegedly more to that story. Stefani describes how she would like to handle challenges with hiring cops, what we expect police officers to do, and why public safety is such a critical issue for San Francisco. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 25 min
    Soup With the Supes: Matt Dorsey Lays Out His Drug Policy

    Soup With the Supes: Matt Dorsey Lays Out His Drug Policy

    District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey, who lives in the Mid-Market area and represents downtown as well as SoMa, Mission Bay and Treasure Island, expresses some hope that the city’s economic engine is coming back to life. The former police spokesperson has experience with drug and alcohol abuse and talks about his own setbacks during the pandemic. One reason he ran for office was to represent people in recovery. Now, he has ambitious plans for the police department and its role in addressing drug dealing. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 25 min
    Soup With the Supes: Connie Chan Is a Budget Wonk and Chowder Enthusiast

    Soup With the Supes: Connie Chan Is a Budget Wonk and Chowder Enthusiast

    Supervisor Connie Chan keeps a decorative sign in her office that says “I’ll be nicer, if you’ll be smarter.” She is chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and has made it a point to call for hearings about department overspending or inefficient spending. As part of our Soup With the Supes series, Chan tells the story of how she was introduced to clam chowder in a bread bowl and shares her vision of San Francisco’s economic future. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 24 min
    Overdoses Have Spiked. How Will San Francisco Respond?

    Overdoses Have Spiked. How Will San Francisco Respond?

    San Francisco has consistently seen more than 600 overdose deaths a year, and the rate of fatal overdoses has recently spiked. Dr. Jeffrey Hom, director of the city’s Office of Overdose Prevention, is optimistic that the city can turn the tide on overdoses, but acknowledges a long road ahead. The health department released a plan last year to reduce fatal overdoses, which calls for expansions in medication treatment and Narcan distribution as well as establishing safe consumption sites. Despite opposition in some quarters, opening safe consumption sites has broad support in city government, but they are against federal law. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

MASdestruction ,

Really interesting with diverse solutions

Love having ideas on how to shape our community beyond our tried and failed approaches. Love the night mayor episode! Thanks for this podcast, such a cool concept

OfficialMuddiekins ,

Great new show - looking forward to more

A thoughtful and well produced look at issues facing SF. What's different about this one is that they deep dive into the complexities and offer insight into fixes and possible causes for delays. Very interesting listen.

AndyScheer ,

Where are the fixes?

Gosh, I was excited when this podcast and the related series of articles came out but where are the fixes? It’s just another boring profile show. The tough problems require sometimes uncomfortable, usually difficult, and always creative solutions. This show? More of the same.

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