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COVID-19 rates climbing in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO - COVID cases are on the rise in the Bay Area and experts consider it more than just a bump from the Thanksgiving holiday. Experts point out overall trends show rates of infection climbing. And while there’s no widespread consideration of bringing indoor masking back to the Bay...
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San Francisco’s Ugliest Sunken Pavilion Is Now a ‘Winter Wanderland’

Hallidie Plaza, that open-air subterranean pit connecting the mezzanine level of Powell BART to the cable-car turnaround at the foot of Powell Street, has been transformed for the holidays. Formerly a barren nowhere, it’s been seriously spruced up—and pine’d up and fir’d up. The Union Square...
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San Francisco's Tenderloin Center closes

Bay Area jazz community mourns death of musician …. KRON4's Amanda Hari reports. Six years later, Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland …. KRON4's Dan Kerman reports. East Bay restaurant owned by Marshawn Lynch provides …. KRON4's Philippe Djegal reports. San Francisco restaurant owners face deadline to …. KRON4's Rob...

Two 2-alarm fires break out in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Two 2-alarm fires broke out in San Francisco overnight and early this morning, according to San Francisco Fire Department. The first fire broke out overnight at 62 Bluxome Street in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. No injuries were reported, and the fire was contained at 2:49 a.m., SFFD said. The […]
San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco looks to renew lease for cabin shelter at 33 Gough

San Francisco officials are seeking to extend the life of a 70-cabin homeless shelter at 33 Gough St., which opened in March 2022 on a temporary one-year lease. Cabins, or tiny homes, are an increasingly popular shelter option for cities looking for solutions to homelessness. The idea is to provide a private space that can protect someone from the elements and create alternatives to congregate shelters, which do not work for everyone who experiences homelessness, such as people with pets or those who had harmful experiences in group shelters.
48hills.org

Mayor Breed personally ordered homeless sweeps, new evidence shows

Mayor London Breed personally ordered illegal sweeps of homeless encampments and the city regularly harassed unhoused people, destroyed their belongings, and violated their Constitutional rights, legal document filed today allege. The documents, part of a lawsuit filed by the Coalition on Homelessness, include declarations by former city employees who say...
sfstandard.com

Masks Up: Covid Is Back in the SF Bay Area

Put off getting your Covid booster? Now might be the right time. Sewage plants in San Francisco are reporting rising amounts of Covid particulate in the city’s wastewater, according to data from the Department of Public Health. Covid-related hospitalization rates have also jumped, nearly doubling between October and November.
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San Francisco Victim Aged Under 65 Dies of Flu as Residents Urged To Get Vaccinated

San Francisco reported its first flu death Thursday, the city’s Department of Public Health said. The victim was under the age of 65 and was not vaccinated, and they had preexisting medical conditions, the health department said in a press release. The department warned this will likely be the...

Happy Sunday!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  It seems we've entered the home stretch of 2022. But frankly, I'm not yet ready to lay out my new resolutions (drink more water, again; exercise more, again). There's still plenty of time before next year — 27 whole days! — so let's make the best of it... starting tomorrow. For today, let's cozy up amid this cold front and do some light reading...
SFGate

Sunday Afternoon News Roundup

Property owners in San Francisco's neighborhood commercial districts will soon be able to request graffiti removal free of cost, announced Mayor London Breed on Wednesday. The two-year pilot graffiti abatement program, put on by San Francisco Public Works, will send out city crews and contractors to remove tags off of storefronts and private properties.