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Bay Area News Headlines: Monday, May 23, 2022

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A recent increase in COVID infection rates has some California public health officials worried about another upsurge in the virus/As of last week, 95% of California, including Santa Clara County, was in either severe or extreme drought conditions/A report by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development says that San Francisco needs more than a billion dollars to meet requirements set by the state for affordable housing/18 year old Nadia Elb-gal has been named the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, winning a $5,000 college scholarship after beating six other finalists on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.