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Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 10/07/21

Starting next year, incarceration won’t be the only option for individuals convicted of non-violent drug offenses in California/ California is about to make it easier for community college students to transfer to 4-year state universities.  Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill yesterday that requires community colleges to place all would-be transfer students onto a guaranteed path to get into a Cal State University school/ More than twenty-two hundred Kaiser Permanente employees have been suspended by the health care giant for not complying with the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate/ A San Francisco Superior Court judge this week has ruled in favor of the city of San Francisco after the judge acknowledged recent changes made to the city's vehicle towing policies, bringing to a close a nearly three-year lawsuit over towing practices.

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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.