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President Donald Trump And Challenger Joe Biden Square Off On Climate Change And The Wildfires

Sep 14, 2020
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With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and renewed his unfounded claim that poor forest management is mostly to blame.

Officer Charged In Shooting Death Of Black Man In A Walmart

Sep 3, 2020
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A San Francisco Bay Area police officer was charged Wednesday with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Black man inside a Walmart store in April.

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California State University, Chico canceled its limited number of in-person classes, Monday, and told students to vacate campus housing by the weekend. That’s after nearly 30 people tested positive for the coronavirus just days after the fall semester started.

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San Francisco is a step closer to finalizing its next budget. The Board of Supervisors Budget and Appropriations Committee amended and approved Mayor London Breed’s proposed budget just after 2 o’clock, very early this morning.

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Hundreds marched in two California cities over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, setting fire to property and damaging businesses.

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Thousands of people forced to flee their homes were allowed to return Thursday after firefighters made progress in their effort to put out massive and deadly wildfires in Northern California. Officials were working on plans to repopulate other evacuated areas.

'Rebuilding Paradise' Looks At Emotional Toll Of Deadly Fire

Aug 1, 2020
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Almost two years since a wildfire swept through his mountain town and virtually wiped it out, Steve “Woody” Culleton got to put the final touches on his new home.

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The city of Berkeley is considering a proposal to shift traffic enforcement from armed police to unarmed city workers in a bid to curb racial profiling and reduce law enforcement encounters that can turn deadly, especially for Black drivers. 

Death Row Inmate Dies Of Apparent Virus Complications

Jul 8, 2020
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Another California death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison has died from apparent complications of the coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that has infected about 40% of inmates at the prison, corrections officials said Wednesday.

Gig Workers Face Shifting Roles, Competition In Pandemic

Jul 6, 2020
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There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs.

Californians Avoid Holiday Crowds As Coronavirus Cases Surge

Jul 6, 2020
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Californians mostly heeded warnings to stay away from beaches and other public spaces during the long weekend as state officials urged social distancing amid a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

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California voters will decide in November whether governments and public colleges and universities can consider race in their hiring, contracting and admissions decisions.

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A federal law enforcement officer in California was killed and another critically injured after being shot while providing security at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland near one of the increasingly violent protests unfolding around the country.

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An officer was injured after hundreds of people marched through the capital of Silicon Valley and temporarily shut down a five-lane section of highway Friday to protest the killing of an African American man by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Fire Destroys Warehouse On San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

May 23, 2020
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A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control.

Two More California Counties Set To Reopen Despite Stay-Home Order

May 4, 2020
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Small groups of people ignored closures and set down their towels and umbrellas on Orange County's warm beaches on Sunday, defying stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus as pressure to reopen parts of California continues to build.

Governor Newsom To Close California Beaches Friday

Apr 30, 2020
Ben Trefny

Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore during a sweltering weekend despite his social distancing order that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a memo sent to police chiefs around the state.

To Surf Or Not To Surf? Wave Riders Ponder Pandemic Rules

Apr 12, 2020
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For Ray Booth, surfing is more than just a sport. It's a passion, a way of life, a therapy. Maybe even an obsession.

So when the coronavirus pandemic shut down California beaches from Mexico to Oregon last month, even that wasn’t going to keep the 49-year-old Frito-Lay sales representative out of the water.

What If California Faces A Disaster During The Pandemic?

Apr 12, 2020
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California has evacuation plans for earthquakes, floods, mudslides and, of course, wildfires, but what if one of those disasters occurs as the state is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak when everyone is being urged to stay home?

City Lights Bookstore Launches Successful GoFundMe Campaign

Apr 12, 2020
Stacey Lewis

One of the world's most famous independent booksellers, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, was in dire financial shape because of the coronavirus outbreak and asked for help.

Help quickly arrived.

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Gay rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon, who with her longtime partner was among the first same-sex couples to marry in California when it became legal to do so in 2008, has died at her San Francisco home. She was 95.

California Lawmakers Want Details On Newsom's Big Mask Buy

Apr 9, 2020
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California lawmakers want a fuller accounting of Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to buy 500 million protective masks, with a top budget official on Thursday seeking details on how the state will distribute the masks and ensure they are good quality.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says four of the nation's largest banks have agreed to temporarily suspend mortgage payments for those affected by the coronavirus.

Stay home from school / Wish you weren't here / Congressman ailing (not COVID-19 related) / The world keeps churning

First shutdown weekend / Medical supplies lacking / Fishermen left high and dry / PG&E bankruptcy agreement

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  ×A coronavirus-stricken cruise ship has left the Port of Oakland after a week and is moving to a remote dock in San Francisco. The Grand Princess will remain temporarily in San Francisco for remaining crew members and six passengers to complete a 14-day-quarantine.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close in the nation's most populous state. Also Sunday he urged California's 5.3 million seniors and people with chronic conditions to isolate themselves at home in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Millions of students across the U.S. may go without free lunches and breakfasts they receive at schools, as more districts decide to close due to the coronavirus.

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Efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus are affecting nearly every facet of life for Californians. Starting Saturday, more than 700 electronic highway signs began displaying public health warnings urging people to avoid gatherings and wash their hands.


The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose, California, this month.