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BART Government and Community Relations Department Director Rodd Lee had some news at Thursday’s BART Board meeting: “We plan to add 20 new crisis intervention specialists.”

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On Sunday, dump trucks cleaned up one of Berkeley's largest homeless encampments. But residents haven’t been displaced, yet.

Oakland Measure S1: Independent Accountability for OPD

Jan 11, 2021
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Measure S1 is a police reform effort for voters in Oakland. Those behind the measure see it as a path to independent oversight of the Oakland Police Department. They say it would increase accountability, community safety and public trust. 

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Because of COVID-19, Alameda County has asked the federal government to delay their homeless population count this year.

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In his first press conference this year, Governor Gavin Newsom warned of a post-holiday COVID-19 surge and set out plans to step up vaccinations.

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While the majority of counties in the Bay Area have already implemented the state’s Regional Stay At Home Order, San Mateo, Solano, Napa and Santa Cruz Counties must start complying with the tougher restrictions beginning Friday morning at midnight.

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The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered this week in the Bay Area. But getting the vaccines out to the people that need them is no small task.

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Nearly a quarter of a million incarcerated people in the United States have been infected with COVID-19, according to the Marshall Project. And for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, California state prisons have COVID-19 outbreaks in all 34 of its facilities.

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Tomorrow could be a very important day for the future of a beloved Bay Area insect. On Tuesday the US Fish and Wildlife Service is set to decide if the Monarch butterfly will be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Andrew Garcia

The San Francisco Unified School District Board, Tuesday night, approved a new school assignment process for elementary schools.

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The City of Oakland is facing a huge budget deficit and a new report shows that a large part of that is caused by police overspending.

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State support to help millions of Californians avoid eviction during the pandemic is due to end next month. But San Francisco Assemblymember David Chiu is working to extend it.

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With the basketball season just weeks away, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry found time, Wednesday, to talk with former President Barack Obama in a public chat.

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The location of a former Ohlone village, known today as Dolores Park, might soon be included in San Francisco’s American Indian Cultural District.


Every day, boats travel into the San Francisco Bay, carrying with them cargo and other supplies. Some travel up the channel that connects the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. It’s the primary route for tankers carrying oil products to and from several oil refineries.

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Sports teams in Santa Clara County were surprised to learn, this weekend, that their play and practices will be put on hold. 

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Golden Gate Fields is extending the closure of its horse racing track after a significant outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread. Operators now face the task of trying to make sure the outbreak doesn’t jump beyond its perimeter. 

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San Francisco is set for more restrictions in response to the current rise in COVID-19 cases. What does this mean as the city enters the holiday season?

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Currently, contract negotiations between the city and the San Francisco Police Officers Association happen behind closed doors. But as calls for police reform grow louder locally and across the country, Supervisor Hillary Ronen wants this to change.

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COVID-19 testing sites around the Bay Area are seeing an increase in testing. At a press conference on Monday, San Francisco’s Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax reminded people that a negative test result does not mean that it’s safe to gather with others over the holidays.

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With cooler temperatures and winter snows, mountain resorts are beginning to open across California, and COVID-19 concerns are changing winter sports.

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Last November, a collective of homeless and marginally-housed mothers took over a West Oakland House owned by speculators. The mothers were making a statement: take housing from big banks and real estate tycoons and put it back in the hands of Oaklanders. They called themselves Moms 4 Housing.

One year later: two of the organizers hold political office.

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As winter weather moved into San Francisco, Mayor London Breed had some chilly news for restaurant owners and their patrons. “Sadly, beginning the end of the day Friday, we will need to eliminate indoor dining” Breed said.

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California's counties are expected to face more restrictions this week in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The National Endowment for the Arts named the artistic directors of Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Zakarya and Naomi Diouf, 2020 National Heritage Fellows. 

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The city is negotiating pay for police through June 2023. If passed, the agreement would defer pay raises for police officers for the next two years. City officials wanted to cut spending because of the COVID-19 economic downturn, and estimate it would save San Francisco $12 million this year.  

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On November 3, San Francisco began to phase out a program that provided its most vulnerable unhoused population with hotel rooms during the pandemic.  

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story contained errors stating that "Entwined" would be open on Tuesday, Dec 1st. The correct opening date is Thursday, December 10th. The original audio has been removed.

For Bay Area residents looking for a bit of light hearted fun, a whimsical LED forest is coming to Golden Gate Park on December 10, as part of the park’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The 20-foot-tall installation is called “Entwined.” And it’s made up of thousands of multi-colored LED lights. Which span three large tree sculptures and several clusters of what look like small flowering bushes.

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In July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Spero banned Oakland Police from using so-called “less-lethal” weapons, including rubber bullets, and severely limited the use of pepper-spray.

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Did you lose your ballot? Forget to update your address? Or have you still not registered to vote? Don’t worry: you can still vote on Tuesday.