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San Francisco officials are recommending more protections for gig workers, after seeing new data about the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

 

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Last night Oakland City Council unanimously passed a measure that gives workers up to 80 hours of paid sick leave during the pandemic.

The Shifting Work Culture of Big Bay Area Tech

May 13, 2020
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Bay Area tech companies are making major changes to work culture in the wake of COVID-19. Since the shelter-in-place order began in March, most tech workers have shifted to working from home.

Where Can Women Go To Heal, Bond... And Twerk?

May 12, 2020
Alyia Renee Yates

People are gathering virtually for work, to see friends and family, and to blow off steam. Sure, there's online fitness classes, but there’s also Free The Cheeks. It’s a class that teaches women different ways to shake their booties, embrace their sensuality, and feel empowered. In this story from our archives, we visited them at In The Groove Studios in Oakland.

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Right now, a lot of high school students who want to apply for college this fall should be taking their SATs or ACTs. But, because of COVID-19, The College Board and ACT, which administer the tests, canceled spring exams.

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Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday directing counties to send all registered voters mail-in ballots.

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Public transit service in San Francisco has been cut dramatically due to the shelter in place order. Now, the city’s rolling out a new commuting option for essential workers: free taxi rides.

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Tenderloin residents have been raising alarm bells about deteriorating conditions in their neighborhood. And yesterday, the mayor responded.

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Fremont lawmakers might postpone a scheduled increase in minimum wages set to take effect this July. They’re meeting next Tuesday to hash out the details.

 

 

 

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The city of Oakland has launched a new program to house over 130 homeless individuals.

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UCSF has released the initial findings of a landmark coronavirus testing effort in San Francisco’s Mission District. For the last month, hundreds of volunteers staffed pop-up testing sites with the goal of testing everyone in a four-square block area of the Mission. 

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Fire season may start early this year in Northern California. And fire experts predict it’s also likely to be especially severe.

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A new UCSF study identifies several medications that could help manage the novel coronavirus.

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The order comes about one month after PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter during the 2018 Camp Fire. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Investigations later revealed it began when one old and worn metal hook snapped off a transmission tower. 

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Students in San Francisco’s public schools have some new clarity regarding their grades during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Across California, students are seeking to recoup money paid for a college experience that has been dramatically transformed by the pandemic. A student at UC Davis has filed a class action lawsuit against the UC system. The lawsuit accuses the university of profiting from the pandemic.

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The standoff between local lawmakers and San Francisco’s mayor around housing the homeless continued Tuesday as a group of city supervisors held a press conference to denounce the mayor’s efforts.

 

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Coronavirus has impacted another “only-in-San Francisco” tradition. San Francisco’s 37th annual Folsom Street Fair will move from its SoMa venues to a virtual space this September.

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Stanford Health Care is planning system-wide pay cuts and furloughs to roughly 14,000 employees. This comes as embattled hospitals across the country fight the pandemic.

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On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom partially lifted hospital restrictions. That’s because successful social distancing has left the state’s hospitals well below capacity. 

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The SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously, on Tuesday, to increase MUNI fares by the end of this year.

 

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San Francisco became the first Bay Area municipality to release a detailed map of COVID-19 cases across neighborhoods. Most Bay Area counties post daily updates about COVID-19 cases broken out by city, gender, age and race. But San Francisco’s new map goes further to show how each zip code is impacted by the virus. 

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The California Department of Public Health published a statewide report this weekend breaking down the number of Covid-19 cases at skilled nursing facilities. 

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The music industry has reached an agreement with the state assembly for musicians to be exempted from AB5, the state’s new gig-work law.

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California community organizations say the state isn’t doing enough to protect homeless residents from COVID-19.

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Since the shutdown, 2.7 million Californians have applied for unemployment. And today, there’s good news if you are self-employed, or an independent contractor: The state is developing a one-stop website to make it easier to apply. 

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San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston has proposed legislation to expand the city’s pandemic-related eviction ban.

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Worried about driving on an expired license during a pandemic? Well, The DMV is extending the validity of all expiring driver’s licenses through May 31st this year. 

City Supervisors Urge SFMTA To Not Increase Fares

Apr 15, 2020
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Next week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will vote on a budget proposal, which would increase MUNI fares. 

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The loss of jobs during this pandemic has left families struggling to pay for groceries. I contacted a local food bank to see how it’s responding to the crisis. 

 

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