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Public gatherings have been banned for weeks now. But some people have found a way to keep the party going. San Francisco police recently shut down an illegal underground nightclub.


An emergency order to help keep San Francisco restaurants stay afloat went into effect today.

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San Francisco plans to spend about $35 million to house first responders and homeless individuals in hotel rooms during the coronavirus crisis.


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On Tuesday San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors met to address issues affecting essential workers and the homeless population during the coronavirus crisis.


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Walter Parenteau and his housemates run an all-volunteer soup kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their goal is to provide hospitality for anyone who walks through the door, but how are they dealing with the changes that the coronavirus brings? 

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As more and more people are relying on the video conferencing platform Zoom, California residents are suing the company over what they say are serious privacy violations.

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According to a letter sent yesterday by California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state’s students should not expect to return to campus this academic year.

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Governor Newsom spoke this morning of the importance of multi-state collaboration in responding to COVID-19. He said that he had just completed a call between President Trump and all 50 state governors.


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Six Bay Area counties announced extending school closures today. They are now tentatively scheduled to remain closed through May 1.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Brit Byrd wanted to know, “Why does San Francisco have the Farallon Islands? They’re thirty miles off the coast, but they’re legally part of San Francisco. What’s up with that?” 

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. This one comes from New York staff writer Jelani Cobb. He asks, “How did there get to be an entirely separate city inside of Oakland?”

Julia Llinas Goodman

It can be hard to run a successful restaurant in the Bay Area. And there are additional challenges that come with being a trans chef. But despite those hurdles, one Oakland restaurant owner is determined to make it work.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Adam Incera recently visited San Francisco from New York and wanted to know: Why does the Bay Area have so many transit systems?

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It’s been an unusually dry February in the Bay Area, causing concern about a potential drought. Now, federal regulators have added to those worries with the announcement that Santa Clara County’s largest water supply needs to be drained.

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State officials in California say more than 1.5 million people have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer funded marketplace. That's a 1.6% increase over last year's enrollment. 

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Cameron Williams wanted to know: "What’s the best place in the Bay Area to have a first kiss?"

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Police arrested at least 17 students yesterday, after they blocked an intersection near the UC Santa Cruz campus.


San Francisco banned private cars from a major section of Market Street yesterday. It’s the first step in a plan to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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This award-winning documentary explores the lives of Sikh youth in America, and how they confront and respond to violence, sometimes with humor.

An update from KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020:

“Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

“A person’s work need not define them.”

These two ideas, possibly in conflict with each other, kick around in my head a lot.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Ben Harney wanted to know why is it called earthquake weather?

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Have you ever gone camping and thought you saw something mysterious in the woods?

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Chesa Boudin was sworn in as San Francisco’s new district attorney yesterday. Boudin narrowly won the position against interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, in a race that took days to resolve.


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A public records request has confirmed stark racial disparities in BART fare evasion enforcement.


Sarah Lai Stirland

‘Tis the season when we see houses bedecked in lights and hear hecka holiday songs wherever we go. One place where the sights and sounds of the season are concentrated is what’s known as Christmas Tree Lane.

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An update from KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020:

There’s a piece of paper that I’ve kept through my career because I was so struck by the concepts and goals that were printed on it. I try to keep them in mind as I pursue my stories.

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The National Weather Service forecasts widespread rainstorms across the Bay Area this weekend, which could help bring an end to fire season. But state regulators say the impacts of this year’s fires continue — when it comes to insurance coverage.



Jeremy Dalmas

In a quiet spot, just west of the bustle of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, sits a garden dedicated to English literature’s crowned prince: William Shakespeare. Once you make it past the entrance gate and down the worn brick path, you are transported into an English garden filled with manicured flower beds, trimmed lawns, and people escaping the noise of the city.

Do you have an artist who helped you learn a language? On today's My Mixtape, Michael Mei turns to The Beatles for exactly that.

This edition of My Mixtape is brought to you by KALW's own Audio Academy fellow Julia Goodman. If you've got a song of your own, submit it to us here.

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California regulators today launched an investigation into last month’s widespread power outages. Officials said they want to know what can be done to lessen the scope of blackouts in the future.