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22 Oct
As COVID-19 continues to subside in California, a part of the world that had charted a similar course for much of the pandemic is seeing a very worrisome new surge.

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The U.K. had seemed like it was recovering from a delta wave in July, with its case rates converging with California’s once more. But since the beginning of September, cases have diverged dramatically, spiking in the U.K. and diving here. sfchronicle.com/health/article…
What's causing cases to surge in the U.K., but not yet in California?

Here are what experts say are the 4 main driving forces: sfchronicle.com/health/article…
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21 Oct
JUST IN:

A young family and their dog found dead on a remote hiking trail in August died as a result of heat and dehydration, Mariposa County authorities reveal.
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Investigators believe the family traveled most of the Hites Cove Trail loop before succumbing on a steep switchback about 1 1/2 miles from where they parked their vehicle.

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Ellen Chung, 31, Jonathan Gerrish, 45, their 1-year-old daughter Miju and dog Oski went on an Aug. 15 afternoon hike on the Hites Cove Trail loop.

The temperatures that afternoon ranged between 107 and 109 degrees.

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21 Oct
Shocked by In-N-Out Burger’s anti-vaccine mandate stance?

You shouldn’t be. The LGBTQ community has long been wary of the company, and with good reason.
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LGBTQ consumers have had to be vigilant about where they spend their money:

"Many of us don’t like patronizing businesses that might turn around and support political parties or organizations that have worked to strip us of our rights."

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Call columnist Tony Bravo quirky, but it’s a personal peculiarity of his that "I can’t enjoy food sold to me by a restaurant company that financially supports a political party whose platform asserts that my marriage is detrimental to families."

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21 Oct
The final results for the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom are in: bit.ly/2ZayYy4
The recall election data shows a more polarized California electorate compared to 2018, when Gov. Gavin Newsom was elected governor.

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With mostly Republican candidates and no prominent Democratic opponent in the recall race, a vote for Newsom meant a vote for the Democratic Party.

Or against the Republican Party.

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20 Oct
Details about how and why the injuries at the Phish concert occurred are still under investigation.

The SFPD said there is no evidence of foul play and that the death may have occurred after a man intentionally jumped from a balcony. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
“We heard a large thump, a big bang,” said one concert attendee. “We thought someone fell from a few rows behind us. We were all looking around. Then we look and there is a body in front of us.”

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“He fell on seats that were’ thank god, unoccupied. He covered at least two of them and one was broken. I’m struggling to get the image out of my head.”

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19 Oct
Chronicle Covers: Today marks the 30-year anniversary of the start of the Oakland hills fire. The Chronicle’s front page from Oct. 21, 1991, covers the inferno that killed 25 people, burned more than 3,000 homes and caused $1.5 billion in damage.

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30 years after the Oakland hills fire: The Chronicle’s front page from Oct. 22, 1991, covers the aftermath of the fire, the most devastating Bay Area blaze in generations.

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Memories from the Oakland hills fire, 30 years ago: "As I walked down on my way to the field, I saw that every fan sitting in those lower seats had a dark dusting of ash on his or her shoulders, like some hellish outbreak of communicable dandruff."

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19 Oct
Belcampo, once a darling of the sustainable meat world with locations in California and New York, is shutting down all of its restaurants. The sudden announcement follows controversy earlier this year when Belcampo admitted to mislabeling meat products.

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Belcampo’s public backlash started in May, when a former employee took to Instagram to claim that the Santa Monica store was selling non-organic, corn-fed beef and chicken and turkey from other companies as Belcampo products.

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In interviews with The Chronicle this summer, several former Belcampo employees described a demanding work culture that intensified as Belcampo grew rapidly.

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19 Oct
The delta variant is still the overwhelmingly dominant coronavirus strain in California and the U.S., but one of its descendants is starting to gain traction overseas.

Experts, including in the Bay Area, are keeping an eye on AY.4.2. sfchronicle.com/health/article…
There reportedly have been seven AY.4.2 cases sequenced in the U.S. — one of them in California.

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While AY.4.2 isn't a concern yet in the U.S., @PCH_SF said that “as long as there are unvaccinated people, the virus will evolve and we need to be vigilant and track all of these variants and sublineages.”

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18 Oct
The Bay Area got a taste of rain overnight Sunday, with a lot more expected to follow over the coming week — a “parade of precipitation” that meteorologists said could give San Francisco a chance to reach the normal October level for rainfall.

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With the showers Sunday night the only precipitation so far this month for the city, and with extreme drought still gripping the region, the prospect of significant rain was tantalizing.

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The rainiest October on record in San Francisco was in 1889, with 7.28 inches. The most recent October in the top 10 was in 2009, in eighth place with 3.11 inches.

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17 Oct
March 17, 2020: Monica Gandhi sat staring at an email she’d just received from S.F.'s health officer.

It was the first time — but hardly the last — that she found herself questioning the city's conservative approach to the pandemic. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
She’d spend the next year and a half living in an uncomfortable gray space, advocating for a harm-reduction approach to the pandemic that sometimes ran counter to a far more cautious approach held by many in San Francisco and other liberal enclaves. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
As one of S.F.’s loudest voices in favor of harm reduction, she’s received fierce backlash, and sometimes death threats, particularly on Twitter.

“I’m not saying anything crazy,” she says. "I’m really not.” sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
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16 Oct
Data released by the San Francisco Police Department raises questions about an announcement from Walgreens earlier in the week that organized, rampant retail theft forced it to close five stores. sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Is-…
One of the stores set to close, on Ocean Avenue, had only 7 reported shoplifting incidents this year and a total of 23 since 2018, the data showed. sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Is-…
While not all shoplifting incidents are reported to police, the five stores slated to close had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018. sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Is-…
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14 Oct
1/ What’s changing now?

People fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask in some indoor settings in San Francisco and Marin County where the same fully vaccinated group gathers.

More info here: sfchronicle.com/health/article…
Indoor settings where people in S.F. and Marin can now drop masks:

◼️Offices
◼️Gyms and fitness centers
◼️Employee commuter vehicles
◼️Religious gatherings
◼️Indoor college classes not exceeding 100 people

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2/ What has been the response from major employers?

One hope for the lifting of the mask mandate for vaccinated offices is that more people will return to work. But several employers have already said mask mandates won't change, for now: sfchronicle.com/health/article…
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14 Oct
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, home to the Presidio, Marin Headlands and Stinson Beach, is looking to introduce parking fees to ease the higher cost of operations.

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The proposal calls for a $3-an-hour or $10-a-day parking fee at eight sites in San Francisco and Marin County. The sites, where parking has long been free, include popular play spots including Baker Beach and Lands End.

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“It’s a terrible time to raise fees like this”: Opponents say the charges would make it harder for people to visit the parks, raising questions about access and equity.

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14 Oct
A longtime San Francisco housing activist and his family are facing eviction despite a city law banning evictions through the end of the year.

“It’s a very strange thing to be fighting for your own home,” said Fernando Marti.

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Marti's case is significant because it is one of a handful of eviction cases that a San Francisco Superior County judge is allowing to go forward, despite a city ordinance that extends the pandemic moratorium.

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Eviction cases has been more of a trickle than a flood, “perhaps because a lot of landlords and attorneys acknowledge that the moratorium exists.”

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14 Oct
The director of the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue who has been rescuing snakes and other reptiles for the past 32 years through his nonprofit, responded to a resident’s call about a rattlesnake den underneath her home. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl… Image
After finding an adult rattlesnake and rattlesnake babies, he went to his car to retrieve more tools.

He returned to the underbelly of the residence with two buckets, a snake-grabber tool and slipped thick Hexarmor safety gloves over his hands. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
After 3 hours and 45 minutes of crawling on his hands, knees and belly, moving small and large rocks and weaving back and forth underneath the home, Wolf retrieved 59 babies and 22 adults. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
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10 Oct
Marin is the whitest county in the Bay Area, with 66% of its population identifying as non-Hispanic white.

But there’s one neighborhood in the county that’s less than 5% white, and over 90% Hispanic: the Canal Area in San Rafael. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
The Canal Area in San Rafael is the most racially segregated in the Bay Area, according to a new analysis.

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In fact, the Bay Area has been segregated since at least the early 20th century, thanks to racist government policies and private sector actors that took advantage of them, Destin Jenkins, a Stanford history professor, wrote in 2017.

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10 Oct
The checking account log was filled with charges that were absurd for an elderly couple: eyelash extensions, a tanning salon, a fitness club in Alameda.

Andrew and Elizabeth looked at each other. They knew immediately what must have happened. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
It turned out that his parents’ retirement, checking and savings accounts had been ransacked.

The purchases, according to a sworn FBI affidavit, included 4 cars, jewelry, meals, a Princess Cruise, a trip to Disneyland, breast augmentation, liposuction. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
There was $18,000 for athletic wear from Lululemon and Athleta.

$14,000 went to services for 5 pets, including vet procedures and a “14-day dream dog package.”

There were tens of thousands of dollars in ATM withdrawals and unauthorized checks. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
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8 Oct
San Francisco becomes a sea of orange and black as excited fans arrive at Oracle Park for the historic Giants vs. Dodgers playoff.

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Giants vs. Dodgers is “baseball’s best rivalry,” a Major League Baseball historian said.

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Alex the Rally Bunny greets S.F. Giants fans outside Oracle Park.

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8 Oct
California, the U.S. coronavirus hot spot early this year, in recent weeks has recorded some of the lowest case rates in the country — lower than some states that are more vaccinated.

One clear example is the New England states of Vermont and Maine. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
As horrific as the winter surge was, with hospitals overwhelmed and death rates hitting pandemic peaks, experts say California emerged from it with a relatively significant amount of natural immunity. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
Experts stress that case rates are just one data point — and that a more telling metrics at this point are hospitalizations and death rates, which are low across the board in both California and New England due to the power of vaccines. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
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7 Oct
In Marin, median household income is $115,000. It’s also the whitest county in the Bay Area, with 66% of its population identifying as non-Hispanic white.

But there’s one Marin neighborhood that’s less than 5% white. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
This neighborhood is the most racially segregated in the Bay Area, according to a new analysis by the Othering and Belonging Institute. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
Here are the racial demographics of the Bay Area's 10 most segregated neighborhoods in 2020, according to the UC Berkeley research organization: sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
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7 Oct
The projectwould have allowed property owner Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist to knock down an existing structure and replace it with a 13-story group housing complex. A church would have been built on the ground floor. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl…
While the project was backed by some pro-housing advocates, it was opposed by several prominent neighborhood groups that argued the area lacks larger family-size units with full kitchens and private bedrooms. sfchronicle.com/bayarea/articl… Image
Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the Tenderloin, said he worked with planning staff to see if the unit sizes could be increased while still meeting the group housing definition. In the end, it couldn’t be done, he said.

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