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Californians who are registered have the option to vote by mail in the upcoming election.                                 Courtesy photo

With Election Day coming, here’s how to vote in California

Due to COVID-19, aspects of the 2020 general election are unprecedented

Californians who are registered have the option to vote by mail in the upcoming election.                                 Courtesy photo
Matt Dees is The Hilt’s winemaker. (Courtesy photo)

On the Vine: The ‘electric acidity’ of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

The Hilt creates delicious wine from Santa Barbara County vineyards

Matt Dees is The Hilt’s winemaker. (Courtesy photo)
Above: Four California cyclists pedaled 52 days to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and reach the Atlantic Ocean.

SF teens get new perspective on country on cross-country bike excursion

Riders traveled 3,614 miles, climbed 155,706 feet uphill, averaged 69.5 miles a day and repaired 65 flat tires

Above: Four California cyclists pedaled 52 days to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and reach the Atlantic Ocean.
There are places where Northern California residents evacuated due to wildfires can turn for help. (Courtesy photo)

Resources for those affected by California’s wildfires

People can reach out to local, state and federal agencies for assistance

There are places where Northern California residents evacuated due to wildfires can turn for help. (Courtesy photo)
Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has a walking trail situated alongside the bluffs. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A pooch’s Pacific paradise

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is fine for canines and their humans

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has a walking trail situated alongside the bluffs. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Song for His Father: David and the Rev. Jesse James

Guitarist and bandleader makes new music in honor of his ‘complex’ dad

With his day jobs on hold due to COVID-19, David James, pictured at his home in the Mission, is enjoying being quiet and writing music. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Early during shelter-in-place, Lookout in the Castro offered margarita mixes in buckets, from the balcony. (Courtesy Chris Hastings/Lookout)

Last Call with Saul: The virtues and perils of at-home drinking

To-go cocktails helping some bars as they struggle to survive during ongoing uncertainty

Early during shelter-in-place, Lookout in the Castro offered margarita mixes in buckets, from the balcony. (Courtesy Chris Hastings/Lookout)
Students and teachers are finding clever ways to connect online as the San Francisco Unified School District starts the term with distance learning. (Courtesy photo)

There are bright spots in distance learning

Exciting activities are happening in virtual classrooms

Students and teachers are finding clever ways to connect online as the San Francisco Unified School District starts the term with distance learning. (Courtesy photo)
There are limits on the ways federal police may deal with peaceful protesters. (Courtesy photo)

Can the federal government deploy federal police to states?

Officers must have probable cause when detaining people at peaceful rallies

There are limits on the ways federal police may deal with peaceful protesters. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Unified School District is prepared to help students with technology as distance learning is underway. (Courtesy photo)

Tech tips for families

SFUSD is assisting youngsters as they study online from home

The San Francisco Unified School District is prepared to help students with technology as distance learning is underway. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Aaron and Jesse Inman, who are siblings, head up Lucky Rock Wine Co. (Courtesy photo)

Lucky Rock speaks to a new generation

Brothers Aaron and Jesse Inman have a modern take on the wine business

From left, Aaron and Jesse Inman, who are siblings, head up Lucky Rock Wine Co. (Courtesy photo)
Families of youngsters who are abused online by classmates may pursue legal options. (Courtesy photo)

There are ways to deal with cyberbullying in school

California has enacted laws to protect children from being abused online

Families of youngsters who are abused online by classmates may pursue legal options. (Courtesy photo)
A guide to the new school year

A guide to the new school year

Happy New School Year! The beginning of a new school year is…

A guide to the new school year
Eateries in The City, including 1428 Haight Patio & Crepery, are open for what seems to pass as outdoor dining. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Last Call with Saul: Feeling alone in a pandemic

People must make their own decisions about risks of gathering outdoors

Eateries in The City, including 1428 Haight Patio & Crepery, are open for what seems to pass as outdoor dining. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“Pedal Towards the Future” cyclists catch their breath and celebrate cresting the Rocky Mountains. (Courtesy photo)

Bay Area cyclists discover kindness in middle America

S.F.’s School of the Arts students enjoy cross-country ride-of-a-lifetime

“Pedal Towards the Future” cyclists catch their breath and celebrate cresting the Rocky Mountains. (Courtesy photo)
The U.S. Senate has introduced legislation requiring federal law enforcement officers to identify themselves when apprehending people participating in peaceful demonstrations. (Courtesy photo)
The U.S. Senate has introduced legislation requiring federal law enforcement officers to identify themselves when apprehending people participating in peaceful demonstrations. (Courtesy photo)
A few tips for enhancing effectiveness of learning from home

A few tips for enhancing effectiveness of learning from home

Students should take charge, set goals, move around, stay organized

A few tips for enhancing effectiveness of learning from home
Vintner Jeff Cole says Sullivan Rutherford is an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon. (Courtesy photo)

Sullivan Rutherford re-emerges as an elite Napa Valley wine estate

Steeped in Napa Valley history, Sullivan Rutherford Estate helped establish the area…

Vintner Jeff Cole says Sullivan Rutherford is an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon. (Courtesy photo)
California law states that drivers must stay at least three feet away from bicyclists traveling in same direction. (Courtesy photo)

California law addresses safety for bicyclists

Cars must stay at least 3 feet away from people on bikes

California law states that drivers must stay at least three feet away from bicyclists traveling in same direction. (Courtesy photo)
Hurtigruten is among the first lines to see a coronavirus outbreak after resuming cruises in July. (Ole Martin Wold/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

The bruising season for cruising

Drastic changes needed before passengers can safely return to the sea

Hurtigruten is among the first lines to see a coronavirus outbreak after resuming cruises in July. (Ole Martin Wold/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)