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Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF parents face school year with hope, trepidation and concern

‘Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it’

Open space activists were relieved that builders of a proposed development at Thornton State Beach said they will not go ahead with the project. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Developers pull proposal for retreat center at Daly City state beach

Builders conducted special testing but the study never arrived

Lake Oroville stood at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)
A kayaker on the water at Lake Oroville, which stands at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Oroville, Calif. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)

Facing ‘dire water shortages,’ California bans Delta pumping

By Rachel Becker CalMatters In an aggressive move to address “immediate and…

  • Aug 4, 2021
Lake Oroville stood at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)
A kayaker on the water at Lake Oroville, which stands at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Oroville, Calif. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)
Students practice identifying species in the school garden at Verde Elementary in Richmond during summer camp. (Photo courtesy of Verde Elementary)

Reading, writing and bike riding: How schools spent summer helping students recover from pandemic

By Sydney Johnson EdSource Bicycles typically aren’t allowed on the blacktop at…

  • Aug 4, 2021
Students practice identifying species in the school garden at Verde Elementary in Richmond during summer camp. (Photo courtesy of Verde Elementary)
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a pilot program that offers up to 90 percent discounts on water and sewer bills for eligible customers. (Andri Tambunan/Special to ProPublica)

How does 90% off your water bill sound? Here’s who qualifies

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced this week it is launching…

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a pilot program that offers up to 90 percent discounts on water and sewer bills for eligible customers. (Andri Tambunan/Special to ProPublica)
Announcing an expansion of mobile vaccation services, Mayor London Breed said, “We have to do even more.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Can’t get vaccinated? San Francisco will bring the shot to your home or office

Can’t get to a vaccination site? San Francisco will bring the COVID-19…

Announcing an expansion of mobile vaccation services, Mayor London Breed said, “We have to do even more.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A team from San Mateo County Health’s Street and Field Medicine vaccinates individuals experiencing homelessness at a clinic at a church in San Bruno. (Photo courtesy the County of San Mateo Joint Information Center)

San Mateo County aims for 80 percent vaccination rate by year’s end

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in San Mateo County, health officials…

A team from San Mateo County Health’s Street and Field Medicine vaccinates individuals experiencing homelessness at a clinic at a church in San Bruno. (Photo courtesy the County of San Mateo Joint Information Center)
Unscrupulous, boundary-pushing executives seem to be an inescapable part of the most exciting technology. (Timo Lenzen/The New York Times)

Why tech innovation invites a breed of unscrupulous hucksters

By Shira Ovide New York Times I’m angry about startup founders who…

  • Aug 4, 2021
Unscrupulous, boundary-pushing executives seem to be an inescapable part of the most exciting technology. (Timo Lenzen/The New York Times)
Health care workers in the intensive care unit at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, with Alejandro Balderas, a 44-year-old patient who later died. Even in California, a state with a coronavirus vaccination rate well above average, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. (Isadora Kosofsky/The New York Times)

Why COVID took off in California, again

‘The good news is: The vaccines are working’

  • Aug 4, 2021
Health care workers in the intensive care unit at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, with Alejandro Balderas, a 44-year-old patient who later died. Even in California, a state with a coronavirus vaccination rate well above average, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. (Isadora Kosofsky/The New York Times)
Mayor London Breed, pictured here at a May news conference, will be fined for unethical behavior by The City’s Ethics Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Commission fines Mayor Breed over $22,000 for ethics violations

The San Francisco Ethics Commission will fine Mayor London Breed a reported…

Mayor London Breed, pictured here at a May news conference, will be fined for unethical behavior by The City’s Ethics Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Ben Bleiman, president of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission and one of the owners of the Dr. Teeth bar in the Mission, is fighting to keep employees and customers safe during the current COVID	surge. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

‘Disheartening and deflating’: SF small business owners fight to overcome Delta variant setback

‘This is not devastating, but we have suffered so much’

Ben Bleiman, president of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission and one of the owners of the Dr. Teeth bar in the Mission, is fighting to keep employees and customers safe during the current COVID	surge. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco Public Library is reopening 11 more neighborhood branches for in-person service in the next two weeks. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2020)

Eleven SF libraries reopening in-person service in next two weeks

San Francisco Public Library is reopening 11 more neighborhood branches for in-person…

San Francisco Public Library is reopening 11 more neighborhood branches for in-person service in the next two weeks. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2020)
Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, which features a comprehensive water-recycling system, on July 30, 2021. Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Salesforce Tower is part of a nationwide water recycling trend: Here’s how it works

By Patrick Sisson New York Times When Salesforce Tower in San Francisco…

  • Aug 3, 2021
Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, which features a comprehensive water-recycling system, on July 30, 2021. Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
An East Palo Alto resident is inoculated during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Ravenswood Family Health Network at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)

COVID vaccinations lag for people on Medi-Cal

By Ana B. Ibarra CalMatters Low-income Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal have been…

  • Aug 3, 2021
An East Palo Alto resident is inoculated during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Ravenswood Family Health Network at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on April 10, 2021. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
From left: William Palmer, William Beecher and Joline Valenzuela waitedin line for COVID-19 testing and, for Valenzuela, vaccination at the Southeast Health Center’s COVID testing and vaccine site in the Bayview<ins> District on Monday, Aug. 2, </ins><ins>2021</ins>. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
From left: William Palmer, William Beecher and Joline Valenzuela waitedin line for COVID-19 testing and, for Valenzuela, vaccination at the Southeast Health Center’s COVID testing and vaccine site in the Bayview<ins> District on Monday, Aug. 2, </ins><ins>2021</ins>. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street will be closed for five consecutive days as crews replace damaged pavement. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2020)

Mission and South Van Ness intersection to close for five days: Here’s what to expect

Caltrans will close a major San Francisco intersection from Aug. 4-9 as…

South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street will be closed for five consecutive days as crews replace damaged pavement. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2020)
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Why is California now being criticized from the left?

By Dan Walters CalMattters California being what it is — a very…

  • Aug 2, 2021
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The main entrance to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The main entrance to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. All employees will have to be vaccinated the health provider announced Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Kaiser to require vaccinations for all employees

Kaiser Permanente officials announced Monday that the health care provider will mandate…

The main entrance to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The main entrance to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. All employees will have to be vaccinated the health provider announced Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lindsey Lee Lugrin, left, and Isha Mehra in their office, on July 28, 2021. They have created an app where online influencers can share information in a collective effort to raise their pay. (Amanda Hakan/The New York Times)

The app with the unprintable name: Empowering creators

‘This is about the future of work’

  • Aug 2, 2021
Lindsey Lee Lugrin, left, and Isha Mehra in their office, on July 28, 2021. They have created an app where online influencers can share information in a collective effort to raise their pay. (Amanda Hakan/The New York Times)