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Representatives of the insurance industry say that availability and affordability of property insurance in California won’t likely change until there are demonstrable results in reducing the number and severity of wildfires in the state. (iStock)

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisis

As blazes increase, insurers are canceling policies or doubling premiums

  • Sep 13, 2021
Representatives of the insurance industry say that availability and affordability of property insurance in California won’t likely change until there are demonstrable results in reducing the number and severity of wildfires in the state. (iStock)
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference following a discussion with Asian-American and Pacific Islander community leaders at the Chinese Culture Center in Chinatown on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Here’s where things stand in California’s recall election

If 60% of state’s voters cast ballots, ‘it’s almost mathematically impossible for Newsom to lose’

  • Sep 13, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference following a discussion with Asian-American and Pacific Islander community leaders at the Chinese Culture Center in Chinatown on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
At Berkeley, 27% of undergraduates receive federal Pell Grants, aimed at helping low- and moderate-income students pay for college. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Why Cal (not Harvard) is America’s top college

Forbes’ #1 ranking underscores that private universities are often engines of wealth inequality

  • Sep 13, 2021
At Berkeley, 27% of undergraduates receive federal Pell Grants, aimed at helping low- and moderate-income students pay for college. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Thousands rallied in support of women’s rights, including abortion access, at the Jan. 19, 2019 Women’s March in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)

If Roe falls, California will have an outsized role in providing abortions

Texas law won’t undo abortion rights here, but the ripple effects will be large

  • Sep 13, 2021
Thousands rallied in support of women’s rights, including abortion access, at the Jan. 19, 2019 Women’s March in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)
Giants fans have had a lot to celebrate during a great season in which the team won a playoff spot on the earliest date in its history. <ins>(Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Giants clinch a playoff berth: It’s the earliest date ever

‘It’s an accomplishment to make the playoffs. It’s not our ultimate goal’

  • Sep 13, 2021
Giants fans have had a lot to celebrate during a great season in which the team won a playoff spot on the earliest date in its history. <ins>(Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had to turn to his third-string running back, Elijah Mitchell, to carry the day against the Lions in a 41-33, Week 1 victory. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

NFL roundup: Season openers delivered plenty of surprises

Kyle Shanahan proved he can plug anyone in at running back

  • Sep 12, 2021
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had to turn to his third-string running back, Elijah Mitchell, to carry the day against the Lions in a 41-33, Week 1 victory. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

Niners hold off Lions: What we learned in Week 1

So they almost blew a massive lead. So they were playing a…

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>

California recall election is an expensive lesson for Gov. Gavin Newsom

By Gil Duran Examiner Opinion Editor The last time I wrote about…

  • Sep 11, 2021
Winning the recall in convincing fashion is hugely important to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)

How California universities are tracking campus COVID cases

Cal State and UC campuses have dashboards, but details vary

  • Sep 10, 2021
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)
The San Francisco Unified School District is not enforcing a vaccine requirement for kids, even as other districts and workplaces move forward with a mandate. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District)</ins>

San Francisco schools head off vaccine requirements for kids

By Sydney Johnson and Ida Mojadad Examiner staff writers As vaccine mandates…

  • Sep 10, 2021
The San Francisco Unified School District is not enforcing a vaccine requirement for kids, even as other districts and workplaces move forward with a mandate. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District)</ins>
Altering California’s process for recalling elected officials in many cases requires amending the state constution. (Shutterstock)

There are ways to change California’s recall laws

More and more, voters are calling for reform

  • Sep 10, 2021
Altering California’s process for recalling elected officials in many cases requires amending the state constution. (Shutterstock)
Waymo’s exhibit drew a crowd at The Exploratorium. <ins>(Jeff Elder/The Examiner)</ins>

Apple HQ moving to Texas? Bogus to the core

Waymo after dark, Theranos overload and more from Silly Valley’s gossip machine

  • Sep 10, 2021
Waymo’s exhibit drew a crowd at The Exploratorium. <ins>(Jeff Elder/The Examiner)</ins>
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA - SEP 11, 2017: US National Flag at half staff in remembrance of the Sept 11 anniversary at Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Hatred and heroism. What we learned on 9/11

Remembering Bay Area native Mark Bingham

  • Sep 10, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA - SEP 11, 2017: US National Flag at half staff in remembrance of the Sept 11 anniversary at Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) invites the community to visit the Sept. 11 memorial display at Fire Station 11 at 6500 Center St. in Clayton. (Courtesy Contra Costa County Fire Protection District)

Bay Area hosts 20th anniversary commemorations of 9/11

Fire and police departments across the region pay tribute to those who died in atttacks

  • Sep 10, 2021
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) invites the community to visit the Sept. 11 memorial display at Fire Station 11 at 6500 Center St. in Clayton. (Courtesy Contra Costa County Fire Protection District)
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of Los Angeles has sponsored a measure that would make stealthing a civil offense — meaning victims could sue their assailants for damages. (Courtesy photo)

California moves to outlaw ‘stealthing,’ or removing condom without consent

‘This is not just amoral but also illegal’

  • Sep 10, 2021
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of Los Angeles has sponsored a measure that would make stealthing a civil offense — meaning victims could sue their assailants for damages. (Courtesy photo)
Giants first baseman Darin Ruf will play a key role in keeping the team sharp as the playoffs approach.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Nine Giants to watch in the late innings of the season

If they find a groove, the ballclub will thrive

  • Sep 10, 2021
Giants first baseman Darin Ruf will play a key role in keeping the team sharp as the playoffs approach.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco renters facing eviction are scrambling to figure out the confusing world of rent relief. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Confusion swirls among tenants ahead of eviction moratorium ending Sept. 30

As the end of statewide eviction protections approach, San Francisco tenants are…

San Francisco renters facing eviction are scrambling to figure out the confusing world of rent relief. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Ali Gass has raised $2.5 million to start the new institution in Dogpatch, with a planned opening in fall 2022. (Ulysses Ortega/New York Times)

San Francisco get its own Institute of Contemporary Art

ICA SF will showcase Bay Area artists ready for national attention

  • Sep 10, 2021
Ali Gass has raised $2.5 million to start the new institution in Dogpatch, with a planned opening in fall 2022. (Ulysses Ortega/New York Times)
Bay Area social programs in which service workers connect with at-risk members of the community have reduced gun violence in neighborhoods. (Shutterstock)

SF is ‘paying criminals not to shoot.’ Here’s what the program is actually about

Homicides cost taxpayers millions; investing a fraction in outreach saves lives, money

  • Sep 10, 2021
Bay Area social programs in which service workers connect with at-risk members of the community have reduced gun violence in neighborhoods. (Shutterstock)
Revelers on Second Street enjoyed the How Weird Street Faire in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

How Weird festivities return to SoMa

Masks required, costumes encouraged at electronic music and art street party

Revelers on Second Street enjoyed the How Weird Street Faire in 2018. (Courtesy photo)