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Members of SisterWeb support Spanish-speaking Black and Pacific Islander women who are training to become doulas. <ins>(Courtesy Mister Simmons)</ins>

How SF improves pregnancy care for communities of color

Doulas provide information, support and advocacy

Members of SisterWeb support Spanish-speaking Black and Pacific Islander women who are training to become doulas. <ins>(Courtesy Mister Simmons)</ins>
A 2003 state Supreme Court interpretation surrouding a recall created the possibility that Californians could be governed by a person with less support than the removed governor — something voters didn’t likely intend. (iStock)

The replacement election in governor recall is unnecessary — here’s why

California Supreme Court should reexamine its 2003 order

  • Sep 1, 2021
A 2003 state Supreme Court interpretation surrouding a recall created the possibility that Californians could be governed by a person with less support than the removed governor — something voters didn’t likely intend. (iStock)
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)

Should all school districts be required to offer transitional kindergarten?

Advocates cite advantages of high quality early education

  • Sep 1, 2021
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)
In October 2003, then Gov. Gray Davis, center left, and then Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger met in the governor’s office in Sacramento. (Monica Almeida/New York Times)

Why do we have recalls? We can thank Los Angeles

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times The big day is in less…

  • Sep 1, 2021
In October 2003, then Gov. Gray Davis, center left, and then Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger met in the governor’s office in Sacramento. (Monica Almeida/New York Times)
San Francisco police officers from the Ingleside Station enjoyed visits with Kerith, a certified therapy dog. (Courtesy Heidi Carman)

From pandemic to wildfires, Bay Area therapy dogs support first responders on the frontlines

By Jessica Wolfrom Examiner staff writer When Heidi Carman arrived at the…

  • Sep 1, 2021
San Francisco police officers from the Ingleside Station enjoyed visits with Kerith, a certified therapy dog. (Courtesy Heidi Carman)
In an attempt to bring back riders, BART is offering discount fares for a month. (Samantha Laurey/Bay City News)
In an attempt to bring back riders, BART is offering discount fares for a month. (Samantha Laurey/Bay City News)

BART offering half-priced fares for Clipper card users

BART is offering half-off fares for people using Clipper cards starting Sept.…

In an attempt to bring back riders, BART is offering discount fares for a month. (Samantha Laurey/Bay City News)
In an attempt to bring back riders, BART is offering discount fares for a month. (Samantha Laurey/Bay City News)
More than other Bay Area tech companies, Google is welcoming employees back to offices on a limited basis and where they can work safely. (Courtesy photo)

Survey shows tech workers returning to office at various speeds

‘Like the first day of school, but for adults, and everyone’s doing it separately’

  • Sep 1, 2021
More than other Bay Area tech companies, Google is welcoming employees back to offices on a limited basis and where they can work safely. (Courtesy photo)
As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF educators focus on mental health as new student behavior emerges

‘Our kids have gone through a lot and they’re still going through a lot’

As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The San Francisco Symphony played to a full capacity house at Davies Symphony Hall on July 2. (Iris Kwok/The Examiner)

Vaccine mandate creates discord among San Francisco Symphony musicians

The vast majority has complied, with a few remaining holdouts

  • Aug 31, 2021
The San Francisco Symphony played to a full capacity house at Davies Symphony Hall on July 2. (Iris Kwok/The Examiner)
Two men walk down a stair case near Google’s San Francisco offices along The Embarcadero on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Google has delayed a return to the office until January, due to the pandemic. If employees return to the office in January, it will be nearly two years since the company asked its staff to work from home in the early days of COVID. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Google delays return to office until January

By Daisuke Wakabayashi New York Times Google is pushing back its return-to-office…

  • Aug 31, 2021
Two men walk down a stair case near Google’s San Francisco offices along The Embarcadero on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Google has delayed a return to the office until January, due to the pandemic. If employees return to the office in January, it will be nearly two years since the company asked its staff to work from home in the early days of COVID. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sutter Health pays $90M to settle Medicare false claims civil case

Sutter Health agreed to pay $90 million to settle a civil lawsuit…

CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Crews moved along Highway 50 in the Tahoe Basin near Echo Summit on Monday; experts say the Caldor Fire raging in the area both a cautionary tale for future megafires and one that lays bare a certain futility in attempting to fully control the most aggressive wildfires.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>

To save Lake Tahoe, they spared no expense. The fire came over the ridge anyway.

By Thomas Fuller, Livia Albeck-Ripka and Max Whittaker New York Times SOUTH…

  • Aug 31, 2021
Crews moved along Highway 50 in the Tahoe Basin near Echo Summit on Monday; experts say the Caldor Fire raging in the area both a cautionary tale for future megafires and one that lays bare a certain futility in attempting to fully control the most aggressive wildfires.<ins> (Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Lake Tahoe is shrouded by smoke near Tahoe City, as fires this summer continue to plague the Tahoe Basin, at times creating the worst air quality in the nation. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)

Devastating fires could damage Lake Tahoe’s iconic blue waters

By Rachel Becker CalMatters Smoke and ash from wildfires near Lake Tahoe…

  • Aug 31, 2021
Lake Tahoe is shrouded by smoke near Tahoe City, as fires this summer continue to plague the Tahoe Basin, at times creating the worst air quality in the nation. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)
Health experts say there’s “a lot of virus being thrown out into the air” at places like Outside Lands (pictured in 2019), where there are large crowds, singing, talking and yelling. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file )

Are outdoor events still safe? Experts warn of COVID spread at large gatherings

‘People should be very concerned’

  • Aug 31, 2021
Health experts say there’s “a lot of virus being thrown out into the air” at places like Outside Lands (pictured in 2019), where there are large crowds, singing, talking and yelling. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file )
San Francisco economists are uncertain about whether conventioneers will return to Moscone Center as uncertainties around COVID remain.
Kevin N. Hume/
Examiner file

Report suggests bad news for San Francisco’s economic recovery

San Francisco’s celebrated June 15 reopening date was supposed to mark the…

San Francisco economists are uncertain about whether conventioneers will return to Moscone Center as uncertainties around COVID remain.
Kevin N. Hume/
Examiner file
From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Why a SF parent group decided to stop live-tweeting school board meetings

‘The goal of our organization is to have people feel good about public education in The City’

From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Mayor announces 80 percent of SF residents fully vaccinated

86 percent have received one dose

Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Some GOP recall candidates say they would use emergency power to pass their agenda, and try to persuade the Democratic legislature. <ins>(iStock)</ins>
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If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?

Leader must work with Legislature to pass new laws, approve budget, make appointments

  • Aug 30, 2021
Some GOP recall candidates say they would use emergency power to pass their agenda, and try to persuade the Democratic legislature. <ins>(iStock)</ins>
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The recall election for Gov. Gavin Newsom is Sept. 14, but Californians are encouraged to vote early. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Aug. 30 is last day to register to vote in recall election

Aug. 30 is the last day to register to vote for the…

The recall election for Gov. Gavin Newsom is Sept. 14, but Californians are encouraged to vote early. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)
A new guaranteed income pilot program is designed to curb violent crime by providing resources to people in gangs or groups that have been identified as the source of most of the shootings in The City. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)

A local solution for gun violence? Pay people $300 a month

‘We are trying to address the root causes of what’s happened’

A new guaranteed income pilot program is designed to curb violent crime by providing resources to people in gangs or groups that have been identified as the source of most of the shootings in The City. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)