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SF deputy faces criminal charges over gun threats

Police say cop threatened to shoot people at party

Maria Jimenez swabs her 7-year-old daughter Glendy Perez for a COVID-19 test at Canal Alliance in San Rafael on Sept. 25. (Penni Gladstone/CalMatters)

Rapid COVID-19 tests in short supply in California

‘The U.S. gets a D- when it comes to testing’

  • Sep 27, 2021
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (No. 22), pictured playing at Chase Center in May, has not been vaccinated for COVID-19. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

NBA denies Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from vaccine

Warrior will be barred from home games in SF until he gets inoculated

  • Sep 27, 2021
Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Is San Francisco’s elections director impeding voting machine progress?

Open source technology could break up existing monopoly

  • Sep 24, 2021
Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
A new ruling will thwart the growth of solar installation companies like Luminalt, which was founded in an Outer Sunset garage and is majority woman owned. (Philip Cheung, New York Times)

A threat to California’s solar future and diverse employment pathways

A new ruling creates barriers to entering the clean energy workforce

  • Sep 27, 2021
A new ruling will thwart the growth of solar installation companies like Luminalt, which was founded in an Outer Sunset garage and is majority woman owned. (Philip Cheung, New York Times)
LaMonte Wade Jr., right, celebrated with Kevin Gausman at home plate after hitting a homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Why LaMonte Wade Jr. should play every day … next year

The Giants should see how much ability they can coax from this season’s surprise

  • Sep 24, 2021
LaMonte Wade Jr., right, celebrated with Kevin Gausman at home plate after hitting a homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

As UC makes room for more Californians, can it afford to lose out-of-state students?

Legislature’s enrollment plan calls for adding nearly 11,000 state residents

  • Sep 27, 2021
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>

Kids 12 and under could soon be eligible for COVID-19 shots in San Francisco

By Sydney Johnson Examiner staff writer Parents waiting anxiously for their children…

  • Sep 24, 2021
San Francisco says it is moving ahead with preparations for immunizing children ages 5 to 11 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters under 12. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Unified School District )</ins>
(Courtesy of Daniel Sternstein)

Jerry Garcia’s music plays on, thanks to Melvin Seals

Bay Area lifer mixes Garcia originals with Grateful Dead tunes on tour

  • Sep 24, 2021
(Courtesy of Daniel Sternstein)
San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju announced that a lawsuit has been filed against San Francisco Superior Court seeking an injunction to require the court to prioritize criminal cases.(Courtesy Daniel Montes/Bay City News)

S.F. public defender demands Superior Court clear backlog of criminal trials

“It is a humanitarian crisis that we have over 100 people waiting in jail for months’

San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju announced that a lawsuit has been filed against San Francisco Superior Court seeking an injunction to require the court to prioritize criminal cases.(Courtesy Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Supe asks for rent relief for small businesses

‘We believe this is the right way to deal with the crisis right now’

San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance on first reading that would provide funding for small businesses that owe back rent due to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)
John Vandemoer, pictured teaching a sailing class in Redwood City on Sept. 25, describes in a new book the environment that made Stanford a ripe target for the college admissions scandal. (Jenna Garrett/New York Times)

A cog in the college admissions scandal speaks out

Former Stanford sailing coach tells all in ‘Rigged Justice’

  • Sep 27, 2021
John Vandemoer, pictured teaching a sailing class in Redwood City on Sept. 25, describes in a new book the environment that made Stanford a ripe target for the college admissions scandal. (Jenna Garrett/New York Times)
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

Absenteeism surging since schools reopened

Learning loss, anxiety, depression among pandemic-era health challenges

  • Sep 27, 2021
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)
David Romps, director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, say, “My best guess is that by the end of the century — if we continue to burn coal and fossil fuels — we can anticipate an increase of the number of lightning strikes by 50%.” (Max Whittaker/The New York Times)

Lightning could spark more California fires as world warms

UC Berkeley study predicts lightning strikes will increase with global warming

  • Sep 26, 2021
David Romps, director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, say, “My best guess is that by the end of the century — if we continue to burn coal and fossil fuels — we can anticipate an increase of the number of lightning strikes by 50%.” (Max Whittaker/The New York Times)
The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)

‘Good for Ball’ or ‘Bad for Ball’ — A Niners analysis

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner What’s the first thing that…

  • Sep 24, 2021
The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
A large crack winds its way up a sidewalk along China Basin Street in Mission Bay on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

San Francisco’s sinking sidewalks: Is climate change to blame?

‘In the last couple months, it’s been a noticeable change’

  • Sep 27, 2021
A large crack winds its way up a sidewalk along China Basin Street in Mission Bay on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Pinal Shah, a former counselor for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a senior behavioral engineer of trust, safety and abuse at the investment firm Robinhood.<ins></ins>

SF’s next big unicorns aren’t startups. They’re people

Meet the faces behind The City’s growing ‘responsible tech’ movement

  • Sep 22, 2021
Pinal Shah, a former counselor for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a senior behavioral engineer of trust, safety and abuse at the investment firm Robinhood.<ins></ins>
For years, Facebook employees have identified serious harms and proposed potential fixes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have rejected the remedies, causing whisteblowers to multiple. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers

Whistleblowers multiply, but Zuckerberg and Sandberg don’t heed their warnings

  • Sep 27, 2021
For years, Facebook employees have identified serious harms and proposed potential fixes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have rejected the remedies, causing whisteblowers to multiple. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said retail thefts in The City are underreported crimes. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)

S.F. unveils initiative to tackle rise in retail thefts

Incidents are not victimless crimes, mayor says

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said retail thefts in The City are underreported crimes. (Daniel Montes/Bay City News)
Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Happy birthday, Marc Benioff. Your company did the right thing

Salesforce kept Dreamforce small, which made all kinds of sense

  • Sep 24, 2021
Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>