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A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled burn at the Dixie Fire near Quincy, Calif., on Monday night, July 26 2021. The Dixie Fire, California’s largest wildfire this year, continues to burn through thousands of acres of rough terrain, prompting evacuation orders and threatening communities in a region scarred by the memory of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state’s history. (Jungho Kim/The New York Times)

What you need to know about the Dixie Fire

By Jill Cowan New York Times There may have been rare July…

  • Jul 28, 2021
A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled burn at the Dixie Fire near Quincy, Calif., on Monday night, July 26 2021. The Dixie Fire, California’s largest wildfire this year, continues to burn through thousands of acres of rough terrain, prompting evacuation orders and threatening communities in a region scarred by the memory of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state’s history. (Jungho Kim/The New York Times)
Thousands gather in Washington on Aug. 28, 2020, in support of social justice and commemorating the historic March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Have a Dream" speech on that date in 1963. Criticism of critical race theory coincided with widespread demonstrations.  (Jason Andrew/The New York Times)

Critical race theory: A brief history

By Jacey Fortin New York Times About a year ago, even as…

  • Jul 28, 2021
Thousands gather in Washington on Aug. 28, 2020, in support of social justice and commemorating the historic March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Have a Dream" speech on that date in 1963. Criticism of critical race theory coincided with widespread demonstrations.  (Jason Andrew/The New York Times)
More than a thousand people gathered in front of the California Capitol building to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order and demand that the state re-open on May 1, 2020. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)

Newsom blames ‘right-wing pundits’ for COVID surge

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday placed the blame…

  • Jul 27, 2021
More than a thousand people gathered in front of the California Capitol building to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order and demand that the state re-open on May 1, 2020. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)
Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

  • Jul 26, 2021
Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco Police stand guard outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fired: California bill aims to decertify police for serious misconduct

By Robert Lewis CalMatters On a Wednesday afternoon in April 2018, Gardena…

  • Jul 26, 2021
San Francisco Police stand guard outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state employees and health care workers must be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)

California orders vaccine or testing for health care workers, state employees

By Ana B. Ibarra CalMatters Amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases and…

  • Jul 26, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state employees and health care workers must be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Green Rush: Cannabis equity program elevates unexpected entrepreneurs

‘It’s a form of reparations for those of us who were ruined by cannabis arrest’

Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
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Special to The Examiner

Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear…

  • Jul 23, 2021
The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
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Special to The Examiner
BART has completed more than one fourth of improvement projects being funded by Measure RR, which voters passed in 2016. (Kevin N.Hume/The Examiner, 2019)

BART ahead of schedule on infrastructure projects funded by Measure RR bonds

More than one quarter of the infrastructure projects on which BART is…

BART has completed more than one fourth of improvement projects being funded by Measure RR, which voters passed in 2016. (Kevin N.Hume/The Examiner, 2019)
The City’s residential treatment capacity will expand by 20 percent with the addition of new beds. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2019)

San Francisco adding 400 new drug and mental health treatment beds

The City will create 400 new treatment beds, 140 of which will…

The City’s residential treatment capacity will expand by 20 percent with the addition of new beds. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2019)
As COVID cases increase, health officials in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties recommended that employersrequire workers to get vaccinated. (Courtesy SFgov)

Bay Area health officials urge employers to consider employee vaccine requirements

Health officials in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties urged…

As COVID cases increase, health officials in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties recommended that employersrequire workers to get vaccinated. (Courtesy SFgov)
Volunteers Kyle Esguerra, left, and Kara Church prepare bags of fresh produce to be distributed at a San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank pop-up pantry at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in The City on July 22. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Volunteers Kyle Esguerra, left, and Kara Church prepare bags of fresh produce to be distributed at a San Francisco-Marin County Food Bank pop-up pantry at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in The City on July 22. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Trader Joe’s approved for Hayes Valley, bringing long-awaited grocery store

New Seasons Market canceled plans at 555 Fulton St. citing construction delays

San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Ruby Bridges Elementary School in Alameda during a March 2021 press conference. (Credit Ed Reed/EdSource)

How California plans to deter costly special education disputes

Fund is meant to help parents and schools settle differences before heading to court

  • Jul 22, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Ruby Bridges Elementary School in Alameda during a March 2021 press conference. (Credit Ed Reed/EdSource)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin is launching an investigation into whether Chinatown merchants have been targeted as victims of possibly illegitimate lawsuits. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021)

DA launches investigation of potential fraud targeting Chinatown merchants

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it is launching an…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin is launching an investigation into whether Chinatown merchants have been targeted as victims of possibly illegitimate lawsuits. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021)
The opening screen of the stock trading app Robinhood is displayed on a smartphone. The company plans to sell as much as a third of its IPO, or $770 million of shares, directly to customers through its app. (Amy Lombard/The New York Times)

Robinhood will use its own IPO as a vehicle for change

By Erin Griffith and Lauren Hirsch New York Times When Vlad Tenev…

  • Jul 22, 2021
The opening screen of the stock trading app Robinhood is displayed on a smartphone. The company plans to sell as much as a third of its IPO, or $770 million of shares, directly to customers through its app. (Amy Lombard/The New York Times)
Gov. Gavin Newsom wants $4.2 billion to finish the Central Valley link for the bullet train, but legislators aren’t sold. (Illustration by Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters; images courtesy iStock, California High Speed Rail Authority, Shae Hammond/CalMatters)

Bullet train budget battle: Should California spend more on urban transit, not high-speed rail?

By Marissa Garcia CalMatters High-speed rail was supposed to connect California’s urban…

  • Jul 22, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom wants $4.2 billion to finish the Central Valley link for the bullet train, but legislators aren’t sold. (Illustration by Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters; images courtesy iStock, California High Speed Rail Authority, Shae Hammond/CalMatters)
Hundreds of Britney Spears fans and supporters rallied in support of ending her 13-years-long conservatorship and the removal of her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator, at the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Ted Soqui, SIPA USA via AP Images)

The Britney effect: How California is grappling with conservatorship

By Jocelyn Wiener CalMatters However improbable, this has become the summer we…

  • Jul 22, 2021
Hundreds of Britney Spears fans and supporters rallied in support of ending her 13-years-long conservatorship and the removal of her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator, at the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Ted Soqui, SIPA USA via AP Images)
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $6 billion bill on Tuesday for one of the country’s largest investments into internet infrastructure. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021)

Newsom signs $6 billion broadband bill: Here’s what it will fund

By Sydney Johnson EdSource Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California’s historic $6 billion…

  • Jul 21, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $6 billion bill on Tuesday for one of the country’s largest investments into internet infrastructure. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2021)
San Francisco supervisors approved a set of goals to combat climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2019)

San Francisco adopts new goals to combat climate change

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors have unanimously approved a set of…

San Francisco supervisors approved a set of goals to combat climate change. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner, 2019)