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Bay Area doctors discuss whether outdoor mask mandate should be dropped

Bay Area doctors discuss whether outdoor mask mandate should be dropped

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Some public health experts are beginning to call for an end to outdoor mask mandates.One doctor has written to both the state and city’s public health department advocating that Californians be allowed to ditch their masks outside now.Putting your mask on before leaving the house has become part of our daily routine, but UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi says because studies are showing it’s much safer outside in the fresh air, we should be able to skip it.“There was an Irish Times study from Ireland that showed about one in 1,000 transitions...

April 20, 2021
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San Francisco officials demand explanation for outdoor dining ban

San Francisco officials demand explanation for outdoor dining ban

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — The outcry over the ban on outdoor dining continues to grow.Now some San Francisco elected officials will be holding an emergency meeting next week, in order to demand that public health officials clearly explain the reasons why.Parklets stand empty on 18th street in Potrero Hill as outdoor dining has been shut down under the new health order.Tuesday, a resolution will be voted on at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at an emergency hearing, calling on the state to be more transparent about the reasons behind the ban — and to urge them consider reopening...

December 19, 2020
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3 Pleasanton high schools shut down after possible COVID exposure at party

3 Pleasanton high schools shut down after possible COVID exposure at party

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Amador Valley, Foothill, and Village High Schools are taking a break from in-person learning after at least two students tested positive for the coronavirus.Those students reportedly attended parties over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that involved all three schools.The schools will be likely shut down until the end of the semester while the district investigates which students attended the parties.The schools have a very small number of students in small in-person cohorts. Special programs have also been temporarily paused for a few days while they double check that...

December 1, 2020
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42 years since Jonestown massacre, San Francisco remembers

42 years since Jonestown massacre, San Francisco remembers

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — In 1978, a massacre overseas sent shockwaves through San Francisco.More than 900 members of The People’s Temple, a church based in the city, were killed in South America.November 18, 2020 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre.The Reverend Jim Jones cast his spell over his followers at the People’s Temple headquarters in San Francisco in the 1970s. The building is a post office now.Some of those followers he led into the jungle of Guyana in South America. It was supposed to be a egalitarian paradise, but it ended in horror.Nearly a thousand people died,...

November 18, 2020
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Vandalism in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to cost $20,000, not including damaged statues

Vandalism in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to cost $20,000, not including damaged statues

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Friday’s vandalism in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will cost the city $20,000, which includes overtime and materials for repair.It doesn’t include damage to the statues themselves, that cost will be determined by an art commission.For now, the statues that were torn down remain in storage.San Francisco police say Sunday night there was a threat to statues at the Legion of Honor and patrols were boosted in that area.  They say they will continue to be alert for threats to city monuments and will be increasing passing calls to those areas.Their investigation...

June 23, 2020
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Severed head found in refrigerator of SF apartment during missing persons investigation

Severed head found in refrigerator of SF apartment during missing persons investigation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Officers with the San Francisco Police Department found a severed head in the refrigerator of a home on the Great Highway, KRON4 News has learned.The in an apartment in the 1600 block of the Great Highway.The rest of the body was badly decomposed, KRON4 learned.The officers were at the apartment investigating a missing persons case, according to a private investigator hired by the missing person’s family. The body has not been identified.The missing person is 41-year-old Catano Perez, who lived in the apartment.His family last had contact with him back on...

April 27, 2020
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Alcohol, pot delivered to homeless isolating in San Francisco hotel rooms

Alcohol, pot delivered to homeless isolating in San Francisco hotel rooms

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. () — Alcohol, cannabis and tobacco are being delivered to some homeless isolating or quarantining in San Francisco hotel rooms.The city’s health department defends the program as a way to keep COVID-19 positive addicts indoors.KRON4’s Maureen Kelly talked to a formerly homeless addict turned advocate who is concerned the city is blurring the line between harm reduction and enabling.“He said they were bringing him alcohol and weed,” Thomas Wolf says.Wolf says he heard about the city’s practice of delivering booze, cannabis, and cigarettes to those in quarantine or...

May 7, 2020
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