Michael Cabanatuan
Michael Cabanatuan
Michael Cabanatuan is a general assignment, breaking news reporter. He previously covered all things transportation for the San Francisco Chronicle — from BART strikes, acrobatic bridge construction and dark dirty tunnel excavations to the surging ridership on public transportation and the increasing conflict as cars, bikes and pedestrians struggle to coexist on the streets.Source
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USF expels student who hung noose on dorm balcony

USF expels student who hung noose on dorm balcony

The University of San Francisco has expelled a student who admitted to hanging a noose on a residence hall balcony, campus officials said Friday.The expulsion came after a campus investigation into the hanging from a fourth-floor balcony at the university’s Loyola Village residence hall. The noose is a historical symbol of America’s racist history of lynchings of Black people.USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald and two other officials announced the expulsion, effective immediately, in a letter posted on the university website Friday afternoon.earlier this week to San Francisco Bay View...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Apr 10
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Bay Area traffic is now back in full force. Here's a look at the data

Bay Area traffic is now back in full force. Here's a look at the data

A year ago, as the pandemic forced much of the Bay Area to hunker down at home, traffic seemed to vanish.With only only about half of the usual number of drivers crossing the Bay Area’s toll bridges, commuters still driving into work reported trans-bay trips as short as 10 minutes, and speeding became more of a problem than congestion.But as the Bay Area economy continues reopening, with more businesses, restaurants and museums welcoming back patrons, traffic is returning, too — at near pre-pandemic levels, a Chronicle analysis of Bay Area traffic data found.The increase is evident to...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Apr 9
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$1,000-a-month guaranteed income program coming to Marin County

$1,000-a-month guaranteed income program coming to Marin County

Marin County will become the second Bay Area community experimenting with a guaranteed income program designed to improve the fortunes of lower-income residents.The Marin program will provide $1,000 monthly grants to 125 low wage-earning women of color who are raising at least one child in Marin County. It is being run not by the county but by the non-profit Marin Community Foundation. However, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to contribute $400,000 to the program. The foundation will contribute $3 million as well as operating and evaluating the two-year...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Mar 25
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S.F. Mayor Breed appoints new head of city economic development agency

S.F. Mayor Breed appoints new head of city economic development agency

San Francisco Mayor London Breed selected Kate Sofis, the CEO of a nonprofit that helps support local manufacturers, to lead the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, an agency seen as key to San Francisco’s recovery from the economic collapse brought on by the pandemic.Sofis is co-founder and CEO of SFMade, a public-private initiative that has boosted local manufacturing and helped diversity employment in the city. She has also served as a member of San Francisco’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force.“The programs and services that OEWD provides will play a critical role...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Mar 19
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S.F. Parks Alliance threatens to pull funding for Richmond District playground

S.F. Parks Alliance threatens to pull funding for Richmond District playground

The San Francisco Parks Alliance has threatened to pull just over $2 million in funding for a playground in the city’s Richmond District — if the district’s supervisor, Connie Chan, doesn’t retract her statements accusing the organization of wrongdoing.For weeks, Chan, alongside Supervisor Aaron Peskin, sought to as they led an unsuccessful effort at the Board of Supervisors to lessen the duration of the lease for the Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park.The Parks Alliance, which helps to raise money for city parks, gets a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for rides on the Ferris wheel....

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Michael Cabanatuan
Mar 19
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Homeless man dies after being set on fire in Oakland

Homeless man dies after being set on fire in Oakland

A homeless man died Monday after being doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire last week in East Oakland, authorities said.The man, whose name has not yet been released, died at about 4 p.m. Monday, Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson said.Police summoned to the 500 block of Douglas Avenue last Wednesday found a badly burned man with serious burns over most of his body. He was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital burn center in San Francisco in critical condition.Witnesses told police that the man had been involved in an altercation with another man who poured an...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Mar 9
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S.F. is compromising on a partly car-free Twin Peaks: 'Hardly visionary'

S.F. is compromising on a partly car-free Twin Peaks: 'Hardly visionary'

The steep stretch of road that swoops its way to the north end of the Twin Peaks overlook has starred in many car commercials. But it will be off-limits to drivers — perhaps permanently — as part of a plan to keep the scenic viewpoint a safe place for bike riders and pedestrians while accommodating cars and tour buses.Municipal Transportation Agency directors approved a plan Tuesday that keeps the Burnett Avenue gate to Twin Peaks Boulevard closed to traffic except for emergency vehicles, bicycles, walkers and skaters. However, the Portola Drive entrance will be open around the clock and...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Mar 3
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Lafayette coronavirus vaccine clinic shut down after complaint

Lafayette coronavirus vaccine clinic shut down after complaint

A pop-up community clinic that vaccinated more than 600 people in Lafayette won’t be giving a second round of coronavirus shots after Contra Costa County health officials received a complaint alleging that vaccinations were given to people who shouldn’t have received them.Dr. Rebecca Parish, a Lafayette internist who set up the community clinic at Stanley Middle School on Jan.16 and 17, confirmed that a doctor who volunteered at the clinic filed complaints with the county health department and the state Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines doctors.Parish said she did nothing wrong...

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Michael Cabanatuan
Jan 31
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Frantic evacuations and rescues as fast-moving fire destroys homes overnight on march toward Vacaville

Frantic evacuations and rescues as fast-moving fire destroys homes overnight on march toward Vacaville

Flames swallowed dozens of homes and other structures early Wednesday as the fast-moving LNU Lightning Complex fire raced toward Vacaville from the northwest, prompting frantic evacuations and rescues and ensuring that California's latest wildfire season will be another catastrophic one. It was one of several lightning-sparked fires that intensified overnight and threatened communities in and around the Bay Area. A group of fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties ignited early Wednesday, exploding to 10,000 acres and forcing 22,000 people from their homes. There have been nearly 11,000...

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Aug 19
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'It's burning down the city': Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area Saturday night

'It's burning down the city': Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area Saturday night

Grass fires — many linked to illegal Fourth of July fireworks — flared across the Bay Area on Saturday night, straining firefighter resources and leading authorities to beg on social media for the explosions to stop. San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. At dusk, a blaze chewed through 4 acres at McLaren Park, and crews scrambled to fight another fire at 50 Cargo Way in Hunters Point. The fire department tweeted about roughly 15 blazes in a single hour. In Santa Clara County, firefighters continued to battle a 100-acre vegetation fire burning east of...

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Jul 5
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