Stephanie Sierra
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Emmy & National Murrow award-winning Investigative Reporter @abc7newsbayarea | #MIZ stephanie.k.sierra@abc.comSource
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Nonprofit involved with 1,400 California schools being investigated by Canadian parliamentary committee

Nonprofit involved with 1,400 California schools being investigated by Canadian parliamentary committee

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A well-known international nonprofit that's promoted service work to more than 400,000 California students and has been highly endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom is being investigated in Canada.A Parliamentary committee investigating WE Charity held a hearing Thursday about the nonprofit's business dealings. The charity became scrutinized after receiving a $900 million COVID contract in June to oversee a student service grant in Canada intended to help students with volunteering.RELATED: A similar program already existed."We all stopped and...

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Apr 9
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Next 2 weeks are 'critical' for Bay Area to avoid 4th COVID-19 surge, doctors say

Next 2 weeks are 'critical' for Bay Area to avoid 4th COVID-19 surge, doctors say

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As COVID-19 cases surge in many parts of the Midwest and East Coast, the Bay Area is in good shape. But good enough to avoid a fourth wave, or is that still possible?"I think it's a distant possibility," said UCSF Epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford. "That's not to say it couldn't happen in other parts of the state or neighboring parts of the west."RELATED:Rutherford explains it all comes back to the rate of transmission.According to ABC7's analysis, over the past week, most of the Bay Area reported a less than 1% increase in case rates...

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Apr 8
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San Jose church repeatedly fined for defying health order received $340K in taxpayer money

San Jose church repeatedly fined for defying health order received $340K in taxpayer money

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutCalvary Chapel San Jose, a church that faces more than $1 million in administrative fines for defying the state's public health order, received a sizeable taxpayer-funded loan through the Paycheck Protection Program.By SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Calvary Chapel San Jose, a church that faces more than $1 million in administrative fines for defying the state's public health order, received a sizeable taxpayer-funded loan through the Paycheck Protection Program.According to newly-released data from the Small Business Administration, Calvary Chapel San Jose received a...

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Dec 24
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Pacifica yoga studio continues to hold 'mask free, virus free' classes, prompts new investigation

Pacifica yoga studio continues to hold 'mask free, virus free' classes, prompts new investigation

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy PACIFICA, Calif. (KGO) -- A Pacifica yoga studio owner has continued to host indoor "mask free, virus free" classes into December despite state regulations prohibiting them.Thomas Antoon of Pacifica Beach Yoga told the ABC7 I-Team in October that he doesn't believe COVID-19 is real."I mean, if it's a pandemic.. wouldn't we be stacking bodies?" Antoon said. "You don't even hear about anyone dying. Only what you listen on the news."WATCH: As of Friday night, the coronavirus has claimed more than 22,000 California lives, including almost 200 deaths in San Mateo...

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Dec 20
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The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in PPP funding; 17x more than average Bay Area restaurants

The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in PPP funding; 17x more than average Bay Area restaurants

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Lindsey Feingold NAPA, Calif. (KGO) -- The luxury restaurant where during a COVID-19 surge, reportedly received millions in PPP funding.Yountville's highly acclaimed French Laundry received multiple loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, totaling more than $2.4 million, according to an ABC7 analysis of newly-released data from the Small Business Administration.The French Laundry received two loans that were both approved on April 30, 2020. According to the SBA, the first loan was for more than $2.2 million to retain 163 employees. The second loan...

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Dec 16
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Companies part of group founded by CA governor collectively get nearly $3 million in PPP loans, data shows

Companies part of group founded by CA governor collectively get nearly $3 million in PPP loans, data shows

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Lindsey Feingold SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- At least eight companies partially owned by Gov. Gavin Newsom collectively received millions of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to an ABC7 analysis.While data released by the Small Business Administration earlier this year showed the PlumpJack Group received up to $350,000 worth of PPP loans, newly-released data by the SBA indicated PlumpJack businesses - including wineries, bars, and restaurants - received more than eight times that amount at nearly $3 million altogether.RELATED: In 2018,...

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Companies part of group founded by CA governor collectively get nearly $3 million in PPP loans, data shows

Companies part of group founded by CA governor collectively get nearly $3 million in PPP loans, data shows

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Lindsey Feingold SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- At least eight companies partially owned by Gov. Gavin Newsom collectively received millions of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to an ABC7 analysis.While data released by the Small Business Administration earlier this year showed the PlumpJack Group received up to $350,000 worth of PPP loans, newly-released data by the SBA indicated PlumpJack businesses - including wineries, bars, and restaurants - received more than eight times that amount at nearly $3 million altogether.RELATED: In 2018,...

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Dec 9
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San Francisco temporarily shut down 11 bars since March due to repeated COVID-19 health order violations, officials say

San Francisco temporarily shut down 11 bars since March due to repeated COVID-19 health order violations, officials say

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco's rollback in reopening could be tied to a few problem areas around the city.According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 11 bars and nightclubs were forced to temporarily shut down since March for repeatedly violating the public health order.RELATED: Each business was cited with what public health experts would warn is a "recipe for rapid spread" -- big crowds, no masks, and no social distancing.More than 400 violations were cited to businesses across the city since March. The hot spots flagged by public...

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Nov 12
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Viral video shows 2 Vallejo teachers bad mouthing students after virtual learning: 'These kids are technologically illiterate'

Viral video shows 2 Vallejo teachers bad mouthing students after virtual learning: 'These kids are technologically illiterate'

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out"I was heartbroken...angry...upset...confused. I couldn't believe I heard that come out of a teacher's mouth."By VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- Two Vallejo teachers were placed on administrative leave Friday after a viral video surfaced showing them bad mouthing their students after class.The Vallejo Unified School District confirmed the two teachers recorded in the video work at Jesse Bethel High School.The incident happened Thursday afternoon after a virtual English class.Here's portions of the exchange:Teacher 1: "It's so frustrating to know...these kids are...

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Oct 10
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55% of alleged criminals released in San Francisco reoffended before trial, report says

55% of alleged criminals released in San Francisco reoffended before trial, report says

An $18.7 million contract approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to extend the city's Pretrial Diversion Program is raising questions after a new report disproved its success. The program is overseen by the Sheriff's Office to supervise people recently arrested but released before trial to ensure they appear in court and reduce any new criminal activity. The contract to fund the program's extension passed the board overwhelmingly in mid-June after the Sheriff's Office said weeks earlier the program has been successful since 2016 in reducing the rate alleged criminals...

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Jul 14
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