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San Francisco city leaders vote unanimously to ban plastic straws, single-use foodware

San Francisco city leaders vote unanimously to ban plastic straws, single-use foodware

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutSan Francisco's board of supervisors voted unanimously to join cities such as Vancouver, Berkeley and Seattle in banning plastic straws.The legislation proposed by Supervisor Katy Tang not only includes the elimination of plastic straws, but many non-recyclable plastic items like coffee stirrers. It also includes language that would make San Francisco the first city in the country to ban fluorinated chemicals in food containers. Because San Francisco uses 1-million plastic straws a day, the issue took center stage.RELATED: "I wanted to start with legislation to...

July 26, 2018
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Petaluma gym owner creates outdoor deck to survive during COVID-19, but says his American dream is 'gone'

Petaluma gym owner creates outdoor deck to survive during COVID-19, but says his American dream is 'gone'

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) -- For workout junkies, it seemed a sight for sore eyes.In a where most gyms remain closed, ABC7's Wayne Freedman found one in Petaluma with straining, sweating people outdoors.A success story?"People drive down the road, say 'look, they're open!'" said owner Adam Kovacs, almost mockingly. "They just don't know."They haven't seen the empty workout room inside, where music blares from speakers with only empty machines to listen. Adam Kovacs owns three Sonoma Fit gyms.RELATED: He has just about reached wits end."I am so in the red I don't...

July 25, 2020
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'Pride in community': Oakland nonprofit crew cleans up, disinfects homeless camps for COVID-19

'Pride in community': Oakland nonprofit crew cleans up, disinfects homeless camps for COVID-19

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- In Oakland, a local nonprofit is trying to help make that city's homeless encampments a little cleaner, and safer amid a deepening pandemic. It's an invaluable program in partnership with the city of Oakland, and other public and private agencies that may soon come to an end, once its federal funding ends at the close of the year."Sweep it up, tighten it all up, shovel it up. And then pick up the little stuff," says Ken Houston, a community organizer and activist as he shouts instructions to a small group of yellow-clad workers, who...

November 19, 2020
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'This is not Oakland': Looting suspects came from out of town, city officials say

'This is not Oakland': Looting suspects came from out of town, city officials say

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Alix Martichoux OAKLAND (KGO) -- Many of those arrested for looting in Alameda County over the weekend were from out of town, revealed Oakland's police chief in a press conference Monday."Many were coming actually from, surprisingly, the Stockton, Merced, southern area and coming in very organized fashion... 15, 20, 30 cars at a time, hitting as you've seen different shopping malls, different areas," said Interim Police Chief Susan Manheimer.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said 60 people were arrested Sunday who were "clearly engaged in serious illegal activity."...

June 1, 2020
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Despite some push back, SF Muni reports 90% of riders wear face masks

Despite some push back, SF Muni reports 90% of riders wear face masks

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The so-called battle between those who mask-up and those who don't have also been an issue when riding Muni buses in San Francisco. While mask compliance is high, there are reports of Muni operators being accosted and even assaulted for demanding that people wear a mask.When getting on a bus in San Francisco the rules are in plain sight.No mask, no entry.Since April 22, when the mask ordinance went into effect, The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has kept a record of the number of people who wear a mask while onboard. On...

October 7, 2020
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Holiday ice rinks fall victim to COVID-19 pandemic

Holiday ice rinks fall victim to COVID-19 pandemic

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Juan Carlos Guerrero LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- Add holiday ice skating rinks to the list of things you won't be able to take part in this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Operators of all the seasonal ice skating rinks that typically kick off in time for Thanksgiving have announced that they will not be opening this year.RELATED: On its website, operators of the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center announced the disappointing news: "Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020/2021 season of The Holiday Ice Rink at...

October 30, 2020
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EXCLUSIVE: Bay Area couple describes 'strange trip' to Wuhan before COVID-19 officially reported

EXCLUSIVE: Bay Area couple describes 'strange trip' to Wuhan before COVID-19 officially reported

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KGO) -- When did the Chinese government really know about the?RELATED: It's a question that's been raised many times before.In an exclusive interview with ABC7 News, a Bay Area couple describes their trip to Wuhan, China two months before the virus was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO)."The whole thing was just a little off... it didn't quite make sense at the time," said Charlie and Margaret Getz, recalling their brief visit to Wuhan in early November.It was just the beginning of their seven-day voyage along the famous...

May 27, 2020
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Surveillance video shows armed men who beat woman, stole her puppy in SF

Surveillance video shows armed men who beat woman, stole her puppy in SF

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- ABC7 News has obtained surveillance video of the moment three men assaulted a woman at gunpoint before stealing her puppy in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood on Tuesday Night.In the video, a group of men wearing masks and white hoodies can be seen walking up Hyde Street near Broadway before attacking Sarah Vorhaus, 30, who said she was walking her two dogs, Colton and Chloe.The men then run towards a getaway car and drive away. By request from Vorhaus, ABC7 News has blurred the car as police investigate.SAN FRANCISCO ATTACK:...

January 7, 2021
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Sideshow activity leads to deadly multi-vehicle crash on Bay Bridge, CHP says

Sideshow activity leads to deadly multi-vehicle crash on Bay Bridge, CHP says

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A passenger of a dirtbike died at the scene of a multiple-vehicle collision on the Bay Bridge on Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said.The accident happened just before 6 p.m. and two lanes of eastbound I-80 were shut down for almost hours Sunday evening, causing major delays.CHP says the victim who died was a 20-year-old man who was a passenger on a dirt bike that was involved in sideshow activity on the bridge. The 20-year-old already had an injury that he got from an earlier accident.Officials say after the first accident, he...

January 18, 2021
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Santa Clara Co. finally joins the rest of the Bay Area in Phase 2 of reopening

Santa Clara Co. finally joins the rest of the Bay Area in Phase 2 of reopening

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Alix Martichoux SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Santa Clara County, the final holdout in the Bay Area when it comes to moving into Phase 2 of reopening, will allow curbside pickup, manufacturing and logistics work to resume starting Friday.RELATED: In order to reopen, retail, manufacturing and warehouse businesses need to cap employee density at one person per 300 square feet of space.All retail transactions with customers will have to occur outside. That means stores within an indoor mall, like Westfield Valley Fair for example, won't be able to reopen for pickup....

May 19, 2020
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