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A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won't help.

A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won't help.

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateBefore the novel coronavirus struck, 300,000 evictions were filed in the United States in a typical month. With nearly 10 million people filing unemployment claims last month, evictions would clearly skyrocket, absent intervention from the government. In one hint of the trouble to come, researchers at the City University of New York found at the end of March that 44 percent of New Yorkers expected to have trouble making their April rent.Fortunately, Congress, states, municipalities and the Department of Housing and Urban...

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April 8, 2020
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Gymnastics school owner selling family home to try to keep gym open amid pandemic

Gymnastics school owner selling family home to try to keep gym open amid pandemic

Michelle Klimesh said that Diablo Gymnastics had its best financial year ever in 2019.2020 couldn’t look more different.Instead, the business owner is doing everything she can to keep the San Ramon business running, including selling her great-grandfather’s house in Iowa, which has been in her family for generations.“Thank God I was so financially conservative,” Klimesh said. “Most gymnastic schools are like restaurants, and if I had to guess they aren’t going to make it through the pandemic. Many were already in debt before this started.”Klimesh said she was lucky to have money in the bank...

August 3, 2020
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Salesforce donates $9M each to SFUSD and OUSD

Salesforce donates $9M each to SFUSD and OUSD

Salesforce has donated a total of $18 million to support Bay Area schools in advance of the new school year, which begins this month.With the contribution, the company said it hopes to support teachers and help close the digital technology divide amid the pandemic. While parents and children are expected to embrace remote learning, many students don’t own a computer or have internet access. Shutting down schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable populations.Nine million will support the San Francisco Unified School District, building on existing programs...

August 11, 2020
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262 lightning strikes spark wildfires in Northern California

262 lightning strikes spark wildfires in Northern California

Thunderstorms that produced over 260 lightning strikes sparked at least four over the weekend in Siskiyou County, Cal Fire officials said. All the fires are contained as of Monday morning.The summer began on Saturday afternoon, with light rain around 2:30 p.m. and thunder accompanying it by late afternoon. Siskiyou County, home of Mount Shasta, is one of California's northernmost counties, sharing the border with Oregon. According to Cal Fire, they received 12 reports of fires and were able to track down four, including one that started when lightning struck a juniper tree."Cal Fire along...

Jul 4
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SF tech company does layoffs after reportedly reassuring workers

SF tech company does layoffs after reportedly reassuring workers

 A video game-focused company has laid off hundreds of employees just weeks after its CEO reportedly told employees no such layoffs were imminent.Unity, the company in question, doesn't produce any video games itself, but provides the game engine that underpins many popular titles including “Genshin Impact” and “Pokémon Go.” The company confirmed to that it would be laying off around 4% of its staff, or slightly more than 200 staffers."As part of a continued planning process where we regularly assess our resourcing levels against our company priorities, we decided to realign some of...

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Derailed train blocks intersections in Emeryville

Derailed train blocks intersections in Emeryville

EMERYVILLE (BCN)The vehicle railroad crossings at 65th, 66th and 67th Streets in Emeryville, adjacent to Shellmound Street, reopened Sunday evening, about five hours after a Union Pacific freight train derailed there, Emeryville police said.Those crossings were fouled when six cars of a UP freight train - three empty tank cars and three refrigerated boxcars - derailed at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday just south of the Powell Street bridge over the tracks.UP spokesman Tim S. McMahan said the train originated in Roseville and was headed to Oakland. No one on the train or near the tracks was injured,...

April 19, 2020
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Meet the two women who caught the mountain lion in San Francisco

Meet the two women who caught the mountain lion in San Francisco

Captain Amy Corso woke up last Thursday at 1:30 a.m. to the sound of her crying toddler.Corso didn't need to get up for work until 3 a.m., but she couldn't fall back asleep because she immediately started thinking about the task ahead of her that day - tracking down a lost mountain lion in the city and capturing it.Corso is the field services supervisor for San Francisco's Animal Care & Control and in recent days she and her colleague Officer Stephanie Pone had been consumed with the wild cat prowling city streets at night. The two had been pounding the pavement, patrolling city...

June 22, 2020
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Does the Bay Area need to shelter in place until June? An expert weighs in

Does the Bay Area need to shelter in place until June? An expert weighs in

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateFor more coverage, visit our complete .On Monday, health officials across six Bay Area counties "through May," but will allow for an unspecified “limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities."The full details of the new order have not been released, but news that shelter-in-place will continue through May is likely the last thing Bay Area residents suffering from "quarantine fatigue" wanted to hear.A four-week extension of the order — originally scheduled to expire on May 3 — is curious,...

April 28, 2020
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Facing an uncertain future, Amoeba Music launches GoFundMe campaign: 'We are in trouble'

Facing an uncertain future, Amoeba Music launches GoFundMe campaign: 'We are in trouble'

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateThings were looking bleak for Amoeba Music even before the COVID-19 crisis closed in on California.Foot traffic was dropping. The flow of tourists was dwindling. And the familiar faces often obscured by rows of endless records had all but disappeared as they grew apprehensive of their tactile, treasure-seeking hobby.On the Monday that Amoeba shuttered for the foreseeable future, all three of their record shops had collectively generated about a third of the sales they normally make in a day. Now, as the duration of the closure...

April 21, 2020
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BART tweets information on airflow, farts and ... more

BART tweets information on airflow, farts and ... more

Bay Area Rapid Transit took to Twitter on Thursday to educate riders on airflow in their cars amid concerns about COVID-19 spread, but the conversation soon turned scatological.BART has been hit hard by the pandemic. Ridership for Monday, July 27 was 43,318, representing an 89% drop compared to their budget projections.While this is largely due to residents working from home and not requiring a daily commute into the city, there are also concerns about viral spread in the car, leading to people often choosing to travel around the Bay instead in their own vehicles.To address these fears,...

August 14, 2020
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