We are exposed to plastics and the chemicals that leach out from our food packaging in alarming amounts. Plastics are magnets for harmful pollutants.
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SF's 49% surge in hospitalizations puts city on high alert
On a day that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled additional restrictions for the upcoming July 4th weekend, the city of San Francisco announced an alarming rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations that is putting new strain on an anxious health care system.
Column: On this California beach, snowy plovers and dune buggies are in a fight for survival
Environmentalists would like to see Oceano Dunes closed to off-road vehicles to protect nesting birds. Off-roaders consider themselves the endangered species.
California adopts first-in-the-nation requirement that trucks go electric
State air regulators on Thursday approved a rule that forces automakers to sell a minimum number of zero-emissions big rigs, delivery vans and large pickups, starting in 2024. The move by the California Air Resources Control Board is meant to combat dirty air and address climate change.
Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most
Women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies, a look at 32 million U.S. births found.
Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, is giving $120 million to black colleges like Spelman and Morehouse
It’s the biggest gift so far by any individual or couple for racial justice.
3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near San Jose, Milpitas – NBC Bay Area
A 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck near the East Foothills neighborhood of San Jose Wednesday morning, according to the USGS.
Justice Department recommends holding Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for some online content
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Wednesday urged Congress to adopt new legislation that could punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for a wide array of harmful content posted online, threatening to erode a long-cherished legal immunity that Silicon Valley says is critical to the future of the Internet. The new legislation would target Section 230, a decades-old portion of law that spares social-media sites from being held liable for the posts, photos and videos uploaded to their sites by their users. The proposal would pave the way for steep sanctions on major online platforms if they don't act to remove a range of illicit content, from child exploitation to terrorism, according to DOJ officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday. The DOJ also seeks to force tech giants to be more transparent about their content-moderation decisions and more consistent in their enforcement of them, in a move that might offer the U.S. government a new avenue to investigate and prosecute companies over allegations of political bias. The Justice Department proposal also raises the possibility that tech companies could lose their legal protections if their use of security technologies, including encryption, prevents them from seeing and stopping harmful content from spreading on their services. For months, Attorney General William Barr had teased such recommendations, questioning whether Section 230 spared "titans" in the tech industry from accountability for their misdeeds. But the DOJ's efforts took on new urgency this month after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that seeks to introduce more government oversight of political speech online. Trump issued his highly-controversial directive out of concern that Facebook, Google and Twitter and major social-media sites are systematically censoring...
A new Silicon Valley venture report shocks — because of how little the pandemic has impacted dealmaking – TechCrunch
Image Credits: Getty Images The law firm Fenwick & West has published some new data to highlight how COVID-19 has affected the world of venture capital in Silicon Valley. The biggest surprise? It’s how little impact the global pandemic seems to have had on dealmaking this spring. Consider first that valuations in April were actually higher than in March, and that despite massive layoffs in the tech sector, so-called up-rounds only declined modestly, from 72% in March to 70% in April. In fact,...
Women’s prison journal: State inmate’s daily diary during pandemic
April Harris, 44, an inmate at a California women’s prison, tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-May. Since then she has battled a dry cough, but that’s not the bad part of being sick behind bars. The bad part, she says, is the atmosphere of neglect and chaos that has taken hold as the virus burns through the California Institution for Women, a 1,500-inmate prison in Riverside County.
Bay Area deaf, hard of hearing say face masks cut off communication
Deaf and hard of hearing people confront new challenges with the widespread use of face masks. The masks make lip reading impossible and hide some of the facial expressions that ASL uses to convey emphasis, tone and grammar.
Why communities of color are demanding environmental justice
There are countless links between environmental degradation and racial inequality, and the climate crisis often hits people of color hardest.
Family speaks out after California police mistake hammer for gun and shoot, kill 22-year-old man
The family of a Vallejo man shot and killed by police is speaking out for the first time since his death.
SJPD Searching for Suspect in Fatal Cycling Hit-and-Run – NBC Bay Area
San Jose police are asking for help identifying the suspect in a bicycle hit-and-run collision that left one dead and one injured Thursday afternoon in North...
How to survive without a paycheck during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many have been impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, especially those living without a paycheck.The line outside a popup food pantry from the San Francisco Marin Food Bank at its peak stretched for four blocks.Jaime Martinez says this is only the second time he has reached out to the Food Bank for help in his 70 years."Everything is so expensive," Martinez says. "Everything is going up and up and up and I'm sick and tired."Martinez hasn't worked at his job as a se...
San Jose police chief defends officers’ use of force during protests
Officials in San Jose held a news conference Thursday to discuss police tactics used during recent protests against police brutality.
These California counties reopened 'high-risk' businesses a month ago. Here's what happened
After Yuba and Sutter counties moved to reopen dine-in restaurants, hair salons, gyms and other "high-risk" businesses with modifications on May 4, California Governor Gavin Newsom strongly condemned the bi-county health jurisdiction for defying the statewide shelter-in-place order.
Man who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A community activist, who has worked for years to promote understanding between San Jose police and the public, was seriously injured by a riot gun in the George Floyd protest one week ago.He has now retained an attorney and spoke to the I-Team's Dan Noyes.Derrick Sanderlin knows the San Jose police chief well and has worked with him for three years.But tonight, he can't help questioning if they've made any progress at all.When protesters shut down Highway 101 in San...
Bay Area leaders chosen to advise governor on police reform; here's what they have in mind
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his support for new policing and criminal justice reforms as well as stopping the teaching of the strangle hold, something that has been up to police agencies in the past.To help with police reform Gov. Newsom appointed a 30-year police veteran, Ronald Davis who served with both Oakland and East Palo Alto police departments and civil rights leader Lateefa Simon."Coratid hold that is literally design to stop people's blood from flow...
Routes: Airlines plan more service resumptions for SFO this summer
As coronavirus-related restrictions continue to ease, airlines are moving cautiously into their summer schedules with a touch of optimism about rising levels of passenger demand for both domestic and international flights. More overseas routes are coming back to San Francisco International in June and July, while United and American are scheduling an expansion of international service from all their hubs. Those two carriers are also expecting to expand domestic operations in July. Meanwhile, American pulls out of Oakland, offers double miles and reopens some Admirals Clubs; Delta extends its seat-blocking policy into September; and Frontier starts temperature checks.
Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Called ‘Devastating’ – NBC Los Angeles
Los Angeles County health and elected officials have again highlighted disparities in COVID-19 deaths among black residents and warned that a recent uptick in...
Protesters and coronavirus: Bay Area health officials brace for spike in cases
The governor says California has spent 100 days to prepare for a resurgence of cases not necessarily because of protests, but due to the reopening of the economy.
Bay Area black chefs find rewards in speaking out on racial injustice
Police brutality and systemic racism used to be off the menu when black restaurateurs talked to the public. Now they’re having difficult conversations without the blowback they feared.
Protests, Rallies Continue in Bay Area – NBC Bay Area
Check here for the latest updates on demonstrations in the Bay Area.
Homelessness funds mostly spared in California budget cuts
While homelessness funds were largely spared from proposed budget cuts, California lawmakers press for more funding for other housing programs.
Bill coming due for some California nonprofits that laid off workers
Rather than pay unemployment tax, many nonprofits chose to cover unemployment benefits themselves because it was cheaper. The coronavirus changed that equation.
Coronavirus updates: Bay Area counties diverge once again on reopening
Of the six Bay Area counties who originally partnered together for the nation's shelter-in-place order, three are moving forward with reopening more businesses on Monday June 1, while the other three remain enforcing a stricter order.
3 things to know before traveling in California this summer
Vacation season is dawning on the Golden State just as Gov. Gavin Newsom begins to loosen shelter-in-place rules.
Hundreds block Silicon Valley highway over Floyd killing
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - An officer was injured after hundreds of people marched through the capital of Silicon Valley and temporarily shut down a five-lane section of highway Friday to protest the killing of an African American man by a white Minneapolis police officer. Vehicles were at a virtual standstill on the southbound lanes of U.S. 101 in San Jose ahead of rush hour during a pandemic that has kept many Californians home, according to video footage from KGO-TV. Protesters left the highway after an hour. Police later fired tear gas and nonlethal projectiles into the crowd that grew to about 1,000 protesters in downtown San Jose. Officers in riot gear lined up to prevent them from further disrupting traffic near city hall, KPIX-TV reported. The station said protesters smashed the windows of police cars and threw water bottles, and several were detained. One of the station's reporters said he was struck by a hard plastic disk fired by police but was not injured. A San Jose officer was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Officer Gina Tepoorten, a department spokeswoman. Police officers' union spokesman Dustin DeRollo said the officer was punched in the head by protesters and knocked unconscious, while other media reports said the officer was struck by a thrown object. Several hundred protesters meanwhile marched peacefully down city streets in the state capital of Sacramento, gathering near a police station and shouting at dozens of police guarding the building. Many protesters wore masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, KCRA-TV reported. The activity came a day after nine people were arrested after rocks were thrown at businesses, vehicles and officers during a Southern California protest stemming from the death of George Floyd, authorities said. Small...
The best takeout and delivery spots in the South Bay and Peninsula
Many restaurants in the South Bay and Peninsula are offering takeout and delivery since shelter in place: Here are our favorites, including a vegetarian snack shop, a combination taqueria/grocery store and a sustainable cuisine stalwart.
Michael Franti says positivity is more important than politics now
Veteran Bay Area hip-hop and funk musician and activist Michael Franti is more interested now in finding connections rather than writing politically charged music.
Despite California sheriffs' claims that 'zero bail is a fail,' data isn't so clear
A review of data from some Bay Area jails shows that anywhere between 3% to 12% allowed to bail out for free have been re-arrested during a roughly two-month period, an analysis by this news organization shows.
Fires, tear gas, looting at Friday night George Floyd protest in Oakland
A protest in Oakland over the police-custody death in Minneapolis of George Floyd devolved into chaos on Friday night, with fires being set, windows smashed, police officers struck by thrown objects and tear gas fired at protesters.
Is BART running out of money? Budget showing serious shortfalls
Confronted with the worst financial crisis in its 48-year history, BART managed to scrape together a $915 million budget to survive for one year.
Apple Buys Machine-Learning Startup to Improve Data Used in Siri
Apple Inc. bought machine-learning startup Inductiv Inc., adding to more than a dozen AI-related acquisitions by the technology giant in the past few years.
Bay Area officials rushing to recruit and train contact tracers
Every morning starting at 9 a.m. she picks up the phone and dials up a stranger, introducing herself and explaining her job helping public health officials track down every person in Contra Costa County who's been exposed to the new coronavirus.
Coronavirus education: Bay Area non-profit offers free distance learning to homeschool kids during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Similar to a tutor, but so much more, Khan Academy is a free resource for distance learning for students, and offers everything from math and science to test preparation during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy , speaks with ABC7's Kristen Sze about how it started and what they offer.
What Bay Area libraries will look like when they reopen
With shelter-in-place orders lifting across the Bay Area, library patrons are wondering how they will be able to access the much-needed materials, resources and activities offered by their local branches.
Bay Area guide to reopening: What each county allows
Although the state has outlined the four phases for reopening during the pandemic, Bay Area counties have opted to go at their own pace.
Summertime, and the living’s uneasy? Doctors tell us what’s OK, what to put off till another day
Can families travel anywhere this summer? Can kids see their grandparents or play with their friends? And what about wearing masks while exercising? Doctors offer real-world guidance and practical tips as society, like businesses, slowly reopens.
California unemployment hits 15.5% in April — largest monthly job loss ever recorded
Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week that 25% of California workers could be left jobless, a rate akin to Great Depression levels.