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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO—The Bay Area experienced a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near the fault line of Livermore on Tuesday, July 16 at 1:11 p.m. The earthquake had a 12.4-kilometer depth and was rated as a level 6 in terms of intensity on USGS’s shakemap. The main earthquake was followed by a 3.4 magnitude aftershock at 1:24 p.m. in the same area. No...

New Bill Taxes CEO’s Earning 100x More Than Employees

SAN FRANCISCO—A new bill proposal known as Article 33, otherwise known as the “Mental Health Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance,” will tax certain companies who pay their CEO’s 100 times more than their median wage-earning workers. The tax revenue will fund a universal mental health program for those in psychiatric emergencies or distress. The ordinance will be submitted to the voters...

PG&E Makes Changes To 2019 Wildfire Safety Program

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric company (PG&E), California’s largest natural gas and electric utility, announced their Community Wildfire Safety Program’s progress in a news release on Monday, July 15. The program was introduced in February 2019 and its main objective is to “enhance, accelerate, and new programs that PG&E is and will aggressively continue to implement to prevent wildfires...

Governor Authorizes Healthcare For Undocumented Residents

CALIFORNIA—On Wednesday, July 10, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will offer assistance to undocumented adults from lower-income communities and families between the ages of 19-25 to have healthcare. The bill is on route to go into effect in 2020. The state of California offers Medicaid to individuals under the age of 18, whether they are undocumented or a...

Billionaire Tom Steyer Announces Presidential Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco billionaire and philanthropist, Tom Steyer, announced his campaign for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, July 9 after denying his interest to run earlier this year. Steyer joined the race a day after Eric Swalwell, the 37-year-old congressman and Democratic presidential candidate dropped from running. Steyer will replace him as the 23rd presidential candidate on an already...

Southern CA Experiences Biggest Earthquake Since 1999

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—A 5.4 aftershock earthquake hit Southern California one day after the 6.4 earthquake occurred in the isolated Mojave Desert Thursday, July 4. On Friday, July 5 at approximately 11:07 a.m., an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.4 occurred in the desolate Searles Valley in Southern California. The quake was 7 kilometers deep and was rated as “very strong” on...

San Francisco Transportation Fares Increase With New Month

SAN FRANCISCO—Major Bay Area transit agencies just raised their fares as On Monday, July 1, transportation fares increased for Muni, AC Transit, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and Golden Gate Transit. BART and Caltrain prices have not increased, but with the increase in other transportation fares, it is more expensive to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. California drivers are being hit with...

NASA To Launch New Drone

UNITED STATES—On Thursday, June 27, NASA announced that it’s dispatching a drone named Dragonfly to examine Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. With the help of propellers, Dragonfly will fly and land on various areas on the icy moon to analyze if it can assist microbial life. The nuclear-powered expedition is part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, which lofted the New...

Background Checks For Ammo Purchases Required In California

CALIFORNIA—California is known for having strict and reformative gun laws which involve the regulation of sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition. Starting Monday, July 1, Governor Gavin Newsom announced California as the first state to require background checks for ammunition purchases. Republicans and gun rights advocates have already criticized the state’s new implementation of requiring a real ID...

Data Shows Sacramento County Homelessness Has Increased

SACRAMENTO—According to the city of San Francisco's 2019 Sacramento Homelessness Point in Time (PIT) Count, homelessness increased 19 percent in the last two years. It was reported that chronic homelessness—defined as people who have experienced homelessness repeatedly or for at least a year while struggling with a disability such as mental illness, substance abuse, or physical disabilities—has declined. Lisa Bates, CEO...
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