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Governor Newsom Announces Mandatory Vaccines For Teachers

CALIFORNIA—On Wednesday, August 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new vaccine mandate making California the first state to demand teachers either get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing. https://twitter.com/KPIXtv/status/1425558742746091522 Governor Newsom reiterated that the mandate includes all school staff members including custodians, bus drivers, and all school faculty. The requirements are  set to begin Thursday, August 12. “There’s no substitute...

Coastline Rip Current Safety Awareness Tips

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Fire Department is reminding beach goers that rip currents along the coastline of California are a safety hazard. The National Park service, U.S. Coast Guard, National Weather Service, San Francisco Police Department Marine Unit, and SFFD partnered to offer safety tips to residents of California. There have been several close calls of drownings due to rip...

State Grid Operator Asks Californians To Conserve Energy

SAN FRANCISCO—California’s power grid operator asked residents of California to conserve electricity on days where temperatures are higher. A Flex Alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator on July 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to a press release, the grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand primarily for air conditioning use. With temperatures...

Dixie Fire Continues To Grow Over 190,000 Acres

SAN FRANCISCO—The Dixie Fire has grown to 190,625 acres since July 14 and has been 20 percent contained as of Sunday, July 25. Pyro Cumulus clouds caused extreme fire danger and less stable conditions for air tankers. The fire has been active for 11 days and runs above the Cresta Dam and Feather River Canyon. Recent reports from CAL FIRE...

PG&E Announces Electrical Undergrounding Initiative To Prevent Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO—PG&E announced a new initiative to expand electrical undergrounding of power lines in High Fire Threat Districts on Wednesday, July 21. The initiative builds on previous successful underground projects to strengthen electrical systems and reduce the chance of wildfires. PG&E CEO, Patti Poppe, announced the safety initiative is a multi-year effort to underground approximately 10,000 miles of power lines....

Officials Lists California’s Most Dangerous Cities

CALIFORNIA—The California Globe reported on June 27, that 11 cities in the state of California are considered to be part the 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S. Statistics gathered by Roadsack.com confirm that the chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime is greater in at least 11 cities including: Oakland, San Bernardino, Stockton San Francisco, Vallejo, Richmond,...

Dry Conditions Increase Wildfire Activity In Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO—The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning into effect for Wednesday, July 14. High winds and low humidity may lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity in Northern California. A Red Flag Warning is implemented when weather events could result in extreme fire behavior that may occur in the following 24 hours, according to CAL...

June 2021 Recorded Hottest Month In 127 Years

SAN FRANCISCO—June 2021 was the hottest June on record for the United States with an overall 4.2-degree temperature increase. The San Francisco National Weather Service implemented Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories on Friday, July 9. The average temperature in June across the U.S. was 76 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June 2021 surpassed the record...

Two Men Arrested After Lake Merritt Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the Oakland Police Department arrested two men after a fatal shooting near Lake Merritt that occurred on June 19. The OPD said in a news conference that two gangs were present during the shooting and multiple shooters were involved. Police responded to an incident report regarding gunshots at Brooklyn and Lakeshore Avenues at approximately 6:34 p.m. on...

U.S. Immigration And Customs Report Migrant Increase At Border

UNITED STATES−The U.S. Immigration and Customs reported an large influx of migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico. Immigration policies put into place by the Trump administration have been reversed or suspended by the Biden administration leaving border agents with a large influx of undocumented individuals who were previously housed in Mexico during processing. On Friday, June 18, border agents...
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