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San Francisco Gyms And Salons Reopen Outdoors

SAN FRANCISCO—Hair salons, barber shops, and massage studios opened on September 1, in what San Francisco Mayor London Breed called a “huge step in the right direction.” Since that date, hair salons were eligible to apply for permits and services, and were limited to dry hair cuts. Gyms were allowed to operate outdoors on September 9 at 9 a.m....

Hiker Dies At Joshua Tree National Park

CALIFORNIA—On Saturday, September 5, Benjamin Whittier, 20, was hiking at Joshua Tree National Park, when he was discovered to be unresponsive by his hiking mate in the Turkey Flats area. On Sunday, September 6, Whittier was pronounced dead by the Riverside Country Coroner. Searchers found Whittier at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday near the base of Pinto Mountain. Staff at  Joshua...

Lion Dance Café Opens September 12

OAKLAND—On Saturday, September 12, Lion Dance Café, a Singaporean and Chinese fusion restaurant, will have a soft open for its takeout service as a pop-up restaurant, S+M Vegan. During its soft launch, customers are required to order food online starting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9. Customers are available to pick their food up in front of the shop...

SFPD Arrest 3 Suspects Involved In North Beach Burglaries

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, September 8, the SFPD arrested three suspects in connection to a series of burglaries in North Beach last week.  According to police, the three incidents occurred on August 17, August 24, and September 1, respectively. All three incidents involved the suspects breaking into private homes, and stealing bicycles. Investigators from the SFPD Burglary Unit and the Central Station...

Orange Glow Settles Over San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—An orange gloom has been cast over the Bay Area as of Wednesday, September 9. AIRNow San Francisco reports a moderate air quality index (AQI). The reason for the moderate AQI is SF's marine Layer, which normally cast a thick layer of misty fog over the bay. According to ABC7's Meteorologist Mike Nico, the marine layer is protecting the...

Uniformed SFPD Banned From 2021 Pride Parade

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Pride’s Board Directors voted and decided to ban  uniformed San Francisco Police Department officers from participating in 2021 Pride Parade on Wednesday, September 2. San Francisco Pride concluded that they won't welcome the San Francisco Police Department’s Pride Alliance in 2021 Pride Parade, due to police's violent acts in the parade 2019 and "decades of mistrust between...

Teens Saved By Off-Duty Redwood City Officer

SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, September 4, two teenagers who were involved in a car crash were saved by an off-duty officer. Redwood City Police tweeted at 7:42 p.m. on September 4: "Last night while in the area of I-80 near Donner Pass Road, Detective Matt Cydzik came across a major solo vehicle collision. Even though he was off-duty, he sprang into action...

Los Angeles County Bans Trick-Or-Treating This Halloween

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released guidelines for Halloween on September 5, which bans door-to-door trick-or-treating, carnivals, and parties under the COVID-19 pandemic. They stated that traditional ways for celebrating Halloween including trick-or-treating, parties and carnivals might increase non-essential contacts with people outside the house, so they should understand manners and prepare safer alternatives well before...

The Uptown, Oakland Nightclub, Closes Due To COVID-19

OAKLAND—On Saturday, September 5, The Uptown, a nightclub in Oakland, announced to close the site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to owners', Robbin Green-Yeh & Ray Yeh, the company posted messages on their website and Facebook pages. The Uptown has been struggling with financial difficulties in the past few years, and COVID-19 has impacted their business. The announcement reads: “Dear Uptown...

Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park Approve Campfire Ban

THREE RIVERS—On Monday, September 7, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California enacted a park-wide campfire and smoking ban, which would be effective at 6:00 a.m. on September 8. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park passed the fire restriction because of current wildfires and extremely hot weather which reached Preparedness Level 5 (PL 5), the highest level of the...
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