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Governor Gavin Newsom’s Comeback Plan To Tackle Homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO—One of the largest homeless encampments in San Francisco was cleared on Monday, May 17 by Caltrans crews at 450 Fifth St. As a part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s encampment strategy, people living in unsafe and unhealthy encampments will be moved to more stable housing. “There’s no #CAComeback without tackling the homelessness crisis head on,” said the governor in...

Freeway Shooting In Oakland Kills Two Victims

SAN FRANCISCO—A freeway shooting near eastbound I-580 at Seminary Avenue resulted in the death of two victims on Tuesday, May 18. Authorities determined that two separate shootings took place, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol. At 12:20 a.m., a large passenger bus sustained multiple bullet strikes after two shootings in Oakland. The first shooting occurred on...

SFPD Chief Releases Public Apology To Injured Suspect

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott released a public apology and announced a pause on plain clothes police operations on Thursday, May 13. The apology and pause are connected to an incident that occurred Friday, May 7, in which an officer fired and injured a car burglary suspect. The chief stated that the firing “should not have happened”...

Man Arrested For Tesla Autopilot Stunt

SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco man was arrested by CHP on Tuesday, May 11 for riding in the back of his Tesla while it was on “autopilot.” The driver was seen by several people riding in the back seat of his Tesla. The man posted videos of himself performing the act on his social media and pulled the same stunt...

California Population Drops For The First Time

SAN FRANCISCO—California’s population dropped by 182,083 residents during a 12-month negative growth rate period in 2020, according to new population estimates by the California Department of Finance.   As of January 1, 2021, California’s population is 39,466,855. The state’s negative growth rate of –0.46 percent over that past year represents the first 12-month decline since state population records have been kept.   Three...

SFSPCA Questions California Veterinary Medical Boards Telemedicine Policy

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed a lawsuit against the California Veterinary Medical Board. They are requesting that the restrictions of telemedicine be lifted for diagnosis and treatment recommendations over the phone without a prior in-person visit. The California Veterinary Medical Board currently has a policy stating that restrictions have been waived for...

California Water Service Suggests Residents Reduce Water Use

SAN FRANCISCO—The California Water Service recommends residents of the San Francisco and Bay Area reduce water use by 10 percent. Residents are encouraged to turn off fountains and not use car washes. Director of corporate communications at California Water Service, Yvonne Kingman, said it is important to know what water suppliers are doing during this time. “We have had two dry...

Former Netflix VP Convicted Of Bribery & Fraud

SAN JOSE—The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a former VP for Netflix was convicted of fraud & bribery charges on Friday, April 30. A federal jury found him guilty of receiving stock options and more than a half-million dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment began in 2018 and the trial began April 19 in which the jury found...

Joseph Williams Charged With Murder Of Baby Synciere

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, April 26, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin charged Joseph Williams with the murder of a 7-month-old boy. Williams and his girlfriend were in charge of caring for Baby S, later identified as Synciere Williams by the San Francisco Chronicle. On April 20, after an hour alone with Williams, the infant was taken to California Pacific...

Campaign Reaches Threshold For Recall Election Against Governor

CALIFORNIA—The Office of the California Secretary of State revealed on Tuesday, April 26 that the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign reached enough signatures for a recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom. The CA Secretary of State's office states on its website that "the requisite number of valid signatures has been reported to our office to initiate the recall of" Newsom and...