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California Law Aims To Reduce Food Waste By 2025

CALIFORNIA—On October 7, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a proposal that would reduce oils and natural gasses emitted into the California's atmosphere. After battling and losing to legislature over the issue of reducing gasoline consumption, Brown implemented an alternative plan to slow climate change—fighting California's overflowing landfill crisis with a signed bill that requires that at least 75 percent of...

Governor Jerry Brown Passes ‘End Of Life Option Act’ In California

CALIFORNIA—Governor Jerry Brown signed bill a on September 5 at the California Assembly to pass a new bill that would allow terminally ill, but competent patients to end their lives at will with the help of medical staff. Although met with some resistance by various religious organizations and advocates for people with disabilities, who have concern over caregivers potentially pressuring those that...

Oregon Shooting Sparks Gun Control Conversation

OREGON—On October 1, Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, open-fired on numerous students and staff members at Umpqua Community college, located in Douglas County, Oregon, killing 10 people and injuring 9. Victims ranged in age from  18 to 67. According to student, Brady Winder, 26, the shooting took place at 10:38 a.m. The event allegedly took place in Snyder Hall, a building that...

Africanized Honeybees Discovered In Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO—UC San Diego researchers have discovered an Africanized breed of honeybees in Reliez Valley near Briones Regional Park. Researchers have been tracking their movement throughout California, through the Mariposa County in the Central Valley. The bees have been known to be attracted to warmer climates, which explains why they have migrated into the Bay Area recently. UC San Diego...

Supermoon Eclipse Arriving September 27

SAN FRANCISCO—A total lunar eclipse is set to arrive on Sunday, September 27, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. PST. This event will mark the phenomenon scientists are calling the “supermoon eclipse." The next time this event is set to take place is in 2033. The last supermoon eclipse took place over three decades ago in...

SF County Jails Housing Transgender Inmates By Preferred Gender

SAN FRANCISCO—Transgender San Francisco County prison inmates will soon have the option to be sent to a prison based on their gender preference. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi made the announcement on Thursday, September 10. According to Mirkarimi, the change will begin to take place in a few weeks and is set to be completed by the end of the...

Radio Host Campaigns To Change SF Flag

SAN FRANCISCO—One Bay Area radio host is lobbying to change the San Francisco city flag, claiming that it is "ugly" and out-of-date. Roman Mars, host of the "99% Invisible" podcast on KALW, argues that it is time for the city to adopt a new flag that would be better representative of modern San Francisco. The host first brought attention to the...

SF Elementary School Adds Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

SAN FRANCISCO—An elementary school in San Francisco has become the first school in the city to implement gender-neutral bathrooms. Miraloma Elementary School removed the typical triangle and circle labels on the bathroom doors and substituted in signs reading "Inclusive Bathroom," accompanied with a male/female/transgender logo. Kindergarten and first-grade students at the school will now be able to use bathrooms without having to identify themselves simply as...

Oldest Survivor Of 1906 SF Quake Dies

SAN FRANCISCO—The oldest known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake has reportedly died at the age of 113. Ruth Newman passed away in her home in Pebble Beach, California on July 29. Newman was only five years old when the earthquake hit Northern California and leveled most of San Francisco. Newman and the rest of her family, all of whom...

Parents Of Kathryn Steinle Sue

SAN FRANCISCO—The parents of Kathryn Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed two months ago while walking on San Francisco's Pier 14, have filed a lawsuit against local and federal authorities for actions that indirectly contributed to the death of their daughter. Among those Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan name in their lawsuit are San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Bureau of Land...
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