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SFPD Makes Five Arrests Related To Multiple Shootings

SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, May 27, the San Francisco Police Department announced in a press release that they arrested five individuals in connection to several shootings. The arrests were made on Tuesday, May 26, after serving search warrants in seven different cities; San Francisco, South San Francisco, Vallejo, San Jose, Concord, Pittsburg and Sacramento. The search warrants were executed by the...

Bay Area Churches Keep Online Services, Despite OK To Reopen

SAN FRANCISCO—Last week the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, gave permission for places of worship to reopen again, as long as the right safety measures were followed. However, despite this allowance to reopen, many Bay Area churches are choosing to keep services online.  “We will not have in-person worship on Sunday,” said the Very Rev. Malcolm Young of Grace Cathedral...

California Staff Will Be Impacted Due To Revenue Decrease

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, May 26, the California Academy of Sciences indicated 75 percent of their staff will be impacted as they are planning on fighting through a $12 million loss in revenue for the upcoming year. Dr. Scott Sampson, the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, shared the news to the academy staff during a virtual all-staff...

Specific Guidelines Released For Barbershops, Hair Salons

CALIFORNIA—The state of California is allowing barbershops and hair salons in most California counties to reopen to customers again. While California Governor Gavin Newsom has let much of the state open up barbershops and hair salons, the only Bay Area counties that can open up those services immediately are Solano, Sonoma and Napa. The rest of the Bay Area, including San...

Artist Seeks Missing Painting Given Away Without Permission

SAN FRANCISCO—In April, local San Francisco artist Amos Goldbaum painted a San Francisco street scene that was displayed on a boarded-up clothing and gift shop known as The Woods, located in the Mission District. Goldbaum partnered with “Paint the Void,” an organization that was launched to create murals and help brighten up closed businesses around the Bay Area. A few...

Shared Spaces Program Allows Restaurants To Use Sidewalks

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, May 26, the city of San Francisco announced the launch of a new program called Shared Spaces. The program will allow local businesses to utilize public spaces such as sidewalks, full or partial streets, plazas, and parks for restaurant or retail pick-up and other related activities. While restaurant dine-in is currently not allowed by San Francisco’s...

San Francisco County Not Transitioning Into ‘Phase 2.5’

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco County is one of 11 counties in California that will not be transitioning into “Phase 2.5” of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the state after being shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 47 California counties entering Phase 2.5 are permitted to reopen in-person retail stores and dine-in restaurants to the public....

SFO Announces Text-To-911 Feature Available June 1

SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, May 27, a service known as Text-to-911 was announced by the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The service enables people at the airport to get in touch with SFO 911 dispatchers through text message if they are unable to make a phone call. It will be operational on Monday, June 1. According to the Airport Director, Ivar...

Hair Salons Now Able To Reopen In California

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, May 26, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, announced in a press conference that hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen their doors with these guidelines in place. Some of these guidelines include establishing written, worksite specific COVID-19 prevention plans; providing employees with personal protective equipment, also known as PPE; enforcing social distancing by staggering...

Clipper Card System Upgrades Coming Late 2020

SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, May 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Program Manager, Jason Weinstein, released an article outlining how and when the Clipper card system would be getting an upgrade. Weinstein writes that although the transition will not be complete until 2023, “The first step for the new generation of Clipper is the introduction of a mobile app, which will...
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