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Storm Barrels Down on Sierra as Blizzard Conditions Close Tahoe Resorts
Ski resorts closed Friday and possibly into weekend as intense winds and as much as 12 feet of snow are expected through Sunday with 'dangerous to impossible' travel conditions and possible 'prolonged' power outages.

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Storm Barrels Down on Sierra as Blizzard Conditions Close Tahoe Resorts
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San Mateo, Contra Costa Pause Natural Gas Bans for New Buildings
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Sierra Braces for Peak of Severe Storm, With Over 10 Feet of Snow Possible
50 Years Ago, ‘Blazing Saddles’ Broke Wind — and Box Office Expectations
Marin County’s Best Late-Night Restaurant Is a Poker Room With $26 Prime Rib
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My Daughters Sold Girl Scout Cookies. Here’s what I Learned in the Thin Mint Trenches
A plate of a variety of cookies sits surrounded by different Girl Scouts Cookie boxes.

Housing Affordability

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Death Rate Among America's Unhoused Population Akin to 'Natural Disaster or War,' New Study Finds

The death rate among unhoused people throughout the country more than tripled between 2011 and 2020, with overdoses playing a major role, according to the report.
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To Fight Rising Rents, These Fresno County Residents Bought Their Mobile Home Park

As Californians deal with rising rents and a housing shortage, one group of mobile home park residents in Fresno County secured affordable housing for themselves by purchasing the land from the park’s corporate landlord.
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Despite Progress, Santa Clara County Sees Sharp Rise in First-Time Homelessness

The number of households becoming homeless for the first time spiked last year. Advocates say ongoing rent increases, stagnant wages and the expiration of pandemic-era protections are to blame.
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Larkspur Voters to Decide Future of Rent Control In Their City

Larkspur landlords are spending big to take down Measure D, which would impose rent control in the city, but tenant activists say it doesn’t go far enough.

Immigration

People protesting, including adults and children, with a young girl holding a sign that says "We're not done dreaming."

Research Finds Immigration Enforcement Hurts Students and Hinders Schoolwork — but Schools Offer Support

According to UCLA's policy brief, children of 'unauthorized immigrants' between the ages of 6 and 16 are 14% more likely to repeat a grade, while those aged 14 to 17 are 18% more likely to drop out of school altogether.
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New Bay Area Immigration Court Opens, Aims to Tackle Deportation Backlog

The federal immigration court opening in Contra Costa County will nearly double the capacity of San Francisco’s overburdened court. But advocates fear it could rush asylum seekers and other immigrants through deportation proceedings without lawyers.
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California Advocacy Group Sues ICE, Judge Orders Release of All Immigration Policies

The immigration agency has until Oct. 31 to release a trove of internal documents under a transparency lawsuit brought by a San Diego-based immigrant advocacy group. 

Half Moon Bay Farm Involved in Shooting Paid $126,000 in Workplace Violations

California Terra Garden paid $84,000 in back wages and $42,500 in penalties under federal protections for agricultural workers. A Department of Labor investigation into Concord Farms, the second site of consecutive shootings, is ongoing.

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What’s In A Name? Why SF Election Officials Rejected Some Chinese Names for the Bilingual Ballot

A building with intricate pillars in front, as well as a red and white city bus.

Former SF SAFE Employees File Labor Complaint Against Defunct Nonprofit

More than a dozen former employees are seeking back pay from the decades-old crime prevention organization, which abruptly closed its doors in January after an audit found it had misused taxpayer funding.
A car with headlights on through a snowstorm and roads covered in snow, with a traffic sign above that reads Sacramento and Reno.

Storm Barrels Down on Sierra as Blizzard Conditions Close Tahoe Resorts

Ski resorts closed Friday and possibly into weekend as intense winds and as much as 12 feet of snow are expected through Sunday with 'dangerous to impossible' travel conditions and possible 'prolonged' power outages.

California Election Workers Make Comeback After COVID and Conspiracy Claims

They had to get through the pandemic, election denial and suspicious envelopes. While some left, counties now say they’re having better luck recruiting poll workers.
A seated man wearing a hooded jacket starts a fire in his makeshift tent.

Death Rate Among America's Unhoused Population Akin to 'Natural Disaster or War,' New Study Finds

The death rate among unhoused people throughout the country more than tripled between 2011 and 2020, with overdoses playing a major role, according to the report.
Blue flames from a stove against a black background.

San Mateo, Contra Costa Pause Natural Gas Bans for New Buildings

After a federal court invalidated Berkeley’s bellwether all-electric building code, the dominoes are falling, with other jurisdictions pulling their versions of the policy.

Sierra Braces for Peak of Severe Storm, With Over 10 Feet of Snow Possible

The National Weather Service is telling people not to travel in the mountains due to blizzard conditions.

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