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Seeing Madonna at SF's Chase Center? From Parking to Bag Policies and Parties, What to Know
Madonna is making a return to the stage this month. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for her concerts at Chase Center in San Francisco.
Leap Year 2024: Why Do We Get an Extra Day?
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Holiday Weekend Storms On Tap Could Bring Flooding to the Bay Area
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Battle Over San Francisco's Coastal Development Sparks Statewide Concerns
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Hilary Swank Gives Inspirational ‘Ordinary Angels’ Both the Heart and Heft it Needs
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Buckle Up for a Queer Road Trip Caper in Ethan Coen’s Spry ‘Drive-Away Dolls’
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Tommy Orange’s ‘Wandering Stars’ Traces a Family's Scars Across Six Generations
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Housing Affordability

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SF Mayor London Breed Reverses Course on Proposed Sober Living Site After Community Pushback

The decision comes less than two weeks after the mayor announced the opening of 149 units at a hotel wedged between North Beach and Chinatown.

California Bill Would Require Landlords to Accept Pets

Supporters say the law would remove barriers that contribute to the housing crisis, but property owners are balking at the plan.
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California Will Help Fund the Down Payment for Your First House. Here's How to Apply

The state will distribute roughly $250 million this year as part of the 'California Dream for All' program to assist first-generation home buyers.
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Could Vacant Office Spaces Across the US Be the Solution to a National Housing Problem?

As the US faces a housing problem and as office-building landlords face a vacancy crisis, some people have begun exploring converting empty buildings into residential housing.

Immigration

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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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A white woman dressed in an elaborate black gown and wearing a halo crown holds a microphone on stage.

Seeing Madonna at SF's Chase Center? From Parking to Bag Policies and Parties, What to Know

Madonna is making a return to the stage this month. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for her concerts at Chase Center in San Francisco.
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Oakland Mayor's Announcement of $3.5 Million Public Safety Grant Disrupted by Protesters Seeking Her Recall

Mayor Sheng Thao said the funds would be used to expand the city's street ambassador program, which aims to deter crime and mediate nonemergency conflicts without relying on law enforcement. It comes amid rising tensions over crime concerns that have fueled an effort to recall the mayor.
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Why It's Taken 5 Years for California Workers to Get Indoor Heat Protection

In March, the state is finally set to approve rules to protect workers from excessive heat indoors. Officials busted a 2019 deadline — a delay that demonstrates California's byzantine rulemaking process.
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Leap Year 2024: Why Do We Get an Extra Day?

A Bay Area astronomer explains: It's time to adjust the calendar; the Earth clock is running slow.

Your Guide to the 2024 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

Read our guide to find out how to attend one of the biggest celebrations in the Bay Area to mark Lunar New Year 2024.
A woman sitting on a train looks out a window and Highway 101, which is running parallel to the train she is on. There are a few cars on the roadway.

Is the SMART Train Easing Highway 101 Traffic in Marin and Sonoma?

The Sonoma Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART) train has been open since 2017, but is it doing its part to take cars off heavily traveled Highway 101?
A stopped-over man walks past San Francisco City Hall, with a law enforcement vehicle parked nearby in the plaza.

SF Close to Reaching Goal of 400 New Residential Treatment Beds, but Major Obstacles to Care Remain

San Francisco is adding an unprecedented number of behavioral treatment beds across the city, but the expansion has been uneven, and wait times have persisted amid ongoing staffing shortages.

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