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San Francisco Teachers Union Pushes to Keep All Schools Open, Despite Major Budget Deficit and Enrollment Drop
Union leaders argue the district, which is considering closing or merging some schools, should look to other means to balance its budget, like cutting certain managerial positions.

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Interstate 80 Reopens in Sierra as Tahoe Braces for More Snow
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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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Oakland’s Fremont High Media Academy Gets a Special Honor in Sacramento
Smelling Music? A Multisensory ‘Prometheus’ Delights at the SF Symphony
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Empanadas Are the Star of This San Jose Cafe's Vast Mexican American Menu
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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

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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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How Long to Isolate With COVID in 2024? California and the CDC Say That Now Depends on Symptoms

Earlier this month, California issued new isolation guidelines for people who test positive for COVID-19 — which includes the guidance that people without symptoms no longer have to isolate. Here’s what you need to know.
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San Francisco Teachers Union Pushes to Keep All Schools Open, Despite Major Budget Deficit and Enrollment Drop

Union leaders argue the district, which is considering closing or merging some schools, should look to other means to balance its budget, like cutting certain managerial positions.

Oakland’s Fremont High Media Academy Gets a Special Honor in Sacramento

The California Dept. of Education lauded the program's low attrition and outstanding graduation rates.
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Takeaways From Trump’s Supreme Court Win: He Stays on Ballot, But Legal Peril Looms

Former President Donald Trump scored a clear win at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, which unanimously ruled that states don’t have the ability to bar him — or any other federal candidates — from the ballot under a rarely used constitutional provision.
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Smelling Music? A Multisensory ‘Prometheus’ Delights at the SF Symphony

Alexander Scriabin's mystical work soared with radiant lighting and immersive scents at Davis Symphony Hall.
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Interstate 80 Reopens in Sierra as Tahoe Braces for More Snow

A powerful blizzard that closed highways and ski resorts has moved through the Sierra Nevada, but forecasters warn that more snow is on the way for Northern California mountains.

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