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Severe Bay Area Storm Brings Road Closures and Blizzard Conditions to the Sierra Nevada
Wind, rain, snow, thunderstorms and frost combine for cold weekend weather in the region. Interstate 80 shut both ways for a 50-mile stretch, and many Tahoe resorts also remained closed Saturday.

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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
Live Review: Nicki Minaj Reclaims Her Crown at Tour Kickoff in Oakland
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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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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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A Tree Fell on My Car in the Bay Area. What Do I Do?

As the Bay Area receives yet another storm, here's a guide on whom to call if you find your vehicle or property under a fallen tree.

Severe Bay Area Storm Brings Road Closures and Blizzard Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

Wind, rain, snow, thunderstorms and frost combine for cold weekend weather in the region. Interstate 80 shut both ways for a 50-mile stretch, and many Tahoe resorts also remained closed Saturday.
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Live Review: Nicki Minaj Reclaims Her Crown at Tour Kickoff in Oakland

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As Celebrities Join Protests, Media Follows — and So Does the Backlash

The Middle East crisis has sharply divided Hollywood. Celebrities who've spoken out have lost jobs and been harassed. But there's a long history of celebrities lending their voices to bigger causes.

Oakland Police Commission Seeks Resident Input on OPD Chief Candidates After Public Forum

The results of the Police Commission survey, which closes Monday, would be shared with Mayor Sheng Thao, who will make the final decision on who will be Oakland police chief.

A New COVID Vaccine Dose Is Now Available for People Age 65 and Older. Where Can You Find a Shot Near You?

The new COVID vaccine was authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday, and is now rolling out across the US. Here's how to find a free COVID vaccine near you.

What's in a Name? Why SF Election Officials Rejected Some Chinese Names for the Bilingual Ballot

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