Tag: San Francisco (Calif)

Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Home values could fall significantly. Banks could stop lending to flood-prone communities. Towns could lose the tax money they need to build sea walls and other protections. These are a few of the warnings published on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco regarding the financial risks of climate change. The […]

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Marc Benioff: We Need a New Capitalism

Capitalism, I acknowledge, has been good to me. Over the past 20 years, the company that I co-founded, Salesforce, has generated billions in profits and made me a very wealthy person. I have been fortunate to live a life beyond the wildest imaginations of my great-grandfather, who immigrated to San Francisco from Kiev in the […]

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Earthquake in Bay Area Shakes San Francisco

The Bay Area was jolted Saturday morning when a minor earthquake struck about 10 miles from San Francisco. The earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 3.5, hit at 8:41 a.m. local time. It originated about five miles deep in the earth, and occurred about three and a half miles southwest of Colma, Calif., according […]

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High Medical Bills Set Up Major Legal Showdown in California

In a less than a week, Sutter Health, a sprawling system of 24 hospitals and 5,500 doctors, will face a court trial over accusations that it used its dominance in Northern California to stifle competition and force patients to pay higher medical bills. Sutter, the nonprofit hospital group in Sacramento, with operating revenues of $13 […]

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Two Prosecutors Were Shaped by 1980s Los Angeles. Now They Have Opposing Views on Criminal Justice.

LOS ANGELES — Walking the beat as a cop in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles in the 1990s, George Gascón found himself arresting multiple generations of black men from the same family. The experience shaped his views on mass incarceration and the devastation it inflicted on black communities, and guided him as he […]

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Cecilia Chiang, a Pioneering Restaurateur, Marks a Century of Flavors

SAN FRANCISCO — On her 99th birthday, Cecilia Chiang wore a leopard-print silk shirt and black trousers, slipped on two thick, glittering cocktail rings, and met her granddaughter for an early lunch at Yank Sing, in Rincon Center. Before she could put in an order for her favorite — the juicy pea-shoot dumplings — a […]

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San Francisco to Get Environmental Violation for Homelessness, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Wednesday that his administration would issue a notice of environmental violation against the city of San Francisco because of what he described as its homelessness problem. Traveling aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from a three-day trip to California and New Mexico, Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning

SAN FRANCISCO — The rebuttal sounded something like a threat. That seemed to be Kamala Harris’s point. It was December 2003, a final debate in the final days before the runoff election in Ms. Harris’s race for San Francisco district attorney against her onetime boss, Terence Hallinan. And Mr. Hallinan, the crusading progressive incumbent, was […]

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Trump’s Vague Plans on Homelessness

Donald Trump likes speaking in declarative sentences and promising to solve big problems. He revels in the appearance of activity and the development of vague plans. And it is in this spirit that Mr. Trump has turned his attention to homelessness in California. There is no question that California is in the throes of a crisis. […]

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Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Honeybees and other pollinating insects are crucial helpers in putting food on American tables. But the bees’ colonies have declined over the years, leading concerned beekeepers and scientists to speculate about the causes. A new lawsuit by leaders in the beekeeping industry against the Environmental Protection Agency highlights one often-cited worry: that pesticides are playing […]

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California Rent Control Bill Advances, Fueled by Housing Crisis

California’s escalating housing costs have yielded epic commutes and a rising tide of homelessness. Now they are close to producing a political milestone: a vast expansion of tenant-protection laws that would cap rents statewide. On Tuesday, the State Senate voted to advance a bill to limit rent increases to 5 percent a year plus a […]

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Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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N.R.A. Files Suit Against San Francisco

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday, less than a week after the city’s board of supervisors declared the group a terrorist organization and moved to limit relationships with companies that do business with the N.R.A. The suit alleges that the city is violating the N.R.A.’s First Amendment speech rights and has effectively […]

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Have We Hit Peak Vape Panic?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photographs by Nicholas McComber/Getty Images, Nick Cote for The New York Times, Rachel Woolf for The New York Times, Cayce Clifford for The New York Times. This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. What just happened: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer […]

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We Still Don’t Know How Safe Vaping Is

Health officials have identified one potential cause of the mysterious vaping-related illness that has sickened more than 200 people and claimed at least two lives: vitamin E acetate, an oil found in some marijuana-based vaping products. But there’s still a lot they don’t know. Are other adulterants also involved? Does a combination of vaping ingredients, […]

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San Francisco Declares the N.R.A. a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’

Unsettled by recent mass shootings across the nation, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30, two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three […]

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California University Steps In to Save Beloved Webcam

The San Francisco FogCam, believed to be the longest-running public webcam, was supposed to shut down at the end of August, 25 years after it began broadcasting images of life at San Francisco State University (and, on occasion, the city’s trademark fog). But after recent news reports publicized the beloved webcam’s impending demise, the university […]

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FogCam Is Signing Off in San Francisco

It has been around longer than Facebook, Billie Eilish and the Impossible Burger. It survived a dot-com boom, bust and boom again. It has outlasted five mayors. But now, after 25 years, the San Francisco FogCam, which many people contend is the world’s oldest webcam, will be turned off for good. At the end of […]

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San Francisco School Board Votes to Hide, but Not Destroy, Disputed Murals

In a compromise that did not appear to end the fight, the San Francisco Board of Education voted Tuesday night to conceal, but not destroy, a series of Depression-era school murals that some considered offensive to Native Americans and African-Americans. The 4-to-3 vote, which came after a tense and emotional meeting, nullified the board’s earlier […]

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California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, […]

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