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BART Increases Service & Reopens Station Entrances in JuneBART Increases Service & Reopens Station Entrances in June
By - posted 5/14/2021
Bay Area Updates, Reopening, Travel, What's Closed / What's Open

Riders are returning to BART. BART says its planning to increase service in June and then return to near pre-pandemic service and hours in September. Between June 1st and June 15th we will add 26 new weekday trips. This will expand 15-minute frequencies on the lines with the highest ridership: Yellow, more...

Pay-By-Plate Coming to 50% of SF's Parking MetersPay-By-Plate Coming to 50% of SF’s Parking Meters
By - posted 5/14/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New

A change from pay-by-space to pay-by-license plate is coming to half of all parking meters in San Francisco on the heels of a four-month pay-by-plate parking meter pilot focused on Indiana Street in the Dogpatch that ended in March 2021. How it Works Instead of entering your space number to pay for more...

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Reopens May 29Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Reopens May 29
By - posted 5/14/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fun & Games, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

Starting May 29, you can now cool down in the East Bay and splish splash down the waterslides or relax in the lazy river. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Concord is finally reopening after being closed for 19 months. They were last open in October 2019, when they closed down more...

3,000 Hungry Goats Take Over Oakland Hillside3,000 Hungry Goats Take Over Oakland Hillside
By - posted 5/13/2021
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy, Wow

Thanks to the Oakland Fire Department for sharing their video of 3,000 hungry goats on the King Estates Open Space in Oakland. They were released as part of Oakland Fire’s annual vegetation management program. 3000 very lucky and hungry goats were released into the King Estates Open Space this week as part more...

SF is Not Yet Following CDC's New Mask RulesSF is Not Yet Following CDC’s New Mask Rules
By - posted 5/13/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, COVID-19 Updates

Although the CDC just announced that fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear face masks under most conditions, San Francisco is not yet following the new mask rules. The San Francisco Department of Public Health has stated that “we must wait for the state to adopt the updated more...

Oakland's "Miracle Village" Under the 880 FreewayOakland’s “Miracle Village” Under the 880 Freeway
By - posted 5/13/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help

Thanks to The Guardian for letting us know about the new artist-built community built under the 880 freeway overpass in West Oakland. The “Cob on Wood” community broke ground in December to provide amenities for the nearby homeless encampment, one of the largest in the city. Made out of foraged materials, more...

The Exploratorium Reopens July 1The Exploratorium Reopens July 1
By - posted 5/13/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

The Exploratorium will reopen its museum doors to the public on July 1, 2021, after more than 15 months of closure. Before reopening to the public the museum will welcome members only to attend June 24-27, in gratitude for their support and engagement during the pandemic. Timed tickets for members more...

SF High Schools Try to "Reopen" for Just 1 Day to Get $12 MillionSF High Schools Try to “Reopen” for Just 1 Day to Get $12 Million
By - posted 5/12/2021
Bay Area Updates, Only in San Francisco

Thanks to SF Chronicle and Fox News for sharing that San Francisco Unified School District is being criticized for their plan to open schools for just one day in order to qualify for $12 million in state reopening funds. Just two of the city’s 15 high schools will reopen for “in more...

Oakland's I-980 Freeway Might Get Torn DownOakland’s I-980 Freeway Might Get Torn Down
By - posted 5/12/2021
Bay Area Updates, Goodbye

Thanks to SFGate for sharing the news that the Oakland’s controversial I-980 freeway that divides the city could be removed, thanks to a new infrastructure bill. The 2 mile highway, built in 1985, was originally planned as the eastern approach to the San Francisco Bay Southern Crossing, a second Bay Bridge more...

SF's Harmonic Brewing Opens Huge New Waterfront TaproomSF’s Harmonic Brewing Opens Huge New Waterfront Taproom
By - posted 5/12/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Eat & Drink

Thanks to SF Eater for sharing that San Francisco’s Harmonic Brewing just opened its newest taproom, with a massive 2,000 square foot waterfront patio near the Chase Center. It’s the second location for the brewery whose original location is about a mile away in the Dogpatch. Their new taproom features dramatic views more...

BART Will Be 50% Off in SeptemberBART Will Be 50% Off in September
By - posted 5/12/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Deals, Reopening

In an effort to get people back on the train gang, BART announced on Tuesday that they will offer a special promotion of 50% off all fares on Clipper for the entire month of September 2021. The discount applies to all BART fares including the already-discounted Clipper cards such as Youth, more...

PG&E Bills Will Be $41.82 Cheaper This MonthPG&E Bills Will Be $41.82 Cheaper This Month
By - posted 5/11/2021
Bay Area Updates

PG&E residential customer bills will be lower this month thanks to the California Climate Credit. The credit created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), is part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change. The credit will lower bills by $41.82 for PG&E residential customers receiving both natural gas and more...

52 Bay Area Restaurants Awarded $3,50052 Bay Area Restaurants Awarded $3,500
By - posted 5/11/2021
Bay Area Updates, Eat & Drink, Getting Help, Support the Bay

The California Restaurant Foundation and PG&E announced Monday that 52 restaurants in Alameda and San Francisco counties will each receive $3,500 to help rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A joint statement from the foundation and PG&E said the utility giant donated $500,000 to the program, which awarded $3,500 more...

SF's Subway Stations Reopen & Historic Streetcars Return May 15SF’s Subway Stations Reopen & Historic Streetcars Return May 15
By - posted 5/11/2021
Bay Area Updates, Only in San Francisco, Reopening, Travel, What's Closed / What's Open

All San Francisco subway stations are scheduled to reopen Saturday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced drastic cutbacks in service more than a year ago, according to city officials. In addition, Muni’s full F Market and Wharves route from Fisherman’s Wharf to Market and Castro streets will return more...

San Mateo County in Yellow Tier on May 12San Mateo County in Yellow Tier on May 12
By - posted 5/11/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, COVID-19 Updates, Indoor Dining, Reopening, Uplifting

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation San Mateo County moved into the state’s yellow COVID-19 reopening tier Tuesday, allowing the county to reopen almost all businesses indoors with capacity limits. The tier change will allow San Mateo County to reopen bars indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is more...