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California's New Eviction Moratorium Extension: What It Means for YouCalifornia’s New Eviction Moratorium Extension: What It Means for You
By - posted 6/27/2021
COVID-19 Updates, Getting Help, Healing

By Manuela Tobias, CalMatters California renters, who are still struggling to pay the rent even as the pandemic wanes, will be shielded from eviction through Sept. 30, under a last-minute deal announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. The agreement, which more fully opens up $5.2 billion to pay full back more...

SF May Cancel Unpaid Rent for Small BusinessesSF May Cancel Unpaid Rent for Small Businesses
By - posted 5/27/2021
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston is introducing legislation Tuesday to cancel unpaid rent that small businesses accumulated while they were shut down because of public health orders over the past year, a proposal Preston’s office says is the first of its kind in the nation. The proposal covers small businesses with more...

Couple Stranded on Bay Area Island By High Tide RescuedCouple Stranded on Bay Area Island By High Tide Rescued
By - posted 5/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help

Two people who had been taking photographs of Monday’s sunset from an island near the San Leandro Marina had to be rescued after being stranded by the rising tide. Crews from the Alameda County Fire Department responded to the scene with a boat at about 7:30 p.m. and brought the couple 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...

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...

Data Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year AgoData Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year Ago
By - posted 5/6/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help, Housing

The number of tents housing homeless residents on San Francisco streets dropped by 65 percent over the last year, marking the lowest tent count seen in the city over the last two years, city officials said Wednesday. According to newly released data from the office of Mayor London Breed, as of more...

Big Basin State Park Plans for Limited Reopening by Memorial DayBig Basin State Park Plans for Limited Reopening by Memorial Day
By - posted 4/27/2021
Bay Area Favorites, Bay Area Updates, Causes, Fire Updates, Getting Help, Healing, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Reopening

By Julie Cart – CalMatters In the annals of California history, no one has ever had to put a broken state park back together. There’s no guidebook, no rules. So now state officials and conservationists are attempting a complex and extraordinary Humpty Dumpty project: The reawakening of Big Basin Redwoods State more...

11 Ducklings Rescued from East Bay Storm Drain11 Ducklings Rescued from East Bay Storm Drain
By - posted 4/22/2021
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help

A Hayward animal control officer managed to coax 11 ducklings out of a storm drain they had fallen into, Hayward police said Wednesday. A dozen ducklings were following their mother across the Chabot College campus when 11 of them fell through a grate and into the storm drain, police said. “The mama more...

SF's New Tip Line to Report Hate CrimesSF’s New Tip Line to Report Hate Crimes
By - posted 4/22/2021
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco, Stop Asian Hate

Amid a rise of reported attacks against Asians, San Francisco Chinese community leaders on Friday announced a new hotline that will make it easier for Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to report hate crimes. The hotline is (415) 558-5588. The new hotline was possible thanks efforts by the nonprofit organization Asian Pacific Islander more...

Rare Golden Pheasant Up for Adoption After Being Found InjuredRare Golden Pheasant Up for Adoption After Being Found Injured
By - posted 4/21/2021
Adorable, Getting Help

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA staff is looking to put a golden pheasant up for adoption after it was found as a stray in San Mateo. The PHS/SPCA rescue staff brought the adult male bird to its shelter after a good Samaritan reported that a bird in her front yard more...

Oakland Zoo Helps Save Man's LifeOakland Zoo Helps Save Man’s Life
By - posted 4/20/2021
Getting Help, Uplifting

Thanks NBC Bay Area for sharing the news about Oakland Zoo’s lifesaving efforts. Thanks to Oakland Zoo’s quick action to an unusual email, an elderly man’s life was saved. Dr. Colin Feeney’s, Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Alameda Health System Highland Hospital, was in urgent need of ivermectin, a more...

SF's Brand New $3 Million Fund for Music VenuesSF’s Brand New $3 Million Fund for Music Venues
By - posted 4/19/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, City Insight, COVID-19 Updates, Getting Help, Support the Bay

The Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will offer grants of at least $10,000 to every eligible entertainment venue in San Francisco, which have been struggling to remain in business as a result of COVID-19 Mayor London N. Breed today announced the City’s Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will begin more...

Bay Area Plans 75% Reduction in Homelessness by 2024Bay Area Plans 75% Reduction in Homelessness by 2024
By - posted 4/16/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Getting Help

By Jana Kadah – Bay City News Foundation Local and state leaders, housing experts, businesses and social justice advocates from all nine Bay Area counties have united to create a Regional Action Plan that aims to house 75 percent of the area’s homeless population by 2024. After a year of more...

SF Is Opening Its First "Drug Sobering Center" in SoMaSF Is Opening Its First “Drug Sobering Center” in SoMa
By - posted 4/14/2021
Brand New, City Insight, Getting Help

San Francisco city officials on Wednesday announced plans to move forward with opening a “drug sobering center” under a pilot program for people under the influence of drugs such as methamphetamine or fentanyl. The lease for the new Howard Street location will first need to be approved by the San Francisco more...

SF Expands Its Street Violence Intervention ProgramSF Expands Its Street Violence Intervention Program
By - posted 3/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight, Community, Getting Help, Healing, Only in San Francisco, Stop Asian Hate, Support the Bay

San Francisco just announced that it will expand the Street Violence Intervention Program in partnership with API non-profit organizations with new community safety teams in several neighborhoods, and extend a program to accompany seniors to medical and personal appointments. San Francisco just announced new efforts to advance public safety in San more...