Target says SF Metreon location not closing, debunks report


Target doesn’t close where it’s at San Francisco Metro despite a viral story wrongly stating that it would close due to retail theft.

A Target spokesman told SFGATE Friday that the branch located in the downtown mall will not close, despite a report from the California Globe, a self-proclaimed “independent” publication, which has circulated widely on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit as well. evidence of unlimited theft that has become an epidemic in San Francisco. The story was shared by prominent Fox News contributor Leo Terrell and a bunch of other conservatives.

“The Metreon store is not closed,” the spokesman told SFGATE.


According to alleged, anonymous interviews with San Francisco police officers, the California Globe story stated that this Target location was closed due to an “epidemic” of shoplifting. The Globe did not reach out to Target in this story.

Retail theft has, indeed, proved to be a serious problem in San Francisco, and targets its hours had been affected due to an uptick in flight.

The issue reached national headlines, after a viral video shared by KGO reporter Lyanne Melendez and the latest closures of several places Walgreens in the city due to what the company says is mass robbery. However, follow from SFGATE, San Francisco Chronicle and other outlets have found that retail theft may not be the only issue for these stores to close. (SFGATE and Chronicle are both owned by Hearst, but operate independently of each other.)

The Globe’s story has been heavily criticized by both District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Mayor London Breed, and the story said the mayor had “begged” the company not to close the premises. (Breed’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.)

The article was written by Ken Kurson, owner of a holding company that publishes the California Globe and former editor-in-chief of the Observer in New York, appointed in 2013 by publisher Jared Kushner, husband Ivanka Trump and an official. in the administration of former President Donald Trump.

Kurson was The Justice Department is charged in the Eastern District of New York in 2020 for cyberstalking and harassment of three people; he was pardoned by Trump earlier this year.

Elsewhere Target, the spokesman told SFGATE, will close – on 225 Bush St. – but not due to theft. The store will close “due to years of poor sales,” they said, and all employees at this location will have the option to transfer to another location.

Ex-Oakland police captain in critical condition after shooting


An Oakland Police officer walked into Oakland police headquarters on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California.

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

A former police commander was reported in critical condition after a shoot in downtown Oakland.

Several media outlets, including San Francisco Chronicle, KRON and Oaklandside, reported that Ersie Joyner, the now retired Oakland police commander, was robbed with guns just after 1 pm on Thursday at the 1700 block Chevron on Castro Street.

It’s unclear who shot first, but monitoring the Chronicle’s film found that one minute into the discussion, Joyner pulled out a gun and fired several times at the alleged suspects. One died at the scene, according to KRON.

Shortly afterwards, Joyner was transported to a nearby hospital.


Joyner was previously Oakland police chief Program stops shooting, a community-oriented approach to gun violence, before retiring in 2019.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Oakland Police Homicide Unit at (510) 238-3821 or the counseling line at (510) 238-7950.

Oakland police did not immediately respond to an SFGATE request for comment.

Bay City News Services contributed to this report.

Gas in this Big Sur town just hit $7.59 a gallon


While gas prices virtually dipped nationwide after the summer months, this year’s prices were not that predictable. For a city on the central California coast, the price of a gallon of gasoline just reached $ 7.59, according to ABC7.

Amerigo gas station in Big Sur, not far from the popular Treebones Resort, is remote. It is the only one for miles – the next nearest complete is 12 miles away.

The gas station could not be reached for comment from SFGATE.

Patrick De Haan, Head of Petroleum Analysis at GasBuddy, an application that helps people find gas prices, said: “There is a high chance that it is the most expensive gas station in the country. “… This station that will go back five years has been regularly very high, far above even the average California state, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. (It’s not long since another California station, Schlafer’s Auto Body & Repair in Mendocino, thought to be the most expensive in the nation, at $ 6.73 per gallon..)

The average price of gas in California is $ 4.53, according to AAA. The national average sits lower at $ 3.36 per gallon, though De Haan points out that is still the highest national average in seven years.

“What has raised prices is the imbalance in the market,” De Haan said. “The supply is still 10-15% lower than pre-Covid levels, while demand is back to pre-Covid levels and at some point this summer has hit all-time highs.”

Gas prices were notably much higher in the Bay Area this summer due to labor shortages, in addition to minor refinery problems. The average price of a gallon of gas in the San Francisco metro area is now $ 4.72, just $. 02 shy at an all-time high of $ 4.74, the last of which happened in 2012. De Haan said the area is likely to exceed that number in a week or two, though it’s worth noting that that number hasn’t been adjust to inflation. “I think we’re going to hit a maximum ever very easy to go to next week or so,” De Haan said.

More California travel history



Cause of death revealed for Calif. family found dead on hike


Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese told media Thursday that the deaths of Jonathan Gerrish, 45, Ellen Chung, 30, and their one-year-old daughter Miju – as well as their Oski family dog ​​- were caused by hyperemia and “probable” dehydration.

“Heat-related deaths are very difficult to investigate, and we want to thank all of you for being patient with us,” Briese said during a press conference.

The sheriff’s announcement closed a nearly three-month investigation into the young family’s death.

The family they found him dead Aug. 17 in the Devil’s Gulch area of ​​the Merced River south fork of the Sierra National Forest, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said. Responding agencies initially treated the scene as a hazmat situation because of uncertainty about the cause of death.

An area of ​​remote canyons in the northeastern town of Mariposa, which was seen Wednesday, August 18, 2021, is reported to have been the area where a family and dogs were found dead.

Craig Kohlruss / Associated Press

During the investigation, autopsy data ruled out a wide variety of factors, some of which were there subject to much media speculation. This included lightning, poisoning with carbon monoxide or dioxide, exposure to cyanide, illegal drugs or alcohol consumption and acute trauma or force.

And as the investigation continued, the areas where the family traveled were all subject to closure.


The Merced River Recreation Site was closed by officials in late August “due to unknown dangers found in and near the Savage Lundy Trail.” The Land Management Office also closed campgrounds and recreation areas along the Merced River when they were discovered toxic algae bloom in the water.

The family moved in the Mariposa town of Northern California from San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic when Gerrish presented an opportunity to work remotely for good, Sacramento Bee reported in August.

The Bee reported that Gerrish was a software engineer at Snapchat, while Chung was in graduate school to become a family and marriage therapist.

Before moving to the small town, both were grand concerts and festivals; the social networking post dating from 2017 shows Chung and Gerrish in broadcasts with large groups of friends.

The two wanted to raise Miju in a “quiet, slow environment” surrounded by nature, in an environment unlike the bustle of San Francisco.

This is a broken story and will be updated.

SFGATE California park editor Ashley Harrell contributed to this report.

Los Gatos mom who threw sex-fueled teenage parties makes first court appearance


A 47-year-old Los Gatos mother accused of hosting drunken, sex-fueled parties for her young son and his friends refused bail Wednesday.

Shannon O’Connor, also known as Shannon Bruga, made her first court appearance yesterday. In the courtroom of a Santa Clara courtroom, a judge issued 15 protection orders for those authorities said to be victims, including one of his two young sons, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Defense attorney Sam Polverino argued that the lawsuit’s successful denial of bail for his client denied him his rights and was “inconsistent with lawsuits accordingly,” Mercury News said. He was scheduled to enter a December 17 plea.


Bruga was extradited to California on Tuesday to face 39 felony charges and misdemeanors, including child abuse, sexual assault, sexual assault, child abuse and providing alcohol to minors, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said. He faces jail if convicted. He also faces three additional charges of robbery tied to $ 120,000 in unauthorized charges on the company’s credit card from his former employer, including payment for clothing, limousine ride and home delivery of alcohol.

O’Connor allegedly threw parties for high school students in Los Gatos where he served copious amounts of alcohol, encouraged teens to have sex and sometimes watched, the prosecution said.

He “bought vodka and fireball whiskey, gave condoms, and discouraged young people from telling their parents about their parties or calling for help when one of them went through their own vomit,” a statement in alleged reality.

At a party at his home in Los Gatos in December, authorities said, O’Connor handed a condom to a boy and pushed him into a room with an intoxicated girl. Both were minors. The girl was able to go and lock herself in the bathroom, Santa Clara County District Attorney investigator Christina Hanks detailed in court records.

The parties were held through an 11-month period covering 2020 to 2021 and were mostly attended by 14 and 15-year-olds, the office said.

The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District issued a statement in response to O’Connor’s arrest stating that student safety is a top priority.

“It is important to remember that we take the topic of drinking minor very seriously and work continuously to raise awareness and dialogue in our classrooms and our community,” the statement said. “In addition, parents and families also play an important role in setting clear expectations for our youth’s behavior and in monitoring their activities. Only together can we effectively address social issues such as drug abuse.”

O’Connor recently lived in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, and when officers arrested him at his home in Star, “there were 10 minor boys and two girls in his home – most of them lodged there , “Ada County Sheriff ‘s Office said in the release news. Investigators called the parents of these teens before releasing them.

Detectives and the sheriff’s office said O’Connor could also belong to teens in Idaho.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

‘It can break the drought’


An atmospheric river with high humidity forecast to hit California on Sunday and Monday, will deliver a much-needed rain in a state of drought at a time of year when severe storms are unusual.

It’s not clear at this point where the bull’s-eye of the storm will throw the most rain, but forecasters agree that it will likely be anywhere from far away in Northern California to Central California, and the San Francisco Bay Area that was affected. The wettest spots could be seen up to a foot of rain.

To answer questions about what an atmospheric river is and how this storm event might unfold, we checked with Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Extreme Water and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego recognized as the pioneer. in research on atmospheric rivers affecting the Western United States.

“I wrote the book on Atmospheric Rivers,” said Ralph, whose work on the weather systems includes developing a ranking system, launching a center of research and leading multiple studies.


SFGATE: What’s in an atmospheric river?
Marty Ralph: A river of mist in the sky is organized in the storm environment of a hurricane, and has a fairly narrow and long structure. It descends to below 10,000 feet in the atmosphere typically, and it’s 3 to 4 miles in average width and perhaps 500 to 1,000 miles in length, or more.

An average atmospheric river transports 25 times water to the Mississippi River as steam. Think of the mouth of the Mississippi River that empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

SFGATE: The storm taking aim in California is both an atmospheric river and an express pineapple. Explain.
Ralph: An express pineapple is one taste of an atmospheric river that happens to cross over near Hawaii. We have many atmospheric rivers that are not pineapple expressed and can be very impactful.

SFGATE: You developed a system for categorizing atmospheric rivers by force. Tell me about it.
Ralph: There are five rankings. We call it AR1, AR2, AR3, AR4 and AR5. There are weak, moderate, strong, extreme and outstanding, and these are the terms we use for the intensity of the atmospheric river. That’s like the peak amount of water vapor transported in the atmospheric river, which is the combination of the wind and the water vapor in the air.

Then we have the duration of the atmospheric river. If you are in San Francisco and you have an atmospheric river coming in, the way we calculate the scale is we first determine the start time when the atmospheric river arrives and then the end time when it ends. Which gives you the duration of the atmospheric river in which you are. Then we determine during this period where in which you were the strongest atmospheric in terms of which steam transport.

These two parameters determine its classification – 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. We have constructed in the duration because we have learned in science that when we factor in the duration it explains more of the precipitation than just the intensity .

The scale was designed in part to allow the public and decision makers to distinguish two atmospheric rivers that are probably going to be mostly benefiting from those that could potentially pack the big wallop and be more dangerous.

The average AR3s do a few million dollars in damage, AR4s average tens of millions in damage and AR5s average hundreds of millions in damage. But they can’t do much damage if they hit a sparsely populated area.

Satellite images from January 26, 2021, showed moisture panels approaching the Bay Area.

tropic.ssec.wisc.edu


SFGATE: How is the atmospheric river expected to hit California from Sunday through Monday?
Ralph: I just did the calculation … there is about 30% chance it will be an AR3, and this is for the San Francisco Bay area specifically. There’s about a 35% chance it will be an AR4 and a 30% chance for an AR5.

AR5s are really quite rare in California in general, and in October they’re super rare. The study we did around the Bay area, we looked 40 years and had one AR5 in 40 years. It is a rare event.

SFGATE: How hard is it to forecast how an atmospheric river event will unfold?
Ralph: In the weather business, some types of storms are more predictable than others. Planning out exactly when and where a thunderstorm will fall on the Great Plains is super hard to do. Find out where a hurricane will hit the earth … 20, 30 years ago, there was always plenty of air in it. Science is improving to do this better.

Atmospheric rivers are easier to predict than other types of storms. We can take advantage of that. In California, we can potentially use this to help reservoir operators, to operate dams in another way that allows for more flexibility … and to build potential resistance to climate change.

SFGATE: Why are atmospheric rivers important to California?
Ralph: They provide plenty of beneficial water. When we are in a drought and we find a good atmospheric river, it can break the drought. It might be what’s sort of happening right now. At least, we hope that if this isn’t the only one we get this year, it’s the start of a wetter winter. And, of course, the flood I mentioned.

SFGATE: How many atmospheric rivers would it take at the end of the California drought?
Ralph: If they are strong, it would only take a couple of these, three or four, to really make a hole. Three or four of these sequences, or their families as we call them.

This week’s period ahead of you looking like it could produce anywhere from 10% to 15% of the average annual precipitation for much of Northern California, and in some places that rate could be even higher.

SFGATE: What would happen in Northern California if we got three or four atmospheric rivers, beyond the end drought?
Ralph: We only have to go back to 2019 and 2017 for example the flood years. In 2019, we had a flood on the Russian River. Other rivers are also flooded.

In 2017, there were a series of atmospheric river events including families [of storms] which ended up triggering these problems with the Oroville Dam spillway. That’s just due to four years ago. We are constantly paying attention to what is happening today and we often forget what happened long ago. If we continue to find atmospheric rivers this year, it could turn into a flood season, immediately after a drought.

SFGATE: What are some specific examples of atmospheric river damage done in California?
Ralph: Major flood events occurred in 1997 in the Sacramento area on the American River, with storms occurring in 1995 and in 1998 creating local and regional floods, major storms in the Seattle or Washington state areas in 2006, 2009 – all these storms, they essentially have an atmospheric river.

SFGATE: Are atmospheric rivers more common due to climate change?
Ralph: We don’t have a good answer to that, but climate projections suggest we might have larger atmospheric rivers and some of them will be stronger and there will be longer dry periods between them.

SFGATE: Why does it seem like meteorologists are using the term atmospheric river in their forecasts more than they did in the past?
Ralph: Scientists have described them, explained them and now we know how to detect and measure them. We have also done work to show how they impact water supply and flooding, among many other things. For example, if you look at 40 years of flood data from FEMA in the Western United States, 84% of all flood damage came from atmospheric rivers. On the west coast of Northern California, it is 95% to 99%. They are literally the type of storm that causes more flood damage than any other in the West. In addition … a third of all the precipitation in parts of California on average comes from atmospheric rivers – some get 50%. In the southern Sierra, about 40% of the snowpack comes from atmospheric rivers.

They are both providers of beneficial water supply and the cause of most of the flood damage.

SFGATE: What’s the biggest atmospheric river you imagine happening in your entire life?
Ralph: There is a formal study called there “ARkStorm.” It was done about 10 years ago, organized by the U.S. Geological Survey, as part of a hazard risk assessment. I helped develop the physical scenario to read, in other words, the storm. It sews together two super-strong atmospheric rivers, just four days apart, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, and one of them blocked for an extra day because that can happen with that product what is now known as The ARkStorm.

They ran that Ark’s production into the planning and then worked with people to find out what the flood damage would be, what the transportation disruption would be, what the power disruption would be and life line and all this and economic chaos – $ 700 billion in California. Previous studies of natural hazards that the group did were a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fay, as they called it “The Big One,” and it estimated damage was $ 200 billion. The ARkStorm was a very formal study with 100 experts involved, estimated closer to $ 700 billion in impact on California.

SFGATE: What is going wrong when talking about atmospheric rivers?
Ralph: Some people have the concept that all atmospheric rivers carry moisture directly from the tropics, but many do not. The storm we have now is not over. It comes from the West, and even when we have a tropical pipeline as we call it, like pineapple expressed in Hawaii, most of this water vapor comes from the tropics at the base of the atmospheric river, the southwestern point. atmospheric river and flowing the atmospheric river, most of which gets rain out before it ever reaches California. And it is replaced by water that has evaporated into the sea and converged into the atmospheric river along the way. So you can think of an atmospheric river as a highway with over-ramp and off-ramp, and if you take that highway from Hawaii all the way to the west coast, most of the cars that went up Hawaii gotten on the highway at the time in California.

Conservative YouTube host slammed for racist remarks targeting Asian Bay Area TV news reporter


A conservative political commentator has been criticized for racist remarks targeting veteran Bay Area TV reporter Betty Yu.

Steven Crowder, the host of the political podcast and YouTube channel “Louder and Crowder,” made the comments during a segment on his Wednesday show focusing on the closing only in San Francisco In-N-August place for failure to check customer immunization status.

“San Francisco In-N-Out, they were in a fight with the city over – let me just let them tell you the story, condition shots,” Crowder said. He then proceeds to play a video clip in a KPIX news segment, in which Crowder reacts to seeing Yu when he says, “Oh, that’s an aggressive Asian face.”


One of Crowder’s co-hosts, comedian Dave Landau, then says, “Easy.”

The rest of the “Louder and Crowder” segment went as follows:

Crowder: “It’s a – I mean that just means if you were a skier it would be like a black diamond you should drop in on a helicopter.”

Landau: “Where’s Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz?”

Crowder: “The city confirms that it is closing a private business because it doesn’t act like the health – because it doesn’t act like the FDA.”

Crowder: “By the way, the reason I say that is because usually with reporters, they’re, like them, they’re like like Americanized Asians. So I think it’s a good thing.

Gerald Morgan (co-host): “Yeah, yeah, no. It’s culture.”

Crwoder: “It’s a good thing. It’s full of Asians.”

Landau: “I wish he would keep his fans.”

Crowder: “Yes, you know.”

You can watch the segment:

Several of Yu’s fellow Bay Area journalists came to his defense.

Crowder has just returned to YouTube after a a week of suspension for hate speech targeting the transgender community.

Yu has been at KPIX since 2013, and is a native of the Bay Area, graduating from UC Berkeley, as well as Columbia University.

Phish fans speak out on Chase Center tragedy


Susan Babuka moved away from her seat on Saturday night.

He was the first of two nights the prolific Phish jam bands made at the Chase Center in San Francisco, and had tickets both nights with his nephew.

“We were at the top, at [the] first row, and we sat in our chairs and sort of stood up to look around and I got dizzy, “Babuka, who is 5-foot-3 and 56, told SFGATE in a call Tuesday,” because barrier are below, way below, waist height. They’re just above knee height, and they’re glass, you can’t see them. There is nothing.”

He got up and left his first life because he was worried someone was going to fall. At 300 or so times she had seen Phish, Babuka said she had never worried that the venue she was in would pose a risk to her safety.

A day later, during the second show, two people fell – and one died. (San Francisco police spokesman Robert Rueca told SFGATE Tuesday night that investigations “have evidence to believe” people who died in the fall jumped from the upper rungs of Chase Center. No bad play is believed to be involved.)


“We extend our sincere condolences to the loved ones,” Chase Center spokeswoman Kimberly Veale told SFGATE in a statement. “We are working with local authorities to determine exactly what happened.”

Veale also assured guests of a statement given San Francisco Chronicle that the Chase Center “was built and operated in accordance with all safety standards and requirements governing facilities of its kind” in the state and city. (SFGATE and Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.)

But after the death of a concertgoer identified as 47-year-old New York resident Ryan Prosser at Sunday’s Phish show – with at least two injuries in the second fall – some fans who were in attendance at the concert are asking the Chase Center to perform the venue becomes safer for future concerts.

A source who spoke to SFGATE on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the tragedy sat in the section where the first victim landed.

“I didn’t see it, but we all heard it,” the person said. “It was a massive bang. It was a really big, big sound. And I looked over, and you know there are a lot of people around already so I can’t quite see what’s in there, but someone indicates that someone has fallen. “

According to the source, paramedics arrived within minutes – maybe even “literally within a minute.” Doctors rushed to resuscitate the man, but soon after, a police officer escorted the entire section outside.

The scene during the aftermath was forged with sadness.

“I think a woman was really right where she landed [and] was just devastated, crying, just sitting on the floor outside the area. Everyone was in a state of shock, “the person said.

Babuka witnessed the second fall that night; he and many others at the venue were not aware of the first one, at least until after the show.

He said he was born about halfway through the Phish series. Its seat during the second night was on a lower section, which theoretically would mean a better viewing experience. But it was dissatisfaction with the sound.

“I don’t mind seeing the band; I just want to hear the music, “he said.” But when we got up, we noticed that an entire section of the venue was empty, which is, you know, odd. “

So Babuka and her group moved to the center back in the arena, in the second section above.

Dan Fitzsimmons, a 54-year-old fan who was on the show, said he arrived late, but the first thing he noticed was just how precarious his seat arrangement at the 200 level was.

“My seat was straight up against the Plexiglas rail, and I’m 6-foot-1. That rail was probably six inches to eight inches below my waist, or even farther. I mean, it’s lower than crotch level. me. “

His other major concern, in addition to the height of the rail, was just the small space between the front row seats and the rail. His knees were “right against that Plexiglas,” he said.

“When I got there, I sat down [and] I was like, ‘Oh my god, it’s just so dangerous.’ It’s like a death trap here … so I didn’t dance the whole show, because I didn’t feel comfortable. “

And during a series break, as Babuka and Fitzsimmons began to settle into them, they both caught glimpses of the fall. Fitzsimmons says he holds him “in the corner of his eye.” Babuka heard the sound four or five rows away.

Babuka said: “It was just a very painful breath. ‘I’ve never heard a body fall before but you just know it when you hear it. It makes a particular sound … and we all said,’ Oh, you know, that wasn’t good. ‘”

He walked closer to see what had happened, and noticed a crowd around the fallen man.

The person he landed, Evan Reeves, said KPIX that he dragged himself away after suffering his wounds. She also shared her own concerns with the divided heights, as well as the narrow way the rows on the balcony.

“For many of us, going to Phish shows is an enormous source of joy and community and this terrible thing … made a terribly sad joyous event,” the anonymous source said.

Phish performed on stage at Nassau Coliseum on December 1, 2019 in Uniondale, New York.

Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for RLM

Fitzsimmons has experience in the concert industry, and knows the difficulty of rebuilding an arena despite its grip and Chase Center.

Her suggestion: Set up a safety net.

He said, “To fix all the seats and rethink all that would be a lot of money,” so the only thing … that wouldn’t be in the way the audience is putting a safety net just below this rail around … maybe six feet outside. “

While Babuka admits to herself that she has little knowledge of what official safety regulations require in larger arenas such as Chase Center, she thinks her owners should increase the size of the Plexiglas barriers in the upper areas of the venue . For what it’s worth, Fitzsimmons notes that a lot of fans would probably complain about the higher bulkhead, even if it proves to be safer.

And if nothing else, Babuka suggests adding some sort of large, opaque lips at the bottom of the dividers to ensure people are spatially conscious.

Facilities at other major venues, such as Madison Square Garden, have these measurements in place. And while the Chase Center primarily serves as a venue to watch the Golden State Warriors – meaning that most attendees will sit – the arena also hosts a number of health concerts. (Duo of Dan + Shay will perform Wednesday.)

Both, finally, just wish that Chase Center modified space to protect the concertgoers in the higher seats. “I would really hate to see someone else fall and be hurt like that,” Fitzsimmons said. “It was really devastating for the concertgoers, for myself, for my friends.”

And change could very well be coming soon. The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection is looking at the terrain setup after someone filed a complaint Monday, reported KQED.

If you are in distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for more resources.

SF residents could win free tuition at San Francisco State University


A new lottery for SF residents ages 12-17 can earn them free tuition at San Francisco State University just to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Students who are not vaccinated must register to receive their first dose on-site at one of the six immunization sites in order to be eligible for vaccination. Those who have already been vaccinated can also enter – they will just have to enter their vaccination status at one of the designated sites.

The cost of four years of fully-funded tuition is for undergraduate education, which can add up to around $ 30,000. The university will still cover the difference in any tuition even if the winners are awarded full financial aid or other scholarships. If the student’s tuition is already fully covered, $ 2,000 will be provided per academic year, the university said.

Vaccination locations and availability include:


October 25: 1 pm – 4 pm at Visitation Valley, 1099 Sunnydale, San Francisco, CA 94134
October 26: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Malcolm X, 350 Harbor Road, San Francisco, CA 94124
October 27: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm at Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Oct. 29: 4 pm – 6 pm at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94115
November 2: 12 pm – 4 pm at 24th and Mission, 24th and Capp St., San Francisco, CA 94110
November 13:10:30 am– 1:30 pm at McCoppin, 651 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

The drawing will take place November 15, and the winners were officially announced during the week of November 22nd.

This effort is expected to get even more shots in the arms of one of the most vaccinated age groups in San Francisco. More than 90% of residents aged 12 to 17 have already been vaccinated.

“SF State is committed to supporting college attendance among young people in San Francisco and helping to promote the City’s immunization goals,” SF State President Lynn Mahoney said in a press release. “These scholarships can further public health goals while raising a new generation of leaders for our workforce.”

The offer is a partnership between San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The very last Kmart in California is closing permanently


The latest Kmart across California is closing, ending the special blue light era for good.

Kmart’s Grass Valley at 111 West McKnight Way is closed in mid-December, reported the Union. The Grass Valley Kmart was one of the last stops after last closes in South Lake Tahoe, Watsonville, Costa Mesa, McKinleyville and Ramona; these stores are all closed in 2021.

Kmart began life in the late 1800s as a five-cent store in Tennessee. Its first Kmart store opened in 1962 in San Fernando, California, and at its height, Kmart had thousands of locations nationwide.

But things go back to the 2000s. In 2002, Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and put tens of thousands of workers into the restructuring. Two years later, Kmart bought another struggling retailer, Sears, and merged the two companies. But that move didn’t slow Kmart’s misery, as the retailer continued to store flying year after year.

According to the Union, substances in the Grass Valley area have already been broken down by Target.


“It was very very active store back in the day, and it really dramatically moved into something very different over the years,” Grass Valley Mayor Ben Aguilar told the Union.

There are only a few dozen Kmarts currently left in the United States, although not trusted there Kmart store locater gives you an accurate count. It is still listed some permanent places closed as open.