July 28, 2021

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Biden expected to announce vaccine mandate for 2.1M federal workers
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Late Tuesday, . "We have a pandemic because the unvaccinated -- and they're sowing enormous confusion," he said. "The more we learned -- the more we learn about this virus and the delta variation, the more we have to be worried, concerned," Biden said. "And the only one thing we know for sure, if those other 100 million people got vaccinated we'd be in a very different world. So get vaccinated. If you aren't, you're not nearly as smart as I thought you were." With 2.1 million workers, the federal government is the largest U.S. employer. So Biden's announcement, expected to come Thursday, would be the largest vaccine mandate by a single employer. "It's kinda hard for me to say it should be mandated because I feel in this country people should have that choice," said Sal Garcia, a United States postal worker from Union City, who is concerned about his unvaccinated colleagues' job security.
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PG&E hauls away dead trees from 2020 wildfires
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Pacific Gas and Electric's woes are so interconnected with trees and powerlines, as we recently reported, it will bury 10,000 miles of lines in fire prone areas in the coming years. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Another drugstore theft in SF as foe lashes out at Newsom
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San Francisco - It's happened again.Four women ran off after stealing from the CVS pharmacy at Van Ness and Jackson in San Francisco at about 5:50 p.m. Monday.It's the latest grab-and-go crime in a city that has seen many drugstores close, partly in response to widespread theft.A man who captured the aftermath on his cell phone told KTVU he feels sorry for the workers who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced because of what he called "out of control" shoplifting.Organized retail theft has become such a hot-button issue that it's now a point of focus in the upcoming gubernatorial recall election.On Tuesday, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke outside the shuttered Walgreens at Larkin and Bush in San Francisco, blasting the governor."A governor who has supported the lessening of laws when it counts to stealing items under $950, lowering those consequences," said Faulconer, a Republican.
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Crews mop up 25-acre vegetation fire along Coyote Creek on Milpitas, San Jose border
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Firefighters gained the upper hand on a 25-acre vegetation fire that started in Milpitas before it jumped Coyote Creek into San Jose on Tuesday, fire officials said. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Back to school: How Bay Area teachers are preparing
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Bay Area school districts prepare to go back to in-person school. From the East Bay, “We feel we learned a lot and we are optimistic.”To San Francisco, “We as a district are really confident about opening in August.”To the South Bay, “We very much want to get back in the classroom and see our students.”Superintendents and Union Representatives are weighing in on returning back to the classroom as the Delta variant gains velocity in communities.So many schools shut down during the pandemic, some returned with cohorts. But, now school officials are saying they have learned a lot. Most feel well prepared to have students crack open books in a classroom once again collectively.“We are in constant contact with public health officials,” said SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews.
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Capitol Police officers share emotional testimony of Jan. 6 insurrection
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Tuesday's bipartisan House committee hearing on the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach lasted three hours. Four officers from the U.S. Capitol Police force offered emotional testimony of the violence they encountered that day when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building in an apparent attempt to stop the democratic process to elect Joe Biden as president. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Biles withdraws from gymnastics final to protect team, self
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American powerhouse, Simone Biles, made the decision Tuesday to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics team final. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Tokyo Games: Katie Ledecky comes back to win the first-ever Olympic 1,500 freestyle
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Katie Ledecky won the first-ever Olympic 1,500-meter freestyle and Erica Sullivan of Las Vegas took the silver on Tuesday night at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. Ledecky, the Stanford star, rebounded from a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters an hour earlier. Ledecky won in a time of 15 minutes, 37.24 seconds, 4.07 seconds ahead of her teammate. Before the race, Ledecky had said she wanted to win the 30-lap distance event for the United States. “So many great females haven’t had that opportunity like Debbie Meyers and Janet Evans,” Ledecky said. Ledecky was well off her world record time of 15.20.48 that she set in 2018.  But it didn’t matter. As expected, Ledecky, 24, took the lead from the start. She built a two-second after 600 meters over Simo Quadarella of Italy. Ledecky extended it to nearly three seconds at 750 meters. The margin went to four seconds at 1,100 meters.
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San Francisco asks CPUC to value local PG&E infrastructure as city seeks to buy it
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SAN FRANCISCO - As San Francisco continues its effort to buy PG&E's electric facilities and transition the city to public power, city officials said on Tuesday they've asked the California Public Utilities Commission to determine the value of PG&E's local electric infrastructure.The formal request asking the CPUC to determine the value of PG&E's electric assets serving the city comes after the utility has twice rejected a $2.5 billion offer made by the city to purchase its local assets.Back in 2019, after PG&E filed for bankruptcy as it faced liabilities for deadly wildfires throughout the state, the city made its initial offer. PG&E rejected a second offer the following year.City officials allege the utility has also imposed more than $1 billion in new charges for city customers and delayed basic power hookups for public buildings, including schools, affordable housing projects, transit projects and a University of California at San Francisco research facility.
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SF Giants beat Dodgers in instant classic, Bellinger’s throwing error leads to Posey’s run
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SAN FRANCISCO — With tremendous range, an elite throwing arm and excellent defensive instincts, Cody Bellinger is one of baseball’s best defensive center fielders. Hampered by a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s lineup, the Dodgers wanted to lighten Bellinger’s workload and had him make his first start of the season at first base on Tuesday at Oracle Park against the Giants. Advantage San Francisco. During a chaotic eighth inning sequence, Bellinger attempted to catch Buster Posey leaning away from third base and wound up throwing a missile high off the netting along the third base line to send home the deciding run in a 2-1 Giants victory. After Dodgers right-hander Blake Treinen walked the first two hitters he faced in the eighth inning, first baseman Darin Ruf bounced a potential double play ball up the middle. Los Angeles second baseman Max Muncy attempted to tag Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski in between first and second base, but Yastrzemski retreated to the first base bag, forcing Muncy to throw over to Bellinger at first to retire Ruf.
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Contra Costa County considers worker vaccinations as COVID cases rise
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – As the delta variant dominates new cases across the Bay Area, leaders in one East Bay county are looking into requiring mandatory vaccinations for county workers. Contra Costa County leaders say they are looking into the requirement after an outbreak at county detention facilities. As of Monday, there were 23 new cases, nearly 3,000 new COVID cases in the past two weeks countywide, and four times more hospitalizations this month than in June when the state reopened.Contra Costa County Board of President Diane Burgis says some kids in their county will go back to school starting tomorrow. She worries that at this current rate, there could be enough outbreaks that could prompt some schools to close. “It is increasing. We are seeing more people testing positive and it’s primarily in those who are unvaccinated,” Burgis said.   
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Vaccination rates creep up across U.S. as holdouts get their shots
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COVID vaccination rates are creeping up across the country as many people are motivated by what they see happening with the delta variant. KTVU's Debora Villalon reports from a clinic at the Novato farmers' market, where many who were once skeptical, decided to get their shot. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Oakland A’s fans need to get to know new reliever Andrew Chafin
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When the Oakland A’s traded for Andrew Chafin, they got more than just another southpaw out of the ‘pen. Chafin and his bushy mustache made their debut in the visitor’s clubhouse in San Diego at about 3 p.m Tuesday, a day after Oakland acquired the 6-foot-something left-hander from the Cubs. In addition to the ‘stache and thick head of curly hair, Chafin brings with him a Youtube channel, a distinctive persona and a loyal following. In other words, as manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday before the A’s began their series in San Diego, “He’s a little bit of a free spirit so he should fit in pretty well here.” With a 2.06 ERA in 43 appearances this season, expect to see Chafin against high-leverage left-handers and in late-inning situations out of the A’s bullpen. But first, get to know the A’s newest reliever off the field.
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Homers doom A’s against Padres, who deal Oakland fourth straight loss
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A day off in San Diego did little to change the A’s fortunes to start the second leg of a road trip that has cost them standing within the American League West. Starting pitcher James Kaprielian didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, the victim of a moonshot Fernando Tatis Jr. home run in the third inning and a bases-loaded base hit that prompted his exit with one out in the fifth. A batter later, against Yusmeiro Petit, Manny Machado cleared the bases and gave San Diego its decisive lead with a three-run shot over the right-field wall. “I take complete responsibility for this loss,” Kaprielian said after the 7-4 loss. “I know I’m a rookie, but I felt like I had a tremendous opportunity today to be a leader out there and take the ball and give our team a chance to win, and I didn’t do that. I let the team down today. I deserve that loss.”
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Doctors say Bay Area 'could avoid' lockdown if mask mandate returns
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Will the Bay Area avoid another lockdown? One of the state's top COVID-19 experts says we need to bring back a full mask mandate to make that happen. COVID cases and hospitalizations across the Bay Area are rising at a pace we haven't seen since the onset of our biggest surge in November. "We're going to have a pretty significant surge over the next couple weeks and one that really surprises me," said Dr. Bob Wachter, the chair of the Dept. of Medicine and UCSF. "This virus is just twice as good at its job." Wachter says he was confident once San Francisco reached 70 to 75 percent of the population was vaccinated we would be in 'good shape' -- a model for the rest of the country. "That would've been true if we're dealing with the old virus," he said. "But, we're not."
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Community mourns Piedmont family killed in car crash
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PIEDMONT, Calif. (KRON) – A community in the East Bay is mourning the tragic loss of a husband, wife, and child. Investigators say the family from Piedmont was visiting Minnesota when they were killed in a car crash over the weekend. The couple’s teenage daughter was killed in that crash but their 15-year-old son is expected to survive.The St. John’s family is well respected in this community and dozens of people came out Tuesday night to remember them. The Piedmont community gathers in exedra plaza to remember the lives of a family killed in a horrifying crash. John & Jill St. John and their 13-year-old daughter Claire died Sunday in a two-car collision in Le Sueur County, Minnesota.The St. John’s were visiting family when the tragic accident happened.The Le Sueur County Sheriff says four people were killed, including a 9-year-old boy and three others were injured, including the St. John’s 15-year-old son.
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Election to recall Newsom is much tighter among these CA voters: poll
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- With just seven weeks to go until the recall election, the race to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be tightening. A shows that support for the recall among registered voters remains at 36%. But among those most likely to vote in the recall it's almost evenly split with support at 47% and opposition at 50% -- just a 3 point difference. "These results make plain that the big question surrounding the recall will be whether the Newsom campaign and Democratic activists are able to get Democratic voters more engaged and interested in voting in September," IGS co-director Eric Schuckler said in a statement about the poll's findings. More than 50% of the voters need to vote no on the recall for Newsom to stay in office. If not, the top performing alternative candidate wins.
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Warriors Academy welcomes kids back for in-person camps
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The Warriors are growing the game of basketball in the Bay Area once again this summer.Warriors Basketball Academy Camps are back up and running in-person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.Last summer, camps were limited to virtual sessions.However, in 2021, around 2,000 basketball players are signed up for their camps. We’re told several camps sold out, partially because the Warriors had to limit numbers in light of the pandemic.The organization also moved more of its camps outside to keep everyone safe. They even set up a new location at Thrive City.The Warriors Academy also is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to bring basketball to under-served kids.“The game of basketball teaches so many different life lessons and it’s just so important for all kids to be able to experience the game and experience all the benefits that come from the game. We take a great amount of pride in the coaches that we have working our camps we feel like they are tremendous role models for young people. So any time that we can expose kids to our coaches in a tremendous basketball setting, we feel like the learnings are immense and can really benefit those kids,” said Jeff Addiego, Warriors Senior Director of Youth Basketball.
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COVID Vaccine: SF's Employee Vaccination Mandate Is Not First In U.S.
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San Francisco will become the first city in California to require new employees be vaccinated. The rule takes effect on Wednesday, and while not everyone agrees with the mandate, Wilson Walker reports this isn't the first time Americans have been told to get a vaccine.
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Majority of San Francisco restaurant owners back vaccine mandate for customers: survey
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A new survey from Golden Gate Restaurant Association shows support among San Francisco restaurant owners to start requiring customers show proof of vaccination as COVID-19 are once again back on the rise. Subscribe to KTVU's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhtkN7-c8mA8GXEoxS4YQw?sub_confirmation=1 KTVU delivers the best in-depth reports, interviews and breaking news coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Watch KTVU's newscasts on https://www.ktvu.com/live Download KTVU's news and weather apps for free at https://www.ktvu.com/mobile-apps Subscribe to KTVU's newsletter at https://www.ktvu.com/newsletters Follow KTVU on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktvu Follow KTVU on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTVU Follow KTVU on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktvu2/
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Gymnast Simone Biles praised for 'courage' after Olympic finals exit
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In the Olympics, it was a huge shocker to many Tuesday as U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the team event. The U.S. did come away with the silver medal but many thought they were a lock for gold, Biles saying afterwards that her mental health wasn't right. While many have called her out on social media, coaches and doctors are coming to her defense. "I just want to emphasize how much I applaud Simone for having the courage to do what she did on the biggest stage because that is not easy to do," said UCLA Gymnastics Associate Head Coach Kristina Comforte, after watching the competition from afar. During a press conference after the event Biles said she waited five-and-a-half hours and during that time, she was shaking and could barely nap, something she had never experienced before a competition.
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$8K worth of P.E. equipment stolen from Milpitas middle school
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MILPITAS, Calif. (KGO) -- The race is on to after thieves targeted Rancho Milpitas Middle School last week. Principal Casey McMurray described the theft as disappointing and disheartening. "It used to be packed," he said, opening the unmarked storage container where the equipment was kept. "There were bows, arrows, softballs. I mean, the whole thing. This is kind of bare bones." The storage container is kept on-campus, though its contents would not be known to someone unfamiliar. Among the items swiped by thieves, McMurray said the school is now without 21 softball gloves. He said the gloves were brand new, and never used. He said crooks also picked through quality archery equipment and left others behind. "It had to be probably someone who knew what was in there and decided unfortunately, to do something that would have a negative impact in our P.E. program," he told ABC7 News.
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