Residents of northern California are still suffering from bad air quality thanks to the wildfires blazing nearby . People in San Francisco and the Bay Area have been warned to minimize the amount of time spent outside and even don protective face masks, as levels of harmful PM2.5 particles soar. On Saturday, the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality monitoring— Air Now —reported PM2.5 levels of 165 in its Air Quality Index (AQI) in San Francisco, classified as "unhealthy." The air in San Jose currently has the same classification. In these conditions, "People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion," read a warning on the Air Now website. "Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion," it added. But the air quality is even worse in other nearby cities. The worst-affected areas include San Rafael, Oakland, Livermore and Antioch, all of which have PM2.5 levels over 200. In these conditions, "everyone … [Read more...] about San Francisco, Bay Area air quality update, forecast: Air still “unhealthy” due to wildfires
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The Northern California wildfire has prompted officials to close several school districts Friday due to wide-spread smoke seriously affecting air quality for all in San Francisco and surrounding areas. Smoke from Butte County's Camp Fire, the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, has enveloped the city, prompting authorities to report "unhealthy" and "very unhealthy" conditions from San Jose north to San Francisco, as far east as Stockton and as far northeast as Auburn in Northern California, according to ABC7 News updates and Bay Area air quality maps. The "very unhealthy" alerts mean residents may begin to experience health effects from smoke exposure. More sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects in the East Bay, North Bay and the Peninsula. Officials warned all residents to stay indoors, as the National Weather Service predicts that smoke will linger in the area through next week, as SFGate reports. Among the Bay Area schools slated for closure … [Read more...] about San Francisco, Bay Area schools close due to wildfire smoke; air quality poor
On the same day San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow began filing charges against marchers protesting the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Dow met on Facebook with a group that described the Black Lives Matter movement as “domestic terrorism.” Also on that day, Dow and his wife asked supporters to contribute to his re-election campaign “so he can keep leading the fight in SLO County against the wacky defund the police movement and anarchist groups that are trying to undermine the rule of law and public safety in our community.” A state appeals court says those and other comments justified disqualifying Dow and his office as prosecutors of the protest marchers, and turning the case over to the state attorney general’s office. The district attorney did not surrender his rights of free speech and freedom of association when he took office, but his exercise of those rights “cannot deprive those he prosecutes of their own right to a fundamentally fair … [Read more...] about Court agrees to remove San Luis Obispo D.A. from case over Black Lives Matter comments
Upscale food halls are seemingly everywhere in metro Denver, offering diners a chance to try new kinds of cuisine as well as startup concepts from both experienced and new chefs and restauranteurs. Many of these food halls, including the two below, make things even more fun for guests by changing up their lineups regularly. Here are some of the recent additions to Zeppelin Station and Grange Hall. Zeppelin Station Zeppelin Station, at 3501 Wazee St. in the River North Art District, is bringing in six new concepts to replace the ones that have been rotated out. They are: Soi Kowboi has bounced around Denver from pop-up to pop-up and is now at Zeppelin Station. The eatery, owned by Blake Blacksberg, infuses burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches with Thai and Vietnamese flavors. The menu includes Thai Hot Chicken and burgers. Gyros King is serving Greek and Cypriot street food, and already has a loyal following. The family business is owned by Thanos Lemonidis, who has been … [Read more...] about Two of Denver’s best-known food halls overhaul their lineups
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Thousands of dead fish are piling up around Lake Merritt in Oakland due to a harmful algal bloom impacting the San Francisco Bay, producing a foul smell and raising concerns for residents about the impacts of climate change. Topsmelt, bass and bat rays were among the dead fish that appeared along the lake’s shoreline over the weekend, according to environmental groups. “I have not seen this amount of fish dead from the red tide before,” said James Robinson, executive director of the Lake Merritt Institute, an organization that hosts volunteer trash cleanups around the lake. Mark Westlund, communications director of San Francisco Baykeeper, said one of the environmental group’s staff scientists predicted there could be as many as 10,000 dead fish as of Monday afternoon. First reported in Alameda, a microorganism called Heterosigma akashiwo formed a bloom in late July and has … [Read more...] about Bay Area’s red tide could cause 10,000 fish to wash ashore. The smell is already ‘horrible’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 A UCSF study that followed older homeless adults in Oakland for nearly a decade found that becoming homeless after the age of 50 ratchets up a person’s likelihood of dying early, underscoring the unmistakable role that housing has in extending life. Researchers determined that people in the study who remained unhoused — compared with those who regained their housing — were 80% more likely to die during the looked-at time period from mid-2013 to the end of 2021. “There is no medicine as powerful as housing,” said Dr. Margot Kushel, director of UCSF’s Benioff Housing and Homelessness Initiative and senior author of the study. The study found that, for homeless adults over 50, those who entered homelessness after they were 50 were 60% more likely to die over the eight-year period than those who first experienced homelessness at a younger age. Drawing from the same time period, the … [Read more...] about Just how bad for health is homelessness? UCSF study finds dire outcomes for Oakland’s older population
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Nobody quite knew what compelled Zachary Didier, a floppy-haired, straight-A high school student from Placer County, to buy what he thought were opioid painkillers from a dealer over Snapchat. But what was likely an impulsive decision, made during a pandemic lockdown, changed everything for the Didier family. Seventeen-year-old Zachary died two days after Christmas in 2020 from intoxication by fentanyl, the cheap and supremely powerful drug often laced into illicit pills that traffickers peddle online. The Rocklin teenager’s father found him sitting at a computer in his bedroom, one arm cradling his head while the other rested on a mouse. Friends Zachary had kept since third grade served as pallbearers at his funeral. An acceptance letter from UCLA arrived three months later. Amid the mourning, Zachary’s death became part of a critical and controversial shift in the response to a … [Read more...] about A 17-year-old died from a fentanyl-laced pill. Was it an accident or a homicide?
SACRAMENTO — Turns out “ Sí, se puede” isn’t just a rallying cry. It’s a threat. Gov. Gavin Newsom just learned that the hard way. On Wednesday afternoon, after a morning of glory in which Newsom signed a number of important laws to break the logjam on affordable housing in California, word started leaking out that he would also put pen to paper on Assembly Bill 2183, a measure by the United Farm Workers meant to make it easier for those who labor in our fields to form a union. It’s a bill Newsom has fought against vehemently for months and promised to veto if it reached his desk. But for weeks since it actually landed in his lap, it has mushroomed into a political nightmare. The Capitol stairs have become home to dozens of farmworkers holding a vigil to demand his signature. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris put out public statements in support of it, as did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Newsom’s political mentor. Rage Against the Machine’s … [Read more...] about Column: Farmworkers just rolled Newsom. What does it say about the Latino vote?
Blue whales are back hanging out off of California’s coast, gorging on krill as part of their annual journey north for summer and fall, and they’re telling each other about where the most bountiful food spots are and when to bounce again back south to Mexico and Central America, recent discoveries have shown. How long the blue whales stick around may depend on how abundant the food is, as well as other ocean conditions, which suggests the endangered behemoths may be more complex, and more adaptable to the changing climate, than previously believed. Scientists are figuring these things out not just by seeing the whales’ actions, but also by listening to the many sounds of the ocean with sophisticated underwater microphones. “We know that sound is vital to the lives and survival of these animals,” said Will Oestreich, a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Oestreich and his adviser, John Ryan, have been studying whales by using remote sound … [Read more...] about Scientists are listening to blue whales off California’s coast. Here’s what their songs reveal
The way Americans receive mental health care has never changed as quickly as it has since the spring of 2020. When the Covid pandemic forced so many of us into our homes and onto Zoom, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and social workers followed. What started as a short-term fix is now becoming permanent. Today, nearly 40 percent of mental health and substance use outpatient treatment visits at hospitals and clinics are offered remotely, compared with just 1 percent in 2019. This estimate is probably even higher for private psychotherapy practice visits. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association last year, 96 percent of clinical psychologists reported offering at least some services remotely. For millions of people , getting treatment for anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder can now be done from the comfort and privacy of home. No more bus rides across town or awkward waiting-room encounters. It’s not just telehealth. … [Read more...] about Therapy for People Who Can’t Go to Therapy