National Newswatch

San Francisco could vote out progressive DA in heated recall

Jun 3 2022 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s progressive district attorney, elected on a platform of reducing incarceration, faces a recall election driven by a pandemic in which brutal attacks against Asian seniors and viral footage of smash-and-grab robberies tested residents’ famously liberal political bent. Recall proponents say Chesa Boudin is inexperienced and ideologically inflexible, often seeking […]

California to unveil groundbreaking slave reparations report

Jun 1 2022 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations for African Americans will release a report Wednesday documenting in detail the harm perpetrated by the state and recommending steps to address those wrongs, including expanded voter registration, making it easier to hold violent police accountable and improving Black neighborhoods. It also recommends the creation […]

California to unveil groundbreaking Black reparations report

May 31 2022 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations will release a report Wednesday documenting in detail the harms perpetuated by the state against Black people and recommending steps to address those wrongs, including expanded voter registration, making it easier to hold violent police accountable and improving Black neighborhoods. It also recommends the creation […]

No home, mentally ill: California case shows system’s flaws

Aug 7 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The big brother Suzette Chaumette remembers was witty and kind, an aspiring historian at the University of California, Berkeley whose promise was derailed by mental illness. Over the decades, he struggled with bipolar disorder, cycling in and out of hospitals and halfway homes and into homelessness. In June, she saw him […]

University of California regents approve rare tuition hike

Jul 22 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California regents on Thursday approved a multiyear plan to raise tuition and fees at the system’s 10 campuses. The proposed increase is the first since 2017 and had been criticized by opponents as a “forever hike.” University officials say the increase is needed to maintain the quality of the […]

California task force launches study of slave reparations

Jun 1 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A first-in-the-country task force in California to study and recommend reparations for African Americans is conducting its inaugural meeting, launching a two-year process to address the harms of slavery and systemic racism. Tuesday's meeting of the first state reparations committee in the U.S. came as President Joe Biden commemorated the lives […]

Car-free San Francisco streets: Residents debate reopening

May 26 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Vanessa Gregson, the four-lane highway that borders the beach along San Francisco's Pacific Ocean is now an automobile-free sanctuary where she can blissfully ride her bicycle and enjoy the quiet. “You hear the beach. You hear the waves,” said Gregson. “You feel like you’re in nature, and you’re in San […]

California judge drops murder charge in stillbirth delivery

May 20 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge has dismissed a murder case against a woman who delivered a stillbirth after consuming methamphetamine, saying prosecutors failed to provide evidence that she took drugs knowing that it could kill her baby. Kings County Superior Court Judge Robert Shane Burns delivered his decision in court Thursday, said Dana […]

San Francisco to reopen with indoor dining, movie theatres

Mar 2 2021 — Janie Har, The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO — Indoor dining, movie theatres and gyms can reopen within 24 hours in San Francisco, an upbeat Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday as the county officially moved into a less-restrictive tier as the rate of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths declines statewide in California. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in the Bay […]