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Alisal fire explodes to 6,000 acres, closing 101 Freeway, as gusty winds continue -- A brush fire that broke out Monday afternoon north of Santa Barbara has exploded in size, burning 6,000 acres in less than a day and shutting down the 101 Freeway as firefighters struggle to contain the growing blaze. Gregory Yee, Lila Seidman in the Los Angeles Times$ Jessica Flores in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

PG&E begins restoring power for Bay Area customers -- The utility company said they were given an “all-clear” from meteorologists late Monday to start restoring power in some areas that were impacted by the scheduled public safety power shut-offs — an effort to reduce the chance of their equipment toppling over and potentially sparking a wildfire amid gusty conditions. Jessica Flores in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

Thousands of California residents will have no power. How the medically vulnerable will be impacted -- Severed from electricity, elderly individuals and people reliant on electrical medical devices — motorized wheelchairs, ventilators, respirators, apnea monitors and more — often experience the worst impacts of these wildfire safety blackouts, which leave thousands scrambling to secure emergency oxygen tanks, find backup generators or conserve dwindling battery power. Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21

30 structures destroyed, 20 threatened in wind-driven Delta fire at Isleton mobile home park -- A fire burning in a mobile home park in the Delta town of Isleton destroyed 30 structures and threatens 20 more but is expected to be contained by Tuesday’s end, according to the River Delta Fire Protection District. Mila Jasper in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21

Replanting the Camp Fire burn scar to withstand a changing climate -- Sixteen major wildfires have burned in Butte County over the last two decades, including the 2018 Camp and 2020 North Complex fires, major blazes that together burned more than 470,000 acres. Julie Johnson, Yoohyun Jung in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21


The O.C. oil spill could have been a much bigger disaster. Here is what went right -- But a combination of luck, favorable weather conditions and aggressive response from officials who had learned from previous oil spills resulted in a less severe crisis than was originally feared. Hannah Fry, Robin Estrin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Photos: A week after oil spill, Huntington Beach reopens -- Visitors were once again taking to the water a week after an oil spill caused beach closures. While cleanup continued near Huntington Beach Pier, both city and state beaches reopened on Oct. 11. Al Seib in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Morrison: You thought the oil spill was bad? In L.A., toxic waste is everywhere -- In a bad way, a very bad way, the Huntington Beach oil spill is the enviro-disaster equivalent of the giant panda. Patt Morrison in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

COVID Vaccine  

Many Latino Californians waited to get a COVID vaccine. Why they’re rolling up their sleeves -- When COVID-19 hit close to home, infecting her two brothers and sending an acquaintance to the hospital, Gabriela Aguilar made up her mind to finally get a vaccine to protect herself against the virus. Kim Bojórquez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21


San Jose: Sheriff’s office in standoff involving armed person, hostages -- Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies have been in an overnight standoff with an armed person who reportedly has hostages inside an East San Jose home, authorities said. Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury$ Michael Cabanatuan, Jessica Flores in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21


How hot is it inside Southern California’s warehouses? Ask the workers at Rite Aid -- When Rite Aid Corp. decided to build a giant warehouse to serve its Southern California stores in 1999, it chose an isolated stretch of the Mojave Desert where the air vibrates with heat in the summer. Anna M. Phillips, Genaro Molina in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage -- The phenomenon is being driven in part by workers who are less willing to endure inconvenient hours and poor compensation, quitting instead to find better opportunities. Eli Rosenberg and Abha Bhattarai in the Washington Post$ -- 10/12/21

Policy and Politics  

Confronting the myth: L.A. moves to make amends to Indigenous people -- The city of Los Angeles was founded 240 years ago by a group of 44 settlers who had traveled overland from Mexico, or so the story goes. Julia Wick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Newsom signs new laws to ease California's strict criminal sentencing system -- California’s sentencing laws, which have been among the most severe in the nation, are being relaxed somewhat under the latest legislative measures signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

Bretón: Why would Newsom veto a popular bill to help farm workers organize? His business interests -- But unless one understands the nature of wealthy entitlement in California, it probably seemed surprising that Newsom vetoed a bill that would have enhanced organizing rights for farm workers by allowing them to do what other union workers do — vote by mail in union elections. Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21


Lake Tahoe has fallen to an alarmingly low level. Here's what the impact could be -- This week, a historically dry period in California will come to bear at Lake Tahoe, where the water level is expected to sink below the basin’s natural rim. That’s the point at which the lake pours into its only outflow, the Truckee River. Gregory Thomas in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21


Southwest CEO Says Airline Recovering After Slew of Weekend Cancellations -- Southwest canceled 89 flights, or 2% of its schedule, Tuesday morning, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, compared with roughly 1,900 canceled flights over Saturday and Sunday, and another 350 Monday. Jennifer Calfas and Alison Sider in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 10/12/21

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San Diego lottery for short-term rental licenses should give priority to ‘good actors,’ council insists -- Long-term hosts, Airbnb rail against staff proposal that City Council members say ignored their direction months ago to give preference to San Diego’s most responsible vacation rental operators. Lori Weisberg in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21

McGeorge School of Law receives historic donation, plans to provide scholarships for students of color -- McGeorge School of Law received a $30 million dollar donation from Eglet Adams, a law firm based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The donation comes from Robert T. Eglet, a 1988 graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, and his wife and partner Tracy A. Eglet. Marcus D. Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21

Bell: Maria Shriver takes her Alzheimer’s campaign to unusual venue in San Diego -- When it comes to delaying Alzheimer’s disease, could playing poker be one of the best medicines? Diane Bell in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21

A Big Hollywood Premiere That Was a Long Time Coming -- The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was over budget and years behind schedule, and some feared it would be a flop. Its new director, Bill Kramer, helped get it back on track. Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ -- 10/12/21



California Policy and Politics Tuesday Morning  

Alisal fire explodes to at least 2,000 acres near Santa Barbara; 101 Freeway closed -- A brush fire north of Santa Barbara exploded in size on Monday, shutting down the 101 Freeway and prompting evacuations as gusty conditions drove flames through rough terrain that hadn’t burned in decades. Gregory Yee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

How much do wildfires really cost California’s economy? -- A preliminary estimate shows that the Caldor Fire cost tens of millions in lost economic activity. Wildfires, and the economic disruption they cause, have a large economic impact. But right now, California has a mostly incomplete picture of how much fires cost the state each year. Grace Gedye CalMatters -- 10/12/21


Hedge funds cash out billions in PG&E stock. Fire survivors suffer and wait -- A KQED/California Newsroom analysis of documents on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, found that 20 Wall Street hedge funds have collectively dumped 250 million PG&E shares ​​— two-thirds of their collective holdings in the company ​​— since PG&E emerged from bankruptcy protection last year. Those hedge funds grossed at least $2 billion dumping the stock, our analysis found. At least seven funds have sold off their entire PG&E stake. Lily Jamali Capital Public Radio -- 10/12/21


California attorney general launches investigation into Orange County oil spill -- The U.S. Coast Guard criminal investigations unit and the Orange County district attorney’s office are already conducting criminal investigations into the spill. Robin Estrin, Hannah Fry in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21

After oil spill, each affected OC beach reopens using its own standards -- There is no uniform guideline for deciding when it is safe for people to return to the waters affected by the spill of up to 131,000 gallons of oil in Orange County, leaving each municipality to decide for itself when to reopen beaches, according to state documents. Tony Saavedra, Susan Christian Goulding, Alicia Robinson in the Orange County Register -- 10/12/21

California oil spill legal fight likely to last years -- It took little more than 48 hours from the moment a major oil spill was discovered off Southern California until the first lawsuit was filed against the Houston company that owns and operates the ruptured pipeline. Finding the cause, who is to blame and if they will be held accountable will take much longer. Brian Melley Associated Press -- 10/12/21


California coronavirus death count tops 70,000 as cases fall -- California’s coronavirus death toll reached another once-unfathomable milestone — 70,000 people — on Monday as the state emerges from the latest infection surge with the lowest rate of new cases among all states. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 10/12/21

Halloween still presents scary COVID-19 risk. How you can celebrate safely -- California’s summertime coronavirus surge is in full retreat — much to the relief of families looking to scare up some Halloween fun in just a few weeks. Sound familiar? Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

COVID Front Line  

'We Are Human Beings': California's Health Care Workers Are Asking For Empathy -- In December 2020, KQED Forum interviewed four health workers experiencing the frontlines of the COVID crisis in California. At the time, cases were surging in California, and no coronavirus vaccines were yet available. Nine months later, Forum’s Mina Kim spoke with the same four health workers about the changes they have seen, and the challenges they have faced in the last year. Marlena Jackson-Retondo, Mina Kim KQED -- 10/12/21

COVID Vaccine  

Facing major campus disruption and firings, LAUSD extends staff COVID-vaccine deadline -- The prior deadline of Oct. 15 — this Friday — has been moved to Nov. 15, when employees must have received the second of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to a brief district statement. The district did not clearly state a timetable for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Policy and Politics  

California lawmakers are done for the year - but explosive fights are on the horizon -- Lawmakers and activists are contemplating reviving debates over vaccine mandates to combat COVID-19, environmental protections related to oil drilling and an overhaul of recall election rules, among other perennial fights. Dustin Gardiner in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

770 new laws coming to California -- You’d be forgiven for not knowing Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the largest expansion of California’s college financial aid system in a generation — he did so during the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants’ first playoff game Friday night. Emily Hoeven CalMatters -- 10/12/21

Walters: Newsom, Legislature push the state leftward -- Before celebrating his 54th birthday Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom closed out the landmark 2021 session of the California Legislature by signing the last of the 770 bills he decided should become law. Dan Walters CalMatters -- 10/12/21


‘We’re sorry’: L.A. moves to make amends for wrongs committed against Indigenous people -- Standing with members of two tribes, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans Monday to rename Father Serra Park in downtown Los Angeles — one of several policy initiatives intended to right historical wrongs and rectify the city’s relationship with its Indigenous people. Julia Wick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Italian church is vandalized with anti-colonization graffiti. Police are investigating it as a hate crime -- By noon, a small crowd had gathered at the church on the edge of Chinatown, where detectives said the vandalism appeared to be linked to the day’s holidays, which included Indigenous Peoples Day and the former Columbus Day. Hayley Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Hundreds gather before dawn to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on Alcatraz Island -- As the sun rose over San Francisco Monday morning, hundreds of early risers gathered on Alcatraz Island Monday for the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Gathering to commemorate the 1969-1971 occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes. Ryce Stoughtenborough in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

On Indigenous Peoples Day, Marin district attorney urged to drop case against 5 accused of toppling statue of a colonizing priest -- One year after activists toppled the statue of 18th century Franciscan priest Junipero Serra outside of a Spanish mission in San Rafael, attorneys and supporters of five people implicated in the act called on the Marin County District Attorney’s Office to drop its criminal prosecution. Deepa Fernandes in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21


Newport Beach homeowner who shot intruder cleared by Orange County DA -- Prosecutors have determined that the homeowner was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 23-year-old Henry Lehr in the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 2021, according to a DA’s office statement released Monday. Sean Emery in the Orange County Register -- 10/12/21


Kaiser Permanente workers vote to authorize strike, citing staffing and safety concerns -- Thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees in Southern California voted to authorize a strike against the healthcare giant, as the workers continue to protest what they describe as severe staffing shortages that put both medical staff and patients at risk. Suhauna Hussain in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Accountant applied for 80 jobs, promotions and got zero. Was it racism? -- A long-time employee is suing the City of San Diego alleging it failed to prevent supervisors from engaging in racially discriminatory hiring practices that have repeatedly robbed Black employees, including him, of well-deserved promotions, the lawsuit said. Lyndsay Winkley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21


Cal Grant expansion: Newsom vetoes game-changer bill for 150,000 college students -- Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a huge expansion of the Cal Grant, the state’s main financial aid tool. It would have topped off a banner year for legislators who for years sought to reduce the cost of college. Mikhail Zinshteyn CalMatters -- 10/12/21

The S.F. school district has lost 3,500 students in two years, costing it $35 million -- While officials had hoped to see a “bounce back” in student numbers this fall given the reopening of schools, that didn’t happen. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

S.F. plan to build a $400 million elite arts high school and arts center is dealt another blow -- For years, the San Francisco school board has been sitting on $100 million in bond money to overhaul a downtown site for its art-centered high school, but a vote Tuesday could shift nearly all that money to more immediate facilities needs. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

Long wait for students to enroll in some community college nursing programs -- Of the nearly 80 nursing programs offered in the 115 campus community colleges, some use a lottery system to admit applicants. Some students have complained of yearslong waitlists, preventing them from pursuing their major. Ashley A. Smith EdSource -- 10/12/21


Invasive Aedes mosquito expands reach in Los Angeles, Orange Counties -- County vector control personnel informed Graham Jenkins and his wife late last month that the itchy bites on their ankles were the work of an insidious mosquito that had invaded their Gardena home — and that there was nothing they could do. Lila Seidman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

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Revenue surge boosts San Diego finances, turning $38M deficit into $27M surplus -- San Diego’s city finances are significantly improving thanks to an unexpected surge in revenue from sales tax, hotel tax, parking citations and municipal golf course use, according to a new analysis released this week. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21

2 Bay Area researchers share Nobel Prize in economics -- Economists David Card of UC Berkeley and Guido Imbens of Stanford University on Monday won the Nobel Prize in the economic sciences category. Jessica Flores in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/12/21

Resident sues Folsom over pinhole leaks in copper pipes, says city knew water was corrosive -- A Folsom resident is suing the city of Folsom for damages caused by pinhole leaks in copper water pipes, an issue that has plagued city officials and residents for nearly two years. Molly Sullivan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/12/21

Mountain lion badly burned in Bobcat fire dies nearly a year after release back into wild -- A female mountain lion rescued last year after being badly burned in the Bobcat fire has died, 10 months after her release back into the wild, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Laura Anaya-Morga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Hiltzik: Elon Musk’s moving Tesla’s HQ to Texas is mostly about posturing -- Elon Musk’s corps of sycophants, along with promoters of the age-old Texas vs. California competition, cheered and chortled last week when Musk announced he was moving the headquarters of his Tesla electric vehicle company from Silicon Valley to Austin. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/12/21

Two dead after plane crashes into homes near Santana High School in Santee --The UPS driver and the pilot, who was a cardiologist, died at the scene. Neighbors pulled a couple in their 70s from one of the homes, both of which were engulfed in fire. The pair was taken to a hospital in serious condition, officials said. David Hernandez, Teri Figueroa in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/12/21



Monday Updates   

PG&E blackouts begin as fierce winds raise wildfire danger in Northern California -- Under scrutiny because of its wildfire safety record, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started blacking out customers in portions of Glenn, Colusa, Tehama and Butte counties amid a red flag warning from the National Weather Service for much of Northern California. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ Jessica Flores in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Summer Lin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/21

Potentially damaging onshore winds will hit San Diego County Monday -- Potentially damaging onshore winds will lash San Diego County late Monday and on Tuesday, gusting 30 to 40 mph at the coast and upwards of 60 mph in the region’s mountains, according to the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/11/21

‘Running out of options’: Fight to protect giant sequoias has gotten experimental -- As flames from the KNP Complex threatened to race up a steep slope toward the remote Muir Grove of giant sequoias, officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks had to think fast. Lila Seidman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

This Is What Fighting a Giant California Wildfire Looks Like -- To battle the nearly one-million-acre blaze, California launched a military-style operation. Some experts wonder whether that approach is sustainable. Brent McDonald, Sashwa Burrous, Eden Weingart and Meg Felling in the New York Times$ -- 10/11/21


250,000 pounds of oil debris collected from Orange County shores as beaches reopen -- In a sign of progress in the Orange County oil spill, Huntington Beach city and state beaches reopened Monday morning as cleanup crews continued their work combing the shores for vestiges of oil and tar. Robin Estrin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

Huntington Beach boomed thanks to oil. Now, many see it as blighted barrier to future -- Strolling home from a beach yoga session near Lifeguard Tower 14, not far from the crews working to contain the massive oil spill from an offshore pipe, Julie Green passed a vestige of her city’s petroleum-steeped history. Christopher Goffard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21


Southwest Airlines flight woes extend to Monday with hundreds of cancellations, delays -- Southwest officials say the carrier is working to return flight operations to normal as they deal with a backlog of passengers from nearly 2,000 canceled flights and hundreds more delayed since Friday. The airline on Monday had 360 flights canceled and another 750 delayed, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. Luz Lazo in the Washington Post$ -- 10/11/21


Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill -- Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. Matthew Perrone Associated Press -- 10/11/21

COVID Vaccine  

Get vaccinated or get lost: Are employer mandates working? -- Experts who track vaccination mandates say it’s too soon to know definitively whether employer vaccine mandates, which are becoming more widespread in the public and private sector, are working. Catherine Ho, Katie Licari-Kozak in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21

BART may require all employees to be vaccinated by mid-December under new proposal -- Under the measure introduced by BART board Vice President Rebecca Saltzman, all of the agency’s employees and board directors would be required to get fully vaccinated by Dec. 13, “with exceptions made only for those who qualify for a reasonable accommodation or a religious exemption.” The criteria for a “reasonable accommodation” is unclear. Ricardo Cano in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21

Skelton: Forget ‘personal freedom.’ California’s statewide school vaccine mandate will save lives -- Look, if you’re not vaccinated, your chances of getting COVID-19 are eight times higher than if you had the shots. It gets worse: If you’re unvaccinated and test positive, your odds of being hospitalized jump by 13 times. And you’re 18 to 20 times more likely to die. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots -- The number of eligible people still weighing whether to get a Covid vaccine has sharply dwindled, leaving an unvaccinated population that is mostly hard-core refusers. Jan Hoffman in the New York Times$ -- 10/11/21

COVID Economy  

COVID widened the chasm between Bay Area ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ -- New poll shows how remote workers benefited while essential workers struggled financially. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/21

California economy, workers lose billions as unemployment payments shrink. Does it matter? -- The program helped independent contractors, gig workers and others traditionally not covered by regular unemployment insurance. It ended Sept. 4 and no payments can be made for weeks of unemployment after that date. David Lightman in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/11/21


California still won't make coronavirus workplace outbreaks public -- Supporters of a push to require companies to report workplace coronavirus outbreaks publicly say they plan to keep fighting despite recent setbacks that they say allow big businesses to keep outbreaks secret. Melissa Montalvo in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21

Kaiser workers vote to authorize strike at Southern California hospitals, clinics -- Nearly 21,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses and other healthcare workers who say they’re understaffed and facing a new pay system that would fuel more shortages at Kaiser’s Southern California hospitals and clinics have voted to announce an authorized strike against the health care giant. Kevin Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/11/21

Supply Chain  

They ordered brooms and got only sticks: New Bay Area restaurants scrambling because of supply chain problems -- When a new restaurant opened in Oakland’s historic Tribune Tower in August, it immediately made a splash for its ambitious food, a grand redesign and the impressive resumes of its owners. But almost two months after its debut, the walls at Tribune are empty. The dining room looks surprisingly bare. The promised outdoor patio isn’t open. And diners are starting to complain. Janelle Bitker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21


Human remains found in Yucca Valley amid search for missing woman -- Human remains have been found in the Yucca Valley desert near where Lauren “El” Cho, a 30-year-old New Jersey woman, went missing this summer, investigators said. Hayley Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

SDPD officer charged with exhibiting gun in alleged road rage incident in Clairemont -- On the day of the incident, police said a woman reported that another driver had displayed a gun in a threatening manner. The woman gave police the driver’s license plate information, leading officers to Carter Torres. Police said they determined Carter Torres had been driving his personal vehicle but provided few other details about the incident. David Hernandez in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/11/21

Finding affordable rent in Sacramento isn’t easy. Adding a criminal record complicates it -- In a crowded Sacramento housing market, it’s already difficult to find an affordable place to live. Add a criminal record — things get more complicated. And secure housing is a key factor in successful reentry post prison. Brianna Taylor in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/11/21


San Diego County prepares for influx of Afghan refugees -- The refugees include Afghan military members, interpreters for the U.S. military and others who assisted the U.S. during two decades of occupation in the country and who are now at risk of reprisal by the Taliban, officials said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/11/21


The number of air monitors in the Bay Area has exploded. Where are they? -- Last summer, as wildfires raged across the state and smoke cloaked the Bay Area, East Palo Alto resident Mark Dinan did what many Bay Area residents were doing — he pulled up a map made by the company PurpleAir showing real-time air quality measurements. Yoohyun Jung and Danielle Echeverria in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21


Rising rents spark buying frenzy among apartment investors -- Tenants in older buildings could face more rent hikes as investors bid prices per unit higher and higher, brokers say. Jeff Collins in the Orange County Register -- 10/11/21

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In search of a California dividing line, where Giantslandia starts and Dodgersville ends -- You know you’ve come to the right place when you walk in the door of the West End Bar & Grill on a night that will go down in baseball history. Maria L. La Ganga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

3 US-based economists win Nobel for research on wages, jobs -- A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for pioneering research that transformed widely held ideas about the labor force, showing how an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t hinder hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers. Two others shared the award for developing ways to study these types of societal issues. Christopher Rugaber, David McHugh and David Keyton Associated Press -- 10/11/21

He befriended his brother’s murderer. In each other, they found healing -- Nearly 29 years had passed when Trino Jimenez decided to write to the man who murdered his brother, prepared to never hear back. Leila Miller in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/21

Knight: Two cyclists killed. Two drivers arrested. And in supposedly equitable S.F., two very different outcomes -- San Francisco bicyclists remember the evening with horror, some still choking up when they discuss it. On June 22, 2016, a pair of alleged hit-and-run drivers killed two women riding their bikes, less than three hours and 5 miles apart. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/21