How San Francisco’s DA cut the city’s jail population without jeopardizing public safety

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Reducing the jail population during the pandemic is one example of how defunding the police and prison systems—and reinvesting in other areas—could keep communities and keep everyone safer. San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin ran for his current title on a platform committed to ending mass incarceration, citing how widespread imprisonment affects the families and communities left behind, costs taxpayers money, and fails to truly rehabilitate people who have inflicted harm. Read Full Story

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How to prepare your home, your workplace, and yourself for a pandemic

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Stock up on food, work from home, and make it clear workers who are sick will be supported—not fired. Roughly a month after China launched the largest quarantine in human history, with more than 700 million people under full or partial lockdown as of last week, in an attempt at containment of the new coronavirus, the virus is now quickly spreading in other countries, including South Korea and Italy. On Tuesday, federal officials in the U.S. said that it’s not a matter of if the coronavirus will begin to spread in American communities, but when. San Francisco declared a state of emergency . No one knows, yet, how bad it might get. But here’s what individuals and companies can do to prepare. Read Full Story

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Coronavirus proves we should all work less

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We have designed the perfect tools to work productively from home. But that doesn’t mean our homes belong to our work. While COVID-19 spreads across the United States, the best thing that most of us can do is self-quarantine. Companies across the country have closed their offices so people can work safely from home. K-12 schools, from San Francisco to New York City, have shuttered to thwart the spread of infection. We can expect more school districts to follow suit, as the CDC now recommends schools close and stay closed for the next eight weeks to protect our population; President Trump has recommended closing schools, too. Read Full Story

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California is on fire, and the smoke is visible from space

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In San Francisco, wildfires are currently making the air quality among the worst in the world. There are now 367 wildfires burning in California. In the Bay Area, where fires are burning in every direction from San Francisco, the air quality is currently among the worst in the world. There’s an eerie orange glow in my apartment in Oakland, and ash is falling outside. The smoke is so thick it’s visible from space. Read Full Story

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How this small sensor startup became essential to helping California deal with toxic wildfire smoke

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PurpleAir’s network of air quality monitors and its real time map have provided vital information to people looking to avoid bad health outcomes. Over the last 12 days, wildfires have burned more than 1.2 million acres of land in California, an area collectively larger than Delaware. As the smoke pours into cities like San Francisco, making the air dangerous to breathe, many people aren’t turning to government sites to check the air quality, but to PurpleAir , a tiny startup that maps air quality using sensors in backyards. Read Full Story

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My university will be getting COVID-19 vaccines soon—here’s how my team will get doses into arms

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The executive running much of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the University of California, San Francisco, is working to make sure that critical data tracking, complicated storage, and the intricacies of actually administering doses all run smoothly. In late October, I received an email from a member of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). I called the number in the email and a bright, happy voice answered and asked if the University of California, San Francisco, would be interested in the early release and distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, I said yes. Read Full Story

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One Medical wants to make sure you’re COVID-free before you go back to work

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The primary care company is thinking about how it can use its technology to screen workers and ensure they’re well enough to go back to work. One Medical, a membership-based primary care company, has worked with cities such as San Francisco and New York to expand its testing capabilities beyond its client base. Now, the company is thinking about the next phase of testing and how it can help people go back to work. Read Full Story

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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