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Daly City woman comes face to face with a mountain lionResidents of the Daly City peninsula are on high alert after dozens of cougar sightings. Maria Cid Medina spoke to a woman who described a close encounter with a cougar in her backyard.

COVID: Bay Area health experts speak out on evolving guidelinesChanges to coronavirus guidelines are causing uncertainty over what is allowed. Andrea Nakano asked health experts what we should and shouldn’t be doing.

Mountain Lion spotted near Westmoor Park in Daly City on Monday afternoonElizabeth Cook reports some Daly City residents have their nerves reeling from sighting a mountain lion (1-10-2022)

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COVID: Bay Area schools scramble to keep classrooms open during Omicron waveBay Area schools were grappling with the dilemma of how to keep classrooms open amid the COVID wave. Team coverage with Devin Fehely in Milpitas, Juliette Goodrich in Fremont and Shawn Chitnis in West Contra Costa County.

Staff shortages and IT issues hamper COVID testing in San FranciscoAndria Borba Reports Computer Problems and Staff Sick with Omicron Variant Resulting in Reduced Hours, Testing Site Closures in SF (1-10-2022)

Healdsburg residents are not optimistic about continued spring rainsJohn Ramos reports that many Healdsburg residents are skeptical of more rains coming after record drought summer (1-10-2022)

Tiles falling from homes cause safety concerns in San Jose neighborhoodMaintenance crews are once again working to test and secure the tiles on the sides of homes in the Communications Hill community in San Jose, after several pieces came loose and fell to the ground during recent rainy weather. Len Ramirez reports. (1/10/22)

Monday night weather forecast with Paul HeggenExpect clear, chilly conditions Monday night, with lows dipping into the 30’s and 40’s. Highs on Tuesday are expected to go from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Next week should be pretty dry. Paul Heggen has the forecast. (1/10/22)

Patients Seeking Testing, Relief From COVID Putting Health System StrugglePeople experiencing symptoms of COVID and the omicron flare are stressing the health care system. Wilson Walker reports the effects to San Francisco General Hospital.

Health Care Systems Rise From COVID-19Interview with Dr Maria Raven, Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF.

House Democrats sue former President Trump and others for instigating January 6 insurgencySkyler Henry reports that a federal judge heard civil lawsuits brought by members of the Democratic House against former President Trump in the January 6 riots (1-10-2022)

Website trouble testing leads to long queues and early shutdown at HaywardKiet Do Reports Problems with COVID Color Testing Lab Website Leading to Problems at Hayward Testing Site (1-10-2022)

When should you perform a PCR or rapid antigen testAnne Makovec of KPIX 5 asks Dr Abraar Karan, infectious disease specialist at Stanford Health Care, if it is better to take PCR or rapid antigen testing in the Omicron era

Milpitas School District Moves Away From COVID Surge Distance Learning PlanJocelyn Moran Reports Milpitas School District officials reversed course of distance learning plan amid current outbreak of omicron-fueled COVID cases (1-10-2022)

Governor Newson unveils 2022 state budget spending planJustin Andrews reports on funding earmarked for wildfires, armed robberies, COVID and more in Governor Newson’s 2022 Budget Plan (1-10-2022)

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Real estate heir and convicted murderer Robert Durst dies in Stockton prison hospitalAnne Makovec reports the death of convicted murderer Robert Durst in a prison in Stockton (1-10-2022)

Klay Thompson makes long-awaited comeback: “It was a very special moment that I will never forget”Charlie Walter reports from the Chase Center after Klay Thompson’s first game since the 2019 NBA Finals (1-10-22)

Game Day: the 49ers make the playoffs after a return of 17 pointsLos Angeles post-game reaction to the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime win. Vern Glenn and Lorenzo Neal shatter San Francisco‘s comeback victory over the Rams. (1-10-22)

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State budget: Newson to unveil his 2022 budget spending plan, including $ 2.7 billion COVID-19 emergency programNewson to unveil 2022 budget spending plan, including $ 2.7 billion emergency COVID-19 package

Omicron: Schools in East Bay Consider How to Cope with Rising Omicron CasesAs new omicron cases soar, schools in East Bay wonder how to move forward

Bay Area Schools Face Omicron Disease, Closures Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:03:44 +0000 As students return to their first week of school in 2022 after winter break, concerns over the omicron variant – and reports of sick students and teachers – have led to school closures and disruptions. work stoppages in the Bay Area, as well as fights between school administrators, teachers and parents.

Of these, the most controversial appears to be in San Francisco, where a host of events in 2021 – on school name changes, school board recalls, and Lowell High’s admissions processes, among others – have been held. transformed the city’s schools into a national flashpoint that will likely continue well into the New Year.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, schools are also facing their own turmoil, with concerns over rising rates of COVID-19 and failed negotiations with district officials and teachers over COVID-19 protections.

But some experts have expressed concerns that more Bay Area schools could close.

Jeanne Noble, director of the COVID-19 response in the emergency department of UCSF Health and ardent opponent of school closures due to the pandemic, reiterated his post on Twitter.

“Closing our schools in 2020, before vaccination, was a mistake, harming children without reducing viral transmission,” she said in a tweet on Wednesday. “To return to this strategy now, post-vaccination, in the face of an attenuated variant, is out of reach.”

Here’s a look at the affected Bay Area schools. This story will be updated.

Unified San Francisco

Between 400 and 600 teachers became ill Tuesday through Thursday, a San Francisco Unified spokesperson confirmed to SFGATE, forcing accredited administrators and other staff – including Superintendent Vincent Matthews – to be replaced.

A work stoppage was organized Thursday, without affiliation with the teachers’ union, which resulted in the absence of 616 teachers for the day. A district spokesperson told SFGATE that the district had “29% replacement coverage.” A day earlier, the district had “414 classroom teacher requests,” with 32% coverage, the spokesperson told SFGATE.

The United Educators of San Francisco, the district teachers’ union, although not linked to the Thursday work stoppage, has repeatedly called for masks, weekly tests and sick leave before school begins. school in 2022 and during this week.

“We expect the district and city to treat this like the crisis it is and provide the most basic mitigation strategies,” UESF president Cassondra Curiel said in a statement Thursday denouncing the ‘SFUSD’s lack of agreement on COVID-19 precautions.

Unified oakland

A group of Oakland Unified teachers held a sick leave Friday, with at least 500 teachers sick and 12 district schools closed for the day, NBC Bay Area’s Melissa Coronado reported.

While Oakland Education Association president Keith Brown told Oaklandside that sick leave was “not official union action,” he wanted officials “to listen to the urgent demands of all educators in Oakland for better masks and more testing “.

According to a letter-writing campaign released by the OAS before school starts, demands from union teachers include basic testing, COVID-19 sick leave, masking and “safe eating equipment outside “.

In some schools, like Oakland Technology, principals have warned parents not to send their students to school for the day, warning that some students will have no schooling for the day due to the illness.

West Contra Costa Unified

Schools in West Contra Costa Unified are closing Friday and Monday due to a spike in omicron cases among teachers and students, Superintendent Kenneth Hurst said in a notice posted on the district’s website.

“In our district, we are seeing a lot more staff absences than usual due to the virus, and we also have an increased number of students testing positive for COVID-19 upon our return from winter vacation,” he said. he declared.

Hurst also urged all students and teachers to get tested before returning to school on Tuesday, “via a rapid home test or through your health care provider.”

“We will do whatever is necessary and possible to ensure the safety of the students and the continuation of the school,” he said.

Caliber ChangeMakers Academy

The Mercury News reported on Friday that Caliber ChangeMakers Academy, a charter school network with schools in Vallejo and Richmond, was closing Friday through Tuesday.

Rachel Weingarten, the principal of the schools, told the newspaper that the schools were closed “out of excess of caution”.

Bay Area and California see record peak in COVID cases Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:37:01 +0000

SoCal man arrested for attacking workers at vaccination site: A southern California man was arrested last week after he allegedly attacked workers at a vaccination site in Tustin (Orange County) after calling the workers “murderers” and accusing them of starting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Post reported. Workers at the site were seriously injured, according to the organization administering the vaccines, but are expected to make a full recovery.

Will a second booster be necessary against omicron? Here’s what we know so far: The ultra-rapid spread of the omicron variant has not only added urgency to the COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign, but has already sparked discussion about the need for a second booster. At least one country has already started administering the fourth doses of Pfizer vaccine. Read the full story here.

Ditch the sheet mask – or at least double it – say Bay Area health officials: With the omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeping across the Bay Area and California, it’s time to upgrade your face mask, or at least double the safer masking habits, the San health official said on Tuesday. Francisco. This means ditching your plain cloth mask and using high quality medical grade face covers. Read the full story here.

“Unprecedented”: Over 600 FS teachers or assistants absent, forcing district high ranking officers to run classrooms: More than 600 classrooms in San Francisco were without their teachers or assistants on Tuesday, and with just 157 replacements available, every district employee with a teaching degree was ordered to take a course, including the superintendent and d ‘other senior officials. The return to classrooms of the district’s 49,000 students coincides with a new wave of the pandemic, with the highly contagious variant of omicron sending case numbers skyrocketing in San Francisco and across the country. Read the full story here.

SF City workers affected by the virus: The dramatic increase in the number of omicron cases in San Francisco is straining essential city services as hundreds of police, firefighters and transit operators have started the new year under quarantine. As of Tuesday, 167 San Francisco police officers, 135 firefighters and 85 employees of the city’s municipal transportation agency were in quarantine due to exposure to COVID – illustrating how quickly the variant of the virus has spread to San Francisco these last weeks. Read the full story here.

Bay Area and California mark record peak in COVID cases: California reported a huge spike in coronavirus cases over the holiday weekend, far exceeding the peak of the wave last winter, with an average of nearly 59,000 cases per day recorded on New Year’s Eve. Year to Monday. The previous peak in the number of cases was January 2021, with an average of around 45,000 cases per day. Read the full story here.

COVID tests hit record high in SF: COVID testing in San Francisco is “at an all time high right now,” Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said on Tuesday. Last week, public testing sites performed about 25,000 tests, nearly double the number from three weeks ago, Colfax said. “The testing sites are full and home testing kits are hard to come by right now, he said. “We are urging our health system partners to respond to additional demand as well. Faster tests are also underway.

COVID outbreak at UC Berkeley: Students, faculty and staff experienced the third highest number of positive COVID tests on campus in December. As the holidays approached, 124 people tested by campus were infected, according to the university’s dashboard. Most of the cases, 164, presented the week of January 31 last year, and 146 cases were registered the week before. Most of the cases involve undergraduate students. Of the 22 tested by campus Monday, 7 were infected.

California schools await state COVID testing after ‘unprecedented’ storms delay delivery: Millions of COVID-19 self-tests for California schools have been delayed by winter weather conditions, forcing districts to start the new semester without enough to distribute to all of their families. Read the full story here.

SF Ballet is postponing its gala of the season due to pandemic concerns: The San Francisco Ballet’s season opening gala, scheduled for January 27, has been postponed to March 24 due to security concerns related to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the omicron variant. Read the full story here.

Column reviewers share their entertainment choices if you’re stuck at home: With the increase in the omicron variant, many people are finding themselves behind closed doors, isolating themselves in an attempt to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. And they’re going to need something to get through the long, lonely hours. With that in mind, The Chronicle offers this list of recommendations for entertaining ways to stay busy in isolation. Read the full list here.

]]> Latham Adds Two Former Prosecutors To Bay Area And Los Angeles Offices | Mon, 03 Jan 2022 18:00:00 +0000

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, January 3, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Scott Carpenter and Alex wyman joined the firm as partners in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice and as members of the Litigation & Trial Department. Joiner joins Bay Area offices after seven years of service as Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Californiamost recently with the Corporate and Securities Fraud Section and previously with the Organized Crime Strike Force. Wyman joins the Los Angeles office after five years of service as AUSA for the Central District of California, where he was the Securities Investment Fraud Coordinator and Corporate Fraud Coordinator in the Major Fraud Section.

“We are delighted to add to our team of highly respected former federal prosecutors with extensive investigative and trial experience across the spectrum of white collar cases,” said Doug Greenburg, Global Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. “Scott and Alex are talented litigators and their experience, references and substantial abilities will enhance the practice’s offerings through California and beyond.”

Joiner is a seasoned litigator who has led teams on a wide range of white collar cases, including those involving allegations of securities fraud, cryptocurrency, bank and investment fraud, and corporate crime. insider, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, influenced and corrupt racketeering. Organizations (RICO) Law on matters, public corruption and money laundering. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Joiner has worked in private practice on complex commercial litigation, antitrust and securities matters. During a four-year tenure in the United States Marine Corps, he successfully tried numerous criminal cases as a judge advocate while dealing with a wide variety of military justice issues. It has also deployed to Iraq with a Marine Corps Infantry Battalion, receiving the Bronze Star Medal for service in Ramadi in 2007.

“Scott is a fantastic addition to our Bay Area white collar team. His experience in leading complex trials and investigations will be invaluable to our customers, ”said Tad freese, Managing Partner of the Bay Area Offices. “While in the United States Attorney’s Office, he worked on a variety of issues that position him for success with Latham’s white-collar defense and investigation practice, including securities fraud, property fraud investment, fraud in financial institutions, insider trading and FCPA violations.

Joiner added, “I appreciate Latham’s trial-ready approach and deep investigative experience, as well as the firm’s broader litigation platform. team approach. “

As AUSA, Wyman served as a lead or co-lead prosecutor in eight jury and judicial trials and managed high-profile investigations into securities fraud, healthcare fraud, fraud investment, financial institution fraud, tax evasion, government contract fraud, insurance fraud and corporate embezzlement and bribery. In 2021, he won the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from an Assistant United States Attorney for successfully prosecuting a complex insurance fraud and murder case.

“From day one, Alex’s trial and investigative experience will enable him to effectively support clients facing high profile criminal and civil litigation,” said Larry Seymour, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. “It will help customers Southern california and beyond navigating the complex legal risks and challenges inherent in doing business in today’s global economy. “

Wyman added, “I have always admired Latham’s talented lawyers, its collaborative culture, diverse client list and robust platform. I look forward to working with some of the brightest lawyers in the industry and growing my practice in a firm with the global resources for any client need. “

Joiner received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center and its BA from University of California, Los Angeles. Wyman received his JD from the University of Virginia Faculty of Law and its BA from Princeton University. In 2014, he clerked for Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

About Latham & Watkins (

Latham & Watkins provides innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on transactions that shape the market, high-stakes litigation and lawsuits, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the largest providers of pro bono services in the world, strongly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

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1 Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability company organized under the laws of State of Delaware (United States) with affiliated limited liability companies practicing in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the UK and as an affiliated partnership practicing in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a foreign legal advice office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the law firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


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No vacation discounts at Bay Area real estate Sat, 01 Jan 2022 14:15:00 +0000

Bay Area homebuyers haven’t found any Black Friday promotions this holiday season, as prices soared 17% in November, marking another rapid increase in a record year.

The boom continued across the region, led by rising median single-family home prices in San Mateo County (up 23% from the previous year to $ 1.84 million), the Alameda County (up 23% to $ 1.2 million) and Santa Clara County (up 21% to $ 1.57 million), according to data from CoreLogic. Seven of the Bay Area’s nine counties posted double-digit gains, with only Marin and Napa lagging behind.

2020 has been a hot year for home sales, said East Bay Compass agent Paddy Kehoe, but 2021 has been “extremely crazy.”

High demand and a low inventory of homes for sale have driven the country’s most expensive real estate market. Rising prices frustrated many potential buyers, while sellers reaped even higher returns on their properties and were able to choose from several offers. Historically low interest rates, around 3%, also boosted the market.

The median price of an existing single-family home in the Bay Area hit $ 1.15 million in November, down slightly from a high of $ 1.2 million in early summer.

The Bay Area reflected the rapid national growth in residential real estate values ​​in 2021. Home values ​​in the United States increased 19% between October 2020 and October 2021, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case Home Value Index. Shiller.

“Low-cost homes are still in high demand as entry-level buyers and investors continue to compete for the very limited supply,” CoreLogic economist Selma Hepp said in a statement. She expects 2022 to bring another strong year of price growth – around 7%.

Online broker Zillow estimates that the median home price in the United States is now $ 316,000, less than a third of the Bay Area median.

Bay Area agents say buyers, who expect remote work to continue, are looking for additional rooms, yards and family spaces in the area. Single-family home prices in San Francisco jumped 14% to $ 1.8 million and 12% in Contra Costa County to $ 850,000.

Larger spaces and grounds in Contra Costa and Alameda counties are attracting Silicon Valley workers less concerned with their commutes. And the prices are right.

“Silicon Valley buyers feel like they left Nordstrom to join Macy’s,” said Kehoe, a veteran agent.

First-time buyers have been charged even in the most affordable communities of East Bay, but demand has slowed little. Owners have been hesitant to sell, he said, with only a dozen recent listings in the popular Lamorinda.

“There is nothing to sell,” he said. “There is nothing.”