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Sunshine Board May Return to Keeping an Eye on City Hall

One of the key panels maintaining local government accountability will ­­­­­soon get back to work after being sidelined for months if the head of the Board of Supervisors gets his way.
The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force has not met since Mayor London Breed suspended most public meetings in mid-March, when the city issued a shelter-in-place order to address the spread of the coronavirus. » Read more

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Media Focus on Trump Misinformation Distracts From Serious Pandemic Coverage — ‘News in Context’

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many of us to turn to news outlets to learn more about the virus, shelter-in-place orders, data on infections and deaths, and other details from political leaders, public health officials and analysts.
But, as we seek out relevant and reliable information, we are also exposed to misinformation, opinion and mixed messages from our leaders. » Read more

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How ‘Civic’ Is Produced and Broadcast From Home

Under shelter-in-place orders, the Public Press staff has been producing the local current affairs program “Civic” from home, conducting interviews remotely and managing a radio station at a distance. The team has also turned its focus almost exclusively to covering the local effects of the coronavirus pandemic through in-depth interviews, complete press briefing coverage and San Francisco specific newscasts. » Read more

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Homeless Activists’ Latest Tactic: Occupying Hotel Rooms

Seven protesters from Poor Magazine, a publication and activist organization, attempted to occupy the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco on Monday morning to demand that the city house more homeless residents in the thousands of hotel rooms left vacant during the coronavirus pandemic. » Read more

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Testing in Mission Shows Virus Hits Workers, Latinos at High Levels

A Mission District coronavirus testing initiative has shown stark disparities in who has been getting sick — 95% of those who tested positive in this initiative identified as Hispanic or Latinx. Most earned less than $50,000 a year. But evidence of this disparity had been mounting even prior to the testing, when doctors in San Francisco hospitals saw that the majority of the coronavirus patients who needed to be hospitalized were also Latino. » Read more

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Mission Coronavirus Tests Reveal Longstanding Inequities

In late April, a coalition of medical, community and government organizations called Unidos en Salud tested nearly 3,000 people in one Mission District census tract for the new coronavirus. Sixty-two of them tested positive, slightly more than 2% of those tested. » Read more