Six years after enacting a tax on soda, Berkeley officials became the first in the nation to ban unhealthy food from being sold at checkout aisles at most grocery stores. Don Ford reports. (9/23/20)
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Berkeley Approves Ban On Junk Food Sales At Grocery Checkout AislesSix years after enacting a tax on soda, Berkeley officials became the first in the nation to ban unhealthy food from being sold at checkout aisles at most grocery stores. Don Ford reports. (9/23/20)
Pandemic Spurs Backyard Granny Unit Construction BoomThe pandemic has spurred backyard granny unit construction boom in the Bay Area. Betty Yu talked to a builder who is building and delivering these units in a fraction of the time.
Alameda, San Mateo, Solano Counties Move Up To Red Tier In CA Reopening PlanAlameda, San Mateo and Solano counties are in the Red Tier, after moving up a rung on the state's color-coded coronavirus tracking map. Maria Medina tells us which businesses will reopen, and which ones will not.l
Tesla Unveils Electric Vehicle Battery Breakthroughs; Investors Fear Long Wait To AdoptTesla is working on new battery technology that CEO Elon Musk says will enable the company within the next three years to make sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically longer distances on a single charge. (9/22/20)
Plans Unveiled for Development Around Future Downtown San Jose BART StationPlans unveiled by the VTA and London-based design firm Foster Partners show how a future downtown San Jose BART station could spur a densely-packed development around it. Len Ramirez reports. (9-20-20)
San Francisco Archbishop Leads 'Free the Mass' March to Reopen ChurchesLed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, hundreds of Catholics marched in San Francisco Sunday, demanding city health officials ease restrictions on public indoor religious services. Devin Fehely reports. (9-20-20)
Trump's WeChat Ban Blocked by Federal Judge in S.F.U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler entered an order early Sunday granting the preliminary injunction in a motion brought to the court by a WeChat user group and six WeChat users. Emily Turner reports. (9-20-20)
San Francisco Hospitality Industry Hopes Return to Indoor Dining Boosts RecoverySan Francisco restaurants could be just weeks away from reopening their dining rooms again. Some say it could pave the road to recovery for the struggling tourism industry. Wilson Walker reports. (9-18-20)
Cal/OSHA Order Sets New Virus Protections Following Oakland McDonald's Worker's TestimonyThursday saw some big wins for employees in California as the state made key rulings to step up safety precautions against COVID-19 in the workplace. Andrea Nakano reports. (9-17-20)
Golden Gate Bridge District Notifies Workers of Possible LayoffsMany workers who help run the buses and ferries between the North Bay and San Francisco could soon be out of a job. Andria Borba reports. (9-17-20)
Trump Administration Puts Dozens Of Homeless Housing Projects On Hold In California As Winter ApproachesAs winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the need to house the homeless in the Bay Area is more urgent than ever. But KPIX 5 has learned the Trump administration has put the brakes on projects that would help thousands. Susie Steimle reports. (9/16/20)
Frustrated Business Owners Want Santa Clara County To Follow State's Red Tier GuidelinesA group of business owners and at least a half dozen chambers of commerce across Santa Clara County are coming together to urge county leaders to relax COVID-19 restrictions or put the economy further at risk. Maria Medina reports. (9/16/20)
More Businesses Reopening As CoCo County Eases COVID-19 RestrictionsA new round of businesses will reopen in Contra Costa County after the county decided to ease its COVID-19 restrictions. Joe Vazquez reports on the new plan in place.
San Jose Looks At Spending $3 Million On Cleaning Illegal Dumpsites, BlightSan Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and three councilmembers will introduce a plan that will dedicate $1 million a month until the end of the year to clean illegal dumpsites and pick up trash from the streets. Len Ramirez reports. (9/14/20)
San Francisco Hotels to Reopen MondayOn Monday, San Francisco hotels will be allowed to reopen after six months but, as Devin Fehely reports, it's just the first step in a long road to recovery for the tourism industry. (9-13-20)
Campbell Man Claims Area Postal Workers Fudging Records to Hide Deteriorating ServiceA Campbell man claims the United States Postal Service is breaking the law and he said he has the evidence to prove it. Maria Medina reports. (9-11-20)
Unhealthy Air From Wildfire Smoke Blankets Bay Area; Businesses Operating Outside Facing New ChallengesBusinesses that have been forced outdoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a new challenge Friday as air quality becomes unhealthy due to smoke from ongoing wildfires. Katie Nielsen reports. (9/11/20)
State Housing Mandate Doubles What Bay Area Needs to BuildThe Bay Area has a new assignment from the state: build nearly 450,000 homes in the next eight years or risk losing control over where they go. Susie Steimle reports. (9-10-20)
Seniors At Risk When Affordable Units Get Converted To Market Rate HousingNearly 32,000 units of affordable housing in the state are expected to be converted to market rate housing in the next 10 years. Susie Steimle reports, tenants often don't find out until it is too late.
AstraZeneca Pauses Vaccine Trial After UK Woman Becomes IllPharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca paused its COVID-19 vaccine trial after a UK woman became ill. Elizabeth Cook tells us what went wrong.
Power Shutoffs: PG&E Issues All Clear After 167,000 Customers Left In DarkPG&E on Wednesday looks to restore power to about 167,000 customers in Northern California, including Wine Country, after the utility shut off electricity as part of its Public Safety Power Shutoff. Emily Turner reports. (9/9/20)
On Some City Blocks County Lines Don't Line Up With CA Color-Coded Plans For ReopeningBay Area businesses are waiting for their county to get permission to reopen, but as Joe Vazquez explains, in some cities the difference between opening or staying closed, could come down to one city block.
Red Tier Status Gives Green Light To Some South Bay Businesses To Reopen But Not OthersSanta Clara County moved up on the State's 4-tiered reopening plan, but as Maria Medina reports, some businesses that are now in the 'Red Tier' are not getting a green light.
PG&E Power Shutoff Leaves Santa Rosa Residents In The DarkA smoky day has given way to a very dark night in Santa Rosa. As Andrea Nakano reports, some small businesses and residents are feeling especially powerless.