September 26, 2022

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Is the risk of getting COVID outside going up?

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Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, July 7, and Napa County says reports of a Voodoo Ranger IPA water park coming to Wine Country appear to be a publicity stunt. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

The new COVID variants BA.4 and BA.5 are now the dominant strains in Northern California and are even more infectious than their predecessors, and more likely to evade immunity. What are the chances you’ll be infected by the strains outdoors?

Though it’s generally safer to be outside, infectious disease experts say now is the time to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings such as concerts and wedding receptions.

BA.4 and BA.5 are more likely to cause reinfections compared to prior variants, and it “doesn’t take much time to pick up the virus,” said Anne Liu, an infectious disease doctor at Stanford.

Read more on the risks of specific settings from Aidin Vaziri.

SFUSD spending

A mural depicting the life of George Washington stirred controversy and a lawsuit.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle 2019

Officials used $525,000 intended for facility improvements to pay for the legal fight over a controversial mural at San Francisco’s Washington High School.

The money came from a bond measure voters approved in 2016 for classroom and other building improvements, and the spending is now under review by an official oversight committee. Financial worries have plagued the San Francisco Unified school board as the district decides how to address a $125 million deficit this upcoming school year.

The Depression-era artwork depicts George Washington’s life and includes images of slaves working in fields and white settlers stepping over a dead Native American person. The school board voted to paint over the mural in 2019, but the ensuing three-year-long controversy led to a lawsuit and eventual overturning of the decision.

Read more from Jill Tucker.

What to eat

Sammy Pak prepares an order of hotteok at Sammy’s, his Korean pop-up in Oakland.

Sammy Pak prepares an order of hotteok at Sammy’s, his Korean pop-up in Oakland.

Ethan Swope/The Chronicle

The Korean food scene in the Bay Area has long been maligned compared to that of Los Angeles. But don’t sleep on it — there’s a wide variety of dishes worth seeking out, Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho writes.

New Korean restaurants have made the Bay Area one of the most exciting places to dine recently, selling specialties such as acorn noodles, soy sauce-cured shrimp and hotteok.

And as for where you won’t be eating, longtime Berkeley tapas bar César is closing after a 24-year run. The restaurant has spent the last several months in a fight with its well-known landlord and neighbor, Chez Panisse, which previously said it planned to open a new restaurant and bar in the space. For what it’s worth, César has plans to move to a new location and continues to operate its Oakland outpost.

Around the Bay

White San Franciscans in their twenties were more likely to leave the city during the pandemic than other groups, data shows.

White San Franciscans in their twenties were more likely to leave the city during the pandemic than other groups, data shows.

Laura Morton/Special to The Chronicle

Pandemic migration: Who was the most likely demographic group to leave San Francisco during the pandemic? White adults in their late 20s, according to a new Chronicle analysis of data.

Summer weather: Forecasts show a slight warm-up on the way for the Bay Area, with no heat extremes expected this month.

“Just not acceptable” : Following a Chronicle investigation into the conditions at San Francisco’s single-room-occupancy hotels, voters will get a chance to approve or reject a measure creating an oversight commission for its $700 million homelessness agency.

Water rescue: Three people reported missing after entering the water to rescue a child in the delta waters near Rio Vista have been found dead.

Fuel fluctuations: Gas prices have dropped by about 10 cents a gallon at gas stations in the Bay Area in the past week. How long will it last?

Homelessness in S.F.: A new six-month pilot program would send community workers, rather than police, to low-level 911 calls in San Francisco about homelessness. But it could take up to a year for the city to get it off the ground.

Climate change and parks: As a Congressional delegation tours Yosemite, dwindling waterfalls and other climate problems are the center of attention.

Stunt or surprise? New Belgium Brewing Co. does not appear to be opening a Voodoo Ranger IPA water park in Napa, the county says.

Experiment for the ages

Chronicle columnist Peter Hartlaub (left) assists Exploratorium employee David Moran as he dissects a cow eyeball during a public demonstration.

Chronicle columnist Peter Hartlaub (left) assists Exploratorium employee David Moran as he dissects a cow eyeball during a public demonstration.

Jessica Christian/The Chronicle

What’s San Francisco’s greatest science tradition? Dissecting a cow’s eyeball.

At the Exploratorium just a few piers down from the Ferry Building, they’re buying 50 eyes a week from Marin Sun Farms. They’re used as a fun science experiment for kids and adults who visit the science museum.

Fifty years after the first cow’s eye was dissected for eager students, the ongoing program is a testament to what can happen when teens are put in charge of the hands-on experiments at the Exploratorium, staff told the Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub.

Read more here.

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