You can rest a bit easier going through TSA knowing that every SFO worker is vaccinated

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San Francisco’s mandated proof of vaccination for virtually every single indoor activity. Though not required, mask-wearing, as well, is still common practice outdoors— and remains a must-do when inside public spaces. It’s little wonder why The City by the Bay has remained a steadfast model for how a large-scale metropolitan should handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oh, and there’s also the fact that 81% of eligible SF residents have completed their Covid-19 vaccination series; over 87% have at least received one dose of a vaccine to safeguard them from SARS-CoV-2 (and its myriad of variants).

And as of Tuesday, the City…


After starting on July 13, California’s largest single-source fire in history is finally smoldering out of existence

The town of Greenville, in Northern California, was reduced to mostly rubble and burned-out cars after the Dixie Fire raged through this centuries-old mountain town — home to some 1,000 residents, on August 05, 2021. The towns main source of income was tourism. According to Cal Fire, the Dixie Fire has burned 727,896 acres and is currently 40% contained. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)

There was a good while there when we thought the Dixie Fire could become not only the state’s largest wildfire to date, but enter into “gigagire” territory — which would’ve made it only the second wildfire in our country’s history to burn over a million acres. It was a frightening thought, one that you couldn’t shake loose. But with this weekend’s rainstorm that descended on NorCal, on-site fire crews were able to make significant headway in containing the blaze.

And as of this morning, 90% of the Dixie Fire is contained, per CAL FIRE incident reports.

This is huge…


2024 will see the beloved SF bookstore set up a new shop at SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1

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Y’all, like us, love Green Apple Books. In fact: Our readers voted it the Best Bookstore in San Francisco last year. Well, it looks like we’ll have the chance to flip through pages and sift through shelves sometime in 2024 at the company’s newest location at SFO.

“Congratulations ⁦⁦[Green Apple Books,]” District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston tweeted out earlier this week after it was announced that the bookstore had gotten the green light to push forward with plans on opening a new branch inside SFO. …


Examples of the biggest tree species in the world are having their trunks wrapped in aluminum foil—to protect them from forest fires

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The KNP Complex fire has grown wildly over the past 24 hours, now burning over 8,940 Acres. Maps from the U.S. Forest Service show that a pair of the complexes’ wildfires are burning dangerously close to California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks — which has prompted fire crews to wrap Sequoia trees in aluminum foil to safeguard them from harm. (The same precautionary measure was also taken for the park’s iconic sign; a tweet from Visit Visalia showed fire crew wrapping the sign in effectively large sheets of Reynolds Wrap.)

Even though these massive Sequoia trees — with…


The GOP’s feeble attempt to take California’s governor office proved to be a costly bluff

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (R) speaks to union workers and volunteers on election day at the IBEW Local 6 union hall as his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom (L) looks on September 14, 2021, in San Francisco, California. Californians are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Governor Newsom, as contentious as some of his behavior has been this past year, was never going to get recalled from office; I think we all understood that to some degree. In San Francisco alone, nearly 87% of people who voted in the gubernatorial recall election chose to keep Newsom in office. (On a state level, Newsom won support from more than 60% of the vote with most of the ballots counted as of Wednesday morning.)

This recall election was an abysmal failure by California’s Republican party. …


41-year-old Amy Adams of San Francisco was pronounced dead on the scene

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On Monday, there was widespread confusion around BART delays affecting riders. Though it was only speculation at the time, some riders (and news outlets) suggested that there might be a fatality involved; SFBART’s Twitter account was of little help yesterday in figuring out what was exactly behind those delays, either.

But eventually, it was discovered that something catastrophic caused the Bay Area transit agency to run behind Monday afternoon: A woman was dragged to death on a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train.

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THE BAY SNAPSHOT

‘To have felt loss, one must have experienced joy’

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“The Bay Snapshot” is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

In 2015, the rainbow-arched tunnel between San Francisco and Sausalito, which was previously simply called either the Waldo Tunnel or Rainbow Tunnel (for very obvious reason), was officially renamed after the late actor Robin Williams. …


THE WEEKEND WIND-DOWN

Get you a weather service agency that treats you like the king or queen or non-binary royal you, in fact, are

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The Weekend Wind-Down is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

Ever since Karla The Fog took over in Karl’s social media absence, Twitter’s been blessed with mood-boosting moments from her account. (How she stans Covid-19 vaccinations. The shade she throws at climate crisis deniers. The pictures she uploads of herself, glowing without even having to wear a single Glossier Cloud Paint product).

Just before the weekend, the National Weather Service…


FRIDAY FIVE

Magic permeates every inch of this wondrously mad city

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Do you have a favorite corner of SF and want to write about it? Submit your idea to info@thebolditalic.com.

San Francisco is sprinkled with enchanting nooks and crannies. Intersections here lend themselves to a rare kind of individualism; how they appear to one person could very well be entirely different from someone else’s point of view. With over 35,000 of these corner crossings in the city, there’s likely a wedge of the SF that just hums a likable tune perfectly suited just for you.

Though we’ve dedicated some of our content to cataloging some of these niches — y’all love…


Put down the ivermectin

Partial view of hard-working male and female hospital team in full protective wear standing together in a group embrace. Covid-19 has taken emotional and mental care on healthcare workers — which has created an alarming increase in rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even suicide among the working cohort. (Photo: Getty Images/xavierarnau)

For the vaccinated among us, we’re in a moment of time that’s defined by tension: a tautness that’s between those who believe in sound science and others who place faith in anything but quality examination. An idea that by some stretch of the imagination, emboldened podcasts hosts and conservative comedians and wayward social media influencers know more than well-educated medical professionals and health officials.

There’s no excuse not to get inoculated against Covid-19; there’s nothing more to see nor a reason to wait any longer.

That the CDC is analogous to Comedy Central. And our public safety — the well-being…

Matt Charnock

SF transplant, coffee shop frequent; tiny living enthusiast. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in nine or so years. Editor of The Bold Italic.

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