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117,000 acres burned, 7,000 structures destroyed and 42 lives taken so far.

The Camp Fire in Butte County is 30 percent contained and has become the state’s most lethal fire on record.

Its smoke, which has reached the East Coast, continues to blanket the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area to the point that the air is unhealthy, prompting schools to close and directives for people with heart or lung disease to remain indoors and avoid heavy exertion.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that the Winter Spare the Air Alert has been extended through Friday. Burning wood indoors or outdoors is banned. The use of N95 masks is recommended when outside.

For the latest air quality forecasts, visit AirNow.

For a map of public places for those in need of filtered air, visit SF72

+ A roundup for ways to help fire victims and first responders by Hoodline

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera questioned President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new acting attorney general, writing in a letter to the Department of Justice that unless legal justification for the appointment is given, his office may take court action. The Office of the City Attorney has four lawsuits against the DoJ.


At last week’s Police Commission hearing, the San Francisco Police Department reported that an operation to slow the opioid epidemic led to 62 drug-related arrests in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods in one week and that 125 pounds of narcotics and $500,000 in drug money had been seized since the beginning of the year. Since open-air drug dealing and drug use remain commonplace, commissioners questioned the overall impact of the enforcement effort.


Following reports that San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison equipment may have been connected to both the Camp and Woolsey fires, State Sen. Jerry Hill is looking into how legislation could break up investor-owned utilities or make them public.


Assemblymember Phil Ting will reintroduce a bill to to expand availability of gun violence restraining orders next month. He believes Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will sign the bill.


In January, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing Leilani Farha said The City's homelessness crisis was a human rights violation. She also has ideas for solving it.


What will become of the oft-maligned Twitter Tax Break when it is up for renewal next year? The composition of the incoming Board of Supervisors may tell.

The Neighborhoods

Fisherman’s Wharf

A wax facsimile of President Donald Trump will be on display at Madame Tussauds' "Oval Office" for a limited time.



Despite rising complaints of trash, feces and hypodermic needles, Mayor London Breed says San Francisco is cleaner than before she took office.


Upper Haight

Cole Ashbury Group, owned by partners Shawn Richard, Conor Johnston and John Delaplane, is holding a public meeting in a bid to open a retail cannabis store in one of The City’s new Green Zones.



Rad Mission Neighbors held a panel discussion about sex work and neighborhood quality of life concerns. They say police discriminate against people of color in areas where sex workers are known to operate.



The San Francisco Fire Department is seeking information from the public about six suspicious fires set in the western end of Golden Gate Park.


South of Market

Target plans to open a new, small-format store on Folsom Street. It will be the 36th store in the Bay Area.

The Columnists
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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Love affair survived World War I to last a lifetime

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Big drop in tent camps in San Francisco, but now RV dwellers are a problem

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Tim Redmond, The Agenda: A bad Central Soma Plan is going to move forward

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Mass transit a good thing — especially for riders whose fares are subsidized

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Trump backs Pelosi for speaker. She’ll win anyway

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Herb Caen lives on — via Twitter and a faraway lover of San Francisco

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Joe Eskenazi: Election 2018: A surreal conclusion to a surreal race out in the Sunset

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Caille Millner: Political, poetic justice after 2 difficult years

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Joel Engardio: Leading a bicycle coalition in San Francisco is a perilous ride

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Who voted for San Francisco’s Prop. C homeless measure? Precincts where less well-off live