SF Chronicle: Hastings Descendants Dispute Law School Name Is Racist. They Want The Name Kept — or a $1.7B Payout

Days after Gov. Gavin Newson signed a bill to reverse an 1878 law requiring that UC Hastings College of the Law forever keep its founder’s name — or the state must repay descendants $100,000, plus interest — six family members sued on Tuesday to get their money back.

If California persists in removing Hastings’ name from the law school on Jan. 1, the interest rate would be an annual 7%, family and supporters said Tuesday at a press conference outside San Francisco Superior Court.

LA Magazine: CA Pedestrians Will Soon Be Free to Jaywalk

Jaywalking will soon be decriminalized in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed “The Freedom To Walk Act” (AB2147) last Friday, allowing citizens to cross streets outside of designated areas—so long as it is safe to do so—without the fear of being hit with a citation. Championed by Assemblyman Phil Ting (District 19), it was the second attempt at passage for the bill, which will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

NBC Bay Area: State Officials Approve $41.5M for Monkeypox Testing, Treatment, Outreach

State officials approved more than $41 million this week for monkeypox testing and treatment after state legislators representing San Francisco urged for its inclusion in the state budget.

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, first called for dedicated state funding for the MPX outbreak in July, when the virus was first taking root in the city.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 179, an amendment to the state's budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year including $41.5 million for the state's emergency response to the MPX outbreak.

SF Chronicle: CA’s Historic Ban On Gas-Powered Cars Includes One Major Exception

California regulators approved a plan Thursday to mostly ban the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035, adopting the first statewide clean-car mandate of its kind in the country.

The move formalizes an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed nearly two years ago, requiring the state to phase out the sale of cars that generate planet-warming emissions. Electric-vehicle experts called the vote historic and said it will reshape the global auto market.


SF Gate: Sunset Senior Centers Get Millions In State Funds

A pair of senior facilities in San Francisco's Sunset District are getting a boost in state funding, which will help build, renovate and improve the spaces.

Assemblymember Phil Ting announced last week that $3.5 million from the state would be released to enhance the facilities.

The South Sunset Senior Center will receive $2.3 million dollars for upgrades, while an additional $1.2 million will go to support a new senior center on Taraval Street to be run by the nonprofit organization Self Help for the Elderly.