Walgreens Closes locations, citing ‘Organized Retail Crime’ as the Reason

Walgreens Closes locations, citing ‘Organized Retail Crime’ as the Reason

Walgreens is now closing five more locations on the West Coast up North as drug stores from this local region across the U.S. are bombarding by non-stop shoplifting and lax enforcement.

Walgreens is Struggling with Theft

Shoplifters in a local region have been emboldening by a referendum. This has lowered the penalty for stealing goods. Moreover, it that is less than $850 from a felony to a misdemeanor. This is what cops and prosecutors have said.

The latest closures are confirming by a spokesperson for the company.

Challenges Facing Retailers

“In fact, organized retail crime is continuing to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco. Moreover, we are not immune to that,” Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said.

“Across our San Francisco stores, retail theft has continued to increase in the past few months to five times. It is a chain average. Thus, we are increasing our investments in security measures. Therefore, to combat this issue during this time. This across the city to 46 times our chain average. It would be to provide a safe environment.

Stores that are Shuttering

In fact, the retailer has prior shuttering 17 stores in San Francisco during the past five years.

Therefore, the new closures will “significantly impact” the community said a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“This Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and I’m completely devastating by this news. In fact, it has been a staple for seniors, families, and children for decades,” Ahsha Safai tweeted Tuesday.

There was a drug store theft in a state back East which has really descended down into a similar crisis. A dozen Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, and Rite Aid locations have largely barren shelves where staples like tampons, toothpaste, face wash, and hand sanitizer should be stocking.

“They’ve all been stolen,” a CVS employee said.

Fentanyl Seizures Soar, DEA Issues a Safety Alert Against the Drug

Fentanyl Seizures Soar, DEA Issues a Safety Alert Against the Drug

As the federal fentanyl seizures are soaring over 155% so far this year in a Western state, the Drug Enforcement Administration Monday has issued a health warning. This is over the lethal toll overdoses that are taking in a local region and across the country.

Moreover, the DEA has seized an unprecedented number of counterfeit drugs that contain a deadly substance. In fact, these fake drugs are the ones paying for them on the streets. Or also passed out at parties that many young people have, in fact, have attended.

Federal Fentanyl – Counterfeit Pill

The key is not to trust a pill just because it does look like it. Moreover, it could be something you got from the doctor because there’s a possibility it is a counterfeit pill. And it can kill you,” said Dr. Anna Lembke, a Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

Prescription Oxycodone

Moreover, the pills do look like prescription oxycodone or other opioid medication. Yet the DEA says the fake pills are lacing with fentanyl or meth because they are, in fact, become cheaper to make.

The heroin market is infiltrating with fentanyl and the counterfeit pill market. This is as more people are, in fact, dying because fentanyl is more deadly, Dr. Anna Lembke did say.

In July alone, San Francisco’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner said, 33 people, did die of accidental overdoses of fentanyl in the city.

Federal Fentanyl Deaths

One local county is actually closely monitoring the number of recorded fentanyl deaths. There were 27 recording deaths in 2019. In 2020, the toll rose dramatically to 88 recorded deaths. Then, in 2021, to date through early August, there have been 44 confirming deaths.

A non-profit organization is trying to help educate parents about the dangers and pitfalls of drug abuse in a local county. The director of RISK for the local county nonprofit is Leslie Nicholson.

Paying People Not to Shoot Others: ‘Cash for Criminals’ Program

Paying People Not to Shoot Others: ‘Cash for Criminals’ Program

Paying high-risk individuals to not shoot anyone as gun crimes tick up in the Northern city in a West Coast State is a rolling out a pilot program.

Paying People is An Incentive to Better Human Beings

“In fact, these small investments can transform the lives of individuals, and also, but they can really also turn around communities,” Sheryl Davis. Davis is the executive director of the Human rights Commission said.

Ten individuals will be paying by the Dream Keeper Fellowship who are at high risk. That is being on either end of a shooting $300 each month to not be involving in those crimes.

Paying People: Dream Keeper Fellowship

The Human Rights Commission and Office of Economic and Workforce Development are rolling out the fellowship. Moreover, it is being funding through the Dream Keeper Initiative. That is the San Francisco program which is working to redirect and move the funding into the Black community. The Fellowship will launch in October.

“As cut and dry as folks may think, it’s not necessarily that. In fact, it is not as transactional as say, “Here are a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,’ but it’s really about how you can help us improve public safety in the neighborhood,” David did add.

Street Violence Intervention Program

In fact, the participants in this program are going to be pairing with life coaches. They will come from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program. Also service as “community ambassadors.” Moreover, they are also eligible to receive an additional $200 per month through ways such as, working, going to school or being a mediator in probable violent situations.

Reducing Violence in San Francisco

Speaking approvingly of the idea is Mayor London Breed. She said that could cut down the violence in the city.

“In fact, my desire is to get to them, not to just make an arrest, but to get to them. Then, try and figure out if they would be willing to work with us on something that is an alternative,” Breed said at a Violence Prevention Summit hosted by the Human Rights Commission. This was in August. “We can’t just put them in a program without making sure that they have money. Also without making sure that they have something to take care of themselves.”

Vaccination Proof Begins in a West Coast State and City Today

Vaccination Proof Begins in a West Coast State and City Today

Vaccination and proof of it will come more than in handy if want to go inside a restaurant for a bite to eat or stretch out and exercise in a yoga class that takes place inside a studio. This would occur in a West Coast state and city today.

Vaccination Proof Protocol

No longer will a self-attestation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will not get you through the door. Big Brother is marching forward with the “true agenda.” So much for “flattening” the ole curve, huh?

Requiring a proof of full vaccination is what the San Francisco Department of Public Health is requiring. It would be for any indoor business that serves food (such as a restaurant). Also where your breathing will be elevating (such as a gym).

Vaccination: Restrictions are Ending the Good Times

Moreover, vaccine proof is now being requiring at all indoor dining establishments. These include bars, clubs, theaters, and entertainment venues. Or even a bowling alley or an arcade. That’s where you can order say a pizza or drink and then consume it on site.

Indoor Fitness-Related Establishments Are Affected, too

Moreover, it is also mandated at all indoor fitness-associating establishments. They include recreation facilities, yoga studios, and dance studios. This is where patrons will engage in cardiovascular, aerobic, strength training, or another exercise that involved elevated breathing, the city said.

Events in General are Going to Have Strict Parameters

Therefore, vaccine requirements are also going to be in effect at events with 1,000 people or more. That is regardless of whether there will be food or drink that is serving. 

“Everyone 12 and older is going to need to show proof of vaccination at these places,” the department said in its guidelines that were posting online. Even worse is that you are still going to need to wear a mask even with the vaccination. Follow the science! Yeah right! Welcome to the Great Reset, my friends…

Then, two weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the city said, is what full vaccination means.

Zūm Wins $150M from an Northern City to Electrify Student Transport

Zūm Wins $150M from an Northern City to Electrify Student Transport

Zūm, a startup that wants to upgrade student transportation, has been awarding a five-year $150 million contract to modernize its transport service throughout the district. A Unified School District in Northern city in a Western state gave the award.

Zūm will Handle Day-to-Day Operations

Zūm operates its rideshare-meets-bus service in another local city, much of Western state, and other cities throughout the U.S., that will be responsible for handling day-to-day operations. In addition, handle transporting 3,500 students across 150 school campuses which begins this fall semester. Moreover, the startup’s fleet of 206 buses, vans, and cars is distributing based on particular use cases, to place students who live on more hectic routes on school buses thereby send them out to cars and vans for others to thereby increase efficiency. In fact, Zūm will also ease over 2,000 field trips per year for the school district.

Zūm Contracts and Funds

The San Francisco United School District is the largest contract the startup has ever had. The startup awarded five-year $53 contracts with Oakland School District. That began in 2020. Moreover, the company intends to use the funds to lease vehicles, hire drivers, which are salaried employees, to improve customer and operational support. Also to provide research and develop product enhancements to support the contract.

District Savings

A saving of $3 million for the district per year on average is what Zūm’s transportation solution for SFUSD is expected to achieve. It is based on what is the cost of the incumbent’s solution.

Zūm, has, in fact, absorbed all the drivers who were in the past serving SFUSD. The buses are used and old and owned by the incumbent. In fact, they have been moved out of the city. Now, Zūm has deployed a new fleet of connected school buses and other vehicles. They will be converted to electricity by 2025.

Zūm, along with its fleet, offers school districts a cloud-based dashboard. It will allow them to manage the operations. Then track movements. Also, plan budget use. Moreover, analyze the performance and service data. It is the kind of tech that does really make sense for schools. Yet they still do seem very radical given how slowly the public sector moves.

Parklets are now Permanent Fixtures in the Bay Area

Parklets are now Permanent Fixtures in the Bay Area

Parklets, which is outdoor dining in former parking spots, is becoming a permanent fixture in the Bay Area. On Tuesday night, supervisors voting on an ordinance that does establish rules for what are commonly calling “parklets.” In fact, it’s been the one thing that besides take-out that has, in fact, helped restaurants in the city, therefore, make it through the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parklets are Important to Restaurateurs

“In fact, all the restauranteurs, and all the bar owners want to keep these parklets,” said Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza.

In order for the businesses to get back on their feet, he said extra tables are needed. They will help cover new costs of the higher wages.

Additional Seating is Necessary

“Moreover, if we can’t make up for the lost income, by just having some additional seating, then, I really don’t know where we’ll be,” said Gemignani.

Tourists Really Love Parklets

“I think it’s really enjoyable to be eating outside,” said Libby Maynard of Eastern state. “I love it.”

“In fact, I think in many ways it’s an improvement. We’ve seen it in a number of city’s,” said Nick Maynard of Eastern state “We saw it in Southern California, and now we see it here. It will be nice to be in the fresh air.”

International Experience for Visitors

Then, maybe it will add to the international experience that many people do feel when they are in fact visiting the city’s diverse neighbors. Therefore, those filled with shops and eateries from around the globe.

“There is a European feeling to it, all of this au fresco dining,” said Gemignani.

San Franciscans Want the Parklets to Stay

In fact, many residents like the idea of permanent parklets. Even those who complain about the lack of parking.

City May Suffer the Consequences of Keeping the Parklets Going

Moreover, it’s a give and take, but definitely not a giveaway. Moreover, the city will likely lose some parking income, however business owners will pay for the spots. 

In fact, fees are one of the items supervisors are going to talk about before making a final decision on the future of these shared spaces.

Employees Must Be Vaccinated Within 10 Weeks Or Risk Job Loss

Employees Must Be Vaccinated Within 10 Weeks Or Risk Job Loss

On Wednesday evening, employees here are hearing this on a widespread scale. In it, the 37,000 employees have to be vaccinated versus COVID-19. This was in a range of 10 weeks for the Food and Drug Administration. As they were saying that they approve of the coronavirus vaccines. If they do not? They run a risk of being gone in any case. Employees are definitely in trouble of some sorts. And with that said, the vaccination policy is to be given by the city soon enough with an assumption to “comply with the policy” or terminate their own employment.

As it turns out, most COVID-19 vaccines are shown approval by the FDA for what may also be seen as an emergency use authorization. As wel as an expedited process. In which case, the emergency use is authoritative towards what the Congress can bestow upon the FDA after seeing the 9/11 terrorist attacks impact the country.

For the drug approval process, sometimes it takes a little longer than one would anticipate. Even those who have used the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are all issued some emergency use as a means of staying doubtful of their safety. Pfizer and BioNTech were able to submit an application for FDA to get full approval for COVID-19 on May 7th. Moderna was able to do that before on June 1st.

As it turns out, this policy needs all the employees to show their vaccination status no later than July 29th as a result of employment.

In which case, they have to upload the COVID-19 vaccination card and or document of vaccination from a health care provider. In which case, one really should consider the likelihood of taking their destiny into their own hands. This is the type of danger that is imminent in the continuing war against COVID-19. There is a danger of facing the end of your employment there. There’s a lot of good to be found here. With the virus still rampant, we want to vaccinate. That just seems to be the smartest idea. Isn’t that a good way of thinking? I would say so.

Prosecutors File new Charges Against Deputies in a Beating

Prosecutors File new Charges Against Deputies in a Beating

Prosecutors have filed new charges against two former sheriff’s deputies who beat a man with batons. This is a case that District Attorney Chesa Boudin has called an “egregious example of police brutality.”Making National News in the Worst Way Possible

In November 2015, ex-deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber made national news. This is when it video emerged of them chasing a suspect into a dark alley in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was where they repeatedly struck him with batons.

Prosecutors: Initial Assault and Battery Charges

In the aftermarket of the incident, Santamaria and Wieber faced assault and battery charges. However, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the case last March. It was when an expert witness became ill. Then the judge denied its request to delay the trial.

In fact, Boudin said his office has since “remained committed to prosecuting the case.”

“Moreover, we will on continue to pursue accountability for these deputies for the unjustified and unconscionable beating of an unarmed man,” Boudin said in a statement.

Fourth Case

Against a police officer under Boudin, this is the fourth case the District Attorney Office has brought. Boudin has campaigned on a pledge to hold police accountable. He had, in fact, previously secured charges against current or former San Francisco police officers. This was over two police shootings. The beating, in fact, was captured on body camera video.

Arraignment

Today, Santamaria and Wieber are scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges. Those include assault by a peace officer. In addition to battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

Both former deputies had in the past pleaded not guilty to the earlier set of charges in May 2016. Moreover, their attorneys did not quickly respond to requests for comment. Michael Rains, an attorney for Santamaria, has, in fact, argued that the videos of police using force can look awful but be “perfectly lawful.”

Chasing the suspect, the beating by the deputies unfolded. The suspect 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov went across the Bay Bridge. Allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, Petrov, said he had used to ram the sheriff’s vehicles in the East Bay.

Kosher Baker Hires Formerly Incarcerated Employees

Kosher Baker Hires Formerly Incarcerated Employees

A kosher baker, is an Israeli businessman, who operates the only kosher bakery in the city has earned another moniker for his shop because of the formerly incarcerated people he now employs. The nickname for Issac Yosef’s Frena Bakery is the “Lifer Bakery.”

Kosher Baker in San Francisco

Serving 23 years in prison on a murder charge, Carlos Flores has said Yosef has hired him when he was, in fact, released from prison. Flores, along with two dozen others like him, over the years. In fact, the two bonded when Flores started speaking very little Hebrew. Moreover, it has something he had learned while taking classes behind bars.

Carlos Flores Always Wanted to be a Baker

“Well, I just got out of prison three days ago for doing 23 years for the murder of an innocent man,” Flores said. ” So I’ve never had a job. I didn’t know how to bake, but I’ve really always wanted to be a baker. I’m a hard worker. I got a college education. I’m a monster, beast when it comes to working, like, I can really help you out.'”

Judaism and Strong Faith

The seemingly unusual hire stems from his faith, Yosef said. “Everything needs to be Kosher as we are Jews,” Yosef said. It’s a way of life keeping Kosher. Giving everyone a second chance is a fundamental rule in Judaism. Moreover, it does not matter what you did. We believe if you have regret, and then you change your ways, then you deserve a better chance, yes a second chance, you know? When people were young, you can’t judge people. Then, in the heat of the moment, and therefore, nobody has stopped them. Then if nobody stopped us, most of us would go to jail, too. Do you know? It would be many times.”

BRIDGE, Mission Housing Open Affordable Community

BRIDGE, Mission Housing Open Affordable Community

BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing Development Corporation say they have officially opened La Fénix in 1950. It is a 157-unit affordable housing community. The architecture services were provided by David Baker Architects and Cervantes Design Associates and Swinerton Builders was the general contractor for the $115 million project.

BRIDGE, Mission Housing – La Fenix

In January 2019, the developers broke ground on La Fenix in San Francisco’s Mission District. They, in fact, financed the construction. It was with a $56.3 million loan from Wells Fargo Bank. This is according to Yardi Matrix information. To become the area’s largest permanently affordable development, the building topped out.

La Fenix Description and who the Units Cater to

The community consists of two buildings of nine and five floors. The location is at 1950 Mission St. on the former San Francisco Unified School District site. The floors are connecting by an internal courtyard and an open-air bridge at levels two through five. Featuring studios and one- to three-bedroom floorplans is what the unit is a mix of. It also ranges in size from 340 to 980 square feet. There is 8,300 square feet of ground-floor retail, Yardi Matrix shows.

Between 45 and 60 percent of AMI is what all units, in fact, cater to households. In total, there are 40 apartments that are, in fact, reserving for formerly homeless families. Moreover, 25 percent of units are setting aside for residents. This is for the surrounding neighborhood. Moreover, it is based on the city’s “neighborhood preference” program.

Amenities at La Fenix

Therefore, the amenities have included a rooftop playground. As well as a community room with a kitchen and laundry room. There are also landscaped courtyards.

The child-care center, art studios and a gallery, as well as, a bicycle repair shop are in the neighborhood-serving spaces.

A few steps from BART’s 16th St. Mission station, the community is less than 1 mile south of downtown San Francisco. It’s in a dense shopping and dining area.

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