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State Funding Granted for 2 New Parks in Bayview, Western Addition

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The state has granted $5.8 million each to park projects focused on environmental justice for residents of the Bayview and Western Addition neighborhoods, according to a news release from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

The new funding for the projects — for India Basin Shoreline Park and the Buchanan Street Mall renovation — was included in the governor’s $584.3 million “Outdoors for All” initiative.

India Basin, which broke ground June 17, 2020, is currently in its first phase and involves the restoration of a critical tidal marsh and wildlife habitat.

Here the funding will go toward building two adventure nature playgrounds for toddlers and older children, featuring slides, swings and climbing structures. It will also go toward bike and pedestrian pathways, a restroom, stairs, irrigation, lighting and landscaping throughout the park.

The Buchanan Street Mall stretches five consecutive blocks between Eddy and Grove streets.

The funding will be used here to improve the two blocks between Eddy Street and Golden Gate Avenue, including a new exercise path, event plaza and a memory walk highlighting the history of the neighborhood. In addition, the funds will go toward new walkways, a gathering area, a multi-use half court, lighting, two new play areas, an outdoor fitness area, a community garden with bioswales and public art with interpretive areas.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023.

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Original Source: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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