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Ship logjam blocks exports for California farmers.
San Francisco to extend vaccine card mandate to 5-year-olds.
And three homes by star architects are now up for grabs.



Audrey Onaissi, 6, got her shot Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose.

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Thousands of 5- to 11-year-olds were inoculated against the coronavirus at pop-up clinics in the Bay Area and Los Angeles County on Wednesday, a day after the CDC recommended Pfizer's pediatric vaccine. Chloe, 10, arrived with her parents to a San Jose clinic, having driven 70 miles from the Central Valley. She's been doing homeschool during the pandemic, she said: “I want to go back to normal school. I want to see my friends again.” Mercury News | L.A. Times


California's student vaccine mandate likely won't go into effect until at least July, after the shots win full approval from the F.D.A. But Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and Oakland, are moving faster. Nearly 350,000 students now face a choice: get inoculated by January or stay home. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert who has been influential during the pandemic, recommends childhood vaccines but questioned the legality of the district mandates. “There’s not a single other place that’s doing this," she said. Politico


Ships waited off the coast of Southern California on Sunday.

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The logjam of ships at U.S. ports also means there are fewer making the trip back. That's a major problem for California farmers who have been unable to export their crops. California is the nation’s only supplier of tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Last month, 80% of scheduled shipments were canceled. For farmers already battered by drought, it's been a cruel blow. A.P.


Political analysts in California are looking for lessons from Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race. Katie Merrill, a Democratic strategist, suggested that channeling parents' anger could be a potent political strategy in 2022. “You see it with the San Francisco school board recall,” she said. “Would you ever have expected more than 200,000 signatures to be gathered in the city of San Francisco?” S.F. Chronicle


A Koenig, a Neutra, and a Morgan — here are three California homes by star architects now up for grabs:

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1. Pierre Koenig made his name in the 1960s with his steel-and-glass Case Study houses, including the iconic Stahl House. But he experimented with the building materials right up to his death in 2004. His final creation was a minimalist masterpiece on the shores of Malibu. Asking: $20 million. The Spaces | dwell

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2. Richard Neutra built his famed Brice House in Los Angeles for a 1936 House & Garden exhibition, a precursor to the Case Study program. Recently restored, it features the architect's signature geometry, with an open floor plan and bands of glass that blur inside and outside. Asking: $4.9 million. dwell | Mansion Global

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3. Even by the standards of the pricey Bay Area enclave of Hillsborough, this neoclassical Georgian Colonial stands out. Dating to the 1870s, it was gutted in a fire then redesigned by Julia Morgan at the request of George Hearst. People call it the “Western White House.” Yours for $25 million. | Sacramento Bee


Northern California


Children 5 and older will have to show vaccination proof to enter restaurants, theaters, gyms, and other public places in San Francisco. Dr. Susan Philip, the city health officer, said the city's mandate would be extended to the young age group in as soon as eight weeks, even as the vaccine remains under emergency use authorization. Several FDA advisors have expressed reservations about a rush to mandates for younger children. S.F. Chronicle |


Supervisor Wilma Chan spoke during a news conference in Oakland in 2017.

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An Alameda County supervisor was fatally struck by a motorist while crossing a street with her dog Wednesday morning, officials said. The motorist cooperated with investigators, but the cause remained uncertain. Born to Chinese immigrant parents, Wilma Chan, 72, was the first Asian American elected to the board. Colleagues described her as a champion of people in need. Mercury News | S.F. Chronicle


Phyllis Christopher

"We had come out, people were dying, we had nothing to lose, so we just wanted to have the best party."

In 1990s San Francisco, Phyllis Christopher was a photo editor for the lesbian magazine On Our Backs. For many of the city's lesbians, to come out was to say goodbye to your biological family. San Francisco offered what felt like a new family, and many of its members were eager to pose for photographs. A volume of Christopher's work from 1988-200, published this year, captures the community's insistence on protest and pleasure. studio international |


Southern California


A solar energy development is planned in Nevada’s Pahrump Valley.

Marie Kazalia

A massive increase in solar power is essential to California climate goals. But even clean energy isn't entirely clean. A 3,000-acre solar farm planned for the Mojave Desert would destroy more than 100,000 yucca and other plants. Shannon Salter, a 37-year-old poet, is so staunchly opposed that she moved to a nearby campsite to protest. “There’s this idea that it’s a wasteland,” she said. “No, it’s a vibrant, amazing thing. We are turning it into a wasteland with all of our antics.” L.A. Times


A former Bakersfield College student who drew national attention in the debate over immigration enforcement is wanted in connection with a murder, police said. In 2019, Jose Bello, an undocumented immigrant, was arrested shortly after he delivered a poem critical of U.S. immigration policy at a Kern County board of supervisors meeting. Two NFL players paid his bail. The authorities said Bello is now on the run in the killing of a man found dead in an orchard in Tulare County. San Joaquin Valley Sun | Bakersfield Californian


Kaiser Permanente confirmed that it is denying faith-based requests for vaccine exemptions that it believes are insincere, suggesting that requests were being cut-and-pasted from anti-vaccine websites. The statement was issued after a nurse, Tori Jensen, posted video of herself being escorted from a San Diego hospital. In the widely shared video, she says, “I’m willing to lose my safety, security, my house, everything for freedom." S.D. Union-Tribune | Sacramento Bee


Mayor Eric Garcetti disinfected a podium during a news conference in Los Angeles on Jan. 15.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday as he was attending a conference on climate change in Glasgow. Garcetti, 50, who was fully vaccinated but received no booster shot, said he had "extremely mild" symptoms and was isolating in his hotel room. Per United Kingdom guidelines, he may have to quarantine for 10 days. KABC | L.A. Daily News


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