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Anti-abortion activists burst into UCSF women’s clinic and harassed doctor, DA says

Hello, Bay Area. It’s Friday, May 20, and a Monterey County winemaker is banking on a new cash crop: black truffles. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Anti-abortion activists broke into a clinic at San Francisco General Hospital run by UCSF, filmed patients and staff without their consent and harassed a doctor, according to District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

With a woman as a decoy, four people are accused of entering the clinic in March, weeks before a Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade. Clinic staff reported trying to break into the operating rooms.

The group have also been accused of defacing a Madonna and Child statue, using paint and stickers bearing the name of a doctor, and posting a QR code outside the home from the doctor with an invitation to learn more about the “killer in your neighborhood”.

The code led to a website with the doctor’s name and face, Boudin’s office said.

Learn more about Megan Cassidy.

“Almost as contagious as measles”

As coronavirus subvariants spread, some health officials recommend continuing to use masks.

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• Rapid mutations in SARS-CoV-2 draw comparisons to another highly infectious disease, measles. Researchers say the most recent variants of the coronavirus, which apparently mutates every four to six months, appear five to 10 times more infectious than the first strain that emerged in China in 2019.

• When should Bay Area kids ages 5-11 sign up for their COVID reminders? According to doctors, the best time to get vaccinated is five months after the second dose.

• An elite private school in East Bay walks away for the rest of the school year as COVID cases rise again.

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Longtime winemaker Michael Michaud, pictured with his dog, Bear, plants black truffles in an effort to subsidize his wine business.

Longtime winemaker Michael Michaud, pictured with his dog, Bear, plants black truffles in an effort to subsidize his wine business.

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Forget the wine, says a winemaker. The real cash crop in California is the truffle.

Black truffles can fetch up to $1,000 per pound. Located in a remote part of central California, Michael Michaud’s vineyard has already achieved success as the only winery in his part of Monterey County. Now he’s hedging his bets on truffles to subsidize his winemaking efforts, writes journalist Jess Lander.

If truffles are making your mouth water, it might be time to visit one of The Chronicle’s top splurge restaurants.

around the bay

Ben Domingo places a candle on a memorial outside the Lucky Three Seven restaurant in Oakland, whose co-owner was shot and killed Wednesday night.

Ben Domingo places a candle on a memorial outside the Lucky Three Seven restaurant in Oakland, whose co-owner was shot and killed Wednesday night.

Gabrielle Lurie/The Chronicle

The tragedy: The co-owner of a beloved Filipino restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood was fatally shot Wednesday night in front of his 11-year-old son.

Fear of fuel: Gas prices have soared above $6 a gallon in many parts of the Bay Area. Which stations are below average?

Juvenile Justice: San Francisco has announced that it will close its juvenile hall by the end of 2021. Five months into 2022, it remains open. What is happening?

Diversion programs: A San Francisco father credits a restorative justice program with saving his daughter’s life. So why has the program not been expanded?

In memory:
Michael Gosney, the early internet philosopher who introduced the 1960s counterculture to the San Francisco tech pioneers of the 1990s, has died at 67.

THC Decision: Although cannabis is still illegal under federal law, Congress may have inadvertently legalized a form of cannabis during the Trump administration.

The Grove of the Titans: An ancient grove of redwoods on California’s northern coast was “almost loved to death.” Now a new boardwalk hopes to prevent visitors from further damaging the forest.

Closing of the cinema: Berkeley’s Shattuck Cinemas will permanently close on June 1 as its owner prepares to redevelop the property.

House price frenzy

More than half of the growth in home prices nationwide has been triggered by remote workers, analysts say.

More than half of the growth in home prices nationwide has been triggered by remote workers, analysts say.

Yalonda M. James/The Chronicle 2021

The surge in telecommuting during the pandemic has accelerated the plans of many Bay Area office workers to buy homes.

And so the bidding wars in the already busy real estate market began. But how much exactly has remote work contributed to soaring house prices?

More than half of the overall growth in home prices nationwide has been triggered by remote workers, with a similar impact on rental prices. Prices continue to climb: the median home price in the Bay Area was over $1.5 million in April.

Learn more about Ricardo Cano.

• Is the California real estate market finally cooling down? Here’s the latest data on home sales and prices.

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