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Bay Area sees unexpected gender gap in homeownership

Hello, Bay Area. It’s Monday, August 15, and a heat wave is expected this week in parts of the Bay Area. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

An analysis of 2020 census data shows that single women are much more likely to own their homes than single men in major Bay Area cities.

In the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area, 49% of single women own their homes, 11% higher than the rate for single men. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley metro area, 46% of single women own their homes, compared to 36% of single men.

“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Morgan Hill realtor Robin Bezanson, who has estimated that 30% to 40% of his clients are single women. “There are so many amazing women entrepreneurs and women in our area, and I think they see the stability of having their own home.”

Read more from Lauren Hepler.

More housing news:

• How would home prices in the Bay Area hold up in a recession compared to cities where so many people have moved.

• From Heather Knight: A SF developer hits a brick wall in an effort to turn the Tenderloin lot into housing.

Impact on marine life

A wave is breaking the day before the Mavericks Invitational in 2013.

Mathew Sumner / Special for The Chronicle 2013

A study predicts that human-caused climate change will significantly disrupt the California Current marine ecosystem, which runs the length of the West Coast.

Some of the most important species that live in the region, considered one of the richest and most abundant ocean regions in the world, will experience major changes by the end of the century, writes Tara Duggan.

“Everything from plankton and algae to fish, marine mammals and birds all depends on the health or state of the California Current system,” said study co-author Terrie Klinger at the University of Washington.


• Tesla Neighborhoods: These are the Bay Area zip codes with the most electric vehicles.

• A relatively new cockroach, which emerges in warm weather, is establishing itself in California.

what to eat

Carlin's Cafe has closed in San Francisco's Mission District, which has 6% fewer restaurants than in 2019.

Carlin’s Cafe has closed in San Francisco’s Mission District, which has 6% fewer restaurants than in 2019.

Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle

When COVID-19 closed restaurants in 2020, industry experts predicted it would lead to many closures. But it has been difficult to quantify the number of places closed during the pandemic.

The Chronicle obtained data on restaurant openings and closings in the city from 2019 to 2021 from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and found a pretty drastic change. Normally about as many restaurants open as there are in San Francisco, but in 2020 and 2021 there were more restaurant closings than openings, especially in 2021.

While areas such as Financial Fistrict and South of Market were the hardest hit, residential neighborhoods seemed to fare better. Learn more about Elena Kadvany and Nami Sumida.

• Oakland’s most exciting new pop-up restaurant is also its best-kept secret.

• What to eat at the Bay Area’s newest pastrami paradise, Delirama.

around the bay

Dan Miles, 67, and Rita Miles, 61, of Long Beach contracted Legionnaires' disease in July.  Dan was on a ventilator and lost 45 pounds in less than a month.

Dan Miles, 67, and Rita Miles, 61, of Long Beach contracted Legionnaires’ disease in July. Dan was on a ventilator and lost 45 pounds in less than a month.

Alyson Aliano / Special at La Chronique

Health Info: They thought it was food poisoning – then came the fan. Inside a California couple’s battle with Legionnaires’ disease. Also: Threat of poliomyelitis virtually non-existent for vaccinated people in the Bay Area. Opinion: Exotic pets first introduced monkeypox to the United States, and 19 years later we still barely regulate them.

From Justin Phillips: San Francisco politicians turn missteps into controversies by dealing with them.

Heat wave: High temperatures are expected to bake the interior Bay Area region this week.

From Joe Garofoli: Newsom, at the forefront of marriage and marijuana, faces “a different animal” on drug sites. Opinion: Psychedelics saved their son from addiction. Will California give the same chance to other users?

Speak out : She secretly recorded her attacker and helped put him in jail. Justice brought more horror than she could have imagined.

Missing Teen Truckee: The search for 16-year-old Kiely Rodni continues as her mother seeks advice. Also: Oakland police are looking for a missing 14-year-old boy.

Ready to strike: More than 2,000 Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California planned to begin an indefinite strike on Monday.

“A Happy Warrior”: Dennis Riordan, Bay Area attorney known for freeing those wrongfully imprisoned, dies at 73.

15 first appointments

The Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers is a great place for a date.

The Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers is a great place for a date.

Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle

If you’re planning a first date, look no further than San Francisco, where you’ll find world-class attractions, restaurants, parks and more.

Cultural critic Peter Hartlaub has compiled a list of 15 less obvious date ideas, including the transportive Conservatory of Flowers, the underrated Walt Disney Family Museum and the funky Church of 8 Wheels.

Read all of his picks here and listen to Hartlaub, Heather Knight and Tony Bravo as they discuss their own first dates on the “Total SF” podcast.

More SF entertainment news:

• Inside the time of the Castro Theater community meeting on the future of the historic SF site.

• This long-standing SF rock club says a protected cycle path could “destroy our site”.

• Bay area under the radar performance series you should know now.

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