The challenges are real, but science is at least back in the picture

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As a result of conservation efforts, bald eagle populations have risen from a mere 417 nesting pairs in 1963 to more than 9,700 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states as of 2020. Photo: VisualCommunications/iStock/Getty Images Plus

President Joe Biden has a dumpster fire of issues waiting on his Oval Office desk. Yes, many are a direct result of Donald Trump, but others are more long-term and structural. From chipping away at systemic racism to building up a stronger middle class, his administration will need to get to work, stat.

One pressing challenge most citizens of Earth are hoping isn’t overlooked in the chaos: fighting climate change.

The Trump administration famously neglected to address climate change, only making a time-sensitive (to put it lightly) issue worse over his four years in office. Trump exited the Paris climate accord, greenlit the Keystone XL pipeline, pursued a record number of off-shore oil drilling projects, and — oh yeah — failed to even acknowledge climate change’s reality. …


The Bay Snapshot

The stunning piece of public art pays tribute to Gorman, a California native

Mural of Amanda Gorman standing in a waist-high cloud with monarch butterflies flying around her.
Mural of Amanda Gorman standing in a waist-high cloud with monarch butterflies flying around her.
Photo courtesy of Nicole Hayden

The Bay Snapshot is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture or series of pictures. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

The past six days since Biden and Harris were sworn in have been moderately even-keeled. …


The Weekend Wind-Down

With museums still closed, here’s how to witness creativity while getting some fresh air

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Mural by Crystal Vielula in Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission District. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Weekend Wind-Down is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area, support local businesses, and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

A favorite weekend activity for a lot of us in the Bay is going to one of our incredible local museums — dabbling in culture, if you will. But since they’ve been closed again for over a month now with no end in sight as we continue to shelter in place, we have to turn elsewhere to soak up creativity. …


Celebrate the end of a nightmare and replenish for the work to come

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Crepuscular rays at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Lyucya/
iStock/Getty Images Plus

This presidential inauguration will be unlike any other in recent memory—if for no other reason than D.C. looks like a warzone with the historic safety precautions in place. (The fact that the day will double as a Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga concert is, however, a welcome pop culture treat.)

Suffice to say that even with all the excitement for the Biden-Harris administration to start (and the Trump era to end)… we’re also on eggshells about how Wednesday will go down. But it’s out of our hands; whatever happens, will happen. …


We Asked San Franciscans

With Democrats in charge— what should they get done quickly?

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Protesters hold peace signs in support of Black Lives Matter on July 25, 2020, in Downtown Oakland. Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images

This article is part of The Bold Italic’s “We Asked San Franciscans” series, where we pose interesting questions to interesting readers. If you have a suggestion for a burning question we should ask, email it to us at info@thebolditalic.com.

The Biden-Harris administration will be (finally) sworn in on January 20— and then immediately contend with all of the scorched pieces that remain after the past four-year-long dumpster fire we’ve all endured.

In case you forgot: We’re in the middle of a global pandemic that’s worsening with each passing day. Climate change remains a growing threat to our very existence in this mortal coil. Millions are out of work, unable to pay rent, or both. Racism and classism are running rampant. …


SF Throwbacks

He spoke out against housing policies that harmed Black people — a continuing issue today

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and others look on. Photo: Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office via Wikimedia Commons

This article is part of SF Throwbacks, a feature series that tells historic stories of San Francisco to teach us all more about our city’s past.

During Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life of activism, he made many trips to the Bay Area to speak at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, and other venues. But King’s descent on the region back in May 1964 had two specific purposes: organizing support for the Civil Rights Act at the state level and countering attempts to repeal California’s Rumford Fair Housing Act.

This housing policy, passed in 1963 by the California legislature, set out to help end racial discrimination via property owners and landlords who could previously have refused to rent or sell their property to people of color. The hope: to end racial discrimination and segregation in the state’s housing system. Yet it still remains a large problem in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California to this day. …


The Weekend Wind-Down

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from paying the holiday respect

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Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and Freedom, during which he delivered his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, calling for an end to racism. Photo: Rowland Scherman via Wikimedia Commons

Weekend Wind-Down is a series from the Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area, support local businesses, and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

Any other year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d see throngs of people around the Bay Area attending crowded marches, outdoor concerts, and stoop-held celebrations to honor the holiday and the person it celebrates. But Covid-19 continues to force local communities to shapeshift, including how they intend to host their usual roster of MLK happenings.

Martin Luther King Jr. — the son of a Georgia-born minister who became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace prize at 35 and one of the most prominent civil rights activists of all time — was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. MLK Day, which takes place on the third Monday of January each year, was approved as a federal holiday in 1983 and was recognized as a state holiday by all 50 states only as recently as last year. …


We Asked San Franciscans

‘To 2021… Please don’t suck as much as 2020.’

An outdoor food stand with a mural of a long-haired person on its metal walls and two refrigerated cases.
An outdoor food stand with a mural of a long-haired person on its metal walls and two refrigerated cases.
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Mini Mart

This article is part of the Bold Italic’s We Asked San Franciscans series, where we pose interesting questions to interesting readers. If you have a suggestion for a burning question we should ask, email it to us at info@thebolditalic.com.

2021 has already gotten off to a rather rocky start — to put it mildly. But with still 352 days left in the calendar year, we’re still optimistic about what 2021 has in store. (The ushering in of a Biden-Harris administration; Covid-19 immunization plans rolling out across the nation and world; a break from all things Zoom.)

The sentiment is shared by the Bay Area small-business owners who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Even amid the current, indefinite shelter-in-place orders, these proprietors, partners, and keepers are trying to remain “hopeful” of what’s to come in this new year (while also fighting for what they deserve). …


11 separate counties make up our region — which makes understanding these figures even more confusing

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A nurse uses hand sanitizer before entering the room of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Regional Medical Center on May 21, 2020, in San Jose, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Last week’s Capitol building insurrection marked a turning point for Trumpism in America; it was also the single deadliest day of the pandemic at that time. On that fateful day, Bay Area Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacities sat at 7.4% — a then all-time low.

Now less than a week later, that same percentage has dwindled down to a minuscule, alarming 0.7%. …


The Bay Snapshot

SF police outnumbered ralliers in the crowd by a good margin

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zProtester Kenneth Lundgreen holds up a sign calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump as police put together barricades outside Twitter's corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco on January 11, 2021. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

The Bay Snapshot is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture or series of pictures. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

When Trump’s personal Twitter account was “permanently suspended” Friday, you could almost hear collective cheers of joy erupt across the Bay Area. However, it was also a moment that prompted many conservatives on social media to put their arms up in disgust — posting their usual formation of oddly capitalized reactions. …

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