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Tyler, San Francisco's top public health official, is pleading with residents to change their behavior in order to turn around and alarming trend of rising covert 19 cases across the city. Here's San Francisco's health director, Dr Grant Colfax to people once we have One chance to try this serious surge around And that chance is right now. The window is narrowing and closing fast. Colfax describes the current surge as the worst to date with hospitals expected to run out of ICU beds by December 27th, he says, as expected, case rates have spiked following the Thanksgiving holiday. And he's urging residents not to gather outside their household, including during the upcoming holidays. Gatherings are prohibited, but playgrounds in California can reopen now that state health officials Revised their covert 19 stay at home orders. Cake You tease Brian. What has more, the California Department of Public Health had said it wanted to close playgrounds to limit gatherings among people of different households. But lawmakers, parents judges in some health experts questioned the science behind the move. The state revised its order this morning, saying playgrounds can open to facilitate physically distance, personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. San Francisco officials announced shortly afterward that the city plans to reopen its playgrounds by tomorrow, Marin Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties, as well as the city of Berkeley. Plan to reopen playgrounds as well. I'm Brian what? KQED News San Francisco supervisors are reversing course on a measure banning smoking in apartment buildings. Last week, the board approved in ordinance that effectively bans residents from smoking and buildings with three units or more. But yesterday when the item came up for a second vote, the board referred the measure back to committee Supervisor Aaron Peskin says the harm of secondhand smoke should be addressed. But there are better ways. The Federal Trade Commission and 68 States, including California have accused Facebook of illegally squashing competition. I e operating as a social media monopoly. Rachel Myrow, senior editor of Silicon Valley Desk has more. The suit alleges Facebook squashed its fiercest rivals by gobbling them up Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Prosecutors want Facebook forced to unwind those deals and an injunction to stop Facebook from engaging in future deals. Multistate lawsuit was filed in coordination with the FTC, which is filed a separate complaint. California's attorney general issued a statement saying innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere depends on a fair and competitive marketplace. Facebook's response to the legal attacks quote the government now wants a do over sending a chilling warning to American business that no sale is ever final. And wait till my rope. KQED News Because of the pandemic Bay Area residents increasingly shop for their groceries online instead of going to their neighborhood supermarket and the technology that makes that shopping possible is creating opportunities and problems for workers in the food industry, according to a new study. Here's KQED Saul Gonzalez. The report by UC Berkeley's Labor Center finds that new technologies and food retail are actually an engine of employment growth. Creating jobs involving the processing borders and delivering groceries to customers. But, the study warns many of the jobs being created are low wage freelance positions that are often subject to workplace surveillance and the dictates of performance algorithms that can lead to worker burnout and termination. Chris Benner is the study's co author. So it's really clearly not an independent contract situation. These workers air clearly under the control of the platform Cos. The study also finds the jobs in the food service economy are steadily moving away from supermarkets and two warehouses and logistics centers, cashier positions that markets are also vulnerable because of the increased use of self checkout technologies. I'm Saul Gonzalez KQED news. There's more state and local coverage online and thank you..

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