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Friday in San Francisco: Hundreds protest vaccine mandate near Golden Gate Bridge, Lowell students walk out and more

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Protesters gather during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge on Nov. 11.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Sri Ravipati

Happy Friday, San Francisco!

Here are the top headlines for Nov. 12.

Hundreds protest vaccine mandate near Golden Gate Bridge causing major traffic delays

Hundreds gathered on Thursday around 3 p.m. by the Golden Gate Bridge's toll plaza at the welcome center to protest vaccine mandates in San Francisco, which caused significant traffic delays, ABC7 reports.

"I'm advocating for choice in this issue, I don't want people to be forced to put anything in their bodies," one protestor told ABC7.

One car crash on the Golden Gate Bridge injured two California Highway Patrol officers and three Golden Gate personnel.

CHP arrested one man after he tried to stop traffic on the bridge and resisted arrest.

CHP tried to stop the protesters from getting on the bridge, closing down at least one lane of northbound traffic. The east sidewalk was closed to pedestrians but open to cyclists.

How much money did S.F. get from Ivy Getty's City Hall wedding?

Billionaire oil heir and model Ivy Getty's wedding at San Francisco City Hall racked in $102,500 for the city, The Chronicle reports.

The cost of rental fees was $50,000 and around another $50,000 went toward ancillary costs, such as engineers, security and other staffers.

The wedding — officiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — had about 700 with A-list attendees including Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Lowell High walkout protests school's handling of sexual harassment and assault cases

Lowell High School students staged a walkout Wednesday to protest the school's handling of sexual harassment and assault cases.

The San Francisco Unified School District is investigating current cases, but students say that the district also needs to revisit older cases.

In response to the walkout, district officials issued a statement: “SFUSD wants all students to know their concerns are taken seriously. The district encourages all students to report issues of sexual harassment to a trusted adult at school. SFUSD is required to respond to incidents of reported harassment. The District’s Board Policy requires that for any allegation of sexual harassment, designated District staff will review the allegations and determine whether there is reliable information to pursue an investigation.”

Mayor Breed, supervisors propose millions to fund upcoming elections, more emergency services

Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday proposed two mid-year budget supplements to fund upcoming election and emergency services.

The first budget of $6.9 million is to cover the costs of three upcoming elections, including the recalls of three San Francisco school board members and the district attorney. Another $2.5 million budget is allocated to hire more emergency service workers.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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