By Sri Ravipati
Good afternoon San Francisco. Here are your top local stories for Nov. 18.
Everyone in California 18 and older can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine now, KTLA reports.
Prior to Thursday, state officials were telling all residents to get the boosters, but MyTurn was still following eligibility requirements from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: being 65 years old or older, having underlying medical conditions or working or living in high-risk settings.
Boosters are allowed six months after getting the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two months after Johnson & Johnson. Use MyTurn to book an appointment.
A San Francisco school community is mourning the death of an educator who was fatally struck by a motorist while walking in front of the school, KPIX5 reports.
Sherman Elementary School held a candlelight vigil to honor 30-year-old paraeducator Andrew Zieman, who attended the same school as a child. Flowers and posters cover the wall at the intersection of Franklin and Union streets, where Zieman was killed.
School leaders and parents say this tragedy was preventable and call on the city for changes to make this area safer.
A possible shooting Thursday blocked westbound I-80 lanes just east of the toll plaza before the Bay Bridge, according to California Highway Patrol.
KRON4 reported an alert came in around 9:46 a.m. CHP closed lanes 1-4.
As San Francisco grapples with rampant retail crime, the district attorney on Wednesday charged a woman described as a prolific retail thief of Target, The Chronicle reports.
Aziza Graves is charged with eight felony counts of grand theft and 120 misdemeanor counts of petty theft from the Stonestown Target store between October 2020 to November 2021.
District Attorney Chesa Boudin told The Chronicle that Graves' arrest is the first step forward for the Organized Retail Theft Taskforce, which is handling more than half a dozen active investigations.
Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.