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Wednesday in San Francisco: Hundreds of teachers out sick, former mayor calls out city's 'humanitarian' ethic and more

Sri Ravipati

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Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Sri Ravipati

Good afternoon San Francisco. Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 5.

Over 620 teachers out sick in San Francisco

While classes resumed this week at San Francisco schools post-winter break, over 620 San Francisco Unified School District teachers and aides were out sick on Tuesday amid a COVID-19 surge, KPIX5 reports.

United Educators of San Francisco says SFUSD did not develop an adequate plan to handle the latest surge of COVID-19 cases by not requiring students and staff to show a negative test result before resuming classes. The union also alleges the district did not disclose a plan to distribute a state-issued shipment of COVID-19 tests arriving later this week. They are holding a briefing at noon Wednesday to discuss the issues.

Read the full story on KPIX5.

Former mayor says Willie Brown blames San Francisco's 'humanitarian' culture for crime, homelessness and more

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown publically spoke about the impact of recent high visibility crimes in the city, homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness.

"It looks pretty bad there is no way to hide it," Brown told ABC7 News on Tuesday.

Brown says the only elected leader at City Hall trying to make a change is Mayor London Breed, who is bringing in police as well as social and medical workers to solve these problems.

Check out the interview on ABC7.

San Francisco startup makes 4-day workweek permanent

Employees of San Francisco-based tech unicorn Bolt will now be permanently working a four-day workweek, NBC Bay Area reports.

Bolt piloted the four-day workweek last fall for three months. Productivity was up, work was streamlined and employees were happy during this time. A survey at the end of the pilot found 94% of workers and 91% of managers wanted it to continue.

Employees said they enjoyed their work-life balance.

Find out more on NBC Bay Area.

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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