• These pictures of a desolate South Lake Tahoe hit differently this time around — because they feel like a window into our future amid the climate crisis. The Caldor Fire continues threatening the Lake Tahoe region, prompting an evacuation warning that now extends into South Lake Tahoe; the wildfire swelled to over 156,515 aces with just 19% of it contained. [ABC7/CAL FIRE]
  • Hurricane Ida made landfall off the coast of Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. With winds as strong as 150 mph, the massive weather event strikes the southern state exactly 16 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans; Ida is also the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in well over 170 years. [CNN]
  • A deadly car crash killed one Livermore high schooler and left another five injured. Around 11:30 p.m. Friday night, first responders arrived at the scene on Del Valle Road at Mines Road after reports of a vehicle crash; one rider was killed and the five others were transported to nearby hospitals; a candlelight vigil was held at Livermore High School Saturday night to honor the life of the lost student. [KRON4]
  • In case you were wondering: the Salesforce Gondola is back in operation (and shuttling both people and pups to and from the elevated urban park). [SF Examiner]
  • Police will not be allowed to walk the Silicon Valley Pride in uniform. [Hoodline]
  • Now with August being Transgender History Month in San Francisco, Juanita MORE! and others hosted “The Riot Party” Sunday afternoon in the Tenderloin to commemorate the anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots — all while paying homage to the city's elders in the community. [Mission Local]
  • The iconic hand-carved hillsides (which have historically been used for rice harvesting) could disappear within our lifetime, but a push to introduce sustainable farming practices to the plots of land could well make them stay for generations to come. [Mongabay]
  • As the humanitarian crisis plays out in Afghanistan, at least 98 countries — one among them being the United States — have pledged to accept Afghan refugees. [NYT]

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