• An expected combination of smog and heat means that there's a Spare the Air Alert scheduled for tomorrow. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert Friday and is recommending people use their vehicles only when necessary; residents of the region, especially those with respiratory issues, should opt to exercise during the morning hours — which is why you should also check PurpleAir before going on that weekend run or hike. [NBC Bay Area]
  • Part of San Francisco's Sue Bierman Park was damaged during a late-night fire. Opened in 2011, a portion of the beloved playground and public park (that includes an open grassy area right across from the Ferry Plaza) was charred Thursday around 11:30 p.m.; San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department officials said in a news release that the unaffected portions of the park could possibly reopen next week; investigators have not said yet if the fire appears to be deliberate or not. [KTVU]
  • There's going to be an art walk in the Mission District tomorrow that will showcase artworks from local artists inside a number of storefronts, like Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery. [Mission Local]
  • Sonoma County is requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated against the flu now, as well. [KRON4]
  • Oakland's guaranteed income program — the city’s pilot initiative that gives an extra $500 a month to low-income households — has been a huge success, bettering the financial outlooks and mental health of its participants. [Oaklandside]
  • A group of feral pigs is causing havoc in Lafayette by tearing up the front lawns of at least five homes off Silverado Drive. [ABC7]
  • Don't forget to cast your vote in 48hills "Best of the Bay" awards before October 10. [48hills]
  • Why there needs to be an entire listicle dedicated to SF restaurants and bars open on Mondays is a bit odd — but, nonetheless, one such roundup does exist. [Eater SF]
  • Over 700,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — making it the country’s deadliest pandemic in history. [New York Times]

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