As vaccines started rolling out, misinformation turned out to be one of many greatest threats to attaining herd immunity.
What must be a nonpartisan challenge of public well being continued to be simply one other entrance in a extremely partisan tradition battle.
A shocking variety of cops — whose job is all about public security and following legal guidelines — balked at vaccine mandates.
And much more unbelievably, Gov. Gavin Newsom sided with the highly effective California jail guards union as they fought necessary vaccines for jail guards and employees.
In the meantime, the investigation into corruption in San Francisco politics grew to the purpose the place I helped KQED’s Joe ‘Fitz’ Rodriguez and Matthew Inexperienced create an interactive cartoon outlining the primary gamers within the unfolding drama.
In San Francisco and the higher Bay Space, the opioid disaster and deaths as a result of fentanyl continued largely unabated …
On the U.S.-Mexico border, the extra issues modified, the extra they stayed the identical.
And what do you get when you’ve gotten a man campaigning with a dwell grizzly bear, one other man who likes to rant on YouTube whereas sporting a bathrobe and a governor main a state with a huge price range surplus?
… One other couple years of Newsom.
The opposite large story this yr (and yearly for the subsequent umpteen years) was local weather change.
The Bay Space is a paradox of environmental activism and pollution-spewing oil refineries.
The summer time of 2021 was way more than simply “scorching” …
Individuals affected by wildfires of years previous brought on by a lethal mixture of tinder-dry forests and PG&E’s shoddy maintenance of its transmission traces had been nonetheless ready for a payout.
In the meantime, the billionaire’s view from house might have regarded a bit of smokier than anticipated.
And sadly, lots of California’s large sequoias had been killed by out-of-control wildfires.
Local weather change continues to carry extra excessive climate as California went from hearth hazard to flooding within the blink of a watch.
Which, when you’re within the coal enterprise, makes it a bit of harder to promote the Bay Space on a fossil gasoline distribution terminal.
Within the spirit of turning over a brand new, upbeat leaf in 2022, I am going to go away you with a barely extra uplifting cartoon about wind farms which might be doubtless coming to the waters off California’s northern coast.
Joyful holidays! Here is hoping 2022 has quite a bit much less calamity …