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Over the next 18 months, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin phasing out loud, gas-powered leaf blowers in favor of quieter electric bowers. Though the high emissions of the gas blowers was highlighted by Rec and Park in its announcement of the move, locals might appreciate the noise reduction even more . . . The St. Francis Yacht Club successfully hosted the 2021 ILCA North American Championship in July, featuring 124 competitors in three different fleets . . . It was a mixed bag for Gov. Gavin Newsom July 23, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state’s closure of in-person public school instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the federal panel said that the order violated parents’ rights by closing private schools . . . In late July, the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development announced $5.4 million available for financial relief grants of $5,000–$25,000 for small businesses impacted by stay-at-home orders. The city expects to award more than 700 businesses funds that can be used for rent relief, payroll, equipment, utilities and bills, and other expenses needed to operate their business. 

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