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In other hotel news, the Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel (495 Geary Street) has announced the opening of its new eatery Fredericks, with breakfast and lunch service featuring everything from omelets to premade artisan sandwiches to soups and salads . . . POET, a South Dakota-based biofuels producer, announced that it has donated 3,200 gallons of hand sanitizer to Urban Angels S.F., a nonprofit that helps homeless San Franciscans. The hand sanitizer is being distributed at the city’s “Safe Sleeping Villages” amid the delta Covid-19 surge . . . California’s dramatic vow to spend up to $5.2 billion in emergency funding to pay for overdue residential rent had only resulted in about $88.5 million in payouts by mid-July, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Orange County Register reported that by Aug. 17, more than 27,000 households in the state had “received a combined $320.3 million in rental assistance from the state,” but that was less than one-fifth of the number of applications for the help. Meanwhile on the national scene, in August the Biden administration extended the eviction moratorium following widespread prodding from his party . . .  The “roaring twenties” comes alive again, only to be murdered in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Murder Mystery Tour this fall; in conjunction with the Murder Mystery Company, the wine train will offer passengers adventures in solving 1920s-based mysteries with “Crime and Punishment” and “Death of a Gangster.”

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