Day Around the Bay: Moderna set to open new Bay Area office

  • The Chronicle published a searchable database of contracts awarded by the City of San Francisco to approximately 4,000 commercial and non-profit companies. The data is only for 2017, but you can see, for example, that Urban Alchemy has received over $60 million worth of contracts from the city in the past three years alone, to address homelessness and safe sleeping places, among other things. [Chronicle]
  • Cruise, the self-driving car division of General Motors, is seeking permission from DMV to test its vehicles in California. Currently, the company can only travel to parts of San Francisco at night. [KPIX]
  • Auckland is reportedly facing an unprecedented surge in armed robberies of mail carriers. The US Postal Service reports that robberies now occur almost weekly. [Chronicle / NBC Bay Area]
  • Vendors and shopkeepers at the Stonestown Galleria say episodes of youth mob violence, like those caught on video last week, became commonplace about a year ago. [KPIX]
  • East I-580 was shut down for several miles today after a large crack was discovered in a driveway in Livermore that required immediate repair. [KPIX]
  • First Republic Bank’s $30 billion lifeline from 11 major banks last week didn’t stop its stock from falling again on Monday, and trading in its shares had to be halted multiple times. [SF Business Times / New York Times]
  • Moderna Inc. from Cambridge, Massachusetts is using a portion of the COVID vaccine profits to open a new South San Francisco office – 18,000 square feet of offices at 700 Gateway Blvd. [SF Business Times]
  • KPIX meteorologist Darren Peck has an augmented reality explainer about the vernal equinox, which happened Monday morning just before the moon.

Top image: Moderna vaccines are prepared for use at the US military vaccination center at Camp Foster on April 28, 2021 in Ginowan, Japan. (Photo by Carl Kort/Getty Images)

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