Bay Briefing: A new Bay Area start, cut short in a San Francisco crosswalk

With time to spare before the evening’s show, Lovisa Svallingson and Daniel Ramos walked through Civic Center on a recent night on their way to the comedy club where Ramos was scheduled to perform. Transplants from Denver, the couple was starting a life together in the Bay Area.

But moments after stepping into a crosswalk at Hayes and Polk streets, they became victims in one of San Francisco’s most intractable problems.

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 Bay Briefing: A new Bay Area start, cut short in a San Francisco crosswalk

Rober Caceres drapes himself in a Mexican flag while walking off the stage with his diploma in hand during Balboa High School’s graduation ceremony held at Kezar Stadium San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, June 2, 2021. After a year of distance learning, high school seniors who were not included in SFUSD’s reopening plans will get to walk across a real stage to get their diplomas.

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When San Francisco high school seniors walk across real stages to receive their diplomas this week, it promises to be bittersweet.

For the nearly 4,000 seniors, it’s a chance to finally gather with their classmates one last time after a year of seeing them only on a screen. But they may also grieve the losses from more than a year of distance learning.

Still, there promises to be joy at San Francisco commencement ceremonies, being staggered Tuesday through Thursday, with ceremonies for the largest public high schools at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.

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 Bay Briefing: A new Bay Area start, cut short in a San Francisco crosswalk

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 Bay Briefing: A new Bay Area start, cut short in a San Francisco crosswalk

Frank Capley-Alfano holds a rainbow flag at the site of the first Pride March 50 years ago on Polk Street in celebrating Pride and protesting against racial injustice, police violence, unjust healthcare, and inadequate unemployment relief in San Francisco, Calif. on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Stephen Lam/Special to The Chronicle

The San Francisco Pride Parade is canceled again this year, but the city and the Bay Area is not letting Pride month go by without a proper celebration of its vibrant queer community.

After going for a virtual event lineup last year, the city’s 2021 offerings include a mix of in-person, outdoor and online events. The Datebook team has taken a look at ways to celebrate in San Francisco and across the region.

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