Melanie Woodrow, ABC7 News

Melanie Woodrow

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Melanie:

Bay Area no-kill animal rescue at risk for closing per their landlord Caltrans

If Jelly's Place closes, the founder says the no-kill animal rescue would have to figure out what to do with more than 140 animals and 15 people would lose their jobs. → Read More

Half Moon Bay shooting suspect has been charged; here's what each count means

Chunli Zhao, the lone gunman who killed seven people and injured another in Half Moon Bay, has been charged with multiple counts. Here's what each one means: → Read More

CA wildfire victims to receive more money from PG&E settlement at end of month

The Fire Victim Trust is compensating California wildfire victims with money from the PG&E bankruptcy settlement, funded half in cash and half in PG&E stock. → Read More

Southwest ground workers call out unreasonable demands amid meltdown

As the airline works to recover from its widespread cancellations, its employees are speaking out about long days working in extreme weather conditions. → Read More

Disagreement over possible partnership for Sonoma Springs plaza

Sonoma Valley residents have long wanted a place to gather in Boyes Hot Springs. → Read More

Some Bay Area community colleges see 20% enrollment drop, data shows

Enrollment at Bay Area and California community colleges has seen a significant drop for three consecutive years. Our ABC7 News data team dug into the data. → Read More

Fired Vallejo police lieutenant cleared of wrongdoing, reinstated

Vallejo Lt. Michael Nichelini has been reinstated after he was fired for sending a threatening email to a former reporter and sending an email to POA members with what appeared to be a swastika. → Read More

Fed financial aid issues alleged after Mills College, Northeastern merger

Even as their semester nears the end, Mills College at Northeastern University graduate students in Oakland say they still haven't received federal financial aid award letters. → Read More

Bay Area startup addresses gender, racial disparities by helping educate women on finance

When it comes to finances, the playing field may not be equal for men and women. The disparities are even greater for minorities. Now, one Bay Area startup is hoping to level the playing field. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Fired Vallejo officer involved in fatal shootings gets job with Broadmoor police

Ryan McMahon was one of six Vallejo officers who shot Willie McCoy more than 50 times in a Taco Bell drive-thru in 2019. After being fired for unsafe conduct, he now has a job with another police department. → Read More

Hawaii travel booker pays Bay Area victims restitution, could avoid jail time

House of Aloha travel booker accused of taking money from Bay Area residents and not booking their trips paid restitution, and could avoid jail time. → Read More

San Francisco drops to 3rd most expensive city in US to rent, data shows

Experts say residents migrating out during the pandemic has driven rental prices down, behind New York City and Boston. → Read More

Couples stranded on wedding day say they're still struggling to get refunds from video company

Some whose weddings were shot have been trying to locate their videographers directly in an attempt to get the raw footage from their special day that they say Petit Four Films hasn't delivered yet. → Read More

CA wildfire victims must still pay federal tax on PG&E settlement payments for now

Fire victims struggling to rebuild say they need every dollar coming their way from a PG&E settlement. Bipartisan legislation could make that money tax-free from the federal government -- but the bill is stuck in Congress. → Read More

PG&E stock sale may mean more cash for California wildfire victims

According to claims data released as of Sept. 30, close to half of the nearly 70,000 fire victims are still waiting for a 45% partial payment to rebuild and move on with their lives. → Read More

Fatal shooting of 2 brothers happened at Airbnb house party in Oakland, company confirms

Airbnb tells the ABC7 News I-Team the party was unauthorized and thrown without the knowledge or consent of the host, who prohibits parties in the House Rules of the listing. That's in addition to Airbnb's platform-wide party ban. → Read More

Data shows one-fifth of SF metro area households are struggling to pay rising utility costs

These struggles didn't fall equally on all residents. Race and ethnicity, education level, income, and households with children all played a factor in higher percentages. → Read More

Lawsuit alleges San Francisco is displacing unhoused people, taking their belongings

A lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city of San Francisco, city departments and the mayor alleges the city violated unhoused individuals' constitutional rights by citing, fining and arresting them. → Read More

Petit Four Films announces bankruptcy, leaving couples without wedding videographers

Some couples say Petit Four Films gave plenty of incentives to save money at first but then didn't deliver. Despite the bankruptcy announcement, the company continued to advertise their services online, still leaving couples without wedding videographers. → Read More

BART ridership levels an issue as emergency funding set to run out in a few years

BART ridership hasn't recovered to pre-pandemic levels. While federal financial emergency funding is keeping it afloat, that money will run out in a few years. We explain what this means. → Read More