Rachel Swan, SF Chronicle

Rachel Swan

SF Chronicle

Oakland, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Rachel:

Bay Area freeway shootings have nearly quadrupled in 4 years. Nearly half of them occurred in one county

Freeway shootings, concentrated in the East Bay, have risen dramatically in recent years.... → Read More

San Francisco cancels New Year’s Eve fireworks show due to omicron surge

As the omicron variant continues its takeover, large public events such as the New... → Read More

Chronicle photographer robbed at gunpoint while on assignment in West Oakland

The incident occurred on the 1400 block of Fifth Street just before 3:30 p.m. The... → Read More

Video showing SFPD apparently watching as burglary unfolds puzzles experts

Surveillance camera caught thefts at S.F. cannabis dispensary, and three patrol cars... → Read More

San Francisco police officer dies of COVID-19 amid city crackdown on vaccinations

Family members of Officer Jack Nyce notified officials of his passing at a hospital on... → Read More

Map: Where San Francisco's 53 Walgreens stores are located vs. its 22 CVS stores

A Chronicle analysis of city maps found 53 Walgreens in San Francisco, compared with 22... → Read More

Is shoplifting forcing Walgreens to cut back in S.F.? Data on the closing stores puts the claim into perspective

The timing of Walgreens’ decision to close five stores in San Francisco led observers... → Read More

Frank Somerville suspension: How the dispute over Gabby Petito coverage unfolded at KTVU

The Somerville dispute, like the Petito case, has gone viral, spurring outrage from... → Read More

Two large Bay Area school districts to vote on mandatory COVID vaccinations for eligible students

The school boards for two of the Bay Area’s biggest public school districts — Oakland... → Read More

Stretch of Hwy. 50 reopens from Caldor Fire shutdown as more evacuations are lifted

Fire officials predicted waves of raw emotions Sunday when people return to the scorched... → Read More

A woman is suing S.F. for $50 million over a parking ticket, saying tire chalk is unconstitutional

The lawsuit, and a second one against San Leandro, stem from recent decisions by an... → Read More

Heat, wildfire smoke and vehicle pollution prompts Spare the Air Alert for Bay Area

Officials at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District urge people to avoid driving... → Read More

As Oakland reels from gun violence, some see personal firearms as part of the solution

Requests to carry concealed handguns are rising sharply in Alameda County. For Anthony... → Read More

California wildfires: Dixie Fire now 6th largest blaze in state history

By Thursday the wildfire had charred 322,502 acres, including the Gold Rush town of... → Read More

5 Palo Alto police officers sued over a Black Lives Matter mural. Some residents say they weren't surprised

A civil lawsuit filed by five Palo Alto police officers became a viral flashpoint for an... → Read More

Homicides are up 36% in Bay Area's biggest cities. Deaths in Oakland are driving the surge

According to a Chronicle analysis of police data, Oakland accounted for three-fourths of... → Read More

Armed robbers held up news crew as it interviewed Oakland's chief of violence prevention

Two armed robbers held up a television news crew hours interviewing Oakland’s chief of... → Read More

Fire season is coming for the dry East Bay. One community doesn't have the money to fight it

East Contra Costa County only has three fire stations for 128,000 people. The housing... → Read More

An East Bay police chief has a smaller force and a big challenge

Amid calls to reform policing and invest in community services, Richmond adopts a... → Read More

$10.3 million to the police or social services? One Bay Area city will soon decide

In a month, the size and structure of the Richmond Police Department could change, as the... → Read More