Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

Maura Dolan

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Maura:

Omicron surge means risk in indoor gyms has changed. What experts say

Experts say everyone should be wearing a mask and many recommend vaccine verification requirements. But even with both of those, there are risks. → Read More

San Francisco and other parts of Bay Area tighten mask rules as Omicron spikes

San Francisco and other Bay Area communities are dropping policies that allowed people to go maskless in some indoor settings. → Read More

Texas abortion law spurs copycat measures, from guns in California to critical race theory in Florida

After the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Texas "vigilante" antiabortion law, governors on the left and right call for similar schemes targeting firearms and school instruction. → Read More

How San Francisco confirmed the first U.S. Omicron case so quickly

A UC San Francisco lab that analyzes coronavirus test results is a big reason behind the quick identification of the Omicron variant in California. → Read More

What we know about the San Francisco patient with first U.S. Omicron variant case

The fully vaccinated individual returned home from South Africa on Nov. 22 and subsequently tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. → Read More

Court upholds California ban on large firearms magazines

Appeals court upholds California’s ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, reversing a judge known for decisions opposing firearms restrictions. → Read More

Can former Scientologists take the church to court? Or are religious tribunals the only recourse?

Danny Masterson's case has refocused attention on religious arbitration, in which disputes are settled outside of courts, with little or no public scrutiny. → Read More

Scientology accusers ask court for a trial, not a religious arbitration

A state appeals court considered whether a harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology may be decided in a court or in religious arbitration with church members calling the shots. → Read More

Appeals court tosses order aimed at protecting immigration detainees from COVID-19

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has overturned a requirement for ICE detainees at risk of COVID-19 to be monitored and possibly released. → Read More

Giants-Dodgers rivalry sometimes has turned ugly. In San Francisco, few fans forget

As Giants fans prepared to watch Friday's game, they blamed Dodger enthusiasts for being arrogant, glitzy and unable to hold their liquor. → Read More

Court blocks California from banning privately run U.S. immigration detention centers

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 Tuesday that California's ban on for-profit prisons may not include federal immigration detention centers. → Read More

Appeals court strikes down sweeping order to house L.A.'s skid row homeless

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday struck down a sweeping order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter to house L.A.'s skid row homeless. → Read More

San Francisco airport becomes first in U.S. to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers

Airlines and contractors will have to report on the status of vaccinations, and violators may be fined, according to San Francisco Mayor London Breed. → Read More

California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar stepping down to join think tank

Cuéllar, the only Latino on the state's top court, will step down to head an influential foreign policy organization. → Read More

California judicial watchdog admonishes L.A. judge for biased social media posts

A judicial watchdog commission publicly admonished an Los Angeles Superior Court judge for showing bias on Facebook and Twitter. → Read More

Election fraud conspiracies run rampant. Will they help or hurt push to recall Newsom?

Ballots have yet to be counted, but some conservatives are already convinced that only fraud will allow Gov. Gavin Newsom to avoid recall. Such mistrust could backfire for the recall campaign. → Read More

Court says LA can't discard bulky items from homeless

A federal appeals court upheld an injunction that stops Los Angeles from taking and destroying bulky items used by homeless people on public property. → Read More

Inside the social media war that could turn the California recall

Social media advertising has taken on outsized proportions during the effort to recall Gavin Newsom, because of the compressed campaign schedule. → Read More

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to halt California recall election

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the California recall election violates the constitutional principle of one person, one vote. → Read More

California's top court declines to overhaul death penalty

Despite an entreaty from Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Supreme Court has refused to overturn hundreds, if not all, death sentences in the state. → Read More