The Price of Wine Country’s New Luxury Resorts

Hello, Bay Area. It is Tuesday, July 26, and an air quality advisory for the Bay Area has been extended through Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Wine Country has been in a constant state of rebuilding in recent years after devastating wildfires continue to ravage the area. In 2020, the Glass Fire destroyed the Calistoga Ranch luxury resort and Napa’s most famous resort, Meadowood Napa Valley.

But the wildfires haven’t slowed down new developments, especially in accommodation. After the Glass Fire, three new resorts opened in Napa and Sonoma: the Montage in Healdsburg, the Four Seasons in Calistoga and the Stanly Ranch on the south end of Napa. Another upscale hotel, Appellation, is set to open in 2023.

As tourism demand in the wine country grows and some of these resorts have undertaken costly wildfire mitigation efforts, environmental experts say such development dramatically increases the risk of wildfires.

“When you bring people into wildfire-prone areas, you increase the risk of wildfires,” said Peter Broderick, an attorney at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity. “We should not build in these areas.”

Read more from Jess Lander.

More wildfire news:

Smoke from the Oak Fire rises over Mariposa County on Sunday.

Ethan Swope/The Chronicle

• Crews battling the Oak Fire, California’s largest so far this year, reported gains on Monday, but wildfires still threaten thousands of homes and summer vacations.

• An air quality advisory for the Bay Area has been extended through Wednesday due to heavy smoke billowing from the Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park.

• A group of San Francisco firefighters has raised tens of thousands of dollars for firefighters in hard-hit Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Concerns about Reporting Abortions

The story of a 10-year-old girl from Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion after being raped sparked a national media frenzy earlier this month. He also raised questions about the legal obligations of doctors to report cases of minor abortions and whether it might alert authorities in their home state that they had the procedure.

California officials say state agencies would not share information about a minor’s abortion, though legal experts say mandatory reporting in these situations could still be a concern as efforts to ban abortions across state lines are an active and untested area of ​​the law.

Read more from Sophia Bollag.

around the bay

Members of several LGBTQ advocacy groups demonstrate outside the Federal Building in San Francisco to demand that the federal government step up distribution of the Monkeypox vaccine.

Members of several LGBTQ advocacy groups demonstrate outside the Federal Building in San Francisco to demand that the federal government step up distribution of the Monkeypox vaccine.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

Latest supply issues: SF says clinic is out of monkeypox vaccine, will be closed on Tuesday.

Secret sauce to success? According to a new report, more than half of US startups valued at $1 billion or more might not exist without immigrant founders.

SF School Board: The NAACP branch is calling on San Francisco Unified Administrator Ann Hsu to resign over racist remarks.

Lawsuit for unfair dismissal:
Oakland will pay fired police chief Anne Kirkpatrick $1.5 million. Also: Police say a body found near Point Pinole is believed to be that of a missing Bay Area teenager.

Outcry on the displays:
Confederate flags at Sonoma Raceway campsites cause backlash.

SF shots: An early morning shooting on Potrero Hill near Bryant Elementary School injured two and damaged buildings. Also: Man shot and killed in Marin City identified as an Oakland resident.

Zuckerberg’s SF house is making big money

Mark Zuckerberg's home in San Francisco's Dolores Heights neighborhood has fetched $31 million.

Mark Zuckerberg’s home in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights neighborhood has fetched $31 million.

Andy Ross / San Francisco Chronicle

Tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has sold his sprawling San Francisco home for $31 million, more than tripling his money since he reportedly bought the house for around $10 million a decade ago.

The off-market sale of the 21st Street home on Liberty Hill near Dolores Park appears to be the most expensive home sale in San Francisco this year. He preempted last week’s $29 million sale of two penthouse condos once owned by former Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife, former San Francisco chief of protocol Charlotte Shultz. It’s also the latest example of how tech moguls are growing their influence in global real estate and how high the prices of celebrity homes in San Francisco can rise.

Read more from Lauren Hepler.

ICYMI:
Sales of luxury Russian Hill penthouses owned by George Shultz are breaking SF records.

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