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#PublicPressLive: San Francisco for Democracy Talks Gentrification, Mission Fires

This year, the Public Press is visiting San Francisco neighborhood and community groups to talk about civic issues that are overlooked in the press.

Executive Director Michael Stoll spoke with members of San Francisco for Democracy on June 29.

Members discussed gentrification, the spate of fires in the Mission District, lost law enforcement weapons and the role of community groups in San Francisco. Member Jeff Whittington wondered about the number of empty investment properties in the city. 

"How many are just things that are being built for people who will never live there, but want to put their money into housing in San Francisco?" 

Hear more from San Francisco for Democracy members below. 

Photography and videography by Hye-Jin Kim. Video edited by Hyunha Kim. 

#PublicPressLive: SF Green Party Talks Candidate Debates, Privatizing the Post Office

This year, the Public Press is visiting San Francisco neighborhood and community groups to talk about civic issues that are overlooked in the press.

Executive Director Michael Stoll spoke with members of the San Francisco Green Party on May 25.

Member Barry Hermanson — a Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives — talked about the lack of candidate debates in the 12th congressional district. He says there have been no candidate debates or forums since 1987, when Rep. Nancy Pelosi was first elected.

“By God, this is San Francisco!” Hermanson said. “And there’s been no discussion of national or international issues in this congressional district in all of that time? Is there another congressional district in the entire country where people could say the same thing?”

Hear more from Green Party members below. 

Photography and videography by Hyunha Kim. 

#PublicPressLive: San Francisco’s FDR Democratic Club Talks Disability Issues

This year, the Public Press is visiting San Francisco neighborhood and community groups to talk about San Francisco civic issues that are overlooked in the press.

Publisher Lila LaHood visited the FDR Democratic Club on June 1.

Members discussed how data-driven policy-making impacts people with disabilities, who sometimes are not reflected in official recordkeeping. They also spoke about the death of Thu Phan, a disability rights advocate who used a wheelchair. Phan was killed in a traffic accident on Market Street in February. 

Member John Alex Lowell said he believed there was a flaw in how the city’s Vision Zero program counted traffic fatalities.

“Their definiton is only those people who died under 30 days,” Lowell said. 

Hear more thoughts from FDR Democratic Club members below.

Video edited by Hyunha Kim. 

The Public Press Is Going on the Road — Where Should We Go?

"San Francisco, Downtown," by Flickr user Davide D'Amico. Used under CC license.

Earlier this year, the Public Press received an INNovation Fund grant from Institute for Nonprofit News and the Knight Foundation to forge new relationships with community groups.

Building on the success of our past outreach programs, which focused on in-person conversation on the street, this spring we hope to connect with neighborhood leaders where they already are.

In short presentations to at least 40 neighborhood, professional, religious and political groups, we plan to host discussions about San Francisco civic issues that are often overlooked in the press and on broadcast news.

Our goal is to share our experiences doing issue-based investigative reporting and solicit ideas for future reports.

We have a robust list of San Francisco organizations, but we want to hear from you: What groups should we reach out to?

Investigation on Segregation in Schools Nominated for State and National Awards

The San Francisco Public Press has been named a finalist in the Education Writers Association’s 2015 National Awards for Education Reporting and in the California Teachers Associaion’s 2015 John Swett Awards for Media Excellence.

The Public Press is a finalist for the teachers association’s award for Continuous Coverage of Schools/Education Issues for the “Choice is Resegregating Public Schools” investigative report. Entries are judged by a volunteer panel of media professionals from around California. The association will announce award winners later this spring.

The same report was nominated for the education writers’ national awards. Winners for those awards will be announced at the association’s national seminar in Boston on May 1.

$3,000 Grant from Strong Foundation for Environmental Values

The San Francisco Public Press has received a $3,000 grant from the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values for an investigative reporting project exposing the various ways that climate change will negatively affect residents of new and planned real estate projects throughout the Bay Area — and how local governments and urban planners can best respond to those challenges. This project extends the reporting initiated in our sea level rise investigation, which showed how Bay Area builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century.

Public Press Receives $35,000 INNovation Fund Grant

We’re thrilled to announce that the San Francisco Public Press is receiving a $35,000 INNovation Fund grant to expand outreach programs through community organizing, collaboration with local groups and hosting regular public events to expand audience engagement.

The INNovation Fund, administered by the Institute for Nonprofit News, was established in 2014 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation “to spur business innovation and experimentation focused on audience engagement and long-term sustainability in nonprofit newsrooms.” The Democracy Fund contributed $200,000 to the fund, which allowed nearly twice as many organizations to receive grants in the current round.

We are grateful to INN, the Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund for their support.

Holiday Open House and Issue 18 Launch Party

Join us for drinks and snacks at a holiday open house party at the Public Press to celebrate the release of our new issue! Have a first look at our winter edition and meet the reporting team.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Francisco Public Press, 44 Page St., Suite 504, San Francisco

RSVP: Reply via https://sfpp2015openhouse.eventbrite.com/ or call 415-495-7377

We hope to see you on the 15th!

 

 

 

Join the Global Day of Giving

Thank you for contributing to our year-end campaign on this global day of giving. Your support today will help the Public Press produce in-depth investigations in 2016. Our reporters are already digging into stories on campaign finance, the rampant sale of personal data, and how current social and economic trends are reshaping San Francisco.

Here are three ways you can help the Public Press in honor of #GivingTuesday:

Become a member. Receive the next four issues of the newspaper — delivered by bicycle in San Francisco — plus invitations to special member events. Higher membership levels come with additional benefits.

Give a gift. Gift memberships are a great way to thank your family, friends and colleagues this holiday season.

The free option. Help the Public Press benefit from a class action settlement involving companies caught fixing prices by donating rebates owed to you for CRT televisions and computer monitors you purchased between 1995 and 2007.

We are thrilled to receive your support through all of these methods. Your contribution today will allow the Public Press to continue leading the way with public-interest journalism in 2016.

Thank you for your help!

Many Ways to Give

Dear members and friends,

Thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve given us this year. With your help, the San Francisco Public Press continues to do in-depth reporting on important local issues and investigate the effects of public policy decisions in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. 

This year, we produced reports on increasing segregation in San Francisco’s public schools, the lack of planning for sea level rise in new waterfront development all around the bay and a nonpartisan voter guide covering all the candidates and propositions for San Francisco’s Nov. 3 election. Coming soon: A comprehensive analysis of the rising cost of living. (Front page sneak peek at right.)

As a small, nonprofit news organization, the Public Press depends on the generosity of readers like you — people who value independent public media — to produce award-winning public-interest journalism.

As we approach the end of 2015, I’d like to tell you about three ways you can help the Public Press — including one option that won't cost you a dime.

Become a member or renew your membership. For your donation of $35 or more, receive home delivery of the next four issues of the newspaper — brought to you by bicycle in San Francisco — plus invitations to special member events. Higher membership levels come with additional benefits. New this year: Sign up for recurring monthly donations to help us develop a reliable stream of support and make giving simpler for you.

Give a gift. We offer gift memberships at every level — a great way to thank your family, friends and colleagues this holiday season. One size fits all in print! 

The free option. We’ve teamed up with DonateDirect, which helps nonprofits receive benefits from class action settlements for consumer products. This season, we’re participating in a cathode ray tube (CRT) settlement program. You can help by filling out the form linked from this page with the number of CRT televisions and computer monitors you purchased between 1995 and 2007, and by agreeing to transfer your rebate to the Public Press. Can you or your company can donate more than four CRT rebates? Please send an email to Glenn Nyhan at gnyhan@sfpublicpress.org, and he will follow up with you about processing your donation.

We know you will be hearing from many organizations representing many deserving causes this holiday season. We hope you will consider including the Public Press among the organizations you choose to support as we approach the end of 2015. 

Warmest regards,

Lila LaHood
Publisher

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