Demographics

Diabetes, Obesity Drain S.F. Economy Even More Than ‘Soda Tax’ Backers Proclaim

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 5:00am

Proposition V, which would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, underplays big health and associated costs linked to those drinks. Top estimates approach $1 billion a year.

San Francisco’s Multilingual Schools Could Forge Path if California Measure Succeeds

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 28 2016 - 2:51pm

If California goes the way of San Francisco — creating more dual-language immersion programs and reviving bilingual education for immigrants — it would not just signal a dramatic change in education policy. It would also symbolize a massive cultural shift in the state. 

If Proposition 58 Passes, California Schools Might Not Be Prepared for Bilingual Ed

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 20 2016 - 1:50pm

State Proposition 58 aims to undo almost two decades of voter-approved state policy that has actively discouraged bilingual language education. But just as demand for bilingualism is growing, California lacks teachers, standards, curricula and reading materials.

Homeless Lose Economic Opportunity as Goodwill Flagship Store Closes

Hye-Jin Kim, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 11:51am

The charity is closing its flagship Mission Street location, which was a financial lifeline for many homeless or low-income residents. In its place will rise two gleaming towers, one featuring 448 market-rate and 112 below-market-rate apartments.

Change of Address: Voices Humanize Homelessness

Stacy Bond, Ellison Libiran and Chloe Davidson, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 7:00am

The San Francisco Public Press and Sonic SF present a collection of eight audio portraits giving voice to people who are — or are on the verge of becoming — homeless.

With Cost of Living Rising Fast, Experts Seek Solutions

Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 8 2016 - 4:36pm

Live discussion on the cost of living: Everyone in San Francisco knows the cost of living has skyrocketed. What they might not realize is that consumer prices — led by escalating housing costs — are leaving many low- and middle-income families struggling to stay in the city while remaining above the poverty level.

Bay Area Food Stamp Recipients Can Soon Shop Online

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 9 2015 - 9:30am

Bay Area residents who rely on food stamps to buy groceries soon will be able to use them online.

Census Estimates Show Bay Area Growing Faster than Expected

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 7 2015 - 11:30am

New residents are flocking to the Bay Area faster than regional planners previously expected.

Poor Is the New Black: Segregation in San Francisco Today

Justin Slaughter, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 26 2014 - 5:33pm

“This is the San Francisco Americans pretend does not exist,” James Baldwin said on KQED more than half a century ago.

Baldwin, a world-renowned black writer and activist, was referring to the Fillmore district of San Francisco, where he and KQED documented the after-effects city bulldozing, literally, black neighborhoods in the name of “urban renewal,” and the unemployment and isolation of young blacks in Hunters Point.

“There is no moral distance between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham,” Baldwin said in the same year of the 16th street Baptist church bombing that killed four little girls in Birmingham, Ala.

Since then, the number of black residents of San Francisco has shrunk by nearly half. Black children are grossly over-represented in San Francisco’s foster care and juvenile justice systems, and unemployment among blacks in San Francisco still remains higher than in other groups.

Activists Call for Revival of Harvey Milk’s Anti-Speculation Proposal

Josh Wolf, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 10 2014 - 4:39pm

Before his death, Supervisor Harvey Milk introduced an “anti-speculation” proposal that would have heavily taxed profits generated by quickly flipping properties in San Francisco. Now Brian Basinger, a housing activist and former president of the nostalgically named Harvey Milk Democratic Club, is pushing for the city to resurrect it. The proposal was one of seven considered at Saturday’s citywide Tenant Convention at the Tenderloin Community School auditorium. Participants were able to rank their preference for various proposals by ballot. The event was the culmination of a series of neighborhood tenant conventions that aimed to generate ideas to solve the city’s affordable housing crisis.

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