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Muni to Discontinue 33-Stanyan Service to S.F. General Hospital

By Elisabetta Silvestro, El Tecolote

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is planning to alter the 33-Stanyan bus line’s current route to San Francisco General Hospital and the 22-Filmore’s route to Third Street. The 33 will now turn at Guerrero Street instead of Mission Street. Instead of traveling along Potrero Avenue to the hospital, the new route will continue down 16th Street to the Dogpatch neighborhood, taking over the end of the 22-Fillmore route, which will now terminate in Mission Bay.

This means that direct bus service to the hospital via the 33 will be discontinued.

Riders who use the 33 to frequent the hospital will now have to get off at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue and transfer to the 9-San Bruno line.

Read the complete story at El Tecolote. 

California Poor Subject to Fines, Fees Like in Ferguson, Says Report

By Marisa Lagos, The California Report

Maybe California is not so far from Ferguson, Mo., after all.

A scathing report released by a civil rights group  Wednesday said that the Golden State’s structure of spiraling court fees and fines — which tend to disproportionately affect poor Californians — are “chillingly similar” to practices in Ferguson recently slammed by federal justice officials.

Read the complete story at The California Report. 

Package of Bills Seeks to Protect Undocumented Immigrants in State

By Marisa Lagos, The California Report

Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento made one thing crystal clear Tuesday as they touted a package of 10 bills aimed at expanding the rights of undocumented Californians: They are doing this because Congress will not.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said that the bills, which would expand legal rights and protections to the state’s estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, are the “direct reflection of the brokenness of Washington, D.C.”

Read the complete story at The California Report. 

San Francisco Bay: Ocean’s Watershed

By Chelsea Leu, Bay Nature

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean does not get nearly the credit it deserves. At least, that is the opinion of oceanographer John Largier, who studies the ocean’s complex dance with the bay. Sure, the bay is where the delta empties into the sea, the final resting place of water that flows all the way from the Sierra and the farthest reaches of the watershed. But the bay is, it is worth pointing out, mostly seawater. Whatever is in it is affected by what is happening in the ocean, particularly the active upwelling just off our coast.

By bringing cold water up to the surface, upwelling helps create conditions for the fog that often blankets San Francisco. And it also acts like fog’s underwater equivalent, Largier said. Just as the fog flows into the city as a dense, low-lying layer of cloud, ocean upwelling can lead to “cold ocean water pushing in like a wedge underneath the bay waters.”

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

New Luxury Bus Lines Roll Into San Francisco

By Sam Harnett, KQED News Fix

Privately owned transportation companies are popping up all around San Francisco. They say they can fill the void that public transit is not providing.

Consider Leap, a company that shuttles people between the Marina and Financial districts.

“Kind of think of it like a lounge on wheels,” Leap CEO Kyle Kirchhoff said.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.


Gentrification Takes Toll on Oakland Seniors

By Laura McCamy, Oakland Local/New America Media 

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, in Oakland, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification.

For Oakland’s many low-income seniors, the escalating cost of living from the influx of technology workers and others able to pay higher rents makes the hope of aging in place more of a dream than a reality.

Read the complete story at Oakland Local/New America Media.


Robots: Hands-On Approach to STEM Education

By Hannah Kingsley-Ma, KALW Crosscurrents

California eighth-graders are ranked 45th in the country in math. That is according to the most recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Meanwhile, the pool of jobs requiring math, science and engineering experience is growing, especially  in the Bay Area. For people with the right skills, these jobs have become the latest iteration of the American dream -- steady, livable wages and plenty of demand.

In San Francisco, a few high schools have started offering hands-on tech experience to students in after-school robotics clubs. George Washington High School in the Richmond District is one of them. The school entered a national robot-building competition of 3,000 teams. Students have six weeks to build a robot that can lift and stack big, plastic bins, for a regional contest in Davis.

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents. 

S.F. Neighborhoods Most Lethal for Bicyclists

By Patricia Yollin, KQED News Fix

Three neighborhoods in San Francisco pose the highest risk to bicyclists because of distracted driving.

The most hazardous interections and corridors are located in the Panhandle/Lower Haight, South of Market and Upper Mission/Duboce Triangle, according to a new report released Monday.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

S.F. Judge Allows Challenge to Waterfront Height Limits to Proceed

By Bryan Goebel, KQED News Fix

The state of California’s legal battle to overturn a San Francisco waterfront development measure is still alive after a judge on Wednesday denied a city motion to dismiss the action.

The suit by the California State Lands Commission challenges Proposition B. The commission says the measure violates state law by usurping the Port of San Francisco’s authority over 7.5 miles of waterfront.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Upgrading San Francisco's Aging Pipes During Drought Years

By Audrey Dilling, KALW Crosscurrents

The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water system, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission , carries water to 2.6 million customers in the Bay Area. How it does that is remarkable – remarkably simple, said the agency's Water Resources Manager, David Briggs.

“Because it's gravity driven, largely,” Briggs said, “the Romans, if they were here today, they could probably understand how our system works.”

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents.