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New S.F. Buyout Law Helps Tenants Learn About Their Rights

By J.B. Evans, El Tecolote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation this week establishing ground rules for a practice known as a buyout, whereby landlords offer tenants money to vacate their units. Proposed by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, the buyout law is seen as a step toward protecting San Francisco’s more vulnerable tenants.

“None of the limitations that apply to a formal eviction currently apply to a buyout,” said Campos. “This law will regulate buyouts so that there will be a level playing field.”

Read the complete story at El Tecolote. 

Risky Business — Major Political Parties Ignoring Asian American Voters, Says Survey

By Andrew Lam, New America Media

In Orange County,  home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats in November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike.

It is a pattern playing out in Asian American communities across the country.

Read the complete story at New America Media. 

 

S.F. Arts Town Hall: Few Supervisors, Empty Chairs Onstage

By Christian L. Frock, KQED News Fix/KQED Arts

If attendance at last night’s Arts Town Hall is any indicator of San Francisco policy makers’ interest and investment, the arts are in trouble. Of the 11 city supervisor incumbents and candidates who committed to attending, only three were present for the full discussion, which was about an hour long; four never showed at all, while others were late or left early. Meanwhile hundreds from the arts community gathered to hear incumbents and candidates give their views on supporting the arts in these challenging times. Over the course of the evening, the empty chairs on the stage came to signify the gravity of the challenges ahead.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/KQED Arts. 

 

Two Ballot Measures Zero In on S.F. Affordable Housing Crisis

By Stephanie Martin Taylor, KQED News Fix

When Jane Kim first ran for San Francisco Supervisor in 2010, she made the creation of more affordable housing her top priority.

“But I don’t think at that time, when we were at the bottom of a recession, I could have predicted the affordability crisis,” Kim said.

Kim’s district is a microcosm of the city’s housing extremes. It includes the Tenderloin and Civic Center area — home to some of the city’s poorest residents. Meantime, gleaming new condominiums and apartments in SoMa, Rincon Hill and Mission Bay house some of the city’s wealthiest.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

San Francisco Schools Grapple With Common Core, New Technology

By Hana Baba, KALW Crosscurrents

Note: The San Francisco Unified School District owns KALW's broadcast license.

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza has headed San Francisco’s schools for the past two years. He came to San Francisco from Las Vegas where he was a superintendent. Before that, he was a high school principal. As a child, Carranza started school speaking only Spanish and says his success story strengthened his belief in equitable opportunities in education. As Superintendent in San Francisco, he is grappling with issues like teacher pay, the new common core standards and technology.

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents. 

 

Election 2014: San Francisco, Berkeley Consider Soda Taxes

By Lisa Aliferis/The California Report/State of Health

When it comes to the 2014 election, the Bay Area is ground zero on a fight being watched across the country. Both Berkeley and San Francisco voters are considering soda taxes.

They are not the first cities to try to slap a tax on sugary beverages. In California alone, Richmond and El Monte tried similar measures in 2012 — and failed. New York City tried to ban large servings — and failed.

If either one of the current measures passes, it will be first in the country. The two proposals are similar, yet key differences might make one or the other more likely to be passed.

Read the complete story at The California Report/State of Health

New Vision Starts for Candlestick Point

by Rachel Diaz-Bastin, Bay Nature 

Just two years ago, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco’s only state park, was slated for closure. Vandals had caused $15,000 in damage to a community garden on site. It seemed that this rare example of an urban California state park was falling by the wayside.

But Candlestick Point may be seeing brighter days soon. A recent infusion of a $1 million dollar grant from California’s Strategic Growth Council will allow Literacy for Environmental Justice,  a nonprofit environmental and community stewardship program in Southeast San Francisco, to fulfill its vision for the park.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

A Tale of Two Davids: Chiu and Campos Battle for District 17 Votes

By Amanda Stupi, KQED News Fix

San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos faced off on KQED's Forum today. The city leaders are in a tight race to win the right to represent District 17 in the state Assembly.

The exchange, while polite, featured lots of tension and jabs between the two candidates. They answered questions on everything from affordable housing to governing styles to the video of a recent conflict over the use of a soccer field at a Mission District playground.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

San Francisco Bookstore Survival Guide

By Holly McDede, KALW Crosscurrents

So you want to open a bookstore? Excellent news. Here's your guide to survival:

No. 1: Stock what your customers want. If someone wants "Pigeon Lofts of North America," have it.

No. 2: Stock what your customers don’t know they want. And show it to them.

No. 3: Don’t just be a bookstore. Come on — you can be more than that.

That is one recipe, but it hasn't always so easy. San Francisco has always been a town of bookworms. In the old days, if you wanted to open a store, all you had to do was put books in the window, hang a sign and open the doors.

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents. 

 

Lack of Asian-Language Materials on Exchanges Leaves Many Uninsured, Say Health Care Advocates

By Viji Sundaram, New America Media

The lack of Asian-language materials on health care exchanges has left hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders uninsured, according to a report released last month by Action for Health Justice.

“Sixty percent of our population are foreign-born and face language barriers and are in a range of immigration statuses,” said Doreena Wong, project director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles’ Health Access Project, one of 70 community-based organizations and federally qualified health centers that are a part of organization. Yet “very little, if any, resources were directed to our communities," she said. "We were not given in-person assistance funds and many of our groups didn’t receive navigator funds.”  

Read the complete story at New America Media.