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Fee Relief for Businesses Trying to Keep Dry

By Lydia Chávez, Mission Local

You could say that Chris Hickey’s 36,000-square-foot building on Folsom  Street was an experiment in flood control – one that offered a template for a change in a city ordinance that District Supervisor David Campos will introduce on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors.

It is a change – a waiving of fees – that will accompany some new grants for flood control. The two changes are particularly relevant in the northeastern Mission, where flooding has been an ongoing problem and where the city has paid out millions of dollars in damages to businesses impacted by the city’s sewers spilling over during winter rains.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 


South of Market to SoMa: Photographic Memory of One San Francisco Changing Neighborhood

By Angela Johnston, KALW Crosscurrents

It’s the last week of school at Bessie Carmichael Elementary on Seventh and Harrison in the South of Market neighborhood. Photographer Janet Delaney and I are here to see someone we’ve been trying to get in touch with for months — Bobbie Washington.

“Bobbie Washington was a long-term, longtime resident on Langton Street,” Delaney tells me. “She had a lot of stories to tell me about what it was like to grow up in the neighborhood.”

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents. 


Hazards of Growing Up on Treasure Island

By Demond Meagley and Nanette Thompson, KQED News Fix/Youth Radio

If you go by location alone, Treasure Island, California is a prime piece of real estate. Situated in the bay between Oakland and San Francisco, the island boasts some of the area’s most spectacular views; the island’s annual two-day music festival draws more than 15,000 attendees every year; and Kendrick Lamar even chose to film part of his music video “Alright” there earlier this year. You would think that residents would be excited to call the island home.

If some of them weren’t so worried about radiation exposure, that is.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/Youth Radio.

San Francisco Hopes New Homeless Shelter Impresses Tech Sector

By Sam Harnett, KQED News Fix

An anonymous donor has given San Francisco $3 million to help address homelessness. The city is using the donation to try something new — a homeless shelter with fewer rules and more open space.

The city is running the Navigation Center in conjunction with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, a community organization. The shelter is a kind of pilot project. The goal is to create an efficient path from the street to housing. One big hope is that tech companies will see success and contribute much-needed funds for more programs like it.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

S.F. Housing Activists File Petition to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

By Susan Cohen, KQED News Fix

On Monday afternoon, housing activists delivered two boxes of signatures on a petition to San Francisco’s Department of Elections, supporting a ballot measure that would place restrictions on the city’s burgeoning short-term rental market.

The petition, which got almost 16,000 signatures, was sponsored by ShareBetter SF, a coalition concerned with the “wholesale conversion of housing units into illegal hotel accommodations,” according to its website. It was delivered by Dale Carlson, co-founder of ShareBetter, and long-time housing activist Calvin Welch.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Former State Legislator Files for Referendum to Overturn California’s New Vaccine Law

By Jon Brooks, KQED News/State of Health

Well, that didn’t take long.

Former California Assemblyman and ex-gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly Wednesday filed paperwork with the Office of the Attorney General for a referendum that would overturn California’s brand-new law ending personal belief exemptions for vaccines. Donnelly filed the request just one day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law.

Donnelly, a tea party conservative who hosts an Inland Empire talk radio show on KIXW-AM, posted his displeasure with the new law on Facebook Tuesday.

Read the complete story at KQED News/State of Health.

Native Plant Nurseries Get Ahead of Dangerous Pathogens

By Alison Hawkes, Bay Nature

Off an industrial road and below a span of hills that comprise the eastern span of the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Point Richmond, Watershed Nursery has the air of a prolific, sunny plant nursery.

Rows of seedlings poke out of black, plastic containers and a greenhouse smells of moist soil and fresh, green shoots. At the gate, a visitor is greeted by the nursery’s friendly canines — Juma, a Rhodesian ridgeback; Tyla, a rescue mutt; and Pipsqueak, a long haired chihuahua.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

The Slow Demolition of Candlestick Park

By Lisa Pickoff-White, KQED News Fix

At first it seemed as though Candlestick Park was not really going anywhere. There was the last 49ers game, a Legends of Candlestick Game and, finally, the Paul McCartney concert.

But now, with one last section of the windy old monstrosity left standing, it feels very real. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Bay Area Income Gap Now More Than $250,000 Between Top and Bottom

By Beth Willon, KQED News Fix

There is now more than a quarter-million-dollar income gap between top and bottom Bay Area households, a first-time comprehensive study finds. That is 50 percent higher than the national average.

Key reasons include high-tech earners in Silicon Valley and the growing decline of middle-income households throughout the Bay Area.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Poll: Housing Scarcity Concerns Surpass Water Worries in San Francisco

By Alex Emslie, KQED News Fix

A poll released Thursday by a business-backed policy organization found more than three-quarters of Bay Area residents support building more low- to middle-income housing, and a growing number of people favor greater density in their neighborhoods if it would create more places to live.

In San Francisco, the epicenter of housing concern for the whole Bay Area, finding an affordable place to live ranked higher than worries about California’s extreme drought in the 2015 Bay Area Council Poll.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.