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S.F. ‘Google Bus’ Program Making Progress, Says Report

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

San Francisco transportation officials are touting the success of a city program that seeks to regulate the big shuttle buses that move tech workers from San Francisco to their jobs in Silicon Valley.

A report released last week showed a 91 percent decrease in the number of shuttles operating on small residential streets since April, when a retooled Commuter Shuttle Program went into full effect. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

S.F. Mission Latinos Face Trump Presidency With Resolve, Fear

By Joe Rivano Barros, Mission Local

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the city’s Latino neighborhood, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House was met with a mixture of fear, resolve and a come-what-may attitude.

“What happens will happen,” said Miguel Gustan, a worker who emigrated from Mexico. If immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, fine, he said, he and others will be able to continue working. But if not, “ni modo,” he said — it doesn’t matter.

Politicos were less carefree. Supervisor David Campos, the gay Guatemalan immigrant who represents the Mission District, had a fitful night and hardly slept. He spoke with his sister, he said, whose nephew asked whether the election of Trump meant their family would be deported — despite them being citizens. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local.

Climate Experts Weigh In on Trump’s Election Win

By Andrea Thompson, KQED News/Climate Central

The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s next president spurred celebration in some quarters and dismay in others, including among those concerned about the steady warming of the planet.

The unrestrained emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have altered the Earth’s climate, raising sea levels, impacting ecosystems and increasingly the likelihood of extreme weather. In terms of numbers, the world’s temperature has risen by more than 1°F since 1900 and 2016 is expected to be the hottest year on record.

Read the complete story at KQED News/Climate Central.

 

Let It Burn: The Forest Service Wants to Stop Putting Out Some Fires

By Lauren Sommer, KQED News/KQED Science

California’s fire season hasn’t turned out to be as bad as some feared this year. In fact, forest managers say that certain kinds of fires — the “good” fires — were sorely lacking.

Sierra Nevada forests are adapted to low-intensity fires that clear the underbrush and prevent trees from getting too dense. After a century of fire suppression, many forests are overgrown, which can make catastrophic fires worse.

So forest managers are piloting a new policy designed to shift a century-old mentality about fire in the West.

Read the complete story at KQED News/KQED Science.

 

When You Can’t Buy Soda at Work

By Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED News Fix

If you wanted to buy a soda at work but couldn’t, would you drink more or less of the sugary liquid when away from the office?

Preliminary results from what researchers are calling a first-of-its-kind study suggest that limiting access to sugar-sweetened beverages at the workplace can help heavy soda drinkers reduce their overall daily intake.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Too Many California Ballot Measures? Just Explain Them in Song

By Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio/The California Report

Americans will decide more than 150 state ballot measures on Tuesday — up slightly from two years ago. That puts a lot of pressure on voters to study up on everything from marijuana legalization to gun control to the death penalty.

Californians in particular have a lot of homework to do. With 17 measures, their state has the longest ballot in the country this year. On top of that, there are 650 local measures around the state to decide on.

Voters are coming up with some creative ways to keep track of it all — like resident Deborah Barron, who had a “Proposition Party” at her home in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Read the complete story at Capital Public Radio/The California Report.

Starchild, Star of the San Francisco Libertarian Party

By Sarah Tan, KALW/Crosscurrents

It’s just about a week before the big election, and a small group of Libertarians have gathered on a corner in the Castro to canvas for presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Starchild is leading the group, banging a drum.

He’s an out and proud bisexual sex worker who is also the unofficial spokesman for the San Francisco Libertarian Party. He’s made a name for himself on the city’s political scene, running multiple times for local office over the past 15 years.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

BART Bond Foes Say Agency Emails, Videos Violate Campaign Laws

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, an outspoken BART critic and Measure RR opponent, filed a complaint Oct. 16 with the state Fair Political Practices Commission that cited a pair of agency emails sent earlier that month.

Glazer’s complaint notes the emails — sent out with the subject lines “Get informed about Measure RR” and “What’s threatening power to the people?” — linked to articles on the bart.gov website describing the agency’s infrastructure challenges and how the bond would help meet them. The articles also contain links to further information on BART’s infrastructure plans.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Report Finds Nearly 500 Reported Cases of Human Trafficking in S.F. in 2015

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

There were 499 reported cases of human trafficking in San Francisco last year, according to a report by the Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking released Friday.

“Human trafficking is happening here in San Francisco,” said Minouche Kandel, the director of women’s policy at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. “A lot of people think of human trafficking as a problem that happens in other countries and developing countries, but it’s happening right here in our backyard.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

For more information on human trafficking, read the San Francisco Public Press special report, "Force, Fraud, Coercion": Human Trafficking in the Bay Area.

 

Is Silicon Valley Having a Teachable Moment About ‘Implicit Bias’?

By Queena Sook Kim, KQED News Fix

Peter Thiel’s recent $1.25 million donation to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is igniting a conversation about “implicit bias” in parts of Silicon Valley.

Thiel is both a legendary and controversial figure in Silicon Valley. He is the co-founder of PayPal. He was an early investor and sits on the board of Facebook, and he is a part-time partner at Y Combinator, one of the valley’s hottest incubators. But lately he’s been in the news because of the fierce debate his donation has sparked among tech workers in Silicon Valley.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.