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Merchants on 24th Street Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Over Protections

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fear displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares.

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street that were developed in a yearlong collaboration between the city and community-based organizations on the 24th Street corridor.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.  

As Medicine Prolongs Our Lives, There's a Shortage of Doctors Who Help Us Die

By News Producer, KALW/Crosscurrents

The average life span has nearly doubled during the last century. But although people are living longer, they're now facing health challenges that were less prevalent before—severe chronic illness, cancer, lung disease, dementia and Alzheimer's—debilitating conditions that often cause great pain and suffering.

For many people nearing the end of their lives, palliative care—relief from pain and suffering—is not readily available.  

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Obama Just Expanded Protections Along California’s Coast — Can Trump Undo Them?

By Julie Cart/CALmatters

In what is likely Barack Obama’s final environmental action before Donald Trump moves into the White House, the president has just expanded the existing California Coastal National Monument — adding a mix of lighthouses, rocky outcroppings, stands of redwoods and significant Native American grounds that will be knitted into the existing federal preserve on and off the coast from Humboldt County to Orange County.

The move was applauded by environmentalists who feel a greater urgency to shore up conservation gains before the Obama administration is ushered out. Given the general anti-environmental tenor in Congress, and the Trump administration’s uncertain and unexpressed view on conservation issues, some groups saw the announcement as important not so much because it afforded the California sites protection from encroaching development, but because those areas would be spared from a questionable future.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

S.F. Nonprofits Under Threat in Coming ‘Sanctuary City’ Fight

By Gabriela Aleman, El Tecolote

San Francisco, like many Bay Area cities, has for decades been a “sanctuary city” with policies in place that limit federal immigration officials from searching and detaining undocumented immigrants. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed that within his first 100 days in office he will block all federal funding to sanctuary cities to prevent them from serving as refuges for undocumented immigrants.

At a campaign rally last August in Phoenix, Ariz., Trump said: “Block funding for sanctuary cities. We block the funding. No more funding.” Over the course of his campaign he repeated the threat — cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars. Shortly after being elected, he reiterated his intentions once more.

Read the complete story at  El Tecolote.

Why Some Sex Workers Mistrust Anti-Trafficking Efforts

By Liza Veale, KALW/Crosscurrents

January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. While trafficking might seem like an issue we’re all on the same side of, when it comes to how we should go about combating the problem, people don’t always agree.

For the past three years, Alameda County has been waging a campaign against child sex trafficking. The effort is led by the county’s District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley. She’s won national awards and over $15 million in federal grants for her innovations. Her office has convicted 509 people of trafficking since 2011.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

For more information on human trafficking, read the Spring 2012 San Francisco Public Press Special Report 'Force, Fraud, Coercion': Human Trafficking in the Bay Area. 

Bay Area Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act

By Marissa Ortega-Welch, KALW/Crosscurrents

Doctors, nurses and medical students stood outside of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital this week in their lab coats and scrubs, holding signs that said “Protect our patients” and “Keep America covered.”

They joined with health care providers across the country to demonstrate their support for the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare.” The Senate has begun the process of repealing the historic law. Republicans are trying to make good on President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to do away the Affordable Care Act on “day one” of his presidency.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Navigating School Inside and Outside San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall

By Holly McDede/KALW Crosscurrents

When you think of school, you might not think of prison. But in 2014, approximately 47,600 young people in California  attended school inside juvenile hall. Those schools are called “court schools.”

And as the number of incarcerated young people in the state continues to decline, class sizes inside these court schools are smaller than they’ve been in years. That means more court school teachers can provide personal attention for some of the state’s most at-risk students. But what does education inside a court school look like, and what happens once students are released?

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents.

Caltrain Ridership Drops After 72 Straight Months of Increases

By Ted Goldberg, KQED News Fix

Ridership on Caltrain is slowing down.

For more than six years, the average number of people riding trains on weekdays between San Francisco and Santa Clara County increased each month compared to the month the previous year.

The agency credited the boom in Silicon Valley for a series of ridership records.

But, at the end of last summer, the trend changed.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Artists, Landlords Get Fire-Safety Tips From City Officials

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Fire Department members, a tenant lawyer and Building Inspection officials on Tuesday night offered fire-safety tips and encouraged tenants and landlords of live-work spaces to file complaints about safety concerns with the proper authority, be it the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department or the Fire Department.

“If you feel comfortable, report it,” said Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter to a gathering of some 50 tenants and landlords held at the Brava Theater. “Make a report so we can go and make this safe for you and for everyone else.”

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Program Aimed at African-American Males Comes to Mission High School in S.F.

By Nailah Morgan, KQED News Fix

Launched by the Oakland Unified School District in 2010, the African American Male Achievement program wrapped up its first semester at Mission High School in San Francisco recently.

According to the school district website, the program’s stated goal is to “stop the epidemic failure of African American male students” and is designed to improve their academic and life outcomes. After several academic years in Oakland, the program expanded across the bay to San Francisco for the first time this fall.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.