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Most S.F. Police Stations Don't Do Well in Communicating With Residents

Mission Local

It might be an uphill effort to find out what police are up to in your neighborhood. 

Getting frequent communications from the San Francisco Police Department in a newsletter, or nothing at all, depends  on where you live and who your local captain is. Bayview residents, for example, get a weekly comprehensive newsletter emailed to them, but until November, if you live in the Mission, you have not seen a newsletter since 2009.

Read the story at Mission Local. 

California’s Emissions Diminish — Thanks to the Weather


California’s Air Resources Board had good news about emissions reported by companies covered under the state’s cap-and-trade system.

Its recent report showed that greenhouse gas emissions reduced by almost 5 percent in 2016. According to analyses from the air board and independent experts, last year’s emissions drops were caused not by technological breakthroughs or drastic pollution reductions from oil refineries or other industries, nor did the cap-and-trade program make a signifiant difference.

It was the rain.

Read the story at CALmatters. 

For more information about  California’s cap-and-trade program, read the San Francisco Public Press (in collaboration with Earth Island Journal and Bay Nature magazine) special report on climate change.

San Francisco Tries to Cut Down on 911 ‘Butt Dials’

Mission Local

With an increase in calls and a shortage of people to answer them, San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management instituted a new campaign,  Make the Right Call,  aimed at reducing unnecessary — and accidental — 911 dials.

“A large portion are, for lack of a better word, ‘butt dials,’ ’’ said Francis Zamora, the agency’s director of external affairs.

Around 30 percent of all calls to 911 in San Francisco are unintentional.

Read the story at Mission Local. 

High Levels of Lead Detected in Tap Water at Some San Francisco Schools

KQED News Fix

New documents obtained by KQED show that half of San Francisco schools have lead in their water, but levels vary widely from school to school.

The science classroom faucet at San Francisco International High School registered lead at 5,600 parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency sets the allowable limit at 15 ppb.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

Young DACA Immigrants Struggle With What’s Next


As  hope dwindles to  resolve the status of young unauthorized immigrants, the possibility looms for many  that they could face deportation.

Since 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided roughly 800,000 young immigrants, who arrived as children in the U.S., with temporary work permits and protection from deportation,  renewable every two years.

In September, the Trump administration rescinded the program and called on Congress to find a solution to the young immigrants’ status. 

Read the story at KQED News Fix/KPCC.

New California Law Expands Low-Income Parents’ Access to Subsidized Child Care


A new law could ease access to child care for low-income parents taking classes to learn English or complete high school.

The law will expand the eligibility requirements for subsidized child care. Low-income parents  enrolled in English as a second language classes or a program to earn a high school diploma or general education development certificate can put their children in subsidized care.

Read the story at EdSource. 

Affordable Housing Buildings Planned for the Mission — Where Are They?

Mission Local

It has been close to 10 years since a large, affordable building was completed in the Mission, and it will be probably be longer still before seven affordable projects break ground. Many of these projects — that include more than 770 affordable housing units — have run into  delays from neighbors as well as administrative roadblocks.

Now,  YIMBYs — Yes In My Back Yard, a group that advocates for the development of housing — are backing a ballot measure that would eliminate  the power of neighbors to try to block low-income housing.

Read the story at  Mission Local

Thousands of Sonoma, Napa County Residents Unemployed in Wake of Fires

KQED News Fix

Officials in Sonoma and Napa counties are just finding out about the effect the North Bay fires had on the job market.

Data released by the Employment Development Department, which tracks jobs by county and industry, shows 4,487 Sonoma County and 1,829 Napa County residents have filed unemployment claims as a result of the wildfires. That number is expected to go up as the department has extended the deadline to apply for benefits until Dec. 18.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

New Jobs? California Program to Boost Hiring Falls Short


Four years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown launched a program to boost California jobs by giving tax credits to the businesses that create them.

The upshot? Two-thirds of those available credits are unclaimed — a sign that most expected jobs have not yet materialized.

Read the story at CALmatters.

California Housing Crisis FAQs — Answered


A few months ago, CALmatters created an explainer to answer two questions: How bad is California’s housing crisis, and how did it get so bad? It could not address all the issues, so it asked readers: "What did we miss?" 

CALmatters received more than 130 questions, and here are some the frequently asked questions. 

Read the story at CALmatters.