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California Weighs Requiring Warning Labels on Hair, Nail Salon Products

By Pauline Bartolone, KQED News Fix/California Healthline

Beauty salon workers who paint the nails and treat the hair of millions of Californians are regularly exposed to toxic chemicals — and they may not know it, advocates say.

The advocates are asking California lawmakers to approve legislation requiring cosmetic companies to list the ingredients of beauty products used in professional salons. The bill, which passed the Assembly health committee Tuesday, will next be heard by the environmental safety committee.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/California Healthline.

Neighbors Unhappy About Plans for a Temporary Homeless Shelter

By Laura Waxmann, Mission Local

Some 40 nearby neighbors made it clear on Monday night that they are unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter at the site of former McMillan Electric building at 26th and South Van Ness streets.

The lot is slated for 157 units of market-rate housing and the new Navigation Center would be a temporary use of the land.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.

California Bills Aim to Crack Down on For-Profit Charter Schools

By Jessica Calefati, CalMatters 

Vowing to fight public school profiteering, Democratic state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would either block or seriously limit for-profit companies’ ability to operate charter schools in California.

The two proposals seek to address a growing concern among legislators that Wall Street-traded companies managing some of the state’s charters are raking in mountains of state aid while providing students a poor education.

Read the complete story at CalMatters.

California Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Reach All-Time High in Aftermath of New Law

By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource

Vaccination rates hit an all-time high for California kindergartners, the California Department of Public Health said recently as it announced its first findings since a new law ended the era of the “personal belief exemption” that allowed thousands of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children who attend public and private schools.

The percentage of kindergartners who received all required vaccines rose to 95.6 percent in 2016-17, up from the 92.8 percent rate in 2015-16. This is the highest reported rate for the current set of immunization requirements, which began in the 2001-02 school year, the state said.

Read the complete story at EdSource. 

California Debates Whether to Become a ‘Sanctuary’ State

By Marisa Lagos, KQED News Fix

It’s a murder that is still driving debate nationally about so-called sanctuary cities.

Thirty-two-year-old Kate Steinle was walking along the San Francisco waterfront on July 1, 2015, when shots rang out and she fell to the ground.

She died at the hospital hours later.

An undocumented man was arrested and charged with her murder. He’d recently been released from San Francisco jail after a court dismissed a 20-year-old marijuana charge against him. The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department ignored requests to tell immigration officials about his release, citing San Francisco’s sanctuary law.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

The Real First Responders to Drug Overdoses Are Other Users

By Marylee Williams, KALW/Crosscurrents

A line is forming outside Glide Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. People are waiting to get dinner or to get sent to another shelter for the night. But that’s not what Jana Lee* is here for.

It’s also syringe access night here at Glide, and Lee is getting a prescription refill. Glide volunteer Kevin Smith asks for her name, jotting it down in a binder.

Note: We’ve changed one of the names* in this story due to the sensitive subject.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Investigation of Wells Fargo Sales Practices Details ‘Dramatic Failure’

By Peter Jon Shuler, KQED News Fix

Senior management at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo contributed to a failure of culture that tarnished the bank’s reputation and injured customers, according to a scathing report released Monday by the bank’s board of directors.

The findings of the report are the result of an investigation launched by a committee of board members last September following revelations that bank employees had opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet aggressive sales goals.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

ACLU Slams SFO’s New License Plate Reader Policy

By Ted Goldberg, KQED News Fix

The San Francisco International Airport can record the license plate information of everyone who uses its roads and parking garages and it can keep the data on file for more than four years.

The Airport Commission voted last month on a new policy that gives more than 70 SFO employees access to a license plate information database and allows the airport to release the data to the San Francisco Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Long History of Sanctuary Laws, Debate in San Francisco

By Marisa Lagos, KQED News Fix

Donald Trump put a national spotlight on so-called sanctuary cities, but in San Francisco the conversation has raged on and off for decades.

The debate began in the 1980s, as civil wars raged in Central America and churches began providing refuge to fleeing immigrants.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Muni Bans Political Ads on Buses, Trains and Shelters

By Mariana Urban and Bert Johnson, KQED News Fix

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to ban political ads on its buses, trains and transit shelters, raising concerns of censorship.

Policies like this have been adopted by other transit systems nationwide, including New York City, in response to a recent wave of anti-Muslim ads. The agency faced controversy in 2012 for ads that appeared on buses and transit shelters that said: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.” At the time, transit officials said they could not remove the ads because that could be viewed as a violation of the First Amendment.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.