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Can the Bay Area Outsmart Sea Level Rise?

Bay Nature

Earlier this year, a warehouse-turned-winery in Point Richmond was the site of international designers, scientists and policy-makers. They were meeting to participate in Resilient by Design to see  how the Bay Area will adapt to seas that could rise 10 feet higher by the end of this century. Ten winning design teams have until May to devise shovel-ready projects, from blueprint to community support, and a financing plan. 

Read the story at Bay Nature. 

For in-depth reports on the threat of sea level rise, read the Public Press Special Reports, "Building by the Bay" (Summer 2015) and "Wild West on the Waterfront" (Spring 2017).


S.F. Woman Living in RV Experiences a Wave of Evictions

Mission Local

Melodie, living in her RV, was one of the residents of an encampment, known as the Hairball, under a tangle of freeway exchanges between Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez St. But now, San Francisco is  clearing out the Hairball, and Parker will have to move on. But her life as a homeless resident in the city over the last decade shows what it is like to be on the other side of the city’s sweeps.

Read the story at Mission Local. 

For a more complete look at the issues of homelessness in San Francisco, read the Public Press special reports "Solving Homelessness" and "Navigating Homelessness."

How Vulnerable Are Other Bay Area Regions to Wildfires?

By Sasha Berleman, Bay Nature

How vulnerable are other parts of the Bay Area to wildfires like the ones devastating the North Bay counties? What can people do to better protect themselves this year and in future years from large-scale fires?

These are great questions. Unfortunately, other parts of the Bay Area are absolutely vulnerable to devastating fires not unlike those seen in the North Bay this month.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

San Francisco Is the State’s Worst County for Black Student Achievement — Why?


Parents from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood  heard a hopeful message from school administrators: Their children, who all attend Charles R. Drew Preparatory Academy,  a predominately black school, were already slated do better on next year’s state tests.

But the staff didn’t tell the parents about this year’s test results: Nine out of 10 black students at the school had failed reading and math exams.

Read the story at CALmatters.

Chief Justice Backs Ending Money Bail in California

KQED News Fix

California’s top judge is in favor of  recommendations that the state eliminate its money bail system, which lets people accused of a crime pay to be released from jail as they await trial.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wants judges to have more information about a suspect’s history and likelihood to reoffend, and let them decide if the suspect is safe to be released or is a risk to public safety.

Read the story at KQED News Fix. 

An Early Look at How the North Bay Fires Have Affected Undeveloped Land

Bay Nature

A picture is emerging of where the North Bay fires burned: It’s a landscape of homes, farms and undeveloped lands with a range of habitats, including chaparral, grasslands, mixed woodlands and streams.

Data released by the Bay Area Open Space Council this week detail the acreage of land burned in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. According to the data, the fires passed over 75,000-acres of farmland in the two counties, with almost 4,000 of those acres supporting important agricultural crops, such as orchards and vineyards.

Read the story at Bay Nature.

In the Wake of Fires, Schools Brace for Newly Homeless Students


Debra Sanders has spent the past five years helping Sonoma County’s homeless students.  Then, last week, she became homeless.

Sanders, her husband and 11-year-old son lost their home in the fires that burned through the Wine Country. She and her family are now living with another family.

Read the story at EdSource.

Years After East Bay Hills Fire, New Blazes Cut Fresh Wounds

KQED News Fix/The California Report

Last week was the 25th anniversary of the  East Bay Hills (or Tunnel) fire. The blistering conflagraton reached 2,000 degrees and was hot enough to boil asphalt, melt bronze and turn houses to ash almost instantly.

Read the story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.

In a Win for Ex-Inmates, New Law Requires California Employers to 'Ban the Box'


California had a “ban the box” law for city, county and state employers since 2014 that puts off questions about conviction history, with a few exceptions, until an applicant has been deemed qualified for the job. In what is good news for former inmates, however, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB1008, which expands “ban the box” provisions to the state’s private sector.

Read the story at CALmatters.

Public Press Weekly: North Bay Fire News Roundup

The Public Press would like to share additional news reports, information and resources that you may find useful whether you are seeking assistance or looking for ways to support communities that need help. (Previously highlighted news and resources are available here.)

How to help

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has compiled a list of organizations that can use your help: "How to Help: Volunteer, Donate Food, Supplies, Money to Support Sonoma County Fire Victims"

More from around the region

"At Napa Vineyards Untouched by Wildfires, the Grapes Must Still be Picked" (Los Angeles Times)

"Homeowners Impacted by Wine Country Fires Can Get Property Tax Relief" (KCBS)

"In 6 Aerial Images: How California Wine Country Was Primed for Disaster" (Reveal)

"Despite Clear Risks, Santa Rosa Neighborhood That Burned Down Was Exempt From State Fire Regulations" (Los Angeles Times)

"Firefighters Share the Emotional Toll of Battling Deadly Wildfires" (BuzzFeed News)