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What’s Next for S.F. Taxi Industry?

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

The blows keep coming for San Francisco’s struggling taxi industry. The city’s largest taxi company, the bankrupt Yellow Cab Cooperative, is up for sale.

A series of large personal injury lawsuits against the company combined with the growing popularity of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft pushed Yellow Cab into financial insolvency. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Undocumented Students Fear Returning to Shadows Under Trump

By Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Mitzia Martinez felt so shellshocked after the presidential election that the 19-year-old UC Berkeley student holed up in her apartment for days, away from her friends and her classes. Martinez needed to make sense of the massive changes her life could face under a Trump administration.

Her biggest concerns: losing the ability to support herself financially and, worse, once again feeling vulnerable to deportation.

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

San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

By Laura Wenus and Laura Waxmann, Mission Local

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s 5-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.

The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August, then moved to the Mission District where it is still working north of 16th Street. Next, the department is likely to work on removing encampments in South of Market.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Mapping Bay Area’s Resegregation: What You See May Surprise You

By Devin Katayama, KQED News Fix

As Bay Area cities scramble to find housing solutions to prevent displacement, a new report warns that the region is resegregating by race and class.

Urban Habitat, a nonprofit located in Oakland that focuses on equity issues, released a report this week that takes a closer look at where the demographic shifts are happening within the nine-county Bay Area, as well as Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Unfunded or Undone: A Trump Presidency Eyes California Policies

By the CALmatters Team, CALmatters

As a state bluer than Lake Tahoe in sunlight, California has adopted a slew of progressive policies that drive Donald Trump nuts. They combat climate change, protect undocumented immigrants, evangelize for Obamacare and more.

So this week — as candidate Trump morphed into President-elect Trump — uncertainty swept the state. While protesters hit the streets and the hashtag #Calexit spiked with residents semiseriously advocating U.S. secession, policymakers scrambled to identify state programs at risk in the coming Trump administration.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for one another in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency.

Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th Street and Montgomery Street stations mirroring the “Subway therapy” message wall in New York City’s 14th Street station. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

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.