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S.F. Navigation Center’s Neighbors Find Impact Better Than Expected

By Julian Mark, Mission Local

Nearly two months after a new Navigation Center opened on 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, residents who were worried about a growing tent encampment nearby are reassured by the currently tentless streets.

The Navigation Center at 26th  and South Van Ness is one of four centers aimed at long-term help for homeless individuals. This one has 120 beds and allows people to stay for 30 to 60 days. The 26th Street center is temporary; a new 157-unit housing project will begin construction on the site early next year. Once completed, 25 percent of its units will be affordable.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

For more information on homelessness, read the Public Press Special Report Navigating Homelessness.

California Climate Deal Could Net Big Bucks for Polluters

By Julie Cart and Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against climate change persists for another decade.

In a Sacramento hearing room two days later, the California Air Resources Board approved a paragraph, tucked within a 17-page resolution, that will likely result in benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the oil and agriculture industries. It was the first domino to visibly fall as a consequence of behind-the-scenes dealmaking that produced a cap-and-trade program acceptable to both key environmental groups and major polluters.

Read the complete 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.

Whitewashed Mural Reveals the Role Street Art Plays in the Survival of the Mission's Culture

By Gabriel Greschler and Laura Waxmann, KALW/Crosscurrents

In the world of street art, painting over somebody else’s work — especially one connected to the local community — is sacrilegious.

This past June, Precita Eyes, a veteran muralist group in the Mission district, stumbled upon one of its murals being whitewashed.

That day, Laura Waxmann, a reporter for Mission Local, says she received a text from one of her friends at Precita Eyes.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Californian Who Helped Lead Charlottesville Protests Used Berkeley as a Test Run

By John Sepulvado and Bert Johnson, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Before white nationalists protested in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, before a man allegedly plowed a car into a group of people killing one and injuring at least 19, violent clashes in Berkeley offered a window into the motives and tactics of Identity Evropa, one of the white supremacist groups intimately involved in both protests.

For leaders of this white nationalist movement, the April 15 “Battle of Berkeley” was a self-described test run to see just how far they could push the bounds of protesting, according to numerous public statements from members of the white supremacist movement.

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

 

California Funds Nonprofits to Serve Food as Medicine

By Kellen Browning, KQED News Fix/California Healthline

Federico Guzmán moved from Mexico to San Francisco in 1992, fleeing anti-gay sentiment and searching for AIDS treatment.

He couldn’t find a job and sometimes went hungry until friends introduced him to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that began serving free, nutritious meals to HIV patients in 1985.

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

As California Bilingual Education Grows, Teacher Training Is Key

By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KQED News Fix

Zyanya Cazares, a sixth-grade teacher who is starting a new assignment this fall teaching in a bilingual education program in Los Angeles, grew up speaking Spanish. But she was recently reminded that the casual, conversational Spanish she spoke at home is not the same as the formal form of the language she’s now being asked to teach.

“As a Chicana, it’s very easy to say, ‘oh I know how to say that word in Spanish, you just add an “o” at the end,’” Cazares said. “But that’s not academic Spanish, and we’re in an academic setting — so I definitely have to prepare to learn the real word of how to say it academically.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

For more information on bilingual education in California, read the San Francisco Public Press Special Report "Bilingual Schools."

California State Universities Add Dorm Rooms to Try to Raise Graduation Rates, Provide Affordable Housing

By Larry Gordon, EdSource

Finishing touches were still being put to Cal State Channel Island’s new 600-bed dormitory named Santa Rosa Village when Jazzminn Morecraft moved in last fall. Early morning construction noise was worth enduring, she said, because of the social and academic benefits of living on the Ventura County campus, situated in a former state mental hospital surrounded by farmland and hillsides.

Whether joining a study group in her dorm, taking a quick walk to the library, attending a concert, “all the opportunities are here, the events are here. It’s a great experience,” said the English major who graduated from a high school in the San Ramon area east of San Francisco.

Read the complete story at EdSource.

Summer and After-School Programs — Big in California — Fight to Survive Under Trump

By Jessica Calefati, CALmatters

Like many of his peers, Kaleb Long is mature enough to stay home alone, but not quite old enough for a part-time job. Had he not enrolled in Rosemont High School’s summer learning program, the 13-year-old predicts he would have spent his Sacramento summer alone, sleeping in and playing video games.

Instead, he took six weeks of publicly funded classes in entrepreneurship and slam poetry. He learned how to box and picked up tips that should ease his transition to the upper grades. And he started a community project to raise awareness about racism.

“These kids need a safe haven, and we provide one,” said Brianna James, 24, the program’s senior team leader. Participants’ families typically can’t pay for summer enrichment out of pocket, she added. “Without us, the students would have nowhere to go.”

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

New Plan for Potrero Projects Has Residents Worried About the Future

By Adam Grossberg, KQED News Fix

San Francisco is changing.

As the bubble inflates and the housing market continues to surge, marquee developments and luxury complexes get most of the headlines. But the other end of the market is also undergoing a radical transformation. Faced with market-driven realities, San Francisco is changing its approach to public housing.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Electronic Monitoring of Defendants Is Increasing, but at What Price?

By Sukey Lewis, KQED News Fix/The California Report

When San Francisco defense attorney Kevin Mitchell visits a new client in jail, there’s one thing at the top of his mind: “I want my clients to have some way to get out.”

Mitchell says he’s got a better chance of winning a case if his client can walk freely into court in a coat and tie rather than under guard or in an orange jumpsuit.

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