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Rare Gem in Pricey San Francisco: New Low-Income Housing

KQED News Fix

San Francisco held a grand opening last week for Five 88 Apartments, the city’s latest affordable housing project, in Mission Bay. 

“It’s a very beautiful neighborhood. The view is nice,” said Carlos Poot, 36, as he pushed his 1-year-old daughter in a stroller, his two other children skipping ahead with his wife.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

Bail? Jail? Tool Tried Out by San Francisco Courts Looks Promising

KQED News Fix/The California Report

In 2016, San Francisco began to use an algorithm to evaluate if a person accused of a crime and awaiting trial could be safely released from jail.

Now, prosecutors say the risk assessment tool seems to work: According to information provided to KQED by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, 6 percent of defendants let out of jail based on the “public safety assessment,” or PSA, committed a new crime; 20 percent did not show up for court.

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

In Deciding If Police Officers Can Use Tasers, S.F. Commission Asks the Experts

Mission Local

The San Francisco Police Commission heard from two national experts on police training about whether to equip city police officers with Tasers. Both experts agreed that these electroshock weapons belonged on an officer's tool belt and, most important, training was crucial to using Tasers effectively.

Sue Rahr, the director of the Washington state criminal justice training commission, and a leading expert in retraining and changing police culture, stressed the value of “emotional intelligence,” which she sees as a tool to avoid the use of force.

Read the story at Mission Local. 

Many California Meadows Will Vanish, Here’s Why It Matters

By Matt Weiser, KQED News Fix/Water Deeply

Mountain meadows are starting to get some respect. For over a century, meadows were the first alpine environments targeted for development, grazing and farming, because they tend to be flat and packed with rich soil and nutritious plants. But we’re starting to understand that meadows have a much more important role to play for society at large.

Meadows, it turns out, are water banks. As winter snows melt, the runoff flows into meadows, where deep organic soil holds the moisture like a sponge and then releases it slowly. This helps minimize downstream flooding during spring. Meadows release that runoff over a longer period, helping stretch valuable water supplies through the long, dry summer months.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/Water Deeply.

Beyond DACA: How Advocates Are Fighting Back and What You Need to Know

By Alexis Terrazas, El Tecolote

The end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) announced earlier this month has sent shockwaves of fear and confusion through the undocumented and immigrant rights communities, but it’s also prompted massive counter campaigns both to legally challenge the administration and to properly inform people of their rights.

Currently, multiple immigrant advocacy groups are gearing up for legal battle over DACA’s termination.

Read the complete story at El Tecolote.

More Local Governments Suing Big Oil Over Climate Change Costs: Oakland, S.F. Join the Fray

By Dana Cronin, KQED News Fix

San Francisco and Oakland announced Wednesday that they are suing five big oil companies for costs associated with climate change mitigation.

Each city filed its own suit against Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, asking the court to hold the companies responsible for the cost of sea walls and other infrastructure cities will need to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

How Extreme Heat Caught San Francisco by Surprise Over Labor Day Weekend

By Eric Simons, Bay Nature

They saw the heat coming for Northern California several weeks before it arrived. By mid-August forecasters and weather followers predicted that a hot blanket would smother the Western United States the first week in September. Every long and then medium-range forecast model painted the West Coast red. A week before Labor Day weekend, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Monterey — which rarely deploys adjectives — warned of “oppressive heat” over the upcoming weekend.

But the Weather Service, and everyone else, placed the epicenter of the heat inland. Forecasts focused on the potential for breaking all-time temperature records in the interior. There was talk of Livermore reaching 116 degrees, an all-time high only a degree short of the all-time record high in Las Vegas. There were also jokes on social media as people around the country saw the NWS-issued “excessive heat watch” for what weather app forecasts suggested would be temperatures in the high 70s in San Francisco. Even in the early morning on the Friday the heat wave began, the official NWS forecast discussion called for “upper 80s to mid 90s near the coast.”

Read the complete story at Bay Nature.

How One Berkeley Teacher Is Tackling White Supremacy

By Ana Tintocalis, KQED News Fix

Hasmig Minassian has been teaching history at Berkeley High School for nearly two decades.

She’s covered many topics over the years, but after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this past summer, Minassian decided to scrap her regular lesson plans and develop something entirely new.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

California’s Resistance to Trump? So Far, Semi-Successes and a Few Fizzles

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

The 2017 legislative session now wrapping up began with a rhetorical punch in the face to Donald Trump.

Democrats who rule California’s Legislature passed a winter resolution urging the newly elected Republican president not to pursue mass deportations, and denouncing “bigoted, racist, or misinformed descriptions of the immigrant community.” They went on, in the ensuing months, to tout the introduction of dozens of bills meant to preempt Trump’s administration from whittling down health care, cracking down on immigrants and canceling out environmental safeguards. A hashtag went viral: #stateofresistance.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

BART Weighs New Ordinance to Crack Down on Fare Cheaters

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix

It was that rarest of occurrences: a heart-warming BART moment.

Exiting just ahead of me at San Francisco’s 16th/Mission station one day last week, a woman, probably in her 20s, approached an unlocked side gate on the station’s concourse. 

She glanced behind her and toward the agent’s booth, 20 yards or so away, to see if anyone who would do anything was watching.

Then she pushed the gate open and left without paying her fare … almost.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.