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Is the Bay Area Losing Money to Corporate Tax Incentives?

By Jeremy Dalmas, KALW/Crosscurrents

San Francisco has the strongest economy of any city in the U.S. And with business booming, a lot of eyes are on local corporations to see if they are giving back to the local community by paying their fair share in taxes.

KALW listener Eli Dart was one of them, and he had a question for Hey Area, our collaborative reporting project between our reporters and our listeners.

Dart wanted to know: “How much money do cities in the Bay Area spend on tax breaks for corporations to get them to locate in a particular place or do a particular thing?”

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

What Your California Representative Says About the GOP Health Bill

By Alyssa Jeong Perry, Jeremy Siegel, John Sepulvado and Miranda Leitsinger, KQED News/The California Report

After the House voted last Thursday to narrowly approve a Republican-drafted bill that would eliminate many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, KQED collected statements made by California’s members of Congress explaining why they voted the way they did.

We gathered comments made via social media and on the floor of the House, as well as from press releases sent out by each member’s office. We included links to their Twitter and Facebook pages where you can see some of their statements, plus additional comments they’ve made.

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

California’s Governor Once Opposed Sanctuary Status. Have Time—and Trump—Changed His Mind?

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

If Gov. Jerry Brown ends up signing a pending bill to make California a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago.

While it’s often difficult to predict Brown’s actions, many Capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both California’s political landscape and strong Democratic antipathy toward President Donald Trump.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

California's Subsidized After-School Programs Struggling to Survive

By Susan Frey, EdSource

Stagnant state funding, rising costs and possible cutbacks in federal support are threatening the viability of California’s subsidized after-school programs, which serve 859,000 low-income students in 4,500 schools across the state.

Besides offering a safe place for children while parents are working, after-school and summer programs provide homework help, hands-on science and arts projects, field trips, sports, social-emotional support and meals. The programs are free to parents of low-income students.

Read the complete story at EdSource.

Sharks Are Dying by the Hundreds in San Francisco Bay

By Eric Simons, Bay Nature

Hundreds of leopard sharks and bat rays have washed up dead or dying on the San Francisco Bay shoreline this spring, the second year in a row of mass elasmobranch death in the bay and the third major die-off in the last six years. But for the first time since an unusual shark stranding was first reported in the East Bay a half century ago, scientists say they’re close to an explanation.

“I look at it as a 50-year-old shark murder mystery, and we are hopefully closing in on the killer,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife senior fish pathologist Mark Okihiro, who has led the stranding investigation.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

Lose Your Car Over a Parking Ticket? San Francisco Scrutinizes Harsh Punishments

By Jeremy Dalmas/KALW/Crosscurrents

Parking isn’t easy in San Francisco.

When Echo Rowe moved here from Seattle in 2012, she had to move her Ford Ranger every couple of days to avoid street sweeping. It was hard to keep track of, and she started getting multiple tickets every month. Then it got worse.

“It was a Sunday night,” she recalls. “I was working and I went to take a break to move my car.”

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Are Women Prepared for HIV PrEP?

By Chloe Lessard, KALW/Crosscurrents

Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men.

But PrEP doesn’t benefit  only men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t been aggressively promoted in their communities.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Rising Seas Claiming California’s Coast Faster Than Scientists Imagined

By Julie Cart, KQED News/CALmatters

A slow-moving emergency is lapping at California’s shores — climate-driven sea level rise that experts now predict could elevate the water in coastal areas up to 10 feet in just 70 years, gobbling up beachfront and overwhelming low-lying cities.

The speed with which polar ice is melting and glacier shelves are cracking off indicates to some scientists that once-unthinkable outer-range projections of sea rise may turn out to be too conservative. A knee-buckling new state-commissioned report warns that if nothing changes, California’s coastal waters will rise at a rate 30 to 40 times faster than in the last century.

Read the complete story at KQED News/CALmatters.

For more information on the threat of rising seas to the California coastline, read the Public Press two-part series on sea level rise: Sea Level Rise Threatens Waterfront Development (Summer 2015)  and Wild West on the Waterfront (Spring 2017). 

Trump Election Complicates Noncitizen Voting in S.F.

By Scott Shafer, KQED News/The California Report

Lost amid Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the election in November was the passage of a controversial San Francisco ballot measure. Proposition N will allow noncitizens with children to vote in local school board elections. But now, with immigrant communities worried over the Trump administration cracking down on sanctuary cities, that might be easier said than done.

“It’s really unfortunate that the national rhetoric and the Trump administration has become so hostile to immigrants that they fear to participate in this very basic American right,” said David Lee, executive director of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee in San Francisco.

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

Shop Local Disrupted: Grocery Stores

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Even groceries, among the most location-centric businesses, must now grapple with the demand for delivery in San Francisco. In the Mission, a neighborhood densely populated with grocers of all kinds, that means getting creative, because the cost of doing delivery are high. But the cost of offering nothing in response to the demand for delivery is even higher.

“People in this day and age are willing to pay a service fee to a delivery service to get the convenience factor of having groceries delivered to their door,” said Dmitri Vardakastanis, whose family owns and operates three groceries in San Francisco including Gus’s in the Mission. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local.