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San Franciscans Envision New Subways — Lots and Lots of Them

By Ericka Cruz Guevarra, KQED News Fix

San Francisco transportation planners will review over 2,500 maps drawn by city residents and transit riders to help create an expanded subway system in the city.

The Subway Vision initiative is part of Connect SF, an effort to develop a long-range plan for transportation in the city. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Ways Recreational Pot Would Change California — and 7 Ways It Wouldn’t

By Jacob Margolis, KPCC/The California Report

California’s Proposition 64 would make recreational marijuana legal in the state. If the law passes, it would mean a big shift in the way the Golden State — already the largest market for pot in the U.S. — regulates marijuana. It could also mean big changes in enforcement, as well as the habits and health of Californians.

First, you won’t be able to purchase pot everywhere if it’s legalized for recreational use. Only specially licensed stores would be able to sell marijuana. The state will issue licenses to growers, distributors and sellers who will have to adhere to certain rules.

Read the complete story at  KPCC/The California Report.

An Alternative to Calling 911 in the Tenderloin

By Allison Levitsky, KALW Crosscurrents

Jacob Savage almost became a cop. He spent high school and college going on police ride-alongs, wearing a uniform and a bulletproof vest.

But, he says, “eventually, you start to see the unfortunate reality of the system’s criminalization of mental illness, and how certain crimes, like substance abuse-related crimes, or even petty theft and things like that, are really just symptoms of untreated mental illness.”

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents. 


Oakland Prides Itself on Being Diverse — Until It Comes Time to Send Kids to School

By Zaidee Stavely, KQED News Fix

Walking her daughter to school in their neighborhood of Sobrante Park in East Oakland, Marina Muñoz passes an old mattress on the curb and several abandoned cars. Then she crosses an empty lot covered with old clothes and smelly trash.

“Here in East Oakland, we are all poor,” says Muñoz in Spanish. “Poor in everything, including education.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

For more information on school segregation, read the 2015 San Francisco Public Press Special Report: Choice Is Resegregating Public Schools.

S.F. Tries to Make a South of Market Intersection Safer

By Bryan Goebel, KQED News Fix

San Francisco has broken ground on what will become the city’s first protected intersection, a street safety design that aims to reduce conflicts between people driving, walking and biking.

Pedestrians and bicyclists face some of the greatest dangers from drivers at intersections, and it’s hard to argue that the free-for-all corner of Ninth and Division streets, adjacent to soaring freeway overpasses on the edge of the city’s design district, isn’t ripe for improvements.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.


Trained in De-Escalation, Police Recruits Walk the Mission

By Joe Rivano Barros, Mission Local

The San Francisco Police Department’s newest recruit class of 46 — 38 men and eight women — walked through the Mission District on Thursday to meet those they would be policing and serving.

“Fuck the police!” yelled one woman at the 16th Street Bart Station as the large group crossed 16th Street.

“It’s understandable for black Americans to be upset,” said Jaron White, a 29-year-old black recruit who grew up in the Bayview-Hunters Point. By joining law enforcement, he says he as a black officer is helping improving the Police Department. All of the new recruits are part of the first class trained with de-escalation tactics, including new body-worn cameras and training meant to emphasize “time and distance” when confronting suspects.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.

Why Are Teachers Paying for Their Own Supplies?

By Hannah Kingsley-Ma, KALW/Crosscurrents

There’s a warehouse in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood stuffed with the severed legs of aging mannequins, screws of various sizes and large pieces of real fur.

It’s called Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts, and it's a nonprofit recycling center. While it might seem like a necessary pit stop before Burning Man, at this moment it’s full of another crew of diehards: teachers. More than 200 of them are here today for a free giveaway. The center set aside free donated materials that might be useful to teachers: things like binders, stacks of old National Geographic magazines, markers and picture books.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

A Ribwort Plantain Grows, 4 Stories High, in San Francisco

By Ali Budner, Bay Nature

Mona Caron leans over the edge of a creaky blue scissor lift 20 feet in the air and points to a spot on the sun-drenched wall in front of her. “This is the tip of the leaf,” she says. Then she checks her harness — a thin loop of straps clipped to the railing. She’s eye level with the tops of the sidewalk trees and ear level to the insistent bursts of jackhammers that ricochet from the scaffolded building-in-progress across the street.

Today, Caron is adding something green to the landscape. She squints at the outline of a giant leaf spreading across the wall in front of her. The scissor lift platform sways with her slightest movement — she says it’s like standing on a piece of pudding. But she’s used to it. She steadies herself and crouches down to open a box of paints — revealing a rich array of verdant hues. She spritzes water on them and dips her brush in.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

Tougher Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits Move Forward in Legislature

By Katie Orr, KQED News Fix

The Assembly on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 32, which would require California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. That’s a step up from the current law that requires emissions meet 1990 levels by 2020.

To get there, the state would focus on things like increasing the use of renewable energy and encouraging the use of electric vehicles. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Lee, Feinstein Want HUD to Help City With Anti-Gentrification Plan

By Ted Goldberg, KQED News Fix

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to send a delegation to Washington, D.C., to meet with federal housing officials who rejected a city measure that would give low-income and minority residents priority in new affordable housing developments in their neighborhoods.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rejection of the city’s neighborhood preference plan was met with anger from San Francisco’s African-American leaders.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.