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Contretemps Quieted: S.F. Ends Picnic Reservations for Dolores Park Lawns

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix

It’s been awhile — weeks, at least — since San Francisco has seen a dust-up over gentrification and the rise of techies, hipsters, bros, post-hipsters, steam punks and nouveau grungesters who are remaking the city in their own image. Or images.

The wait for the next contretemps is over. In fact, the contretemps itself is over, even before it really got up a good head of steam.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 


Utilities Want to Plug In More Electric Drivers

By Andrea Kissack, KQED News Fix/KQED Science

What region leads the nation in electric car sales? Here’s a hint, one of the city mayors drives a plug-in hybrid and Tesla Motors is located there. Well, that was kind of a big hint. Yes, the No. 1 market for electric vehicle adoption is the San Francisco Bay Area (S.F. Mayor Ed Lee drives a Chevy Volt).

Although there are more than 100 public charging stations in San Francisco, electric car drivers can’t always find a place to plug in. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/KQED Science.

California Counts: What It Takes to Bring People to the Polls

By Kristen Lepore, KQED News Fix/The California Report

It’s no secret that California has low voter turnout. What will it take to bring people to the polls? KPCC and KQED came together in San Francisco Tuesday night to chat with community members and political analysts about what’s holding Californians back in the weeks leading up to the state primary on June 7.

The town hall was moderated by Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s AirTalk, and Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk. It was hosted by California Counts, a collaboration with KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KPBS in San Diego.

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

Burning Man Artists Bid Farewell to Treasure Island’s Building 180

By Rachael Myrow, KQED News Fix/KQED Arts

“Cheers,” said one partygoer to another. “To the beginning of the end.”

The party — a warehouse rave for about 2,000 people — was called Terminus. It was a farewell party — a Baby Burning Man to mark the end of something special at Building 180 on Treasure Island.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/KQED Arts.

In California, Lessons on Transgender Student Access to Facilities

By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource

As schools across the nation work, often for the first time, to ensure a welcoming environment for students who are transgender, California has lessons to share, according to educators, advocates and students.

The first is, in the words of Eric Guthertz, principal of Mission High School in San Francisco, “there is no need to freak out.” A second is that school leaders who have bought into the idea of “school climate” improvements – including anti-bullying programs, mental health support for students and staff, and alternative approaches to suspensions and expulsions – are going to intuitively understand that the focus should be on the needs of the individual transgender student. A third is to educate the parent community about transgender children and teenagers.

Read the complete story at EdSource.

State Senator Urges Undocumented Parents to Sign Kids Up for Health Care

By Viji Sundaram, New America Media

Kicking off his statewide tour to promote California’s Health for All Kids program, the new law’s author, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), said undocumented parents should set their fears aside and enroll their children in the program. The legislation would expand the state’s health insurance program for low-income people.

“There’s a misconception among immigrants” that asking for government help could land them in trouble, Lara said.  He made this observation during a May 12 media presentation at San Francisco’s Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

Read the complete story at New America Media.

Tenants on Market Street Fight Major Ellis Act Eviction

By Lucas Waldron, KQED News Fix

Ronnie Johnson, 49, doesn’t know what she will do if she is evicted from her rent-controlled loft in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood. She’s thinking about moving in with her parents in Washington state or trying to start over in a new city.

In February, Johnson, along with the 22 other residential tenants in her building, received an Ellis Act eviction notice from her landlord, known as 1049 Market St. LLC.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Some S.F. Supervisors Say It’s Time to Search for New Police Chief

By Don Clyde, Tara Siler and Alex Helmick, KQED News Fix

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim today called on Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Police Commission to launch a comprehensive search for a new police chief. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos said they backed the search.

Supervisor Eric Mar also supported the search for a new chief, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Must California’s Special Ed Students Be Vaccinated? State Won’t Say

By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource/KQED News Fix

Let the courts decide.

That appears to be the stance of the California Department of Education as state regulators have so far declined to answer pleas from school districts to clarify what California’s new vaccination law means for the 700,000 students who receive special education services.

Read the complete story at EdSource/KQED News Fix.

Hello, White House, How About Obamacare for California's Undocumented?

By Pauline Bartolone, CALmatters

As the presidential election generates a heated national debate about immigration, California is ploughing ahead with policies to integrate undocumented immigrants, most recently, by expanding health care access.

“It’s one of the most dramatic turnarounds in California political history,” said Daniel Zingale, senior vice president of the California Endowment, a nonprofit health foundation, about undocumented kids being covered for a full range of health services through Medi-Cal starting May 16. Currently, Medi-Cal covers emergency medical services for undocumented children and adults.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.