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Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings

Kevin Stark, Winifred Bird and Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:39pm

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century. Land-use records reveal that the building boom, fueled by a white-hot tech economy, is moving too fast for regulators to keep pace. (Cover story from the summer 2015 print edition)

Mission Bay Pioneers: Working and Living in a New Waterfront Neighborhood

Tanya Dzekon, Caroline Cakebread and Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:31pm

As cranes and bulldozers continue their work to build Mission Bay, residents and workers say they love the new waterfront area. Few say they have any knowledge of, nor are they much concerned about, the long­-term flooding risk.

Four Ways to Guard Against Sea Level Rise

Winifred Bird, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:30pm

Water brings both life and risk to the shoreline, so seaside residents have long built barriers, canals and other protections to guard against storms and floods. Now sea level rise is adding an extra challenge.

Bay Area Governments Study Sea Level Rise, but Few Set Limits on Development

Emily Dugdale, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:29pm

The San Francisco Public Press surveyed 13 Bay Area cities and counties where building projects are planned in waterfront areas vulnerable to sea level rise. While most are studying the issue, few have passed new regulations to limit growth or require developers to flood­proof their properties.

With Dozens of Local and Regional Governments, Baywide Planning Is Hard

Winifred Bird, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:28pm

Regional coordination will be essential if Bay Area cities and counties are to minimize flooding as the sea rises. A few initiatives have launched, but none yet has the legal authority or resources to align all 41 governments that border San Francisco Bay.

Experts Weigh In on Sea Level Rise

San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:27pm

Experts weigh in on the local effects of sea level rise. Hear from an oceanographer, an academic, a climate scientist, a policy professional and an environmental planner.

Interactive Map: A Baywide Building Boom Threatened by Rising Waters

Lulu Orozco, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:26pm

We found 27 proposals for major construction projects that could be flooded in decades due to climate change. View our interactive map.

As Science Gets Better, Dramatic Sea Rise Seems More Certain

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:25pm

Sea level rise of 8 feet is an unlikely but worrisome possibility. Many objections to preparing aggressively for sea level rise center on the uncertainty in projections about how quickly global warming will cause the oceans to expand. But the science is increasingly clear.

Once a Long Shot, Affordable Housing Bond Picks Up Momentum

Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 25 2015 - 5:09pm

Last summer, the prospect of a bond to help fund affordable housing projects in San Francisco seemed remote. What a difference a year makes. Early Wednesday morning the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement on a proposal to borrow $310 million to finance affordable housing construction and acquisition.

New York Reform Effort Shows How San Francisco Rent Control Dialogue Lags

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 19 2015 - 3:08pm

Reforms to rent control are finally a topic of hot debate — but not in San Francisco.

Last year the Public Press wrote about the city’s curious rental laws, which somewhat arbitrarily helps some tenants by limiting yearly rent increases but not others, depending on when the building was put up.

Since then, not much has been done to revisit the issue, even though local leaders have been grasping for ideas to ease the housing crisis here, such as a housing bond of at least $250 million, and additional taxes on home sales to fund affordable housing programs.

School Board Stalls on Effort to Address Racial Isolation

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 12 2015 - 3:02pm

All the members of San Francisco’s Board of Education agree that the city’s public schools should be more racially, ethnically and economically diverse, but they have not been able to settle on the first steps to take.

Cities ponder tighter rent controls

Laura Impellizzeri, San Francisco Public Press — May 15 2015 - 8:31am

A city councilmember in San Jose has said he may propose strengthening his city's loose rent controls to keep at least some housing there affordable. But rents in Oakland continued to soar after it made the same move last summer. Few other solutions to the Bay Area's housing crisis have emerged, and even San Francisco's stringent controls haven't kept a lid on evictions or rent increases.

Body Cameras Will Not Be Cheap

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 30 2015 - 4:00pm

San Francisco has become the latest of many cities nationwide where leaders are deciding that the benefits of outfitting police with body cameras outweigh the myriad costs.

Rideshare Companies Face Tighter Screening Rules in Many States

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 27 2015 - 10:06am

Crashes, assaults and other incidents involving drivers for rideshare companies have spurred members of Congress to demand that executives beef up their screening methods. Many states have already imposed heightened regulations, but California lags behind.

Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 21 2015 - 12:46pm

A case involving San Jose that is now before the state Supreme Court could hamper affordable housing construction statewide.

Lacking Rent Protection, Artist Community Faces Displacement

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 16 2015 - 2:10pm

More than 70 San Francisco artists may have to leave the studios they've shared for a decade because their landlord wants to raise the rent significantly when their lease expires in June, and nonresidential space is not protected by rent control.

Bay Area Food Stamp Recipients Can Soon Shop Online

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 9 2015 - 10:30am

Bay Area residents who rely on food stamps to buy groceries soon will be able to use them online.

Census Estimates Show Bay Area Growing Faster than Expected

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 7 2015 - 12:30pm

New residents are flocking to the Bay Area faster than regional planners previously expected.

On KALW, Callers Criticize School District for Student Placements

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 1 2015 - 8:48am

Last week on KALW’s “Your Call” morning show, the topic was our most recent special report about increasing segregation in San Francisco’s public schools.

Supervisor Ponders Taxing Home Sales to Fund Affordable Housing

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 26 2015 - 1:30pm

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim wants to help pay for new affordable housing in the city by imposing a tax on sales of luxury condominiums. But it could take a year or two for the proposal to get before voters.