Judge Halts Trump From Denying Funds to S.F., Other Sanctuary Cities

Zachary Benjamin, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 25 2017 - 3:42pm

A U.S. judge Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from denying federal funds to San Francisco, Santa Clara and 400 other so-called sanctuary jurisdictions nationwide that do not cooperate with immigration agents seeking to deport undocumented residents.

Mapping the Shoreline Building Boom as Seas Rise

Kevin Stark and Mary Catherine O'Connor, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 21 2017 - 5:36pm

A 2015 analysis by the Public Press found that Bay Area builders were investing more than $21 billion in 27 large waterfront projects at less than 8 feet above high tide. That elevation could see occasional flooding by the end of this century. Since then, developers have crafted plans for another eight large-scale commercial and residential construction projects in that zone. Though not all amounts are yet known, we have tallied more than $1.8 billion in costs associated with buying land parcels and building these proposed projects.

Visionary Solutions to Bayfront Inundation

Mary Catherine O'Connor, SF Public Press — Apr 20 2017 - 8:00am

Responding to sea level rise requires actions that fall into three categories: fortify infrastructure, accommodate higher water and retreat from the shoreline. Given the economic and cultural ties Bay Area residents have to the water — retreat is a hard sell.

Local Planners Brace for Faster Antarctic Ice Melt

Kevin Stark and Ellyn Beale, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 20 2017 - 8:00am

Across California, policymakers and urban planners at every level of government are struggling with how to respond to new computer models that show massive ice sheets in Antarctica on the brink of collapse.

By Weakening Law, Developers Shift Sea Rise Burden to Cities

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 19 2017 - 8:27am

Two years ago, the California Supreme Court overturned decades of land-use law by upholding lower court rulings that cities could no longer require developers to take into account the effects of climate change on their projects. That decision has unsettled public officials and planners, and critics say it will allow real estate interests to saddle taxpayers with a gigantic bill to defend against rising seas.

Timeline: Lawyers for Developers Share Tactics to Blunt CEQA

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 19 2017 - 8:26am

Invoking recent court decisions, developers are pushing back on the ability of Bay Area cities to use the California Environmental Quality Act to regulate waterfront development and protect residents from rising sea levels

Projects Sailed Through Despite Dire Flood Study

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 19 2017 - 8:23am

A city-commissioned environmental study that detailed how the Mission Bay neighborhood would be inundated by rising seas in coming decades went unpublished for more than a year while two showcase waterfront developments won key approvals from city officials and voters, a Public Press review of records shows.

Emails Show How Flood Study Finally Became Public

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 19 2017 - 8:21am

Officials offer explanations for 18-month delay in releasing city-funded study that foresees serious climate-related flooding in Mission Bay in the decades ahead. The release followed a public-records request by the Public Press.

How Pacific Northwest Cities Have Made Space for Homeless Encampments

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 23 2017 - 2:56pm

San Francisco officials have been skeptical of sanctioning homeless encampments as transitional housing, but local activists note that the model has a long track record in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Ore.

Will San Francisco Embrace ‘Sanctioned’ Camps for the Homeless?

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 16 2017 - 4:13pm

Despite finding acceptance in the Northwest, self-managed tent communities on vacant land have been a hard sell to Mayor Lee’s office. Change might be in the wind.

After Exporting Raisins, Tech Pioneer Brought Campaign Finance Disclosures Online

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 1 2017 - 12:12pm

David Montgomery never planned to go into software engineering and never thought he would be a trailblazer bringing campaign finance disclosures online to help hold candidates, lobbyists and committees more accountable to the public.

Neighbors Ask UCSF to Help Pay for Mission Bay Growing Pains

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 21 2017 - 1:21pm

The Mission Bay campus of the University of California-San Francisco, will soon expand. Community groups are asking it to offset the impact from that and other recent development by helping pay for new transit, parking, open space and other amenities.

As Healthy S.F. Serves Mostly Spanish Speakers, City Vows to Shield Undocumented Clients

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 9 2017 - 9:00am

Ten years after it was launched, Healthy San Francisco today predominantly serves Spanish speakers and people living in the city’s southeast neighborhoods. Because some clients may be here illegally, city officials have vowed to shield them if  the Trump administration launches a deportation campaign.

Q&A: History Will Condemn Today’s Leaders for Ignoring Rising Seas

Audrey Dilling, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 31 2017 - 5:16pm

We recently caught up with Nate Kauffman, a landscape architecture and urban planning consultant whose work focuses on sea level rise adaptation, at a presentation at the Exploratorium on how cities can better manage development along the waterfront. The talk’s setting was apt: The science museum focused on children’s education sits on stilts just a few feet above the San Francisco Bay along the Embarcadero, a facility almost sure to be flooded within 100 years.

Researchers: Abandon Neighborhoods, Avoid Flood Zone to Limit Sea Level Rise

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 30 2017 - 7:00am

The vision of a future San Francisco buttressed by dikes, levees and seawalls over coming decades is being overshadowed by an increasingly accepted alternative: moving away from the waterfront. Some experts argue that physical barriers offer only the illusion of protection and that cities should accept that some neighborhoods will need to be abandoned.

Bilingual Renaissance or Reversal?

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 25 2017 - 2:54pm

There’s good news in the San Francisco Unified School District. It is succeeding in educating students in multiple languages, producing citizens and workers who are better equipped to navigate a cosmopolitan global economy compared with the rest of the country.

How San Francisco Paved the Way for California to Embrace Bilingual Education

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 25 2017 - 2:49pm

For almost two decades, the San Francisco school district mostly ignored Proposition 227, which emphasized English-only instruction. Today, with the passage of Proposition 58, the city stands as a leader in bilingual education while much of the rest of the state catches up.

Letter From the Editors: Don’t Take Civil Rights for Granted

San Francisco Public Press — Jan 19 2017 - 7:33pm

Education or deportation? That’s one startling question we are grappling with as San Francisco becomes more of a political outlier in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. The imminent need for documenting this divergence makes our jobs as independent local journalists more important than ever.

This letter is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

No Ignoremos los Derechos Civiles del Área de la Bahía

San Francisco Public Press — Jan 19 2017 - 7:32pm

¿Educación o deportación?

Esta es una cuestión alarmante con la que estamos lidiando a medida que San Francisco se vuelve un elemento en la periferia política como consecuencia de las elecciones de 2016. La inminente necesidad de documentar esta divergencia hace que nuestra labor como periodistas locales independientes sea más importante que nunca.

勿視灣༐民權 為理ᡤ當然

San Francisco Public Press — Jan 19 2017 - 7:28pm

教育還是遣返?

這是一個我們正在積極抗爭的駭人問題,因為在2016年大選結果出爐後,舊金山已經淪為美國政治局外人。基於對這種分歧現象有迫切記錄的需要,身為獨立地方新聞工作者,我們的工作變得比以往更加重要。