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

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 9 2017 - 8:00am

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 - 4:16pm

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 - 6:00am

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 - 1:54pm

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 - 1:49pm

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 - 6:33pm

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 - 6:32pm

¿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 - 6:28pm

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。

لا تتخذ الحقوق المدنية لمنطقة الخليج من المسَلمَات

San Francisco Public Press — Jan 19 2017 - 6:27pm

التعليم ام الترحيل ؟

لعل هذا هو السؤال المحير الذي نواجهه لما تعانى منه سان ف ا رنسسكو من انح ا رف سياسى في أعقاب انتخابات عام

With Obamacare Facing Repeal, Supervisors Consider Bolstering S.F. Health Program

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 17 2017 - 5:17pm

San Francisco officials have created a new legislative committee solely for dealing with the local consequences of the Trump administration’s actions. Among the committee’s top concerns: protect beneficiaries of the city’s health care program.

Gov. Brown Rallies Climate Scientists Worried That Trump May Destroy Key Data

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 14 2016 - 7:43pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday rallied scientists fearful that decades of crucial climate data could disappear after President-elect Donald Trump takes control of the federal government.

Community Leaders Strategize How Noncitizens Can Vote Amid Trump Vow of Deportation

Helena Ong, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 14 2016 - 6:19pm

The election of Donald Trump has cast a pall of fear and uncertainty after passage of Proposition N, as local stakeholders scramble to figure out how to enable the city’s undocumented immigrant residents to vote for members of the Board of Education without increasing their risk of deportation, which the president-elect has threatened.

Holiday Events Ramp Up, Providing Access to Meals, Services and Family Activities

Nadia Mishkin, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 13 2016 - 2:52pm

Organizations throughout San Francisco are providing food and social services to anyone who needs them, in the lead up to 2017. We’ve created a map and list of those events.

Lack of Shelter for Homeless Collides With Voters’ Wish to Clear Tent Encampments

Helena Ong and Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 7 2016 - 6:04pm

San Francisco voters narrowly passed Proposition Q, creating new policies for how the city clears tent encampments where homeless people live. But that law may be a nonstarter, because there is virtually no indoor shelter available to get tent dwellers off city streets.

Record Number of S.F. Voters Cast Ballots

Noah Arroyo, Zachary Clark and Helena Ong, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 21 2016 - 2:40pm

More people voted in this election than in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected president.

S.F. Vote Counters Pushing to Finish by Thanksgiving

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 18 2016 - 5:36pm

With San Franciscans still focused on President-elect Trump as Thanksgiving approaches, city officials continue to feverishly tabulate tens of thousands of ballots from the Nov. 8 election.

Contributors to Superior Court Race Include Lawyers, Prosecutors — and SFPD Chief

Chris Roberts, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 7 2016 - 3:33pm

Nearly a third of the campaign contributions in Tuesday’s election for Superior Court judge come from San Francisco’s legal community. This raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest or bias — or just the appearance of impropriety.

$744 Million Bond Would Upgrade S.F. Schools — But It Won’t Be the Last

Nadia Mishkin, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 3 2016 - 2:40pm

Since 2003, the San Francisco Unified School District has raised more than $1 billion for school construction and improvements. But because of aging buildings, technology upgrades and projected enrollment growth, even more money will be needed before long.

Proposition D Drains Mayor’s Power in Filling Supervisor Seats, Other Major Vacancies

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 3 2016 - 5:00am

Since 1948, every San Francisco mayor but one has appointed at least two people to vacancies on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbency has proven crucial, with nearly 80 percent being subsequently elected. On Nov. 8, voters will decide if they want to take back some power from the mayor's office.

Study: Health, Economic Benefits Emerging From Mexico’s ‘Soda Tax’

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 10:00am

A Mexican tax on sugary beverages has reduced consumption since 2014, and as a result is projected to help cut rates of diabetes, improve overall health and bring other indirect cost savings, according to a study published Tuesday.