Help us make our $25,000 match. Become a member today!

News From Our Partners

Mission Bakeries in No Hurry to Discriminate Against LGBT Customers

By Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local

The United States Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Colorado baker who claimed his First Amendment religious freedoms were impinged by a same-sex couple hoping he would bake them a wedding cake.

Locally, bakers in San Francisco and, specifically, the Mission told Mission Local that they’re not itching to exercise a newfound right to claim their religious beliefs enable them to discriminate against customers. Which is good, because that’s not what the court’s decision yesterday enabled.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Making San Francisco’s Gritty Tenderloin Safer for Kids

By Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED/CALmatters

On a wet sidewalk in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Michael Cameron approached a middle-aged man snorting a white powder cupped in his hands. Cameron, a 65-year-old volunteer in the neighborhood, asked the drug user to move across the street. He knew hundreds of schoolchildren soon would be walking by.

“Guys were sitting there snorting coke and smoking dope and didn’t want to move,” said Cameron, who grew up in the Tenderloin. “You know, they want time. But we got these babies coming by!”

Cameron is one of about two dozen volunteers with Safe Passage, a citizens’ effort that transforms the Tenderloin’s sidewalks into a more kid friendly environment a couple of hours every school day.

Read the complete story at KQED/CALmatters.

California Moves Closer to Its Own Sweeping Net Neutrality Rule —Will It Save the Open Internet?

By Antoinette Siu, CALmatters

With just 11 days to go until the federal government intends to roll back net neutrality, California’s Senate has stepped into the void by advancing a bill that aims to maintain equal internet access for all its citizens.

This fight over who pays for the internet and how it should be regulated now shifts to the Assembly and, if it passes there, on to Gov. Jerry Brown. If he were to sign it, the state could have the strictest net neutrality rules in the nation — but also likely face a court challenge from internet service providers who contend the state is overstepping its authority.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

In California, a Fight Over Clinics for Kidney Patients

By David Gorn, CALmatters

A battle is escalating between the dialysis industry and an influential union in California, with allegations on one side of shoddy practices in the treatment of kidney patients and accusations of political bullying on the other.

With a growing number of Californians on dialysis, the union has teed up an initiative for the November ballot that would rein in profits at 555 privately owned clinics where patients receive life-sustaining treatment. The measure would cap profits at 15 percent after most clinical costs.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

This Deported Nurse Is Now Raising Her Oakland Kids — From Mexico

By Alyssa Jeong Perry and Levi Bridges, KQED News/The California Report

In the winter of 1990, a private plane carrying a small group of passengers crashed on the high-altitude plateau of central Mexico.

For Maria Mendoza, the accident started a chain of events that sent her on a northward journey all the way to Oakland  and eventually, years later, back to the small town in the Mexican state of Hidalgo where she was born.

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

Innovative High School for New Immigrant Students a Model in California

By Theresa Harrington/EdSource Today

For 11 years, students from all over the world have gathered at Oakland International High to learn English and math, as they also learn to navigate new lives far from where they were born.

Chanthavy, 16, who left Cambodia in 2009 and learned English in Malaysia before arriving in the U.S. in 2014 with her mother and extended family, said she appreciates the school because it is immigrant friendly and has partnered with a local food bank to occasionally offer nutritious items students can take home to their families.

Read the complete story at EdSource Today.

Checking the Math on Cap and Trade, Some Experts Say It’s Not Adding Up

By Julie Cart, CALmatters 

As California accelerates its efforts to reduce greenhouses gases over the next decade, experts are pointing to vulnerabilities in its celebrated cap-and-trade system, weaknesses that could make the state’s goals difficult — even impossible — to reach.

Cap and trade, featuring a market where permission to pollute is bought and sold, is a key mechanism California uses to lower the volume of harmful discharges by industries that are subject to state emissions caps. But as the California Air Resources Board ponders a major retrofitting of the highly complex program, state analysts say that in a little over a decade emissions could soar much higher than the legally binding level.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

For more information on cap and trade, read the Public Press special report on climate change issues. 

Forget the IRS — Independent Contractors Also Have to Pay Taxes to the City of San Francisco

By Jeremy Dalmas, KALW/Crosscurrents

April 15 just passed and you, hopefully, finished paying the IRS. But if you’re an independent contractor in San Francisco, your taxes to the city are due next on May 31.

This is separate from the money you pay to the IRS or the state of California. Confused? You’re not alone. All the independent contractors I talk to have never heard of it. Some people don’t even understand what I’m talking about — it’s complicated.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

What $500,000 Buys You Around California — and How It Shapes Where We Move

By Matt Levin, CALmatters

The median price of a California single-family home is now well over half a million dollars. That’s more than double what the average house costs in the rest of the U.S.

Put a more nauseating way, you could buy two “average” non-California houses for the price of one California house. Can’t decide between the Cape Cod or the midcentury Craftsmen? Move to the Midwest and buy both!

You’d forgive Californians, though, for shrugging off words like “average” and “median” to describe the state’s housing situation. Our state is nearly 164,000 square miles, with housing markets as distinctly different as Redding and La Jolla. That means half a million dollars may sound pricey to those in Barstow, but it’s a bargain for anyone in Silicon Valley.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

S.F. City Attorney Sues Couple for Turning Home Into Illegal Hotel

By Charlotte Silver, Mission Local

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is using a gunfight that surprised a sleepy street in Bernal Heights last October as part of his salvo against property owners who illegally rent out their homes on short-term rental sites like Airbnb.

On Wednesday, Herrera announced that his office had filed a lawsuit against the couple that own 212 Banks St., which on Oct. 14 became the site of a party-turned-gun battle. There were no fatalities and only one injury that night, but the hail of bullets sprayed parked cars with bullets and sent partiers fleeing.

According to the lawsuit, Erik Rogers and Anshu Singh rented their home out to tourists for most nights between June 2016 and October 2017, sometimes for as much as $800 a night. Meanwhile, they lived in Bali, Indonesia.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.