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Your Internet Use Could Change as 'Net Neutrality' Ends

By KQED News Staff and Wires, KQED News/The California Report

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change — though not right away — following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections.

Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate.

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

Housing Costs — More Than Tuition — Crushing State's Low-Income College Students

By Vanessa Rancaño, KALW/Crosscurrents

Sadia Kahn ended up at UC Berkeley because of a look her dad gave her.

When she was in middle school, she told him she wanted to go to Berkeley because she had noticed adults perked up when they heard the word, but in this case it backfired.

“He had the saddest look in his eye,” Kahn recalls. “I think he felt guilty. He knew that was something we couldn’t afford.”

Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

S.F. Man Was Living in His Car When It Was Towed. Now He’s Suing the City

By Eli Wirtschafter, KALW/Crosscurrents

Last December, James Smith’s car was towed as a consequence of unpaid parking violations. Smith was homeless, and the car was his only shelter. Now, Smith filing suit against San Francisco, arguing that towing for debt-collection is unconstitutional.

James Smith, a 64-year-old San Franciscan, used to volunteer for the Coalition on Homelessness. He would help families find places to stay for a night. Sometimes he’d even open up his own little apartment.

Smith never expected that one day, he’d be the one living on the streets.

“Never, ever,” says Smith. “I asked myself, ‘What did I do wrong?’”

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

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.