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Why Homelessness in San Francisco Seems to Be Growing When It's Not

KALW/Crosscurrents

Many San Franciscans believe that homelessness has been growing. In 2016, residents called 311 to complain about encampments five times more than in the previous year.

What’s confusing is — the population of homeless people in the city has  stayed relatively flat.

So, if the numbers aren’t changing, what is? Three reasons.

Read the story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Schools Become 'Safe Haven' for Salvadoran Students in Wake of Crackdown

EdSource

California schools are bracing for the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to kick out thousands of Salvadoran immigrants.

“It’s a calamity for families who’ve built their lives here, own homes, own their own businesses, pay taxes, are part of the community,” said Juan Rivera of Carecen SF, a nonprofit that helps Central American immigrants in the Bay Area. “Sending these families back to a situation of extreme violence and poverty — it’s horrible to put children in that position. While this moves forward, schools can provide a safe haven.”

Read the story at EdSource.

How the San Francisco School Lottery Works — or Not

KQED News Fix

For many San Franciscans, S.F. Unified School District’s student assignment system — the so-called lottery — can be overwhelming, stressful and baffling.

In many places around the United States, where a child lives determines where he or she attends school. San Francisco does not use this model  because of segregated housing patterns. Creating diverse schools is a school district goal.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.

Lead in the Drinking Fountain? California Schools Must Now Test for It

KQED News Fix/CALmatters

Lead, a neurotoxin, causes developmental disorders and brain damage. No amount of lead in humans is considered safe.

A new law requires public schools to get their drinking water sampled for lead and notify parents if they find traces of it. Districts  have until July 2019 to test all campuses, including charter schools.

Read the story at KQED NewsFix/CALmatters.

Mission District Reacts to the End of Protected Status for Salvadoran Immigrants

By JoeBill Muñoz, Mission Local

On an already gloomy and rainy day in San Francisco, Salvadorans with temporary protected status in the city learned that they may be forced to leave the country by Sept. 2019, Trump’s administration announced Monday.

The Temporary Protected Status  program allowed Salvadorans to live and work in the United States after a devastating 2001 earthquake in their home country. The Department of Homeland Security’s statement said: “The substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake no longer exist.”

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Pot Is Legal, but California Colleges Stick With Their Marijuana Bans

EdSource

The University of California System, the California State University System, community colleges and private colleges are sticking with their prohibition against marijuana  on university grounds or in campus buildings, even though pot is now legal in California for adults.

Dispensaries began selling cannabis to recreational users last week, but students and employees caught with marijuana on campus can face discipline, even if the pot would have been legal off campus. 

Read the story at EdSource.

LGBT Youth at Increased Risk of Homelessness

EdSource

As housing costs keep rising in California and elsewhere, more young people are now homeless, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Among those homeless, one group has it especially tough: young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Read the story at EdSource. 

Coyote Tracker: San Francisco’s Uneasy Embrace of a Predator’s Return

By Kim Todd, Bay Nature

One night a little more than a year ago coyote 02M took off into the dark.

He had been born in the Presidio, San Francisco, likely a year and a half before, in an earth den dug under a log and hidden by English ivy or in the pit left by a windfall cypress. For months he wriggled in a mass of brothers and sisters, playing and fighting, waiting for his parents to show up with a nice dead rat. Then, a bit older, he scampered through the landscape of palm trees and cream-colored buildings with red-tile roofs, the smells of ocean and hot pavement, learning to listen for the scratchings of gophers underground and to catch his own. But for the past while, he’d been restless. Pale, with stilt legs, enormous ears and an anxious expression — the picture of a gangly adolescent — he was old enough to want his own territory and a mate. The unease pushed him down to Lands End and back, long-distance pacing.

And now it was time to go.

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

Police Violence — Should It Be Viewed as a Public Health Issue?

KQED News Fix/The California Report

Some local health professionals are saying that the effect of police violence should be studied and dealt with as a public health issue. Advocates say people of color are the most at risk, yet the responsibility for providing healing resources has fallen on community members to take care of their own.

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

BART Plans to Crack Down on Fare Cheaters

KQED News Fix

Perhaps as many as 15,000 or 20,000 times every weekday, BART riders skip paying fares, and these scofflaws cost BART, according to its estimates,  $15 million to $25 million a year.

In the wake of such losses, the agency has decided to try to do a better job of persuading riders that they should pay for the sometimes questionable privilege of boarding its trains.

Read the story at KQED News Fix.