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An Ethnic Media Beacon Goes Dark, but Its Creator Keeps Inspiring

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 3 2018 - 8:00am

Sandy Close has made it her life’s work to find and amplify unique voices from different ethnic communities, especially those of the young. For nearly 50 years, Pacific News Service and its successor, New America Media, practiced “journalism from the inside out” by bringing people from many cultures into the newsroom. Last fall, Close had to shutter her organization, but her legacy lives on in dozens of professional journalists who got their start with her.

Public Press Weekly: All Talk, No Housing

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 2 2018 - 2:19pm

Politicians have been criticized for being full of ideas about how to solve the housing crisis that are short of specifics, but San Francisco has taken specific steps to address the problem of  the lack of low-income housing. 

Mountain View or Googleville?

David Boyer, The Intersection — Mar 28 2018 - 2:19pm

The tech industry has brought jobs and unprecedented prosperity to the Mountain View area. This once-small, sleepy agricultural town is now synonymous with progress, wealth and the future. But for people who have lived in Mountain View a long time, the changes are dramatic.

Public Press Weekly: A Look on the Bright Side of S.F.

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 20 2018 - 10:52am

A San Francisco blogger has many nice things to say about living in San Francisco and, despite problems, this city does have a lot going for it. 

State Looking to Require Cities to Plan for Rising Seas

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 19 2018 - 8:00am

California officials are taking their first, tentative steps toward requiring cities to plan for severe sea level rise that scientists now say could conceivably elevate high tides by up to 22 feet by the middle of the next century. A state-funded study recommends that local planners adopt a risk-averse approach to permitting developments such as hospitals and housing in areas that have even little chance of flooding in the coming decades.

Immigrants Legally Here for Years Fighting to Stay After Trump Ends Protections

Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 13 2018 - 7:00am

They are the latest immigrants whose fortunes have changed for the worse under President Donald Trump: More than 200,000 people from Central America and the region who are losing Temporary Protected Status after legally living, working and raising families in the United States for years.

City Rolls Out Tech Platform to Improve — and Ration — Shelter, Housing for the Homeless

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 8 2018 - 9:00am

San Francisco has begun rolling out a new technology platform that officials say will better help the homeless population by giving priority for shelter and housing to those with the greatest need. But the ONE System also functions as a form of rationing of scarce affordable housing.

On the Move: One Hardworking Family's Struggle to Escape Homelessness

Mar 8 2018 - 8:45am

City native Victoria Ortiz's path to homelessness began in the East Bay more than two years ago when she was pregnant, working at a Staples and subletting a room. A housemate stopped forwarding the rent to the landlord, and everyone was evicted. This is the story of her determination to find stable housing for her family while living at a shelter in San Francisco.

Rebuttal to Beyond Chron Criticism of Public Press Report on Residential Hotel Vacancies

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 7 2018 - 12:10pm

Last week on his blog, Beyond Chron, Tenderloin Housing Clinic Executive Director Randy Shaw belatedly referred to my Fall 2017 Public Press cover story about vacancies in single-room occupancy hotels as "extremely misleading" and "false." I was disappointed, but not surprised. And I am not alone.

Most Homeless Families Helped by City Rent Programs Move Out of S.F.

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 6 2018 - 9:00am

A San Francisco initiative to help homeless families find affordable apartments and assist them in paying the rent is sending the majority of them out of the city because of the high cost and shortage of housing.

Public Press Weekly: Cops and Robbers and Other Stuff

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 26 2018 - 9:35pm

The Trump administration seems to have California in its crosshairs, threatening to pull ICE agents, muscling in on sanctuary cities and the like.  And forget about the feds chipping in to improve relations between the cops in San Francisco and the community.

Guerrilla Art Project Uses News for ‘Housing Displacement Facts’

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 20 2018 - 9:00am

The fall 2017 issue of the Public Press, which focused on some possible  solutions to homelessness, inspired graphic designer Erik Schmitt to create informational labels he posted on single-room occupancy hotels listed as empty.

Public Press Weekly: The Golden State, Tarnished

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 17 2018 - 9:55am

Climate change and global warming are threatening the planet, and the culprits are many, as are the proposed solutions. And some cities are even taking the alleged polluters to court. 

Public Press Weekly: Building a Better City, or Just Building?

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 2 2018 - 3:39pm

Lots of buildings are going up in San Francisco, and many more construction projects are in the works. But some plans, like the one for the former naval shipyard, are hitting a few snags. 

Community Workshop Attracts 200 Seeking Solutions to Homelessness

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 1 2018 - 4:13pm

The symposium, organized by the Public Press, was an all-day gathering of advocates, architects, journalists, activists, service providers, innovators, city officials, policymakers  and homeless men and women. But, before you can solve a problem, you have to know what the problem is. And, when it comes to addressing homelessness, there's a lot the general public  should know.

Public Press Weekly: Livin’ in the City, by the Numbers

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 22 2018 - 4:05pm

Contrary to appearances, such as a proliferation of tents in public places, the numbers of homeless people in San Francisco have not increased in recent years. 

Trump Ends Legal Protection for 200,000 Salvadoran Immigrants

Michael Winter and Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 8 2018 - 5:09pm

The Trump administration on Monday ended a three-decade program that provided temporary legal protection to more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who built lives in the United States after fleeing civil war and devastating earthquakes.

Public Press Weekly: Assessing the Costs of Wildfires

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 8 2018 - 2:00pm

Last fall's wildfires in the North Bay and Southern California continue to take a toll in the form of difficulties in getting insurance, housing shortages and rent hikes. 

Mayor Ed Lee Leaves a City Transfigured

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 18 2017 - 6:30pm

Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly last week, is remembered as a dedicated public servant who leaves behind a complicated legacy.

Coverage of Acting Mayor London Breed and the Death of Ed Lee

Lila LaHood and Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 12 2017 - 2:36pm

Board of Supervisors President London Breed becomes acting mayor of San Francisco after the death of Ed Lee. She is the city's first female African-American chief executive, and the first woman in the job since Dianne Feinstein took over in 1978 after Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated in City Hall.