Callie Shanafelt http://kalw.org en Dumpsters: sometimes you just have to dive in http://kalw.org/post/dumpsters-sometimes-you-just-have-dive <p>One Wednesday night, just after nine o&rsquo;clock as Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco closed, I notice a small group of people rummaging through the store&rsquo;s three dumpsters. I see a man look at the time and say, &ldquo;Oh they&rsquo;re closing now &ndash; let&rsquo;s go check the dumpster.&rdquo; Another woman, also digging into the trash, says: &ldquo;I gotta admit, it&rsquo;s kind of like Christmas.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 21:33:58 +0000 Callie Shanafelt 11464 at http://kalw.org Dumpsters: sometimes you just have to dive in Oakland easing up stringent building code enforcement http://kalw.org/post/oakland-easing-stringent-building-code-enforcement <p>Omar El-Baroudi’s home has been caught in Oakland city bureaucracy for more than three years.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 22:15:09 +0000 Callie Shanafelt 3732 at http://kalw.org Oakland easing up stringent building code enforcement During the economic downturn, the pawn industry grows http://kalw.org/post/during-economic-downturn-pawn-industry-grows <p>President Obama continues to tout his jobs bill, though it hasn&rsquo;t been getting much traction in Congress. Still, there are a few industries that have been growing without government help: tech, healthcare, and interestingly, pawnshops.</p><p>The History Channel&rsquo;s reality TV show &ldquo;Pawn Stars&rdquo; reflects how pawnshops are adapting to today&rsquo;s economic reality: They now cater to higher-income people who just a few years ago were buying expensive watches, not borrowing against them.</p><p>KALW&rsquo;s Callie Shanafelt takes us to one such pawnshop in Millbrae.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:33:00 +0000 Callie Shanafelt 2968 at http://kalw.org During the economic downturn, the pawn industry grows