Fatima Duran http://kalw.org en Preserving neighborhood character by design http://kalw.org/post/preserving-neighborhood-character-design <p>The first time I went to Pacific Heights, I expected to be surrounded by mansions, flower gardens, and expensive boutiques. Those weren&#39;t difficult to find, but while sitting in Lafayette Park during my first visit, I was surprised to see eight story apartment buildings nestled in between gold trimmed Victorian houses. That&#39;s when I began to investigate what was behind that juxtaposition &ndash; and what it meant in a neighborhood with a history of fighting up-zoning to preserve its dignified nature.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:54:30 +0000 Fatima Duran 14337 at http://kalw.org Preserving neighborhood character by design Occupy: Still intense, just not in tents http://kalw.org/post/occupy-still-intense-just-not-tents <p>The Occupy movement, which gathered national attention last September, has dwindled in terms of outside rallies. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean Occupy supporters aren&#39;t still making noise.</p><p>The excitement that began last September to organize has created a web of people who continue to tackle economic disparities in their own way. In San Francisco, residents gather Monday nights to brainstorm solutions to issues like healthcare, gentrification, and unemployment. The events are called Occupy forums.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:26:16 +0000 Fatima Duran 14081 at http://kalw.org Occupy: Still intense, just not in tents Connecting the dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, July 26, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-top-news-stories-tuesday-july-26-2012 <p>((SF Chronicle)) // <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/George-Hearst-Jr-Hearst-Corp-chairman-dies-3662022.php">George Hearst Jr., the grandson of William Randolph Hearst, died at a hospital in Palo Alto on Monday.</a> He directed Hearst Corp. for 50 years, overseeing 36 weekly newspapers and approximately 300 magazines and 29 television stations. He became chairman of the board of the international conglomerate in 1996.&nbsp; His son, George R. Hearst, called his father a &ldquo;silent giant.&rdquo; Mr. Hearst was 84&hellip;</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:22:18 +0000 Fatima Duran 12706 at http://kalw.org Connecting the dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, July 26, 2012 Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Tuesday, June 12, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-top-news-stories-tuesday-june-12-2012 <p>(Sacramento Bee) // Assembly and Senate Democrat leaders are attempting to <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/12/4554855/democrats-show-their-unwillingness.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories">block the governor&rsquo;s proposed cuts</a> to programs that benefit the poor. They met with Brown yesterday to outline a budget plan that has a smaller reserve fund and cuts an obsolete high school scholarship. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:03:17 +0000 Fatima Duran 12045 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 29, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-top-news-stories-tuesday-may-29-2012 <p>Associated Press // The popularity of <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/27/state/n100122D69.DTL">California&rsquo;s 280 state parks</a> may be a factor in why California legislators are developing bi-partisan legislation to them. Californians camped at 10,000 sites in state parks over the Memorial Day weekend, yet even a quarter of those parks are expected to close this July. Tue, 29 May 2012 19:14:16 +0000 Fatima Duran 11324 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 29, 2012