Holly McDede

Volunteer Reporter/Producer

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1:33pm

Thu January 19, 2012
News Update

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, January 19

California medical marijuana advocates should be a little bit happier than usual today because the California Supreme Court has decided to review Pack v. Long Beach and two other cases that have led to dispensary bans in many cities and counties...

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10:14am

Tue January 17, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Farming in a food desert: East Palo Alto gardens take root

Collective Roots launches gardens in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto is considered a food desert: There is little to no access to healthy food, and residents have to rely on corner stores for food. In fact, it had been over 30 years since East Palo Alto had its own full-service supermarket until grocery chain Mi Pueblo announced it was coming to town in November 2007. It was a huge source of controversy at the time; demonstrators flooded the streets and packed city council meetings, carrying signs like, “No to Mi Pueblo” while supporters held signs that said, “Yes to Fresh Produce.” The new store brought in both excitement and anxiety.

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1:48pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

Written on the Dock of the Bay: Friday, January 13

After starring in Black With Project, Heather Donahue went on to grow pot marijuana. And now she's written a book about it.

Friday, January 13

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9:30am

Thu January 12, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top stories for Thursday, January 12, 2012

Monterey had the highest youth homicide rate in California in 2010, followed by Alameda County, according to an analysis conducted by the Violence Policy Center. Brian Contreras, who co-founded the Second Chance youth program, says this is due to an entrenched gang culture and a lack of alternatives to gang participation...

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10:37am

Sun January 8, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

A tale of two libraries, and two budgets

The San Francisco Public Main Public Library

Nobody mistakes California for some mythical Library Land of fully staffed facilities with budgets that reach up to the clouds. In fact, Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year would eliminate all state funding to California library programs. Still, some library systems are somehow, someway continuing to upgrade – like San Francisco. 22 branches have been refurbished or opened in San Francisco through a Neighborhood Library Campaign that began over a decade ago on a budget that has grown to $188.9 million as of February of last year.

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