Laura Klivans

Volunteer Reporter/Producer

4:09pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Mission High and Bi-Rite Market partner in a neighborhood divided

Mission High School vendors with Bi-Rite Market staff.
Laura Klivans

Over the past few years, San Francisco has been getting a lot of press about the tensions in our quickly changing city. It all seems to be magnified in San Francisco’s Mission District: a sunny destination with a growing number of expensive restaurants and rent prices. It’s a neighborhood where Mark Zuckerberg now owns a home, and a place where an affluent, whiter population is displacing lower-income residents, many of them Latino.

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3:56pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Meet Golden Gate Park’s hairiest denizens

The bison of Golden Gate Park.
Laura Klivans

Betsy. Buttercup. Bambi. Those are not Disney characters but three of the eight female bison that live at the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park. Sarah King, the primary bison keeper, introduces me to them one afternoon. She works with fellow hoofstock fan, Jim Nappi, Curator of Hoofstock and Marsupials at the San Francisco Zoo. Nappi says he and King share a love for bison. 

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3:22pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

San Francisco’s only free and democratic Conservatory of Music

Local jazz artists playing in San Francisco’s “Conservatory of Music” in Golden Gate Park

To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead. I take my usual route – cruising through the aromatic eucalyptus trees along the Panhandle, hugging the curves of John F Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. But when I arrive at the white Conservatory of Flowers, something’s different. On my left, a soothing, and out-of-place sound emerges from out of nowhere. It’s jazz.

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5:49pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics

The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate

UK Department for International Development

At a time when Americans are increasingly preoccupied with our own upcoming elections, some of San Francisco’s expatriates recently had a chance to hear from a political fighter of their own.  Burmese opposition leader and Nobel prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi visited San Francisco at the end of last week.  

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11:42am

Mon November 21, 2011
Health, Science, Environment

Cell phone towers make waves

Flickr photo by Nguyen-Anh Le. http://www.flickr.com/photos/discopalace/853965582/

As many San Franciscans know, dropped calls are such a common problem with cell phones that in 2002, Verizon Wireless launched a commercial empire based on that now-famous tagline:

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