This probably isn't news to anyone living in San Francisco, but our City by the Bay has the highest rent in the country, and the competition out there for an apartment is fierce. San Francisco rents have gone up about 15.8 percent from a year ago while rents in other parts of the country are rising with a rate of inflation of about 2.7 percent. While some argue that owners are taking advantage of the tech bubble to hike up the market value of their properties, but there are owners who resist the urge to cash in on the rental wars.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is one of the most polarizing figures in San Francisco. Since moving to the city in 1984, he’s gone from co-founding the Green Party to graduating from the Police Academy and serving as a City Supervisor. He was also convicted of false imprisonment of his wife, Eliana Lopez, in a highly publicized incident of domestic violence. As a result, San Franciscans have strong opinions about the sheriff. Mayor Ed Lee has made his known, attempting to have Mirkarimi permanently removed from his position.
Lots of people talk about how addicted we are to our screens. We spend our days staring at smartphones, tablets, and computers. But the first digital addiction came before most of us even imagined a home computer: video games.
There are many ways to support your candidates- or propositions-of-choice before voting on November 6. You can obviously give your time, by volunteering to call potential voters, or handing out leaflets. And campaigns will always welcome the contribution of your hard-earned cash.
It’s a rare sensitivity to normal, everyday sounds, like typing, or footsteps, or even breathing. And it’s being increasingly diagnosed. Researchers believe Misophonia begins in adolescence, but it can carry into adulthood. It can cause the people who believe they’re suffering from it to feel enraged, panicked, and inescapably overwhelmed.
KALW’s Leila Day spoke with a teenager who believes she’s suffering from Misophonia in this story of a family’s struggle with sound. A note for our readers: we’re only using the girls’ first name to protect her identity.