Lisa Ratner

Lisa Ratner is a volunteer reporter for KALW's Crosscurrents. Her favorite topics to cover are Public Transportation, Food Politics, Gender Politics, and Film.

She is a freelance Jill-of-all-media-trades including photography, video production, web design, and marketing for small businesses and non-profits. You can view her portfolio here.

 

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4:20pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Transportation

Pointing the way to better transit

Lisa Ratner

It’s Hattam Moktor’s second day in San Francisco. He arrived from Egypt yesterday and spent today seeing the sights in the city. Now he’s standing in front of an empty station agent’s booth at the Embarcadero BART station trying to get back to his brother’s East Bay apartment.

“I want to ask someone how to get there, so I came here, but there is no one to ask. So I found you! So I will ask you how to get there. Walnut Creek?” Moktor laughs.

Moktor pulls a crumpled BART map out of his back pocket, and we look at it together. What he needs is a Pittsburg-Bay Point train.

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8:29am

Mon February 27, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, February 27, 2012

PG&E insists that its current rates are reasonable despite the fact that the price of natural gas has dropped. Consumer advocates point out that PG&E should pass its savings onto customers and not use it for other sectors of the company budget...

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8:28am

Mon February 13, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Monday, February 13, 2012

Caltrain is making progress in rail electrification, with the transition expected to occur 5-10 years sooner than anticipated. Electrification would allow for a San Jose to San Francisco direct bullet and is a step forward for the Los Angeles to San Francisco high speed rail. Prop 1A would fund most of the project but would also require the Bay Area to match approximately $1 billion in funds...

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10:49am

Mon January 23, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Monday, January 23, 2012

Oakland officials calculate the cost on the city to manage the Occupy movement has been $3 million since it began in September. The city has spent an average of $50,000 per week on 100 police officers, mostly for the downtown demonstrations on Saturdays...

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2:01pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Breaking

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Thursday, January 12th 2012

The City of Oakland is issuing hundreds of pink slips next week due to loss of redevelopment funds. After state cutbacks nearly eliminated the CITY’S redevelopment agency, pink slips will be sent to a range of City Hall employees, though police officers are not included in the cost-cutting measure...

Home mortgage insurer, PMI, is also issuing pink slips, cutting 155 jobs at its head offices in Walnut Creek...

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