Liz Pfeffer

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6:04pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

How one Bay Area city is causing national controversy with local gun control

Former Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri leading a City Council meeting last January when the new gun ordinance went into effect.
Liz Pfeffer

Tony Spitaleri remembers the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut vividly. He was across the country, at home in Sunnyvale where he was mayor.

“I was sitting in my favorite chair, wife was sitting on the couch, and dog was barking,” he says, “and we were watching TV and it just flashed, it came like any other breaking news. ‘Breaking news: tragedy in Newtown.’ Sandy Hook, yeah. What happened?”

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8:12pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Must love broccoli: A community garden plays matchmaker


San Franciscans love to garden, but a backyard is hard to come by if you live in an apartment. And the 36 city-operated community gardens have wait lists with hundreds of names on them.

That’s why the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department had to get creative on the Golden Gate Park Community Garden. 

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11:30am

Thu March 13, 2014
Housing

From a landlord's perspective: Small property owners feel slighted in extreme housing market

Real estate attorney Daniel Bornstein gives a rent ordinance seminar in San Francisco.

San Francisco’s real estate prices, rents and eviction rates are at an all-time high, causing real tension between tenants and landlords.  Frequently we hear from renters about the struggles of living in the city, but it’s not often that we hear from the owners of their buildings.

In San Francisco, about one third of the population are property owners. Those who are small-time landlords are struggling to maintain solvency in this explosive housing market.

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5:59pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Technology

A technologist's house finds its voice on Twitter

Tom Coates in his tweeting house.
Liz Pfeffer

In the Oscar-nominated film "Her," director Spike Jonze imagines a world where computers are so human-like they have their own feelings. Whether this idea is closer to fact or science fiction, artificially intelligent operating systems like the one voiced by Scarlett Johansson won’t be on the consumer market for a long time.

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4:51pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

The mysterious roots of a homegrown language

Wes Smoot (far right), Don Pardini (second from right) and friends socialize at the Redwood Drive-in in Boonville, CA.
Liz Pfeffer

A few hours north of San Francisco is the town of Boonville, nestled in the quaint Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Like Silicon Valley, this place is known for its innovations in communication – but in a completely different way.

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