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5:22pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Contemplating the local impact from America’s next supersized trade deal

Yard signs placed in front of hotels in Leesburg, VA during TPP negotiations in September 2012
Flickr user Public Citizen

 

Trade representatives from twelve countries have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for four years. They’re discussing removing tariffs, protecting the environment, and stopping the piracy of copyrighted  material - all in the name of freer international trade.

Not much is known about what’s in this agreement, but based on what’s been leaked, here’s what we think we know about a couple of key components that will affect Californians: cows and computers.

On the farm

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4:00pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Dozens in Albany homeless encampment prepare for clearout

Dan Paul with his sculpture. Paul and the other Bulb residents face eviction soon.
Photo by Mary Rees.


On the west side of the city of Albany, there’s a peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay. It’s beautiful there, right on the water, with hiking trails and beaches looking directly out toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On that piece of land, there’s a broad hilly mound covered in brush, grass, trees, scattered concrete slabs, and rebar that’s come to be known as the Albany Bulb.

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5:18pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Marin Headlands barracks preserve the Bay's WWII history

Spray-painted graffiti partially covers chalk message from 1940.
Photo by Mary Rees.

San Francisco is the city of the Summer of Love – a place famous for peace rallies and liberal politics. So, a newcomer to the Bay Area may well feel confused at the number of forts and military bunkers clustered around the Golden Gate.

Until recently, large parcels of land in San Francisco and northward, in the Marin Headlands, belonged to the army — which was charged with protecting what was then the west coast’s most important port.

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4:25pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Hear Here: Down (home) by the Bay at the Berkeley Marina

Houseboats at the Berkeley Marina.
Courtesy of Flickr user jdnx // Daniel Ramirez

Roger Boyvey lives in a three-story house he built himself. It contains a complete kitchen, a view room, computer room, living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, bathrooms adorned with stained glass, and a cat named Leo. In his neighborhood, there are just thirteen other houses like his. In this installment of our series of place profiles, Mary Rees visits Boyvey at his home at the Berkeley Marina.

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6:13pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

City tries new model for resettling homeless

One of the tents pitched under I-280, in October 2012.
Mary Rees

Last fall, I went  to Fifth and King Streets in  San Francisco, just under the on-ramp to I-280. A group of tents inhabited the space then. The ground around the tents was swept, and bicycles stood in neat lines. Residents, such as Jessica Prater, knew one another and felt safe there.

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