Mary Rees

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5:57pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

By hook or by crook, urban farmers plant their seeds

It’s a Saturday morning at a formerly vacant lot in Richmond. The sun warms the ground. Rows of fruit trees bend in the breeze. A raised bed made of cinder blocks harbors vegetable plants. Andromeda Brooks carefully plucks weeds from her raspberry patch, offering the young plants encouragement. This is Happy Lot Farm and Garden. 

Less than a year ago, this 14,000-square-foot lot, zoned for low-income housing, lay empty, except for the litter.

“Nothing has really been done on the lot for well over ten years,” says Brooks.

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1:54pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Afternoon news roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

(SF Gate) // Investigators found DNA evidence linking Antolin Garcia-Torres to the disappearance of a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl. At a news conference, today, Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith said the source of the DNA was not blood. The girl, Sierra LaMar, was last seen on March 16…

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5:05pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

A city runs on volunteer power

Pinole residents held a garage sale to raise funds for city programming
Photo courtesy of Flickr user kathyinozarks

On a May evening, the Pinole Seals Swim Club hits the water for their first night of practice in the season that almost wasn’t. This is a popular pool that Pinole resident Kiki Kaski says hundreds of people use every year.

“All the camps in the area send their kids to this pool, the YMCA, Special Olympics uses this pool,” says Kaski. “You go there and you get this feeling like, ‘It’s summer!’ And it feels good.”

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12:47pm

Tue May 8, 2012
Daily News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 

(San Francisco Chronicle) // The San Francisco teachers union will vote this week on whether to strike in protest of salary and benefits cuts proposed by the San Francisco Unified School District. District officials say they'll have to find $80 million dollars over the next two years, but the union claims that money is available within the existing budget...

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12:12pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Early Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Oakland police department has announced it will reduce the number of officers in the city’s most violent blocks, following complaints from residents of the Oakland hills and North Oakland that burglaries have increased in their neighborhoods, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Six months ago the 100 blocks identified as the most dangerous saw an influx of officers, under Mayor Jean Quan’s plan to increase police presence and the availability of social services there…

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