Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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General Mariano Vallejo, the 19th century founder of Sonoma, had a lot of influence in the North Bay. He’s got a town named after him, of course, and he also had something to do with naming the neighboring county of Marin. KALW’s Steven Short tells us all about it in this episode of “The Source.”

 

Click the player above to listen to the complete interview.

This story originally aired in 2012. 

Walker Evans, gelatin silver print; collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Four hundred items in one exhibit? What were they thinking? Who has the time, or interest, for that much material? I was getting museum fatigue just reading the press release for the Walker Evans photo retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

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Fires cause “worst year on record” for cannabis cultivation ... Nevada’s first month adult use sales smash all records ... Nowhere for legal smokers to light up ... and more

California slowly prepares for adult use sales ... Bureau of Cannabis Control plans emergency rules ... Truffle Man goes brick & mortar ... Remembering Tom Petty  and more.

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Pot smokers throughout California are looking toward January 1, when marijuana will be legally available to adults. It was made possible last election when Prop. 64 passed.

 

But there are some major snags.

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State regulatory agency has new name // bcc.ca.gov

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is no more. It is now named the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

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The host of a radio call-in program I frequently hear often informs listeners that the day’s guest “is out with a new book.” This always makes me wonder what other kind of book would be promoted. Well, children’s book author James Agee, of San Francisco, answers that question with “Terrific” and “Milo’s Hat Trick.”

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Jeff Sessions still doesn’t like pot ... California Assembly takes up marijuana rescheduling question ... Industrial property in Santa Rosa booming due to cannabis ... Health and more.

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Hawaii’s plan for cannabis banking ... Kidnapped dispensary worker still missing ... Senator’s punny medical bill announcement ... Teen pot use continues to drop ... and more.

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White House wants info on medical users ... Breakdown on today’s cannabis buyers ... No increase in teen use in Washington ... Cannabis and pregnancy ... and more.

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City insider heads San Francisco Office of Cannabis ... Oakland SWAT team saves grow site ... California has cannabis jobs ... Lawsuits loom over cannabis copyright infringements ... and more.

It’s throwback Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967... 

Today’s music is by Jimi Hendrix, a Seattle performer who is spending a lot of time in San Francisco these days. He’s getting a lot of attention for his fiery guitar playing — and we mean that literally. 

You can expect to find Jimi Hendrix taking the stage at the Winter Ballroom in San Francisco, where he plays often.

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S.F. dispensary moratorium sends wrong signal, says state senator ... Oaksterdam offers scholarships ... Desert “cannabis paradise” faces big obstacles ... health, opinion, and more.

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Justice Dept. blocks DEA research ... Brave bank serves cannabis industry ... Tiger Woods, Teen Vogue, music and more

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Legalization no cure for black market ... Berkeley leads in quality control ... Toxic waste at grow sites more worrisome than first thought ... opinion, health, and more. 

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Shootout at California grow site ... Cannabis literally takes over town ... Police sniffer dogs invalidated ... NFL will consider cannabis ... and more.

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Senate committee ignores Attorney General ... Sunset district dispensary to see court date ... “Mother’s little helper” for the 21st century ... Watch Jay Leno drive a hemp car ... and more. 

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If you look back at the origins of rock music — or Rock and Roll, as it was known in the 1950s — you hear that the new sound borrowed elements from gospel, rhythm & blues, and country.

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Marijuana is legal in Uruguay ... San Francisco approves Office of Cannabis ... A.G. Sessions quietly tightens rules ... and more.

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Cannabis coming to Alameda ... Oakland’s “pot equity” ... Humboldt growers shun permits ... Teen use drops again ... and more.

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Lines out the door as Nevada intros recreational cannabis ... Can CBD soothe doggy panic? ... and more. 

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Have you already overdosed on the Summer of Love commemorations? Do you need an antidote? Then you should see the new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed. It has nothing to do with that pivotal event.

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San Francisco dispensaries face protests ... Security breach at Eaze ... Nevada cannabis sales start Saturday ... Holiday travel tips ... Micro-dosing, and more.

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California Med & Rec rules combined ... Nevada rec laws stall ... Marijuana use increases at Oregon colleges, so do vehicle accidents in legal states ... and more.

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It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

Today’s music is by the Beau Brummels.  That sounds like a group from the current invasion of British music, but one of the band’s founders studied musical composition at San Francisco State College. Another member has performed solo in North Beach.  The Beau Brummels play regularly at the Morocco Room in San Mateo. 

The tune you’re hearing now is being performed by Asheba. He’s a musical storyteller born in Trinidad, now living in Oakland. 

Asheba will be blending sounds of the Caribbean in a family concert at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday (7/25).

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Have you heard the expression “I’ll be there with bells on”?  It indicates that you’re very enthusiastic about the activity. Practitioners of the ancient art of Morris dancing are enthusiastic about their dance form. They not only wear sleeves of bells on their legs during performances; they also practice with them.

This music?  It’s by Foxtails Brigade

 Laura Weinbach, the group’s singer, says she’s the daughter of a horror filmmaker, whose neighbors were circus contortionists. You can ask her about that after the show when they play at Amnesia in San Francisco on Friday (6/23). 

Today’s local music is by Makru [< mah CREW].

They sing in English and Spanish “in hopes of spreading a message of respect and love.”

Makru performs Friday (6/30) at Studio Grand, on Grand Avenue, in Oakland.

Band: http://www.makrumusic.com/

Twitter:@makrumusicsf

Email: info@makrumusic.com

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Venue: http://www.studiograndoakland.org/

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California considers combined sales of medical and recreation cannabis ... “Marijuana breathalyzer” catches two ... Sniffer dogs still on the beat ...”lazy stoner” image challenged ... and more. 

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