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Wed May 23, 2012
AFTERNOON NEWS ROUNDUP

Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

((Huffington Post)) // Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is in town presenting a paper about transgender Health at San Francisco General Hospital. The 50-year-old sexologist at the Cuban National Center for Sex Education will also sit on a panel at the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association happening in San Francisco this week…

((SF Gate)) // A San Jose State sociology class sparked a conversation about the city’s minimum wage that is going all the way to the voting booth. The class gathered enough signatures to put an ordinance on the November 6 ballot that will let voters decide whether to increase minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour…

((Mercury News)) // A series of reports released by the Urban Strategies Council revealed that barely half of young African American males enrolled in Oakland schools are on track to earn a high school diploma. The reports expose high rates of absenteeism, suspension, and grade-level retention in certain public schools and left Betty Olson-Jones, President of the Oakland Education Association, questioning how to handle “disengaged, alienated” students…

((SF Gate)) // Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown is trying to resolve a state budget crisis. Brown has proposed cutting 15 days from the public school year to offset a multibillion-dollar funding deficit he says will occur if voters reject his income and sales tax initiative. A shortened school year could have repercussions for graduation requirements for students and pension qualification for teachers…

((SF Weekly)) // San Francisco’s first permanent food cart park is set to open this fall at 11th and Division Streets in the city’s SoMa district. The SoMa Street Food Park will have space for nine food trucks and accommodate up to 200 diners. Carlos Muela, the visionary on the project, modeled it after the food “pods” of Portland, Oregon, but with a twist – the carts in his food park will change over time. Muela reports he is happy to have lined up a beer truck for the space.

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