The Bay Area is known for its creativity and its critical thinkers: activists, free spirits, soul-searchers, and innovators. At Crosscurrents, we've been discovering some of these voices through our community storytelling initiative, Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project. Our Hear Here producers recently popped up at the Ortega Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. There they asked the residents of the Outer Sunset District for their personal stories on food.
The bullet train may be back on track. Earlier this month the state legislature narrowly approved $8 billion dollars in bond money to start construction of the high-speed rail system connecting Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Governor Jerry Brown signed off at ceremonies in LA and San Francisco.
The project is now expected to cost close to $69 billion dollars to complete. The bulk of the money the legislature just approved will go to start building a 130-mile stretch of track in the Central Valley; about a quarter will go to local transportation projects in LA and San Francisco.
The Occupy movement, which gathered national attention last September, has dwindled in terms of outside rallies. But that doesn’t mean Occupy supporters aren't still making noise.
The excitement that began last September to organize has created a web of people who continue to tackle economic disparities in their own way. In San Francisco, residents gather Monday nights to brainstorm solutions to issues like healthcare, gentrification, and unemployment. The events are called Occupy forums.