City Visions

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Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm

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Brittany Maynard brought end-of-life decisions to the attention of Californians, but nearly a year after her death state law still prevents terminally ill patients from ending their lives.  Only last week a bill was introduced that might change that.  By introducing the legislation during an extraordinary session, its authors hope they can bypass some of the opposition that prevented the bill from making it to a vote earlier in the year.  Will this controversial bill pass, despite strong opposition from religious and disability groups?

August 24, 2015:  Guest host Raja Shah asks a panel of experts:  What is an appropriate family leave policy?

Host Joseph Pace and our panel of experts talk about what young athletes, coaches and parents need to know about concussions as football, soccer and other fall sports get underway.

August 3, 2015: On our next show, host David Onek will be one-on-one with the Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District, Richard Carranza.

City Visions: Can we fix Prop 13?

Jul 21, 2015

  

It’s widely known as the third rail of California politics, but is the time ripe for a change to Proposition 13? 

City Visions: Should we diet for the drought?

Jul 10, 2015

We've all heard how much water it takes to make an almond. But how, exactly, is the drought impacting who grows what (and where) in California?

City Visions: The true cost of cheap clothes

Jun 24, 2015

June 29, 2015: City Visions host Joseph Pace and a panel of guests explore the impact of the global garment industry on people and the planet and discuss the provocative documentary, The True Cost. Listen and find out what the true cost of your $5 t-shirt really is.

On the June 22, 2015 City Visions, host David Onek and a panel of experts uncover the few pockets of relative affordability left in the Bay Area's often prohibitively expensive housing market. 

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In exchange for a tax deal, Twitter recently debuted NeighborNest, a community learning center across the street from its Civic Center headquarters. Monday on our program, host David Onek explores Twitter's plan for the center, and whether the services it offers -- like coding classes and daycare -- can meet the needs of residents of the nearby Tenderloin. 

Guests: 

Caroline Barlerin, Head of Community Outreach and Philanthropy at Twitter

 Years ago, private jitneys roamed up and down Mission Street collecting passengers, as an alternative to MUNI. Within the last few months, three new companies, Chariot, Leap and Loup, began offering shuttle services in San Francisco, though at least one recently suspended operations.  Are these new services siphoning riders, and therefore money, from MUNI?  Are they elitist, as many claim?  And how will they impact the bigger transportation picture in San Francisco?  Host Joseph Pace looks at the politics and impacts of these upscale jitneys.

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City Visions: Fighting for Fifteen in the Bay Area

May 26, 2015
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Host David Onek and guests discuss the Bay Area's Fight for Fifteen labor movement. Is a $15/hour minimum wage on the horizon for fast food and other low wage workers? Will fast food workers unionize?  And what do rising regional minimum wages mean for the movement?

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-Jenny Lin, Deputy Director of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, an Oakland non-profit dedicated to advancing economic, racial, and social justice in the East Bay.

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On May 18, 2015 host Joseph Pace speaks to a panel of guests on the unique health challenges faced by transgender people.  How are San Francisco medical providers meeting these challenges?  Will there be less discrimination - in terms of legal protections and access to health care, among other things - now that the media is hyping a so-called "transgender tipping point"?

Guests:

Dr. Madeline Deutsch - Director of Clinical Services at UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

May 11, 2015: Which more accurately predicts future health, your zip code or your genetic code? Learn how your childhood home, family, school and neighborhood can add or subtract decades from your life. Our Bay Area panel of experts are all working to improve these outcomes for disadvantaged children, find out how. 

Guests:

Alex Briscoe, Agency Director for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Dr. Dayna Long, pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

City Visions: The World of Dating Apps

Apr 28, 2015

Maybe you're hooking up on Hinge, joining the League's interminable waiting list, or maybe you're confused by them all. Either way, a growing number of dating apps are competing for our romantic attention. So where is mobile matchmaking headed? City Visions host Joseph Pace explores the universe of dating apps – how we use them, how they shape us, and how they’re constantly evolving to meet our desires.

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How can California better cope with the current drought? City Visions host David Onek and guests explore how our state's water is divvied up among cities, farms and rivers and the changes that could help to make our current system more equitable and sustainable.

Guests:

Cynthia Koehler, Marin Municipal Water District Board Member and Executive Director of WaterNow, a nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing sustainable water solutions in California communities.

City Visions: The Secret Language of Food

Apr 14, 2015

April 20, 2015:  Do you know why the Pisco Sour cocktail originated in San Francisco?  Or why the name "tomato ketchup" is not redundant?

On the next City Visions, host Joseph Pace will be in conversation with Stanford linguistics professor Dan Jurafksy to discuss his book, The Language of Food.  They will look at Bay Area menus for subtle messages about status and quality, as well as explore why "fusion" is not a modern culinary innovation.

How safe is it to walk or cycle in San Francisco?  Last year, the city adopted Vision Zero, a policy designed to eliminate all traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2024.  Host Joseph Pace speaks with members of the coalition behind Vision Zero about what progress has been made toward that ambitious goal in the year since its adoption.   

Guests:

* Noah Budnick, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

* Nicole Ferrara, Executive Director of Walk San Francisco

How Should Bay Area Cities Regulate E-Cigarettes?

Mar 17, 2015
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Host Joseph Pace explores the debate surrounding e-cigarette regulation in the Bay Area. 

The common act of 'vaping' has attracted increasing public attention, most recently through last month's ban of e-cigarettes in BART trains and stations. While some argue that e-cigarettes present a safer alternative for smokers, others contend that they could encourage smoking among young people and might pose a public health threat. What do we know about the effects of e-cigarettes, and how should they be regulated?

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March 16, 2015 - David Onek explores the tensions within San Francisco's Catholic Community around the "Affirm and Believe" statements added to teacher contracts.

Why has this assertion of known Catholic doctrine sparked so much protest?  Supporters say these so-called "moral clauses" are the Church's legal right;  opponents argue they are at odds with San Francisco values and threaten individual liberties.  Can the Church and its community find common ground?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

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California law currently allows parents to claim a "personal beliefs exemption" from vaccination requirements for school admission. Should this law be changed? Host Joseph Pace talks with State Senator Richard Pan and a panel of public health professionals about proposed legislation that would remove this exemption and require all children (without a medical exemption) to be fully vaccinated before attending school.

Guests:

Dr. Richard Pan, California State Senator and Pediatrician

What does the future look like for the Bay Area's independent bookstores? Although San Francisco has more independent bookstores than almost anywhere in the US, many shops are struggling to survive. One such place is the Mission District's Borderlands Books, which will close this month unless an innovative sponsorship plan can save it. Host David Onek talks with the owner of Borderlands and other Bay Area booksellers about what it takes to stay open in the face of Amazon, rising rent, minimum wage hikes, and more. 

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Change has come to the Tenderloin, but how much of it is attributable to the recent tech boom? Using new strategies to engage locals and create innovative coalitions, groups that have been in the neighborhood for years are working to improve the health, safety and quality of life for those who live and work in the Tenderloin.  We explore the effects their efforts are having on this vibrant and sometimes troubled neighborhood.

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February 9, 2015: Did you know that every two minutes, a severe reaction to a food allergy sends someone in the US to the ER? City Visions host David Onek speaks with Stanford immunologist Dr. Kari Nadeau about her groundbreaking treatments for life-threatening food allergies and how close we are to finding a cure.

Guests:

Dr. Kari Nadeau,  Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University. 

City Visions: What Will it Take to Fix BART?

Jan 31, 2015

As BART's ridership grows, passenger satisfaction continues to slip. That's according to BART's new survey of 5,600 riders, who in record numbers reported dissatisfaction with packed, hot, dirty trains and badly maintained stations. But BART's newest board member, Nick Josefowitz, says he has plans to change all that, and we'll hear from him about how he hopes to improve BART's infrastructure, rider experience and management practices.

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January 26, 2015: Are you confused by conflicting studies about what vitamins and supplements to take?  From improving your memory and preventing heart attacks to strengthening the immune system and reducing cancer risks, the promises can be big.  But do these supplements live up to the hype?  And when can they actually cause harm?

A panel of local doctors will help make sense of vitamins and supplements, leaving you more informed to decide what - if anything - you should be taking.

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No strangers to natural disasters, San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland have long been pioneering ways to rebound from earthquakes, floods, droughts and fires. But what does it mean to call ourselves “resilient,” and should we be doing more?  Host David Onek and guests take a look at the innovative ways the Bay Area is adapting not just to survive, but to prosper, in the wake of a natural disaster -- and how preparedness goes beyond a simple earthquake kit.

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As San Francisco's building boom continues, City Visions examines our city's changing streetscape.  What are some of the city’s most notable -- and most controversial -- development projects of 2014? And what are some of the projects -- from apartment towers to community buildings to the new Warriors arena -- on drafting boards for the coming year?

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-John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the author of “Cityscape: San Francisco and Its Buildings.”

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To what extent is climate change causing or worsening California's drought, and how is the drought similar to other extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy? Columbia University climatologist Adam Sobel joins us to talk about the current drought, its causes, and how we can manage the increasing risk of future natural disasters.

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Adam H. Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University. He is also the author of Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.

This fall, San Francisco’s newest university, Minerva, enrolled its founding class of students -- but the Nob Hill school has no libraries, sports facilities, or even classrooms. Tuition is far lower than that of traditional universities, and students will move to a different international location each year. Is this the future of higher education?

  

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Host Joseph Pace examines food insecurity in San Francisco and EatSF, a new fresh fruit and vegetable voucher program for "food insecure" residents of the Tenderloin.  

Nearly one quarter of San Francisco's residents don't have reliable access to fresh, nutritious food, despite the city's commitment to social services.  The Department of Public Health and UCSF  have teamed up to create EatSF to tackle this problem.  If EatSF works, it will expand to other neighborhoods.

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