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City Visions: Can "slow medicine" save money?

Dec 15, 2015

On this show, City Visions turns to San Francisco's "sick poor" and to Laguna Honda hospital, one of the last almshouses in the country.  Host Joseph Pace sits down with former Laguna Honda doctor Victoria Sweet to discuss her book God's Hotel.  Her book struck a chord with doctors, nurses, and patients hungry for a more personal approach to the business of health care.  

December 14, 2015.  These are tough times for fishermen in California.  Unsafe toxin levels have postponed Dungeness crab season indefinitely, and state officials warn that the winter-run Chinook salmon is on the brink of extinction. Host Joseph Pace speaks with guests about these issues and explores whether global warming is to blame and what can be done to address them. 

City Visions: Is Prop 47 Working?

Dec 7, 2015

Last November California voters passed Proposition 47, which downgraded some non-violent offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Supporters say the measure has reduced incarceration and will save the state more than $150 million. But critics say it has caused crime to rise in some cities. 

November 30, 2015: Each year, seniors and their families lose billions of dollars to scam artists and fraudulent financial schemes. City Visions host Joseph Pace and a panel of experts for a discussion of senior scams and what older people and their families can do to protect themselves against fraud.


Prescott Cole, Senior Staff Attorney at CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform)

Cheryl Poncini, Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County, Elder Protection Unit

November 16, 2015:  More than 20% of California's foster youth are sent to placements across county lines, restricting their access to mental health care and other services.  Host Joseph Pace discusses this and other challenges facing out state's foster youth.  

What are some of the legislative solutions on the horizon?  Why are the use of group homes and psychotropic medications, among other things, being challenged by foster youth advocates and what are the alternatives?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


November 9, 2015.  In October Governor Brown signed two laws making changes to California's requirements for sex education in high schools. One of those laws makes California the first state to require certain high schools to teach about sexual violence prevention and the “yes means yes” sexual consent standard.  Host Joseph Pace talks with educators about the new laws on City Visions.

City Visions: San Francisco Election Special

Nov 1, 2015


November 2, 2015: San Francisco voters head to the polls Tuesday to consider measures addressing affordable housing, building height limits, restrictions on Airbnb and a development moratorium in the Mission district. And they'll decide on the city's next mayor, sheriff and District 3 supervisor. City Visions discusses the props and the candidates. Guests:

-Lisa Feldstein, assistant professor of public affairs, University of San Francisco

City Visions covers the contentious San Francisco Supervisor's race for District 3.

Monday, October 19:  As part of City Vision's election coverage, guest host Eric Jansen sat down with the incumbent, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his challengers, former interim Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and former Sheriff's Lieutenant John Robinson, to discuss the issues at stake in the election for Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco.

On October 5, 2015 City Visions examines Common Core.  California adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, and in the spring of 2014 the first tests were administered under the new regime.  The results are in, and there is much room for improvement.  

September 21, 2015: As California lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 legislative session, aggressive climate change legislation faltered. Guest host Anne Harper explores with our guests what happened and what's next in California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

City Visions: Do the Warriors belong in Mission Bay?

Sep 13, 2015

On September 14, 2015 host Joseph Pace dives into the pros and cons of the proposed Warriors arena in Mission Bay.  

There is powerful support for bringing the Warriors to Mission Bay.  Can opposition groups still block the proposed arena?  What would the economic impact be for Mission Bay and for the city?  Will an increase in traffic in Mission Bay impede access to UCSF's emergency and other medical facilities?  

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


August 31, 2015.  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.  But a bill has been introduced that might change that. 

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. 

Courtesy of Twitter

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. 


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.


City Visions: Fighting for Fifteen in the Bay Area

May 26, 2015

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?


-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.

Damon Winter / The New York Times


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"?


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. 


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.


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.


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.   


* 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
Courtesy Daniel Hadley via Flickr

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?