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Your rooftop solar questions answered

May 8, 2014

As rooftop solar development in the Bay Area takes off, what does the consumer need to know? Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the risks and rewards of going solar and the ongoing debate among advocates and utilities over how solar customers should be compensated for the power they produce.

Producer: Susie Britton


- Steve Weissman, Director of the Energy Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law

- Cal Broomhead, Manager of the Climate and Energy Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Creating a Privacy Zone for Student Data

Apr 29, 2014

Schools are using software to manage all kinds of information about children, from grades, to test scores to classroom behavior. But as these programs proliferate, how can schools be sure this student data is secure? And what do parents need to know to keep their children's information safe? City Visions explores the effort to create a "School Privacy Zone" to protect student data.

Guests: Crista Stumanik, Common Sense Media; Tony Porterfield, engineer and parent advocate and Ann Duncan, Palo Alto School District.

Bay Area Cities Tackle the Minimum Wage Debate

Apr 22, 2014
California Budget Project

Will raising the minimum wage reduce economic inequality in the Bay Area?  Or will businesses respond by employing fewer workers, as critics claim?

Support Your Local Sex Worker

Apr 15, 2014

As the St. James Infirmary campaign says, "Someone you know is a sex worker."

Escorts, street and survival sex workers, personal companions, adult film actors, porn models, nude models, body work providers, exotic dancers, phone sex operators, and sexological surrogates are all sex workers.

For some people, those jobs might be part survival or a career path -- one that is often fraught with stigmatization, criminalization, and the fight for primary health care and social services.

Plug-in vehicles edge toward the mainstream

Apr 3, 2014

Are electric vehicles poised for a renaissance? As Tesla talks of gigafactories, San Francisco develops new public charging stations and the state moves forward with its zero emission vehicle plan, is it time for consumers to go electric? Host David Onek and guests discuss the benefits and challenges associated with EVs.

Producer: Susie Britton


-Marc Geller, writer, advocate and co-founder of Plug-In America, a non-profit group that promotes the use of electric vehicles. He appeared in the 2006 film "Who Killed the Electric Car."

San Francisco Grapples With a Widening "Wealth Gap"

Mar 25, 2014

Can San Francisco become more affordable?  According to the Brookings Institute, San Francisco's "wealth gap" has widened at a faster rate than that of any other city in the United States.  Host Joseph Pace and a panel of experts explore the implications of the accelerating economic division in San Francisco.

Who's a Feminist?

Mar 18, 2014

More than 160 years since Sojourner Truth asked, "Ain’t I a Woman?", 30 after Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential run, and 23 years after Anita Hill testified to Congress about sexual harassment, women are still dealing with violence and social, political, and economic inequality.

How are powerful female pop icons, such as Beyoncé and Janet Mock, changing the way women talk about strength, community, and sexuality?

Who are the next generation of political and professional leaders an dhow are they reshaping feminism?


Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Kids

Mar 13, 2014


How can mindfulness training address the negative effects of growing up in poverty? City Visions talks with educators and researchers about an innovative program at Stanford that is helping kids address stress through mindfulness and yoga.

What's it like to have an alternative to PG&E? Host David Onek and guests explore why more and more cities and counties in our region are choosing greener electricity for their residents, and why San Francisco remains, at least for now, a one-utility town.

Producer: Susie Britton


-Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer of Marin Clean Energy, a public agency and renewable electricity provider.

Heroin and Harm Reduction

Feb 17, 2014
Scott Griessel / MostPhotos

The tragic death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has brought both cultural and media attention to a recent spike in heroin deaths related to painkiller addiction.

We look at the impact of new forms of dangerous heroin, the effects on users, and overdose prevention efforts--particularly in San Francisco--that are saving lives … and money.


Teaching Peace to San Quentin Prisoners

Feb 4, 2014

Host Joseph Pace explores the GRIP program at San Quentin (Guiding Rage into Power), which uses mediation and self awareness training to help prisoners create a new path towards peace and power. Guests are Jacques Verduin, founder of GRIP, along with a former San Quentin prisoner and a victim of violent crime.

Produced by Victoria Thorp

What's Next for CA High Speed Rail?

Jan 30, 2014

What does the future hold for California High Speed Rail? Host David Onek and guests review the latest legal, political and financial developments in the state's quest for a bullet train linking San Francisco and LA. We hear from the High Speed Rail Authority, the High Speed Rail Peer Review Group and citizen advocates.

Does San Francisco Have Enough Water?

Jan 21, 2014
Eric Luebenhusen / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Does San Francisco have enough water?  California is experiencing a record-breaking drought, and Governor Jerry Brown is asking Californians to reduce their water usage by 20%. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at the Bay Area's water supply and explore what an even drier place - Las Vegas - can teach us about urban water conservation.

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe



If you've been to a Bay Area protest or community event, you've probably seen -- or even met those nuns in whiteface -- The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Devoted to human rights globally and locally, AIDS education, and respect for diversity, this controversial Order of Queer Nuns has long been a staple of San Francisco's cultural fabric. They join host Joseph Pace for the hour.


Sister Mora Lee D'Klined, The Nun of Your Business

Sister Eden Asp, the Forbidden Fruit

Making Resolutions Last

Dec 30, 2013

How will you accomplish your resolutions this year? Whether you want to take on a hard goal such as losing weight, or something easy like flossing every night, you will need a game plan to stay on track. The good news is that researchers have new insights about behavior change and willpower that can help you finally reach your goals.

Real Estate Boom Squeezes SF's Nonprofits

Dec 11, 2013


As commercial rents around the city continue to rise, are San Francisco's nonprofits at risk of displacement? City Visions host Joseph Pace and guests discuss how local social services, arts and faith-based organizations are coping with double digit rent increases -- and what can be done to help them remain in the communities they serve.

Why Are Girls Starting Puberty Early?

Nov 6, 2013

Researchers have new evidence that girls are starting puberty as young as 8 years old. What is behind the downward trend in maturation for girls of different races and ethnicities? And what are the environmental, social and nutritional issues that may be triggering the start of puberty for girls? On November 18th, guest host Victoria Thorp talks with Bay Area physicians and researchers who are involved with a leading national study of early onset of puberty in young girls, and explore the implications of this issue for parents and educators.


Election Special 2013

Oct 31, 2013

It's City Visions' annual pre-election special, with host Joseph Pace in conversation with USF politics professor Corey Cook. Share your views on San Francisco's Props B & C and the contested development project at 8 Washington St. -- and weigh in on some of the broader electoral issues facing our state, like voter turnout, partisanship, and redistricting.

Producer: Susie Britton



From Bean to Buzz--COFFEE!

Oct 1, 2013

From beans, to barista, to buzz, coffee is a big, bold, and complex story.

  • What's brewing in the Bay Area?
  • What does it take to make a great cup?
  • Can you have it your way?
  • And what's up with those pods?

Join host David Onek and studio guests to ride the "3rd Wave" of coffee.  No attitude and no waiting in line!


Producer: Lisa Denenmark


In the studio with David are:

What's the Future for Families in San Francisco?

Sep 24, 2013

  With rising home prices, astronomical rents and crowded neighborhoods, it's no surprise that many San Francisco families are struggling to stay in the City. But at the same time, renewed job growth and improving public schools make San Francisco a place where more parents want to raise their children. What is the future for families in San Francisco? How are housing, employment and other forces impacting families in the City, and what lies ahead? What can policy makers and government leaders do to help families stay in San Francisco?

Forging a path from San Quentin to Silicon Valley

Sep 17, 2013


Do you know a child who is undone by loud noises and crowds?  Or one who is impossibly picky about the texture of his food?  These children might be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  What is SPD and why is it controversial?  Host David Onek and guests to examine the unorthodox treatments for SPD and UCSF's new use of brain imaging to help diagnose it.

Controversy and the DSM V

Sep 4, 2013

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has long been a Bible for mental health treatment.

Some clinicians say call the latest edition of the DSM a deeply flawed manual, but with a necessary common language for researchers and mental health professionals.

Some are outright rejecting it, saying that the new edition -- the DSM V -- is just a tool for the psychiatric drug industry to create more patients and prescribe more drugs.

Is it time for the DSM to go?  

A Conversation with the SFUSD School Board

Aug 22, 2013


What's ahead for San Francisco public schools this year? City Visions explores the issues facing San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD),  

such as the Common Core Standards, new formulas for school funding, a changing school nutrition program and ongoing questions about student assignment. Listen for David Onek's conversation with SFUSD School Board members Rachel Norton and Matt Haney.


Producer: Victoria Thorp


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing all criminal defendants the right to an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay for one. City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi about the challenges that persist in ensuring justice for the poor and what his office is doing to keep vulnerable populations out of the system.

Producer: Susie Britton

Bay Area Muslim Women Have Their Say

Aug 5, 2013

What are the differences between media representations of Muslim women and reality?  City Visions speaks with a panel of Muslim women artists from the Bay Area to learn how they are challenging stereotypes - through their art and in how they live.  

Benefit corporations, also known as “B corps,” are changing what it means to be a socially responsible business. 20 states have passed laws that recognize benefit corporations as businesses that make a commitment to 

doing good while still making a profit. And in April 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a measure that gives benefit corporations an incentive to apply for city contracts.