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San Francisco Election

Nov 7, 2011

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Lisa Denenmark 

In May of this year, the US Supreme Court deemed California’s prisons to be dangerously overcrowded. Concern about inhumane conditions that violate the eighth amendment led to the mandate that California reduce its prison population by up to forty thousand by the year 2014.

Governor Jerry Brown’s response, AB 109, also known as “realignment”, went into effect on October 1st. It diverts low-level offenders and parole violators from state prisons to county jails.

Host: Yumi Wilson

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

At a time when dozens of states are passing anti-immigrant laws, Gov. Jerry Brown has just signed a series of bills that sends a clear signal that California isn't about to punish them.

On Saturday, he signed a bill that will allow thousands of undocumented students in California to receive state financial aid to attend public colleges. AB131, which still faces approval by UC Regents, is set to take effect in 2013.

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton

It's one of the city's most persistent problems: despite the nationwide crash in housing prices, San Francisco's “for sale” and rental housing markets remain among the most expensive in the country, and all but out of reach for many segments of the city's workforce.

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

San Francisco, a city of 805,000 people, is the second-most densely populated large city in the U.S., after New York City.

According to the San Francisco Animal Care and Control, about a fourth to one-third of all San Francisco households have at least one dog, for an estimated population of 120,000 to 140,000 dogs living in the city. That’s more dogs than the 112,000 estimate of city children.

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

Tourism has long been considered San Francisco’s top industry, but a new report suggests that the medical industry is now the city's top money maker. The San Francisco State study released earlier this month claims that employment in the health care industry in the city has grown by 10 per cent over the last decade. Contrast that to the declines seen in many other labor sectors especially since the beginning of the economic downturn.

Exploring and Defending Online Privacy Rights

Sep 12, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton 

Many of us routinely and deliberately share all manner of personal information online -- from family photos to friend lists to the exact date and time we've settled down to eat at our favorite restaurant. And many more of us, simply by virtue of browsing and shopping online, share our interests, tastes and spending habits. What happens to the vast amount of personal information floating in the cloud? Who has access to such information, and for what purpose?   How worried should we be?

Last month a comprehensive workforce and economic study was released by four Silicon Valley workforce investment boards.  Among other findings, the study highlighted that Silicon Valley is in the midst of a reinvention that will yield job growth as well talent shortages, while heightening challenges for tech job workers, especially older workers.

What are the specifics of the report?  Why will there be talent shortages inspite of the  increased job growth; and why are older technology workers more vulnerable?

Guests:

Public Art

Aug 15, 2011

What images come to mind when you think of public art? More than monuments, memorials and grand sculpture, public art is reaching out to engage its audience on a more human scale. How will this change how we experience art and what are some examples of public art that are setting the stage for what’s to come?

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The California state budget passed in June held good news for almost no one, but for the more than 35,000 elderly and disabled citizens who rely on the state's Adult Day Health Care Program (ADHC), the final word from Sacramento was particularly dire. Praised across party lines as an effective, innovative and far less expensive alternative to institutionalized care, the Adult Day Health Care Program provides frail individuals suffering from a range of chronic conditions with medical and supportive services, usually in the very communities in which they live.

California Redistricting

Aug 1, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Lisa Denenmark 

In November, Californians voted a second time to remove elected representatives from the redistricting process, or the drawing of electoral boundaries. Voters gave that authority to a newly formed Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Is it time to end Care not Cash?

Jul 25, 2011

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

Some leading homeless advocates think it is, and they've convinced five supervisors to place a measure on the November ballot that would effectively repeal Care Not Cash. Jane Kim, Eric Mar, David Campos, John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi all support a measure that is now being called the Fair Shelter Initiative.

Growing Organic: the dirt on growing organic food

Jul 18, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Lauren Meltzer 

It’s been an eventful year in the movement to legalize same sex marriage. Last year Judge Vaughn Walker ruled California’s Prop 8 unconstitutional. Then late last month, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing same sex couples there to marry. And just last week, Rhode Island authorized civil unions. All this against the backdrop of the imminent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the launch of the It Gets Better video campaign and the first ever Gallup poll to show a majority of Americans supporting same sex marriage.

Playing Games With The Brain

Jun 27, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Lauren Meltzer 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

San Francisco has been awash with rainbow flags in anticipation of this week’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride celebrations. Highlights include the Frameline film festival and a trio of events at week’s end including the Dyke March followed by the Pink Saturday celebration in the Castro and Sunday’s Pride March down Market Street.

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Lisa Denenmark 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Judith Sansone 

At some point in our day, most of us are pedestrians walking the 7x7 swatch of land we know as San Francisco. The city’s relatively small size, temperate weather, and inviting neighborhoods make San Francisco inherently walkable.

Yet statistics tell a very different story. San Francisco is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians nationwide with over 800 people hit by cars here each year--that’s between 2 and 3 pedestrians a day.

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

From delicately crafted tea bowls to contemporary jazz to the spoken word, Bay Area artists are marking this May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by dedicating contributions from some of their work and performances to the victims of the recent earthquake in eastern Japan.

Some artists have gotten involved because of a personal connection; others are simply reaching out to help a country in need.

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton 

With legal obstacles cleared, San Francisco is well on its way towards implementing its long awaited bike plan. In addition to 34 miles of new bike lanes, the plan calls for new bike parking, a regional bike share program and a variety of educational initiatives. All this and more to help the city gear up to meet its goal of 20 percent of trips by bike by 2020.

 

 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson

The war in Vietnam ended more than 30 years ago, but the legacy of Agent Orange remains, both here in the United States and in Vietnam.

Host:  Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

Bay Area Uprising: Changing the Local Landscape

Mar 7, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

If you Google news for “West Oakland,” mainstream news organizations will cover mostly crime, toxins and fires. Yet, within this and other vulnerable communities, organizations and leaders are collaborating with stakeholders in innovative ways to bring about social change.

 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Judith Sansone

When we think of people who are hungry, images of Depression-era food lines, or a scantily clad child from a non-specific less developed nation typically come to mind. However, the true face of hunger in San Francisco is better captured among the familiar faces on the Muni train; all ages, all ethnic backgrounds, all body types struggle to put enough food on the table.

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton

Domestic Violence in the Economic Downturn

Jan 10, 2011

 

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

Widespread, long-term unemployment continues to strain California’s social systems. Underfunded and stretched to the limit amid increased need, Bay Area women's shelters are turning away women and children.

Victims of domestic violence are staying longer in abusive relationships, where, according to some reports, the violence is more frequent and more severe. Among those survivors, 34 percent will become homeless, in a climate where competition is rife for scarce public and affordable housing.

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