Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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4:49pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 22, 2014

San Francisco drug users bring harm reduction to the streets; meet the most influential, unknown man of the 20th Century: Philo T. Farnsworth; American Jerusalem: Documentary spotlights Jewish history in San Francisco; plus The Bay Area Brass Band.

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5:54pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Interview with Geoff Link of Central City Extra

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Jen Chien

 

In the rapidly changing mid-Market area of San Francisco, the influx of new tech companies into a historically low-income neighborhood is causing some conflict, especially around commercial real estate. Geoff Link is editor and publisher of the Central City Extra, a monthly newspaper serving the Tenderloin, mid-Market, and SOMA neighborhoods. It's put out by the Study Center, a publishing house that also supports non-profits.

As a journalist, Link has been monitoring changes taking place in this part of the city as tech companies move in, including the displacement of a lot of neighborhood non-profits. He himself has been affected-- the Study Center has had to move twice in the last two years.  Link spoke to KALW's Ben Trefny in the offices of Central City Extra.

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5:33pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Growing number of San Francisco landlords not renting

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We often hear how the rent in San Francisco is some of the priciest in the country, but there are also just not enough places for people to live.

The mayor’s office has asked city officials to speed up the lengthy permitting process in efforts to increase the housing supply. But some say that the supply already exists -- that thousands of units are simply being kept off the market. Some estimate up to 10,000 of these units exist. Many sit unrented because tenants are proving too risky an investment for some property owners.

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5:18pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 21, 2014

Reasons why SF landlords don't rent their units,competing interests in mid-Market redevelopment, the uniqueness of Twin Peaks, and local musicians Trio 180.

11:32am

Fri April 18, 2014
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: 04.18.14

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NCAA lowers penalties… Martinez outlaws cannabis gardens… Did pot overdose lead to student death?... Cannabis vending machines in Colorado… “420” event in danger of being shut down… Willie Nelson smokes pot!... and more.

LEGALIZATION

City of Martinez bans outdoor cannabis gardens // KTVU-TV      It joins 89 other California cities and counties with restrictions.

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