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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3:40pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Richmond voters strike down the soda tax bill

Soda vending machines
Under CC license from Flickr user fimoculous

A city usually famous for its crime is now becoming known for its progressive politics. In Richmond, one of the local city measures that got national attention was the so-called soda tax, which would have taxed sodas at one penny per ounce.

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1:14pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

No on S decision may make Berkeley a national leader against sit/lie laws

The No on S campaign waged a mostly volunteer-based grassroots campaign throughout Berkeley.
Kyung-Jin Lee

Of the city measures on the ballot yesterday, Berkeley’s Measure S was a nail biter. With only a handful of precincts reporting in, homeless advocates waited anxiously as the initiative held a small but persistent lead.

After midnight, things shifted quickly. The No on S votes gained ground, and by 12:30am, they had a 400 vote lead. Several minutes later, the small crowd exploded in celebration.

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1:11pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Chinese-American Supervisors stand for all of San Francisco

Supervisor Eric Mar won re-election last night for San Francisco's District 1
Under CC license from Flickr user Confetti

The race for supervisor in San Francisco’s District 1, which includes the Richmond district, was a hotly contested one, pitting two Chinese-American candidates with different support bases against each other. Eric Mar, the progressive incumbent, defeated a challenge from David Lee, whose campaign was marked by massive third party spending and was widely seen to be the candidate of downtown business and landlord interests.

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12:33pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Newcomer Eric Swalwell unseats incumbent Pete Stark

Teenage supporters at an Eric Swalwell election party
Hana Baba

California’s 15th District race featured young newcomer and Democrat Eric Swalwell challenging the 39-year incumbent Democrat Pete Stark. It didn’t look too good for Swalwell ​– and even the Democratic party endorsed his rival – but last night Stark was unseated by his challenger.

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12:06pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Young voters less "pissed off" after election

League of Pissed Off Voter member, Amy Scott
Under CC license from Flickr user ekai

President Obama is said to have won thanks to the support of his base, which includes young people. The San Francisco offshoot of the young and progressive/liberal organization calls itself the League of Pissed Off Voters, but last night, members were in a pretty good mood.

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