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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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Tue March 27, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not disclose the location of her "100 block" plan, a proposal to focus police operations and social services in the area where 92% of the city's violent crime occurs. City Council members have expressed frustration with the Mayor's office, demanding more transparency and voicing concerns that they have not vetted the plan.

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Tue March 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

San Francisco fights to keep the ocean at bay

The view from the Sloat Boulevard Parking Lot after a large storm. Photo taken March 17th, 2012
Bill McLaughlin Surfrider Foundation

The only thing more powerful than human will is Mother Nature. At San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, the two forces have done battle for years over wave erosion, but only the city has something to lose. With the safety of its wastewater treatment plant at stake on the one hand and a lawsuit on the other, San Francisco’s planners are attempting to find a solution that will placate Mother Nature and avoid the most expensive fix: retreat.

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Tue March 27, 2012
morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission is preparing to open most of its records to the public, a move that would allow state residents to learn how safe pipelines are in their area…

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Mon March 26, 2012

Crosscurrents: March 26, 2012

Tim Anderson, Bay Area DIY superhero; urban farmer Novella Carpenter; and local band Pins of Light.


Mon March 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Pins of Light

Photo Courtesy of Pins of Light


San Francisco band called Pins of Light might remind you of Motorhead or Mothers of Invention. Or maybe they have a Pink Floyd vibe? They’re one of those bands that are hard to classify – which means they’re original!  

They’re celebrating the release of their new album on Friday (March 30) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, starting about 9pm.