Audio Academy

5:43pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Cops & Courts

Bay Area cities expand employment protections for ex-convicts

A job application asks about past convictions.
Flickr user: Waponi

When you fill out a job application, you expect to answer some basic questions. Things like your employment and education history, and relevant skills to the job. And in many cases, you also have to check a box to declare whether you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.

In the city of Richmond, though, that last one is no longer fair game. It hasn’t been for a couple of years, since the city passed an ordinance called “ban the box,” forbidding government employees from asking job applicants about their criminal histories.

More than 50 cities and counties, as well as 10 states, have enacted some form of “ban the box” laws. That includes California.

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6:33pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Reporter’s Notebook: My uncle’s battle with HIV

Jasmin Lopez' uncle David.

When I was eight years old, I rode on one of Mexico’s passenger trains from Mexicali to Guadalajara with my uncle, David. All summer, we visited towns and family throughout the country, learning more and more about our heritage and each other. At the time, I had only heard of him through the occasional family story, so I was unaware of my uncle’s estrangement from our family. I’m not sure what the circumstances were that allowed us to travel together, but I’m grateful for them. I was able to spend a summer on an unforgettable adventure with an uncle that I wouldn’t see again.

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5:45pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

From AIDS to housing crises, they’ve seen it all: Castro’s long-time residents fight to stay

Jeremy Mykaels stands outside San Francisco's City Hall after speaking out against Ellis evictions.
Liz Mak KALW

 

Jeremy Mykaels is in his early 60s, and he has AIDS. As a young gay man, he moved to the Castro, where he has lived for almost 40 years. He's been in his Victorian apartment on Noe Street for about half of that time -- but he may not be living here much longer.

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5:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014

7:14pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

A Nepali soup kitchen for the soul

Curry Without Worry
Rachel Wong

Around 5pm on a cold, windy Tuesday, an eclectic mix of people stand in a long line at Civic Center’s UN Plaza in San Francisco, waiting patiently. Some have big travel backpacks, a couple have tough-looking dogs, and a few are dressed like they just came from work. Suddenly a bright orange and yellow minivan arrives at the plaza. A team of volunteers wearing orange aprons emerge and quickly set up tents, tables, and giant, metal vats of steaming food. The food smells of ginger and garlic.

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