Crosscurrents

East Bay Express: Scary local election updates

Oct 31, 2012
Justin Freitas

On this Halloween holiday, some might find that their deepest fears stem not from ghosts or witches, but from the possible outcomes of the upcoming election. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with with East Bay Express co-editor Robert Gammon on this to discuss some of the scariest election battles in Berkeley, Oakland, and the state.

Gammon explains the controversy over Berkeley’s Measure T, which would allow for dense growth on six sites in West Berkeley. Local public employees union SEIU local 1021 wanted to endorse it, but the union’s county leadership voted against it.

Passion Profile: John Charlebois

Oct 23, 2012

We’ve been honoring the people in our neighborhoods who display a healthy dose of passion in their lives, day in and day out, inspiring us to generate a little of our own. Listener Carmen Dicinque called us recently to tell us about horse trainer John Charlebois. KALW’s Alyssa Kapnik and Ashleyanne Krigbaum went out to meet Charlebois and his horses.

Listen to the profile above.

City College of San Francisco has been in the news quite a bit since July, when it received a very critical report from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, throwing the college’s accreditation into question. Since that time, the college has been scrambling to plan and implement reforms based on the recommendations included in that report.

Today we're featuring the melodic finger-style guitar of long-time session player Mark Goldenberg.

Goldenberg -- who has played lead guitar for Jackson Brown since the Nineties -- is one of a trio of guitar masters taking part in the Acoustic Guitar Summit on Sunday, September 30th, at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. The show starts at 8pm.

Flickr user Crisis Hopkins

You might remember the TV program “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” where four comics get on stage with no script or plan whatsoever, take suggestions for skits from the audience, and then see what happens. 

California's state employees received their first “furlough-affected” paycheck, this month, and it provided more than its share of controversy. Many unionized workers have called for layoffs, rather than forced days off, to help balance the state's budget. But Governor Jerry Brown's solution – and suggestion to possibly implement a four-day workweek – is not unheard of. At least in Eastern Europe. In 2009, similar measures were introduced by many state institutions in Latvia.

The voices of San Francisco Pride

Jun 25, 2012

This past weekend, San Francisco’s streets were filled with pride. Thousands of people participated in the 42nd annual event, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and culture. The youth producers of OutLoud radio were there, talking to participants about what Pride means to them. They bring us this audio postcard.  

Angel: Hello, my name is Angel and I am here with OutLoud Radio and we are at Delores Park. And I am here with…

Jose the Gay: …Jose the Gay. I am 24 years old.

Angel: And he is from…

Local Music - Future Twins

Apr 11, 2012

The song you’re hearing is the very-San Francisco band called Future Twin. The band started as a trio but is now a five-piece group … when they all show up. They have a show planned Saturday (04.14) at El Rio in San Francisco. They’ll probably include songs from their debut EP cassette, which came out in January. Music starts around 9pm. [Yes, they released a CASSETTE~!]

 

Music: Mondo Loko

Mar 19, 2012

The music you’re hearing is by Mondo Loko of Berkeley. Perhaps you heard them last summer at Ashkenaz, where they had their first public performance. Now the group brings its version of Samba Funk and Samba Rock to the Cigar Bar & Grill on Montgomery Street in San Francisco this Thursday (03.22). Music starts at 9:30pm.

Joe Mud

Yesterday, officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation travelled to Chowchilla in the Central Valley to talk to locals about the pending conversion of Valley State Prison for Women into a men’s facility. Chowchilla, the closest town to two of the state’s three women’s prisons, has resisted the conversion, worried about the impact of bringing in thousands of male prisoners.

Strict building codes in the East Bay, the fate of post-Cristmas Christmas trees, intense memories stirred up by home cooking, the top 10 comedic news stories of 2011, and local musician The Hooks.

Dangers of eating the fish you catch in the Bay, rising sea levels and what that means for the Bay Area, sea shanties, and local musician Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic.

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