Crosscurrents

6:01pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Thinking more strategically about the Bay Area economy

Downtown Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco
Under CC license from Flickr user Scott Beale.

The Bay Area is constantly evolving. We've gone from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley; shifted from boom to bust, and back again. It can feel a little bit like déjà vu. Back in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst, unemployment in San Francisco was at an all-time low of 3 percent. It’s nearing that again – approaching what economists call "full employment," meaning, statistically anyway, there are jobs for everyone who wants one.

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2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Transportation

New Bay Bridge still shaky? An Interview with journalist Jaxon Van Derbeken

Flickr user Eugene Kim

The latest news of possible problems on the new Bay Bridge? Steel rods anchoring the 6.5 billion dollar span have shifted and might threaten its stability in the case of an earthquake.

This is just the most recent in a laundry list of problems on the bridge. In recent months, Caltrans has come under fire for faulty welds, failed rods, and leaky decks. Jaxon Van Derbeken, an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, has reported extensively on the Bay Bridge. He sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

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12:41pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Transportation

What makes a street dangerous? Decoding deadly Van Ness Avenue

The intersection of Grove and Van Ness, where two people have died in 2014.
Isabel Angell

Four people have been killed by cars on Van Ness Avenue in 2014 – more than half of the pedestrian deaths in San Francisco this year.

One ran into traffic after an argument. Another was a hit and run. One didn’t appear to use a crosswalk. Stories like that seem to support the idea that pedestrians are often to blame. But in San Francisco, motorists are at fault in almost two-thirds of pedestrian collisions.

Nicole Schneider is the director of the pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco.

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11:02am

Mon July 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

A musician, going deaf, fights for a life in music

Sandy Mix teaches piano to Diane Wilson.
Rachel Wong

 

 

From the moment Sandy Mix wakes up in the morning, she is thinking about music. Over coffee, she plans the day’s lessons.

“I can’t believe how lucky I am, because everybody wants to do the thing that they love, and hardly anybody gets to do it,” she says.

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7:07pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

At children's hospital, kids find comfort in music therapy

Oliver Jacobson is a music therapist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Here, he plays a session with one of his patients, Maia Mead.

 

Oliver Jacobson started playing violin when he was six years old. At 18, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, one of the top music schools in the country. Back then, he wanted to be a star. But he had a sense he might be able to use his talent for something more.

“I was in the practice rooms for four hours a day,” he says, “trying to be the best jazz violinist I could be, and just feeling kind of hollow in that.”

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