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.
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…
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~!]
San Francisco is considered a national leader in pro-environmental policy, advocacy, and education. And while the City is a pioneer in recycling it may be getting tougher on street recyclers who scavenge from blue bins throughout the city.
Supervisor Christina Olague has requested a hearing looking into how much money the City is losing because of scavengers, as well as ways to prevent the practice. That investigation could begin next month. Street recycling is a growing underground economy. And it is illegal. Ben Trefny has the story.
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.