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Attorney Haig resigns… “pot probably safer than heroin”… CBD “appears safe”…  Nevada gets first dispensary… Opinions…  and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Federal agencies cannot use Oakland police for cannabis raids // EastBayExpress.com   The action directly relates to the 2012 raid on Oaksterdam University and related businesses.

COPS & COURTS

Chris Hambrick

 

Here in the Bay Area, rents are rising, and housing inventory is shrinking. It’s forcing many here to decide -- either you have to leave the area completely, or you have to get creative about your housing situation. There are people living in remodeled warehouses and RVs -- but what if you wanted to create your own out-of-the-box house?

Karen Hester

One solution to the Bay Area housing crisis is cohousing, in which multiple people and families choose to live together. Whether in a single home, or a compound, they share the costs of living and housework.

One example is in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. The Temescal Creek Cohousing Community is a cluster of two story houses:  There's a shared garden, play yard, chicken coop and even a solar hot tub. It was started in 1999 by Karen Hester, who gave Hana Baba the grand tour on a quiet weekday morning. 

Claude Shade

 

The T Sisters are a contemporary folk band from Oakland, California. Songwriters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen are joined on stage by upright bassist Steve Height and Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar. The vocally-driven five piece will perform at the Sixth Annual “Backyard Concert” taking place Saturday afternoon, July 25th, in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 4pm.

 

Kathryn Rummel

It looks like we are in for a sunny weekend here in the Bay Area, and we have a few suggestions on how you can have some fun in the sun.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jul 7, 2015
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It’s On: Airbnb Regulation Set To Hit San Francisco’s Ballot This November​ // Tech Crunch

 

Ask artist Favianna Rodriguez to describe the food she grew up eating in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and her response is akin to poetry.

“It’s two tortillas,” she says. “They’re soaked in a little bit of grease ... you have some carne asada and you just bite into them and you can taste the simplicity of a good taco.”

Photo courtesy everyoneisdirty.com.

Oakland art-rock band Everyone Is Dirty performs as part of the Phono Del Sol Music & Food Festival in San Francisco on Saturday July 11th at San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park. Everyone is Dirty features Christopher Daddio on guitar, Tony Sales on drums, Tyler English on bass, and singer and violinist Sivan Lioncub on electric violin.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 6, 2015

Jul 6, 2015
Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle

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San Francisco slaying raises questions about 'sanctuary' for detained illegal immigrants // San Jose Mercury News

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The light is low and dark orange on Oakland’s International Blvd. Groups of people cluster around food stands or bus stops. Some are playing dice.

Jack Detsch / KALW

Three dollars and 25 cents won’t buy you a lot in today’s marketplace, but try to imagine what it might mean if you were a business owner in Oakland’s Chinatown, and you had to bump wages by that much for every hour worked.

City of Oakland

More than three months after Oakland implemented a higher minimum wage, the city is working to enforce the new law. Yet, job postings have been placed on Craigslist advertising positions that pay below the legal minimum wage of $12.25 per hour, some receiving dozens of applications. How is the city responding to this kind of confusion?

Prospects for a regional minimum wage

Jun 24, 2015
Cecille Isidro

KALW's Jack Detsch spoke with opponents and proponents of a regional minimum wage in the Bay Area. He and Hana Baba sat down to talk about at what's next.

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015
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Oakland Claims Record for Soul Train Line // Inside Bay Area
"OAKLAND -- We already know Oakland's got soul. Now, the city apparently has the distinction of holding the world record for a "Soul Train"-style dance line.

Julie Caine

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Michael Zelner

It’s Thursday, and do you know what you’re doing this weekend? If you don’t, fear not: I’ve got a list of go-to events that are open to everyone.

Liz Mak

Last night, the Golden State Warriors reclaimed the NBA Championship title for the first time in 40 years. Impromptu celebrations broke out in the streets. KALW sent reporters out into Oakland and San Francisco to talk to the local team's die-hard fans. 

photo courtesy Antique Naked Soul

Antique Naked Soul is an Oakland band with a message: Music can change the world, and make you move.

They describe themselves as a “beatbox-sing soul band,” which means they use only the sounds of their own voices, looped on-stage, to create their music, and their message.

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Feinstein evolves on CBD… Harris: War on drugs has failed… Oakland airport workers charged as smugglers… How to roll a joint…  and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
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SF schools are developing computer science curriculum for all grade levels // SF Examiner

Fantastic Negrito live on Fog City Blues tonight

May 20, 2015

Oakland-based Fantastic Negrito sings songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music; blues harnessed, forged in realness. Fantastic Negrito was the winner earlier this year of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest.  He joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 5/20 at 9:00 pm.

 

Living in a multi-cultural city yields all sorts of surprises. On a corner in Oakland just east of Lake Merritt, a small Buddha has helped bring neighbors together.

I didn’t know what to think the first time I saw the makeshift Vietnamese shrine. At the time, a few potted plants and flowers brightened up the corner. A piece of scrap metal protected the statue’s head. I had just moved to the neighborhood.

“Did someone die?” I asked a few women congregating in front of it. They shook their heads. One pointed to the sky and said, “Buddha. Pray.”

Interview with retired Oakland and San Jose police officer Pat Boyd. He's also seen things from another side: His daughter was abducted and murdered.

Young adults with disabilities prepare for the workforce at Fairyland

May 6, 2015

Intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults have few options after they leave high school. In the Bay Area, nearly 60% of these young people are unemployed or don’t make enough to earn a living. In Alameda County, a new program is making an effort to change that.

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015
The exterior of the new co-working space 1920c at 950 Grant Avenue, which is above a souvenir shop and below residences.
Jason Henry/ SF Chronicle

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Chinatown clash: Co-working space, other tech uses violate zoning // SF Chronicle

"A new co-working facility in the heart of Chinatown promises 'a collective space that incorporates wellness, sustainability, local community and collaboration.'

99% Invisible: Unbuilt

Apr 24, 2015
Courtesy of The Urbanist.

On the April 24, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

There is an allure to unbuilt structures: the utopian, futuristic transports; the impossibly tall skyscrapers; even the horrible highways. They all capture our imagination with what could have been.

Anna Vignet

Ambessa Cantave and I are taking a walk in West Oakland, looking for an old music venue he used to go to. He’s having some trouble finding the place.

“Let’s go down one more block,” he says. “I think … it’s one of these things.”

The building we stop in front of used to be a dairy creamery, before it got converted to a warehouse music venue called the WC.

“It was pretty abandoned,” Cantave says. “It seemed like a great place for partying.”


It’s 8:08am, the Friday before spring break, and under other circumstances Kathleen Byrnes would already be at work.

“We would be in our classrooms preparing for the day, which is where we would rather be,” she says.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015
Paul Chinn / The Chronicle

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Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters // East Bay Express 

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