Politics

5:51pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Politics

What's really forcing the USPS into bankruptcy?

Berkeley Post Office
Under CC license from Flickr user Steve Rhodes

Earlier this year, demonstrators staged a “camp-out” on the steps of Berkeley Post Office building, which dates to 1914. Residents don’t want to see it go, but it’s part of a much larger plan by the US Postal Service to sell some of its $85 billion real estate portfolio.

Investigative reporter Peter Byrne has written an e-book that explores the rationale behind the sales, taking on the behind-the-scenes issues that are forcing the Postal Service toward bankruptcy. The e-book is called “Going Postal: US Senator Diane Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post Offices to his Friends...Cheap.”

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5:20pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Politics

Palo Alto’s Measure D tries to put the brakes on re-zoning

Maria Heredia and Vicente Corona are two of about 500 seniors on a waiting list for affordable housing in Palo Alto.
Audrey DIlling

Palo Alto is one of the country’s wealthiest cities. Yet, a recent study by the Council on Aging Silicon Valley found that more than 20 percent of residents over 60 years old live near or below the poverty line. This reality makes competition stiff for the limited affordable housing options available.

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2:24pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Politics

San Francisco’s Proposition B takes its role in affordable housing debate

A model of the proposed 8 Washington Parks, Public Access and Housing District.
Liz Pfeffer

Once blighted and clogged with cars, the Embarcadero is now a promenade of upscale restaurants, farmers markets, and a walkable Bay Trail. As development all over San Francisco barrels forward, residents are being asked to decide what they envision for the future of the city’s frontage.

Tomorrow, San Francisco voters will cast ballots for or against a controversial luxury condo development across from Pier 3. The long-disputed 8 Washington project would bring multimillion-dollar housing to a 3.2-acre lot on the city’s waterfront.

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11:51am

Mon November 4, 2013
Politics

Will Durst: Blown, burst & compromised

 Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

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5:30pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Politics

The State of Media: Interview with Al Jazeera America international correspondent Sebastian Walker

Sebastian Walker cut his teeth as a reporter covering the war in Iraq. He worked as a stringer for Reuters and operated an English language newspaper with fellow young journalists. 

"It was something that was criticized by a lot of more established journalists saying that without the relative experience reporting from that kind of a situation you really shouldn't be there, that's not the kind of risk worth taking," he tells KALW's Ben Trefny.

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