Rosie the Riveter

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aug 18, 2015
Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news.

SFUSD school year to begin with unique classes, new middle school // SF Examiner

"The start of the 2015-16 school year on Monday is bringing many firsts to the San Francisco Unified School District.

Sukey Lewis

We all throw stuff away—about four and a half pounds of garbage a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

We’ve gotten used to hearing the three commandments of waste management: recycle, reduce, and reuse. But recently, the term “up-cycle” has come into vogue. That’s the idea that you can take waste materials and turn them into something valuable and even beautiful.

Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah up-cycles pieces of trashed pottery, tile, mirror, and glass to make public art on garbage cans in Oakland and Richmond.

Richmond's real life Rosies

Jan 27, 2014
The Betty Reid Soskin Pages

During World War II, the city of Richmond quadrupled in size when about 70,000 workers flocked to work at the shipyards that dotted the bay’s shoreline. At the height of the war, women made up more than a quarter of the Richmond shipyard workforce. For the first time, women were allowed to work in high-paying trades, previously only done by men. 

Betty Reid Soskin was four years old when she moved to the East Bay – she grew up there in a Creole and Cajun community from New Orleans. Soskin says the Bay Area quickly became a hub of wartime shipbuilding.