San Francisco

What housing stories should KALW cover?

Mar 3, 2016
Illustration by Cal Tabuena-Frolli.

Just over a month after the launch of Hey Area, KALW's collaborative journalism project, the response has been overwhelming. You submitted just shy of 100 urgent, thoughtful questions about the Bay Area — thank you!

StoryCorps: Our Mission No Eviction

Feb 29, 2016

Roberto Hernandez is a leader of the "Our Mission No Eviction" campaign, and he's seen plenty of change come to his neighborhood. A lot of people in his community have been forced to leave the Mission over the last few years. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Casting Club

Feb 25, 2016
Photo by Ian Lewis

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.

Photograph by David Boyer.

 

THE INTERSECTION looks at change in the Bay Area through physical intersections and street corners — where different cultures, desires and histories meet every day. 

Season one focuses on Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that some feel is changing, while others feel it’s getting worse. What you’ll hear this is season is what producer David Boyer found while spending the better part a year getting to know the people who live and work nearby. This is episode one — listen to more

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend? Check out our suggestions for the weekend of February 5, 2016.

On the February 5th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the Super Bowl.

Flickr user Daniel Hoherd under CC license. Resized/cropped.

 

Any day now, The California State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to extend Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory restrictions on water use.

Belinda Reyes, director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University, discusses the changing Mission and some of the difficulties that Latino immigrants may face when it comes to resettling in the U.S.   

Leila Day

Concepción Caballero Antonio is chopping squash in the kitchen of Los Yaquis Salvadorian and Mexican Restaurant. The massive knife she’s using is about the same size as her arm. She’s very small, and grins a lot.

Courtesy of David Yu from Flickr, used under CC / Resized and cropped

San Francisco is spending more than $4.8 million to cover the costs of transit issues, law enforcement, and other expenses that go with hosting Super Bowl parties and associated activities. Why didn't city officials arrange for that money to be reimbursed?

 

ADVISORY: This story contains mature content.  

In the 1960s, the Tenderloin was a center for the LGBT community in San Francisco. But even there, they faced discrimination and harassment, often from the police. Felicia Elizondo first came to the Tenderloin from San Jose as a teenager in 1963. It was there that she took part in the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966, one of the first transgender riots in the country.

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Take a peek at our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Audrey Dilling

 

About a hundred people are seated in the basement auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library, waiting for an affordable housing lottery to begin.

A dark side of the Pan-Pacific Fair

Jan 19, 2016
Courtesy of Society of California Pioneers / Cropped and Resized

The official celebration of the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco has ended, but a number of events associated with the Pan-Pacific Expo continue into the spring.

Courtesy of Scott Kildall/ Waterworks

 


Chava Kronenberg is on a manhole hunt.

“Oh! Wow! There it is! We have a winner!” she exclaims near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 5th Avenue in San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s cannabis task force… More support for AUMA… Banking survey… Preachers concerned… Health, Business, Opinion, and more….

[Technical difficulties beyond my control: The links on all of these stories seem to work, despite appearances.]

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Daily news roundup for Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015
“Pothole” by Flickr user JoshuaDavisPhotography. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / resized and cropped

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Long neglected road maintenance is now urgent and expensive // CALmatters

Californians pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country yet we have some of the worst roads. The state needs $135 billion to repair all the roads in poor or mediocre condition that have been identified by state and local officials.

Your Call: San Francisco - A tale of two cities

Dec 14, 2015

On the December 14th edition of  Your Call, we’re talking about how poor and low-income communities are being affected by the Bay Area’s economic boom.

Audrey Dilling

 

 

When it’s finished, the Transbay Terminal will be a hub for 11 public transit systems – from Muni to AC Transit to California High Speed Rail – connecting people from all around the state. It’s being touted as the future “Grand Central of the West”. But right now, it’s a big hole in the ground – one that people have to travel around, rather than through.

With the holiday season clearly upon us, here are some suggestions for fun things to do around our Bay Area this weekend, whether you loathe or love celebrating winter holidays.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sanfranman59 / rotated, resized and cropped

 

 

San Francisco is steeped in history. It’s easy to find its Italian history, its Spanish and Chinese history, and even to some extent its Native American history. But the city’s French heritage is less celebrated.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

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

Richmond: Developer wants residents, not city, to decide on housing project // Contra Costa Times

“A prominent Richmond developer who has failed to get city support for his latest housing project wants residents to decide the matter through a ballot measure next year.”

Photo by Jessica Placzek

 

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.

Audrey Dilling

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District is currently about  $3,500 per month. That means a renter needs to make almost $130,000 per year if she wants to spend just a third of her paycheck on rent. Singer-songwriter Candace Roberts doesn’t fall into that income bracket. 

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San Francisco's lead housing policy planner Kearstin Dischinger speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program.

Eva Royale / Resized.

 

 

There isn’t much in the backyard of Eva Royale’s house. Two white metal patio chairs, her grandsons’ toy cars. What stands out most is her beloved 44-year-old cactus collection.

 

Your Call: How can Bay Area renters protect themselves?

Nov 16, 2015

On the November 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the growing number of people facing astronomical rent increases and evictions in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

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Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner, yesterday, in San Francisco’s elections, for more reasons than just being voted into another term in office.

Flickr user Vox Efx, used under Creative Commons. Cropped for size.

 


Several candidates are on the ballot of this year's San Francisco election. In such a case, how does the city guarantee that someone actually wins the race, when the vote is split so many ways?

 

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