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43 minutes | 20 hours ago
Transparency in lockdown: Local journalists discuss access to public information during the pandemic
In these highlights from a recent reporter roundtable discussion, journalists share their experiences with local government agencies reducing access to records, data and interviews during emergency health orders. Hear from Lydia Chávez, executive editor at Mission Local, Trisha Thadani, a city hall reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, Scott Morris, an investigative reporter, and independent journalist Nuala Bishari.
30 minutes | 2 days ago
Considering technical questions about online platforms as social
After a mob of pro-Trump agitators stormed the Capitol last week, forcing a delay in the certification of the electoral vote for president, Twitter was the first social media platform to block Donald Trump from posting, with others soon following suit. Ali Alkhatib, a research fellow at the University of San Francisco’s Center for Applied Data Ethics, examines how platforms moderate content and enforce rules with an eye on the social impacts of those choices.
29 minutes | 3 days ago
Public school parents navigate an uncertain future in education
As of December, when the school district and teachers unions couldn’t come to an agreement about safety measures for reopening, there is no set date for when schools will resume in person in San Francisco. Hayin Kimner, interim director of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, a parent advocacy group, shares how families are coping with distance learning and what their most urgent questions are in this time of uncertainty.
30 minutes | 7 days ago
The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper becomes a cooperative
The end of 2020 saw several local publications change hands, but The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper isn't just changing hands, it's going to a cooperative ownership model. The newspaper, which has been operating for more than four decades, kept a primary focus on the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, but it has a national and sometimes even worldwide scope, particularly as it features reporting by and for incarcerated people. Outgoing editor Mary Ratcliff and new editor Malik Washington share their vision for the future of the publication.
28 minutes | 8 days ago
This tenant attorney is expecting an "avalanche" of evictions
Months ago, legislators approved several layers of protections to keep renters from being kicked out and potentially made homeless during a pandemic. Now several of these protections are expiring, though there are efforts underway to extend them. Scott Weaver, supervising attorney at the Eviction Defense Collaborative and a volunteer with the San Francisco Tenants Union, lays out which protections are still in place and which are going away — and offers some guidance about how tenants and landlords should handle the impacts of the pandemic on tenants' ability to pay rent.
27 minutes | 10 days ago
One librarian's experience as a coronavirus contact tracer
If you have been in close contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, you may get a call from a contact tracer, who will want to offer you some guidance about quarantining — including, potentially, connecting you to food or cleaning supply delivery. Paula Heaney, a San Francisco librarian who along with other city employees transitioned to working as a contact tracer, offers a glimpse into how the program works.
30 minutes | 11 days ago
Reporting investigates the dismissal of the CPUC's director after she uncovered a missing $200 million
Read Scott Morris' story, "She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired" at ProPublica.org
32 minutes | 16 days ago
How a youth media network covered the election, a pandemic, and a racial reckoning
Newsrooms across the country have been in overdrive most of this year, covering a global pandemic, a primary and a presidential election, and protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Contributors with YR Media, a national network of young journalists and artists, have been covering it all with reporting and perspectives that don’t usually get the same space and attention in national or corporate outlets. CEO Kyra Kyles and contributing writer Erianna Jiles, a creative writing student at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, look back on 2020, what’s happened, and what still needs to happen.
32 minutes | 17 days ago
Doctors work through coronavirus surge, stress and patient isolation as vaccines arrive
In the Bay Area, hospitals still have some ICU capacity left, but health care practitioners are working hard to care for the influx of COVID-19 patients. The surge is leaving workers stretched thin and patients isolated. At the same time, coronavirus vaccines are being distributed to frontline health workers. Dr. Monica Bhargava, a pulmonary critical care physician working at a county hospital in Oakland, offers a glimpse at a day inside the ICU and what her experience with the vaccine has been like so far.
30 minutes | 18 days ago
Retired FBI Agent Explains How Probes Like Those Into S.F. Corruption Work
The FBI arrest of former San Francisco Department of Public Works head Mohammed Nuru on fraud charges in January kicked off a cascade of raids, charges and investigations that have spurred the departure of several other city department heads. We spoke with Retired FBI agent James Wedick, who spent years investigating corruption, explains how the FBI gets involved and how these investigations work.
32 minutes | 23 days ago
After a political year defined by a pandemic and presidential appointments, what’s next?
The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the presidency and vice-presidency left several roles for Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill, and politicians from around the state, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, have weighed in on Newsom’s choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Harris’ seat in the U.S. Senate. San Francisco State University politics professor Jason McDaniel joins us to analyze Newsom’s choice and reflect on the year in local politics. Newly elected supervisors will join the city’s main legislative body and a corruption probe that has already resulted in the exit of three city department heads continues to unfold while a budget crisis looms.
30 minutes | 24 days ago
Nursing homes will get vaccines soon — through big pharmacy chains
Vaccines are arriving in California and doses will be administered at nursing homes soon through a government partnership with pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens, whose staffs will deliver vaccines to long term care facilities. Eric Dowdy, chief government affairs officer at Leading Age California, an organization representing mostly nonprofit senior care facilities, said the top priority for those planning the vaccine rollout is combating misinformation that fuels mistrust in the vaccine.
30 minutes | a month ago
Examiner's new owner vows to expand newsroom and coverage
The soon-to-be new owner of the San Francisco Examiner intends to grow the publication’s newsroom and expand its coverage, diversifying the perspectives in San Francisco’s news ecosystem. Clint Reilly, a retired political consultant with a real estate and hospitality business who also owns two local magazines, is purchasing the Examiner and SF Weekly after the two papers were under absentee ownership for years. The company he owns along with his wife Janet, Clint Reilly Communications, will take over in January. Reilly said he intends to hire more reporters and expand the Examiner.
30 minutes | a month ago
Overdoses Have Killed Over Three Times as Many People as COVID-19 in San Francisco
While COVID-19 deaths have the potential for exponential growth due to the nature of a viral pandemic, they are dwarfed by the number of people who have died from drug overdoses in the city this year.
29 minutes | a month ago
Restaurant Workers Out of Options as Work and Benefits Dry Up During Lockdown
The latest pandemic order shutting down outdoor dining struck a devastating blow to restaurant owners and workers who have tried to adapt.
29 minutes | a month ago
Neighborhood anti-crime surveillance effort prompts privacy, equity concerns
Read Nuala Bishari's story here.Listen to our episode about surveillance here.Find the conversation with Lauren Smiley about surveillance, package theft, and the new neighborhood watch here.
31 minutes | a month ago
To address housing crisis, expert says, consider housing a human right
While the pandemic is changing the way people work and socialize and has resulted in economic downturn, acquiring land and building remain expensive, and the Bay Area has long fallen short of its housing goals. Sarah Karlinsky, senior adviser at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, a public policy think tank better known as SPUR, has published reports indicating that Bay Area municipalities should be constructing 45,000 units of housing per year. A paradigm shift to considering housing a human right and treating it like infrastructure would help achieve that goal, she said.
28 minutes | a month ago
Nurse to COVID risk-takers: “If you are hospitalized, it will only be you in that room”
Jamille Cabacungan, a nurse who works in an acute care unit at UCSF Medical Center that cares for COVID-19 patients, says while the availability of personal protective equipment like N-95 masks has improved, nurses are feeling overwhelmed and would be better able to provide care with a bigger staff. For patients, she says, the experience of being hospitalized with COVID-19 is one of isolation. Even nurses limit their interactions with these patients to prevent getting infected, performing their tasks quickly.
30 minutes | a month ago
As lockdowns wear on, a food bank grows its services to meet still-high need
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank has roughly doubled the number of people it serves since before the pandemic. For many, says Tina Gonzalez, director of community partnerships for the food bank, what they receive isn’t just supplemental to what they can afford on their own — they depend on it. The high need is likely to persist into the new year, and Gonzalez says the food bank will likely remain in high gear even after case rates have lowered and lockdown restrictions lifted.
30 minutes | a month ago
Regional homelessness activist group turns 15
In 2005, a group of advocacy groups working on homelessness formed a coalition to collaborate across cities and states and advance national policy. They called it WRAP, the Western Regional Advocacy Project. Its director, Paul Boden, joined “Civic” to look back on 15 years of organizing and ensuring that people experiencing homelessness themselves inform research and policy.
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