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San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

San Francisco Nonprofit Is Raising $100M to Fight Homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco-based nonprofit has pledged to raise $100 million to reduce chronic homelessness in a city widely known for sidewalk tent encampments amid multi-million dollar homes. Tipping Point Community said the money will come from private donations and go toward affordable housing and homeless services provided by other nonprofit groups […]

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Workers gained new protections in Silicon Valley on March 21 when the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to allow food and building service workers to keep their jobs for an extended period after a company changes how it handles their work. Under the new ordinance, larger companies will retain janitors, food service workers, security guards […]

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers disproportionately stop and search African-Americans and Latinos and the department lacks robust oversight and transparency, according to report by a panel of retired judges released Monday.  The three-judge panel was put together by District Attorney George Gascon after a series of racists and homophobic text messages exchanged […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

Calif. Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

In California, where you live may help determine whether your license is suspended or you land in jail over unpaid traffic tickets.  A new study found a wide disparity between rates of drivers from high-poverty, Black and Latino neighborhoods losing their licenses or getting arrested over traffic fines, fees, or failure to appear in court, […]

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego Could Raise Its Minimum Wage Faster Than Calif.

San Diego voters will consider raising the city’s minimum wage at a faster rate than California in June, only two months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a plan to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022 for most workers.  On June 7, San Diego voters will decide whether to ratify Proposition […]

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

Youth Program at Long Beach YMCA Is Lauded in New Report

A new publication highlights the success of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach’s Youth Institute, which gives young people structure and guidance in pursuing multimedia technology and producing short videos that reflect their lives.  The report from “Afterschool Matters” was released in March and includes feedback from participants about what they learned at the institute, […]

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy

The San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville will address income inequality by studying an idea for hourly workers to have more stability and predictability at their jobs, according to the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE).  If the City Council approves a “fair workweek” policy, it would mark another milestone for the […]

Oakland Residents Give Grassroots Solutions for Stadium Plan

Oakland Residents Give Grassroots Solutions for Stadium Plan

The massive Coliseum City project in Oakland, California – which, if it had been built, could have brought up to three new sports stadiums, 5,750 homes and 8 million square feet of office and retail space – is now in flux, community advocates say.  But instead of waiting for developers and government planners in this […]

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