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S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A beleaguered San Francisco Police Department took another hit to its tarnished image Tuesday with the release of racist and homophobic text messages allegedly exchanged among officers. The city’s public defender released transcripts of the offensive texts, which emerged during a rape investigation of a former officer. The messages belittle Blacks, […]

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, normal state functions are often suspended in response to extraordinary circumstances. The L.A. City Council declared a state of emergency over homelessness in Los Angeles last fall. Though Mayor Eric Garcetti declined to affirm […]

Special Series: An Oakland Youth Finds Focus in Leadership

  Since her freshman year in high school, Naudika Williams has served as a strong and charismatic student voice on campus. The 16-year-old Oakland resident is passionate about social justice – she moved from an affluent neighborhood and middle school to a community that has less resources and support for students. “The stark differences in […]

Calif. Families Gain More Support in Expanded Family Leave Law

Calif. Families Gain More Support in Expanded Family Leave Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a wave of expanding labor policy reforms aimed at addressing income inequality, California’s Democratic governor signed legislation Monday to increase time-off pay for employees who must leave work to care for their family. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB908 to expand the state’s paid family leave law, saying he wants to […]

Activists Push for Rent Control in the Bay Area

Activists Push for Rent Control in the Bay Area

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning. But this year, the 77-year-old retired city gardener will be knocking on doors in Alameda to persuade voters of this maritime city on San Francisco Bay to support a […]

Special Series: A Hip Hop Artist Pursues Progress in Silicon Valley

  In December 2014, Andrew Bigelow helped residents living in “The Jungle” – a homeless encampment in San Jose, California – move their belongings in their search for affordable housing. It was one of the largest encampments of its kind in the country. City officials were closing the Silicon Valley encampment. If the residents remained, […]

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