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Dive inside the biggest Bay Area stories of the day with Fifth & Mission, a new podcast from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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    • Sep 28, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    The Case of the Alleged Serial Stalker in S.F.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 22:24


    In 2021, a San Francisco Superior Court judge dismissed a case against Bill Gene Hobbs, a man with a long record who had allegedly harassed a teenage girl. Since then, women have turned to social media to allege they've also been stalked and harassed by Hobbs. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss why the saga highlights the shortcomings of the city's criminal justice system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Hawaii Faces the Consequences of Remote Workers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 15:52


    When the pandemic closed offices and quieted cities, hundreds of office workers ditched the Bay Area for greener pastures: Hawaii. In exchange for free airplane tickets, remote nomads signed up to boost the local economy during a tourism downturn. Chronicle reporter Chase DiFeliciantonio joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how remote workers impacted the state, and why some people in Hawaii are still urging them to stay, even as companies are urging a return to the office. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How The Pandemic Created a School Absenteeism Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 15:32


    Chronic absenteeism — missing at least 10% of school days — has reached devastating levels in San Francisco. Last year, almost a third of public school students were chronically absent, and those missed days can add up to serious repercussions for kids' learning and progress. Education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Demian Bulwa to discuss how the pandemic contributed to an absenteeism crisis, which students are most affected and what schools are doing to get kids back in class.  | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fixing Our City: How S.F. Is Helping Residents Get Out of Debt

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 25:22


    Poor financial health can keep people from accessing city services like affordable housing. Even if they otherwise qualify. So San Francisco has developed a program that provides anyone who lives in, works in or gets services from the city with a financial coach free of charge. On this episode of The Chronicle's Fixing Our City podcast, producer Cintia Lopez test-drives the program by talking to a Smart Money Coach about her own finances. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Fixing Our City is part of the San Francisco Chronicle's SFNext Project Got a tip, question, comment? Email us at sfnext@sfchronicle.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Who Will Be The Next Mayor of Oakland?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 15:27


    The Oakland mayor's race is heating up. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed have both thrown their support behind Council Member Loren Taylor. But those endorsements could be a double-edged sword. Chronicle East Bay Reporter Sarah Ravani and Senior Political Writer Joe Garofoli join host Cecilia Lei to discuss the outlook for the race, the controversy it has created and who is Taylor's greatest challenger. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Was Biden Right to Say "The Pandemic is Over"?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 16:03


    On "60 Minutes" Sunday, the president declared the end of the pandemic. Many public health experts disagreed with Biden's comment while others aligned with the sentiment. Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss how the Bay Area is doing with COVID-19 and the implications of Biden's statement. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Who Owns All the Housing in the Bay Area?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 31:02


    Property ownership and management in the Bay Area have become more corporatized, making it difficult for some tenants to figure out who exactly is their landlord. In one of its biggest data projects to-date, The Chronicle created a centralized database to help residents figure that out. Editor Dan Kopf and reporter Susie Neilson join host Cecilia Lei to discuss why it matters. Plus: Reporter Lauren Hepler shares her reporting on Veritas, a company that operates thousands of rental units in San Francisco. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    S.F. Schools Sued In Sex Abuse Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 14:49


    A lawsuit on behalf of a pair of former San Francisco students is raising questions about the public district's response to sexual abuse claims. Both women say they were sexually abused by the same athletic director when they were students at George Washington High. After an internal investigation, The Chronicle found, the district moved to fire the man — but then allowed him to quietly resign in a settlement. Investigative reporter Cynthia Dizikes joins host Demian Bulwa to discuss the case and concerns over whether such settlements allow educators to move from district to district. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Oakland Skaters Fight For the Right to Roll

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 16:15


    The COVID pandemic caused a roller skating boom. Now, skaters in West Oakland are fighting for a rink of their own. Producer Caron Creighton reports on the efforts of the skating group Panther Skate, the history of Black roller skating and why the sport is deeply personal for the community. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How McClymonds High Created a Generation of Heroes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 20:35


    A quartet of sports superstars, three of whom became leaders away from the field, roamed the West Oakland campus at the same time in the '50s. Reporter Ron Kroichick joins Demian Bulwa to talk about how the school and the community nurtured future icons Bill Russell, Frank Robinson and Curt Flood. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Sonoma County Is Leading a Movement to Ban New Gas Stations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 17:21


    By 2035, all new cars sold in California will be zero-emission. Sonoma County environmentalists have proposed one of the most aggressive policy ideas yet to help the state's transition to electric cars: Ban construction of new gas stations. Activist Woody Hastings joins host Cecilia Lei to explain the local effort that is quickly spreading across the state and beyond. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How the Bay Area Is Paying Reparations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 17:34


    Local and state governments have been trying to figure out how to undo historical harms for some communities of color. Oakland has handed land back to Indigenous control and Hayward is exploring reparations for Russell City, a city that was erased nearly 60 years ago. Chronicle reporter Sarah Ravani and columnist Justin Phillips join host Cecilia Lei to discuss the latest local efforts and the challenges ahead. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    When Should You Get the New Omicron Booster?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 15:38


    The latest round of shots is a milestone in how quickly science is able to respond to ever-evolving COVID-19. But with pandemic and vaccination fatigue setting in, does such a breakthrough even matter? Chronicle health reporter Catherine Ho joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how to think about boosters, and if and when you should get them. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    50 Years of BART: The Good, the Bad and the Weird

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 23:02


    Bay Area Rapid Transit began service 50 years ago, on Sept. 11, 1972. Chronicle urban design critic John King and Total SF co-host Peter Hartlaub join host Cecilia Lei to discuss how far the system's come from its original vision, what's still missing, and some of BART's stranger moments. Plus: Newsroom developer Emma Stiefel talks about a game that lets YOU design the future of BART. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How California Is Rethinking Homeless Shelters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 17:28


    As mayor of San Francisco, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that "shelters don't solve homelessness." But the state has continued to rely on shelters as stopgap solutions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chronicle housing reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to explain how shelters are making a policy comeback — and creating new debates over the merits of "right to shelter" proposals. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why This Heat Wave Is Historic

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 15:04


    The Bay Area and Northern California have been punished by record-breaking temperatures for almost a week. In some cities, the mercury has climbed past 110 degrees. Chronicle meteorologist Gerry Diaz joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what's causing it, the future of heat waves — and how you can beat the heat. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Chronicle heat live blog: sfchronicle.com/heatwave Chronicle wildfire tracker: sfchronicle.com/firemap Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Photographing a Day In the Life of Women Working

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 18:57


    In honor of Labor Day, five Chronicle photojournalists embedded with working moms for 24 hours. Photographers Brontë Wittpenn, Gabrielle Lurie and Lea Suzuki join Lily Janiak to talk about what they documented and what it meant to them as the women spent sometimes hectic days working their jobs — including the ones at home that don't come with a paycheck. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Gavin Newsom Shaped a Busy Legislative Session

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 23:53


    California's Legislature passed groundbreaking bills on homelessness and climate change before adjourning for the year. Now, that legislation is in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Capitol reporters Sophia Bollag and Dustin Gardiner, fresh off a late night reporting on the final session, talk to It's All Political on Fifth & Mission host Joe Garofoli about how Newsom drove those policies and how they'll affect his national profile. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Whales Talk to Each Other to Adapt to Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 13:35


    Scientists are using underwater audio technology to listen in as the behemoths talk to each other about things like ocean conditions and where to find the best krill to feed on. Reporters Tara Duggan and Yoohyun Jung tell host Dominic Fracassa that what researchers are hearing suggests that whales are more complex, and more adaptable to the changing climate, than previously believed. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Evictions Looming at Oakland's Wood Street Encampment

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 17:23


    California officials are poised to move roughly 200 unhoused people from the sprawling homeless encampment in West Oakland. The action follows a series of fires and a court battle over whether the government can and will provide sufficient shelter. It also represents larger tensions over the homelessness crisis that have played out in cities like Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Chronicle East Bay reporter Sarah Ravani and Fifth & Mission Producer Caron Creighton join host Demian Bulwa to talk about the legal fight, the feelings of Wood Street residents, and what comes next. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Algae Bloom Killing Bay Fish by the Thousands

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 18:40


    Fish are going belly up around San Francisco Bay, including in Lake Merritt in Oakland. The water is turning an alarming brown. And people are being warned to limit their exposure to the bay as well. It's all due to a vast algae bloom first spotted last month near Alameda and spreading fast. What's behind the bloom? Is it related to climate change or the drought? When will it go away? Host Demian Bulwa is joined by Dave Senn of the San Francisco Estuary Institute and Keith Bouma-Gregson of the U.S. Geological Survey. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    "This is Not Normal Me": Long COVID Sufferers Seek Solutions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 18:51


    An estimated 16 million adults in the United States suffer from long COVID symptoms, with no cure or treatment in sight. Chronicle reporter Nanette Asimov joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the alternative treatments that some sufferers are turning to. Plus: Chronicle reporter Yoohyun Jung shares her debilitating long COVID experience. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Car Stolen. Device Tracking. Now What?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 17:27


    San Franciscans are increasingly using tracking devices like Apple AirTag to locate their stolen bikes, computers and cars. But what happens when police can't assist? Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy joins host Demian Bulwa to discuss how this technology — which Cassidy used herself when her car was stolen recently — often clashes with the realities of big-city policing, and how some victims are confronting thieves at their own risk. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why San Francisco Evicts Its Most Vulnerable Residents

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 29:56


    In their follow up investigation to San Francisco's permanent supportive housing program, Chronicle reporters Joaquin Palomino and Trisha Thadani examine how tenants in single room occupancy units, or SROs, are often evicted for the same reasons that qualified them for their rooms. They join host Cecilia Lei to discuss how San Francisco's central solution to homelessness lacks a critical safety net. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why Did Gov. Newsom Veto a Drug Bill That Would Save Lives?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 17:17


    Critics say Gov. Gavin Newsom's national political ambitions moved him to veto legislation that would have allowed San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles to open supervised injection sites as a way to curb California's overdose crisis. But as City Hall reporter Mallory Moench and host Joe Garofoli discuss, the politics are more complicated than that. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Conservatives Are Fighting the Culture Wars in California

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 17:05


    Suburban and rural school boards are among the few places Republicans can win elections and change policies in this deep-blue state. Reporter Ryan Kost talks to host Demian Bulwa about their efforts to push issues that energize conservative voters, such as loosening COVID rules, banning discussion of systemic racism and questioning LGBTQ rights on California campuses. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    California High-Speed Rail's 'Hot Girl Summer'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 15:30


    California voters approved a high-speed rail line in 2008, but years of political and fiscal barriers have delayed the project. Last week, rail authorities approved a bullet train link that would zoom passengers from the Central Valley into downtown San Francisco. State Capitol reporter Dustin Gardiner joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why the state's super fast mode of transit is having a moment. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fixing Our City: Can San Francisco Learn From Houston?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 36:22


    Has Texas' largest city found the key to ending chronic homelessness? Houston has drastically reduced the number of homeless people counted every other year, and its collaborative housing-first approach has garnered national attention. In this episode of The Chronicle's Fixing Our City podcast, two Houston homelessness leaders outline their strategy, and San Francisco's top homelessness official responds with what could be learned and what's already in progress. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Fixing Our City is part of The San Francisco Chronicle's SFNext Project Got a tip, question, comment? Email us at sfnext@sfchronicle.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Science Behind Bay Area Weather

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 21:40


    Warming temperatures in the Bay Area have made for good small talk. The Chronicle's new weather team is here to level up those conversations. Weather science editor Hannah Hagemann and the newsroom's first meteorologist, Gerry Diaz, join host Cecilia Lei to talk about lightning, fog, climate change and the science of daily forecasts. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    San Francisco Students: Back to School and Back to Normal?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 20:30


    Summer's over for SFUSD students, who are returning to the classroom this week. After dealing with the pandemic and various school board controversies in recent years, what do students face? Education reporter Jill Tucker joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss the work that the district has cut out for it this year, and what it'll have to prove. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    S.F. D.A. Brooke Jenkins Calls Payment Controversy a "Distraction"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 23:32


    The San Francisco district attorney visited the Chronicle newsroom Monday to defend her six-figure consultancy work for a nonprofit linked to the Recall Chesa Boudin campaign. Co-host and Chronicle director of news Demian Bulwa and crime reporter Megan Cassidy join host Cecilia Lei to discuss Jenkins' defense and what to expect the in the months ahead as the DA's race heats up. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Megafloods: California's Next Climate Disaster?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 20:56


    California is in its third year of a historic drought but climate change also brings the risk of more intense and severe storms that could cause catastrophic flooding. Climate scientist Daniel Swain joins host Cecilia Lei to share findings from a new research study he co-authored, which details how a worse case scenario flood event could devastate the California. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Oakland's $50M Promise: “Students, Your City Loves You”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 19:53


    Mayor Libby Schaaf's $50 million initiative will give secondary education scholarships to Oakland's low-income students and college savings accounts to every baby born to a low-income family. Mayor Schaaf joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about how the ambitious initiative will end generational poverty, and what it means for her legacy as mayor. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Secrets of Donald Trump's Most Loyal Followers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 25:39


    Former longterm Republican strategist Tim Miller, a Never Trumper and author of the bestselling “Why We Did It: A Travelogue From the Republican Road to Hell," talks to Joe Garofoli about the state of the Republican Party, whether anyone can beat Trump, and his own journey out of the GOP. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Brooke Jenkins Will Run the D.A.'s Office — If She Survives Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 30:43


    Most of the criticisms aimed at San Francisco's new district attorney have been about her policy positions — until now. A new report shows that she was paid more than $100,000 from a nonprofit tied to a wealthy backer of the Recall Chesa Boudin campaign. In this conversation recorded one day before the controversy broke, Jenkins shares with host Cecilia Lei her vision for public safety in San Francisco. But will she be able to fulfill it? | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Home Restaurants Blossom, But Some Are Choking on Red Tape

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:07


    A handful of chefs have been running small restaurants out of their homes for years. They're often low-income people of color operating underground, serving their specialties to neighbors and homesick immigrants. But pandemic lockdowns prompted a surge in interest — and a government move to inspect and license the businesses, with uneven results. Chronicle reporter Elgin Nelson and critic Cesar Hernandez join host Demian Bulwa to discuss who's opening home restaurants, who's showing up for the food, and why the business is much more complicated than it might appear. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What's Missing in the S.F. School Board Ann Hsu Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 18:34


    The San Francisco school board formally admonished new board member Ann Hsu for her comments, which blamed Black and brown families for racial gaps in academic achievement. The debate over whether she should resign has been heated and emotional. Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what's missing from the scandal's fallout —and why blaming parents isn't a solution. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Latest Battle for People's Park in Berkeley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 15:26


    People's Park in Berkeley is a symbol of the city's long legacy of activism and protest but UC Berkeley is constructing new development on the site to address its student housing shortage. Protesters clashed with police as construction began on Wednesday. Chronicle reporter Michael Cabanatuan joins host Cecilia Lei to discuss what went down and why this battle is more about culture than housing. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    New D.A., New Drug Crackdown in San Francisco

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 16:06


    Brooke Jenkins was appointed by a mayor intent on busting up the city's open-air drug markets. So it was no surprise when Jenkins announced her plans to increase punishment for dealers, while calling her predecessor, Chesa Boudin, too lenient. Chronicle reporter Megan Cassidy joins host Demian Bulwa to outline those plans and explain why many progressives are outraged by what they call a return to failed policies. She also digs into the harsh rhetoric between the Boudin and Jenkins camps. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why S.F.'s Laguna Honda Shouldn't Shut Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 19:46


    After years of mismanagement and scandal, federal regulators decertified San Francisco's huge nursing home. Now the hospital is dealing with botched patient transfers and the potential end of critical care to patients. Chronicle columnist Heather Knight calls the bureaucracy "draconian." She joins host Cecilia Lei to explain why and how patient families are suffering. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why San Francisco Rents Bounced Back to Sky High

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 15:46


    The onset of the pandemic offered a brief silver lining — lower rents. But it didn't last. The average price of a 2-bedroom apartment means you need to make $61 an hour to afford one. Reporter Lauren Hepler joins host Cecilia Lei to talk about what happened. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    San Francisco Declares a Monkeypox Emergency. Is it Enough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 20:20


    As monkeypox cases spread across California, the virus is inflicting an uneven toll on gay and bisexual men, according to new state data. But while San Francisco declared a state of emergency, members of the LGBTQ community are furious at limited vaccine access — and fearful of discrimination. Chronicle reporters Dustin Gardiner and Tony Bravo join host Demian Bulwa to discuss the latest on the disease and the faltering effort to fight it.  | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    First There Were Fires. Now, Residents of Oakland's Largest Homeless Encampment Face Eviction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 22:07


    Residents of the Wood Street encampment in West Oakland are fighting a pending eviction after a two-alarm fire broke out on CalTrans property at the site in mid-July. About 300 people live in the encampment, which spans roughly 25 city blocks and which advocates say has been neglected for years. Now, city and state officials, who have struggled to deal with the encampment, want it shut down. They say that Wood Street poses safety hazards, which have become more urgent after the recent fire. Residents say this is their home. On today's episode of Fifth & Mission, producer and reporter Caron Creighton takes us to the Wood Street encampment. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Is More Black Political Representation Leading to Change in San Francisco?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 15:28


    San Francisco, which has seen a decades-long exodus of Black residents, now has a Black mayor, police chief, district attorney and president of the Board of Supervisors. Yet Chronicle columnist Justin Phillips says that the city's Black residents are not well represented in meaningful ways. He explains in a conversation with host Demian Bulwa that Black politicians must navigate a political structure that wasn't created for them to succeed. And he argues that moves toward more moderate or conservative policies, such as arresting street drug users and replacing DA Chesa Boudin with Brooke Jenkins, stand to perpetuate long-standing inequities. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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