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$42 Million State Program Offers Free Community College Tuition

CALIFORNIA—California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation for the 2019-2020 state budget on Tuesday, August 27, which provides two years of free college tuition for 33,000 full-time students. The $42.6 million investment is an expansion of California Promise Program (CPP). “This is real help for students trying to improve their lives and build their future,” said Governor Newsom. “No one can...

CHP Officer Killed In Freeway Shooting

RIVERSIDE—California Highway Patrol Officer, Andre Moye Jr. was shot and killed during a shootout on freeway 215 on Tuesday, August 13. During a routine traffic stop, Officer Moye pulled over a White GMC pick-up truck. Officer Moye was in the process of calling to have the truck towed and impounded, when the driver of the truck opened fire with a...

Two People Stabbed On BART Escalator In Berkeley

BERKELEY—Two people were stabbed on an escalator at the downtown Berkeley BART station on Tuesday, August 6, resulting in both victims being hospitalized.  The stabbing occurred at 12:50 a.m., as the two victims were going up the escalator to Shattuck Avenue.  “Investigators have retrieved some surveillance video from a business near the station. It shows the suspect arguing with the two...

Development Firm Announces Permanent Housing Prototype, MicroPAD

SAN FRANCISCO—The owner of Panoramic Interests, a development firm that is dedicated to creating “dense, mixed-use, mixed-income” housing and work-spaces for the Bay Area since 1990, has generated new means to look at housing in an area with severe chronic homelessness. Patrick Kennedy, the owner of Panoramic Interests and East Bay native, has used Smart Growth principles—mixed land usage to...

SF Philanthropist Launches Anti-Homelessness Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO—Philanthropist, Daniel Lurie, has created a public engagement campaign called “All In” to work towards aiding the homelessness epidemic and to support funding homes for 1,100 people in the Bay Area. Lurie, founder of Tipping Point Community, a non-profit organization that researches and funds anti-poverty programs, raised $100 million in the span of two years to prepare for this...

SF Legislation Will Charge 25¢ For Disposable Foodware

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Board of Supervisor for District 3, Aaron Peskin, has proposed legislation that would work to reduce single-use foodware and disposable cups. The legislation was announced on Tuesday, July 23 and would require all food vendors to charge their customers 25-cents for to-go disposable cups and plates. Businesses would provide reusable dishes for customers dining in, but in...

Driver Killed By ACE Train During Morning Commute

LIVERMORE—A driver was pronounced dead on Monday, July 22 after colliding with an Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train. The crash occurred after 7 a.m. at a railroad crossing on Junction and Ladd Avenue. The number 5 ACE train struck the car, leaving the single driver dead on site. No other injuries have been reported and no passengers on the train...

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO—The Bay Area experienced a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near the fault line of Livermore on Tuesday, July 16 at 1:11 p.m. The earthquake had a 12.4-kilometer depth and was rated as a level 6 in terms of intensity on USGS’s shakemap. The main earthquake was followed by a 3.4 magnitude aftershock at 1:24 p.m. in the same area. No...

New Bill Taxes CEO’s Earning 100x More Than Employees

SAN FRANCISCO—A new bill proposal known as Article 33, otherwise known as the “Mental Health Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance,” will tax certain companies who pay their CEO’s 100 times more than their median wage-earning workers. The tax revenue will fund a universal mental health program for those in psychiatric emergencies or distress. The ordinance will be submitted to the voters...

PG&E Makes Changes To 2019 Wildfire Safety Program

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric company (PG&E), California’s largest natural gas and electric utility, announced their Community Wildfire Safety Program’s progress in a news release on Monday, July 15. The program was introduced in February 2019 and its main objective is to “enhance, accelerate, and new programs that PG&E is and will aggressively continue to implement to prevent wildfires...
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