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For U.S. immigrants, pandemic widens the chasm between two homes

Maggie Escobar poses for a photo in Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, CA, on August 3, 2021 Photo by Menel Raach As a young Colombian immigrant, Maggie Escobar was struggling to adjust … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

How three cities are struggling to provide restrooms for the unhoused

Marquetta remembers the exact date she moved into a private room at a Market Street hotel in San Francisco. It was April 7, 2020. The formerly homeless woman was moved … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Americans with disabilities are at an especially high risk of negative police encounters. Advocates want new solutions.

As studies find a disproportionate number of people with cognitive disabilities or those experiencing mental health crises have negative interactions with police, some are trying to change that Kim Randall … Continue reading

September 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Young workers embrace unions in fight against workplace racism

John Hopkins, a warehouse worker by trade and a coder by passion, went to work one day in January 2020, hoping to pitch coworkers about joining a union. He had … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Oakland family plagued by high levels of lead in their home. They’re not alone.

OAKLAND – Laura Smith took her infant daughter to the doctor for a routine wellness check. But when the results came back, Smith was shocked. One-year-old Lucy had been diagnosed … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

“Essential” workers face heightened risks but reap limited rewards during COVID-19 pandemic

For more than 10 years, Benito Huerta, a farmworker in Southern California, woke at dawn to perform hard labor in the fields of Ventura County, harvesting blackberries and strawberries. He … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Small business survival tactic: Own your own building

Borderlands Books served as a literary hub at the heart of the Mission District for 20 years, offering one of the Bay Area’s finest collections of fantasy, science fiction, mystery … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

New training teaches Napa cops to work with the mentally ill.

It was a Sunday afternoon when Richard Poccia, a registered nurse out on leave, was planning to go the store to pick up some alcohol. It was Thanksgiving weekend, the … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mental health stigmas disproportionally impact African Americans

At the age of 15, Gemikia Henderson didn’t know what a father’s love felt like. “I remember thinking, ‘This can’t be the life that God gave me. There’s no way … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

African-American community hopes Mayor Breed will step up

Bayview, Fillmore districts look to City Hall for much-needed support for housing, small business  It was a warm, breezy Saturday in Bayview — ideal shopping weather in most commercial corridors … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment