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Rising rent in Santa Cruz County leaves farms shorthanded

By Victor Tence, Bay News Rising Staff Reporter Andy Griffin of Watsonville is considered to be a “living farm legend” by those in the Bay Area produce scene for his pioneering work with organic agriculture. He’s known … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Housing density remains hot issue in Balboa Reservoir plans 

By Garrett Bergthold, Bay News Rising staff reporter – The city-owned 17-acre Balboa Reservoir is slated to add 680 to 1,245 housing units to the Ingleside neighborhood. Calling the project controversial belies the complexity of a three-sided fight as developers, housing advocates and angry neighbors strive to define its future.

July 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Oakland punk rockers serve up lunch and clean needles

By Brian Howey, Bay News Rising Staff Reporter —   Beneath the thrum of freeway traffic, Michele Magobet shuffles past a foldout table. Pausing to examine plastic tubs, she picks … Continue reading

July 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Minimum wage workers priced out of Bay Area housing

Gregory Mitchell serves coffee at the Starbucks kiosk in the Pack ‘N Save grocery store in Emeryville. At $14.80 per hour, the 27-year-old earns just a bit more than the minimum wage. Although he holds a second job at a local gym and works 45 hours a week, Mitchell struggles to pay his half of the rent for the $1500 apartment in Emeryville he shares with his uncle.

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Working warriors

They are the public servants and barkeeps, the Lyft drivers and hot-dog vendors, the parking attendants and security guards. While the glory all goes to the millionaire superstars on the court, quite a few ordinary workers are racking up their own NBA records — even if it’s only for overtime earnings and barroom sales posted during the Finals. 

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bay News Rising interns win hourly pay

SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 3, 2017 — Members of the Student Guild ratified unanimously the agreement with the Pacific Media Workers Guild that includes a provision granting hourly pay, and it … Continue reading

June 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Together in homelessness: couples living on the streets of San Francisco struggle to find help

By Zak Cowan | With services few and far between, couples living on the streets of San Francisco have a unique and challenging road out of homelessness

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Homeless shelters remain homeless in the Haight

By Kelsey Lannin, Bay News Rising staff reporter — There’s a lot of homelessness in the Haight. Even the homeless shelters are homeless. After a contentious debate, San Francisco legislators … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Caring community steps up to help victims of Mission District fire.

By Shajia Abidi and Zak Cowan The fire alarms blared as black smoke billowed out of the Graywood hotel and residents went door to door helping their neighbors to escape. … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Highway 101 is still the North Bay’s daily traffic jam

By Mariana Raschke, Bay News Rising staff reporter– At the break of dawn, when the hills of Sonoma are covered in a morning fog, Highway 101 is already at a … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 1 Comment