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Manhattan Valley in Danger of Being Split Into Three (Northattan)

New proposed lines split Manhattan Valley among three districts – 7, 8 and 9 – and many residents are unhappy, saying it divides their longstanding community and threatens minority representation. Continue reading…

Sandy Evacuees Continue to Move Into Temporary Shelters(Northattan)

City officials announced that schools are set to reopen Monday, Nov. 5, forcing many Hurricane Sandy evacuees out of their temporary shelters once again. For many, this will be their third move within the last five days. Continue reading…

Team Rubicon: Rebuilding the Rockaways (MetroFocus)

Hurricane Sandy’s sweep over the Rockaways flooded houses, destroyed homes and businesses and left thousands stranded. In the wake of Sandy’s destruction, a disaster relief organization called Team Rubicon, operated by military veterans, used its skills to begin rebuilding in Rockaway Beach. Continue reading…

Tibetan exile recalls life as political prisoner in China (San Jose Mercury News)

Before the era of Twitter and Facebook, political prisoners such as Ngawang Sangdrol-la recorded songs on tape cassettes to document the inhumane treatment they experienced in the Drapchi prison of China. Continue reading…

Dinner discussions with local  luminaries will raise money for Foster City school (San Jose Mercury News)

The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City is hosting its first Feast Your Mind fundraiser on Sunday, offering donors the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, business, football and education with experts in those fields at an intimate dinner table. Continue reading…

Bay Area’s Tibetan refugees rally to commemorate 52nd anniversary of peaceful uprising (Oakland Tribune)

Hundreds of the Bay Area’s Tibetan refugees and their supporters rallied in Berkeley and San Francisco this month to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the peaceful uprising of the Tibetan people against China’s occupation of Tibet.  Continue reading… 

Peninsula Humane Society found homes for all adoptable animals in 2010 despite 7 percent increase  – (San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo Times)

Despite a 7 percent increase in animals surrendered to the Peninsula Humane Society in 2010, officials said the shelter was able to place 100 percent of adoptable animals into new homes for the eighth consecutive year. In 2009, an estimated 2,955 pets were surrendered by owners who were no longer willing or able to care for their animals. In 2010, that number grew to 3,162. Continue reading..

Expensive dish causes controversy (X|Press)

Fishermen capture millions of sharks each year, cutting off their fins and then throwing the used bodies back into the sea. Shark fins are a highly prized ingredient used in the traditional Asian delicacy, shark fin soup. Continue reading… 

Prop 8 backers call for reversal of court ruling (X|Press)

Proponents of Proposition 8 presented their case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, citing procreation and children’s well being as a rational basis to appeal an Aug. 4 ruling deciding that the proposition is unconstitutional. Continue reading… 

Rally calls for peace in divided Koreas  (X|Press)

 The chill in the night air couldn’t keep San Francisco’s war veterans, students and activists from demanding peace between North and South Korea as they rallied downtown on Nov. 29 in protest of the U.S. military’s presence in South Korea. Continue reading…

Bay Area protests language policies in Tibet

Dozens of pro-Tibet activists gathered outside San Francisco’s Chinese consulate on Oct.29 to demonstrate against the Chinese Community Party’s proposition to make Chinese-Mandarin the official language in local schools. Continue reading…

AB 12 extends foster care to young adults (X|Press)

Foster children will now have the choice to remain in foster homes till age 21 or move out at 18 with federal assistance. The California Fostering Connections to Success Act, signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger on Sept. 30 has made this possible for thousands of foster youth who under current law are legally emancipated without state support at age 18. Continue reading…

City fights to protect sanctuary laws (X|Press)

San Francisco’s sanctuary status since 1989 is battling with the federal government’s immigration enforcement program which city officials fear will lead to racial profiling.Secure Communities is an agreement between the California Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement that was enacted in June. The program requires local police officials to share arrest data with ICE and check an individual’s legal status by running their fingerprints through a national database. If they are found to be in the U.S. illegally, they face deportation under custody. Continue reading…

Terrorist liaisons hired by SFPD (X|Press)

Hundreds of Bay Area residents gathered in front of the Human Rights Commission Sept. 23 to voice concerns regarding the San Francisco Police Department’s decision to hire additional Terrorist Liaison Officers. Continue reading…

CA face marijuana legalization decision in Nov. (X|Press)

On Nov. 2 California voters will decide if marijuana should be legalized for individuals over 21 years of age to possess and cultivate despite the federal government’s disapproval.If the measure passes, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) plans to make the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control responsible for regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana by taxing commercial use. Anyone over age 21 would have the legal right to consume less than an ounce of marijuana freely in non-public places without being penalized and would be allowed to cultivate marijuana in personal spaces limited to 25 square feet. Continue reading… 

Student suing SF State after fee increase (X|Press)

A suit against SF State for breach of contract was denied Monday, August 30, by San Francisco City commissioner Paul Slavit after a two and a half month battle in a small claims court over the school’s 30 percent fee increase. Continue reading…

Mission block party benefits women, immigrants (X|Press)

The bi-annual “Party on 18” block party was held Saturday to support the Women’s Building and other non-profit organizations that benefit low-income immigrants in San Francisco. Continue reading…

MSA sets record strait about Islam (Inquirer)

DVC student Colin Amato, 19, converted to Islam two years ago. He was the featured speaker at the first of three events sponsored last month by the Muslim Student Association to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslim students. Continue reading…

Female Heroes in ‘Rivets’ Musical (Inquirer)

During World War II, American men left for the battlefields, and women had to take care of home. But this was not just the typical cooking and cleaning. For the first time in U.S. history, women began taking jobs previously held by men in shipyards and factories. This is where the story of the musical, “Rivets,” comes alive. Continue reading…

Memories go up in smoke (Inquirer)

The arson fire that destroyed DVC’s Police Services building June 23 took years of memories from the officers who called it their “work home.” Lt. Tom Sharp, who supervises police services at DVC, called the fire “a work of true, active cowardliness.” The fire destroyed plaques and certificates that were hung on the walls to commemorate the department’s work over the years. Chief Charles Gibson lost photographs of himself with celebrities he’d met during his 32 years of police work, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shaquille O’Neil. Continue reading….

 

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