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San Jose to begin clearing massive airport homeless camp

With millions of dollars of federal funding on the line, San Jose plans to start this month on the daunting task of dismantling one of the Bay Area’s largest homeless encampments. But removing hundreds of people who are camped on vacant land around the Mineta San Jose International Airport presents...
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Column: How 2.8 million California voters nearly banned gay teachers from public schools

Sally Miller Gearhart’s death is a reminder of an era that seems both terribly remote and shockingly recent. Gearhart was a radical feminist separatist, a communications professor, a Bay Area force of nature, a writer and outspoken gay rights activist. In the 1970s, she published a science-fiction novel about women living apart from men in a rural feminist utopia. In the 1980s, she championed real-life technologies that might allow women to have babies — girl babies — without the meddling of men. “Crackpottery,” this newspaper called it.
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Facing ‘The Homeless’: Stories from the street belie stereotypes

Maddie was eating in a Berkeley cafe when she overheard two young women sharing their thoughts about “the homeless.” Plucking up her courage, she walked to their table, apologized for interrupting, and asked, “What does a homeless person mean to you?”. “Dirty, smelly, panhandling us, drinking and doing drugs, going...
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COVID: Parents Concerned About Young Children Amid Delta Variant Surge

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The ongoing surge in Bay Area COVID cases is raising concerns for Bay Area children as they return to school for in-person learning with students under age 12 still unvaccinated and unprotected against the more contagious Delta variant American Academy of Pediatrics reported that child cases steadily increased in July nationwide. While there aren’t many Bay Area children hospitalized with COVID even amid the current surge, health experts say kids are catching the virus at a rate far greater in places where vaccination rates are low. “In states where there’s a lot of COVID like Florida and Texas, we’re...
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Oakland begins tiny home project for homeless

OAKLAND (BCN) – Construction began this week on a tiny home village city officials intend for homeless people on city-owned land at Lake Merritt. The property, located at East 12th Street, will eventually house 65 people in tiny homes and provide a comprehensive set of services to help residents transition to stable housing and health, officials said.
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Novato, union reach 2-year deal on pay raises

After months of negotiations, the city of Novato and its largest employee union announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to provide pay raises during the next two years. Service Employees International Union Local 1021 said its members will receive a 1% raise and a $4,000 one-time payment...
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Q&A: new West Contra Costa schools superintendent discusses bias in teaching, returning to class, other topics

Kenneth “Chris” Hurst Sr. is the new leader of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, replacing Matthew Duffy, who led WCCUSD for five years. Before taking the job in May, Hurst was superintendent of the Othello School District in Othello, Washington, for five years, where he is credited with increasing graduation rates and decreasing overall student absences. Prior to his long career in education, he served 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following that, he received his doctorate in education at the University of Southern California in 2011. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s in mathematics from California State University San Marcos. He and his wife, Crystal, have two grown children. Hurst is the district’s 10th leader and its first non-interim African American superintendent.
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Oakland Breaks Ground On Tiny Homes Project For Homeless

The city of Oakland began construction this week on a tiny home village at city-owned land on Lake Merritt. The new tiny home village located at East 12th Street and 2nd Avenue is intended to temporarily house 65 people who are facing homelessness. It will provide a comprehensive set of social services to help residents transition to stable housing and health, according to Oakland officials.