Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
Richmond: Developer wants residents, not city, to decide on housing project // Contra Costa Times
“A prominent Richmond developer who has failed to get city support for his latest housing project wants residents to decide the matter through a ballot measure next year.”
“Virtual Development Corp. CEO Richard Poe wants to build 59 single-family homes in Richmond's growing Marina Bay neighborhoods. But city planners object, arguing that the project doesn't fit with Richmond's long-term vision for the waterfront area, which it has identified as "a major activity center," with offices, shops and potentially even a hotel all rising to five floors above the ground.’”
Threatening anti-tech flyers appear on divis // Hoodline
“Over a dozen flyers have appeared on signposts along lower Divisadero Street, invoking anti-tech-worker language and signed by queer activist group Gay Shame SF.”
The posters employ a '90s collage aesthetic; one features Sarah Slocum of last year's infamous Google Glass kerfuffle at Molotov's (remember her?), and another—apparently in reference to a June prison-themed Kink.com party—calls out Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth with the message, "There are no prisons (or brogrammer luxury condos) in a queer paradise."
Income inequality makes the rich more Scrooge-like, study finds // Los Angeles Times
“As the annual "season of giving" dawns, a new study finds that stark income inequity -- a dramatically rising trend in the United States -- makes the "haves" less generous toward others.”
“Higher-income people were less inclined to be generous both when they came from states where income inequality is high and when they were made to believe that there was a sharp divide between rich and poor, a new study found. And they were less charitable in both cases than were low-income people.”
Coffee cart helmed by homeless baristas officially opens in San Jose // San Jose Mercury News
“Every night, Richard Hess sleeps in Cupertino -- outdoors -- anywhere he can. But on Tuesday morning, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and other dignitaries will be on the homeless man's turf, chatting him up about the gleaming new undertaking that has kept Hess busy for weeks.”
“Hess will tell them all about the Kartma Street Cafe -- the coffee cart launched by a program effectively battling poverty -- as he and three others fete the big shots at a "grand opening" of the cart operated by homeless and near-homeless baristas.”
At least 43 artists are moving out after saying rising rents are making it so they can't afford their art studio in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.
“Some of the artists have been at the SoMa Artists Studios for 26 years. One artist named Flora Davis called this the end of an era as she learns to pack up 26 years in seven days.
Davis makes jewelry out of cat hair. "Well because I have this cat that has the most super soft hair," Davis said. Davis rolls her cat, Gaia's, hair into balls and then adds metal or leather.”
“When the legendary Carol Doda was eulogized at San Francisco's Tupelo on Sunday night, her friend Jim Hartley said "I like to think of her as a combination of Joan Rivers, Marilyn Monroe and Mother Teresa.’”
“Like it or not, Doda was San Francisco, rolled up into one enhanced package. She was creative (her Condor Club act of dropping from the ceiling on a piano wowed audiences), innovative (she was among the first to get silicone implants) and fun (she was seen singing around North Beach until her death).”