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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Mike Kepka
The Chronicle
In this file photo, Dana Gains, 11, works on his homework during quiet time at the end of the Manhood Development class at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif. "I thought this would be a better way to stay positive and be on task," said Gains.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore in Half Moon Bay // NBC Bay Area

"A 40-foot gray whale has washed ashore in Half Moon Bay, one of three dead whales to have been spotted on a Bay Area beach in a little over a month.

"A spokesperson for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said the adult gray whale is a female. Laura Sherr said scientists would likely examine the whale's bones on Wednesday for signs of trauma."


Oakland to halt school suspensions for willful defiance // SF Gate

"Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night.

"Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents like swearing at a teacher or storming out of class. San Francisco and Los Angeles are also among those districts."


Building for all: Nonprofit and developer team up for hybrid approach to housing crisis // SF Examiner

"The housing crisis in San Francisco has, if nothing else, prompted developers to think outside the box.

"For the first time in The City’s history, a development firm has teamed up with a nonprofit organization to offer supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families, on the same site where market-rate housing will be constructed. It’s a move supporters hope will inspire future projects to follow suit.

"But some feel the proposal at the decrepit and run-down Civic Center Hotel, owned by the Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, will not provide enough below market-rate homes in the thriving mid-Market area."


New reports differ on impact of Airbnb on S.F. // SF Gate

"Even the city’s top economists can’t agree on whether short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb exacerbate the city’s housing crisis.

"San Francisco Chief Economist Ted Egan issued a report Monday that concluded that a lack of data makes it impossible to determine whether short-term rental units are being removed from the residential market.

"Egan’s report came after one issued Friday by the city’s budget and legislative analyst that said up to 1,960 units citywide had been taken off the market because of Airbnb listings."