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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Stanford students begin 'indefinite' sit-in over fossil fuel divestment // The Guardian

“Stanford University students have begun an indefinite sit-in to protest against the institution’s investments in fossil fuels.”

“According to protest organisers, more than 100 students attempted to enter the main administration building and office of the president on Monday afternoon. The students have been locked out but say they have encircled the building and will camp out there until Stanford acts on their demand to 'completely divest' its financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry.”


Bay Area Dungeness crab fishermen stoic despite financial hardship // San Jose Mercury news

“Princeton by the sea -- This was supposed to be the winter Braeden Breton finally realized his dream of running his own crab fishing boat. After putting down $7,500 in April toward a commercial permit, he was counting on earning enough money as a deckhand this fall to pay off the rest and begin setting his own traps after the new year.”

“Now the indefinite postponement of the commercial Dungeness crab season has thrown that plan into disarray. Like hundreds of other fishermen in the Bay Area, Breton finds himself scrambling to pay the bills.”


San Francisco’s dissident voices unite at book fair // Mission Local

“While San Francisco may seem to have lost its radical edge, grassroots activists who filled the Second Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair to capacity on Sunday offered proof that they still exist.”

“'The value of people coming together under one banner is ultimately in saying that we are not problems to be fixed—but that we ourselves are solutions,' said Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a national organization working for the validity of Black life, who spoke at the conference held at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus at 1125 Valencia St.”


Berkeley: Few prospects for affordable housing, panel says // Oakland Tribune

“Affordable housing developers and city housing specialists, speaking to more than 100 people at a Saturday workshop they called 'Affordable Housing 101,' painted a grim picture of creating subsidized housing for people who can't afford Berkeley's escalating rents.”

“The event at the South Berkeley Senior Center was funded through the city's $750,000 Metropolitan Transportation Commission grant to plan development along the Adeline Avenue corridor.”


Imperfect Produce brings ‘ugly fruit’ to East Bay // Berkeleyside

"Ben Simon is perhaps the only Bay Area CEO whose workday includes fondling kiwis. On a Friday morning in a bright Emeryville warehouse, he points to a delicate nub that’s sprouted from a cleft in one of the fruits.”

"'This one’s got a tail!' he says, like a child at the puppy store. 'And look, this one’s kind of bumpy.'"


Muni testing fare app with hopes of cutting down cash purchases // SF Gate

“By the time Adam Farken, a tourist from Charlotte, N.C., had finished wrestling with the Muni ticket machine at Powell Street Station on Friday, punching buttons, inserting credit cards and scratching his head, he was ready for the future, which officially arrives Monday.”

“That’s when members of the general public can start using their smartphones to pay their Muni fares. Mayor Ed Lee and the Municipal Transportation Agency are expected to announce the launch of MuniMobile, an 18-month experiment in mobile ticketing.”