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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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

Mission Street Set for Massive Transit Changes, Expect Much Confusion // SFist

“With the stated goal of reducing commute times and increasing safety, city officials began work this past Saturday on a set of transit changes that will profoundly affect that way you navigate Mission Street. The work, which in varying degrees will impact the 2.5 mile stretch of Mission Street between 11th and Randall, is wide ranging and includes the removal of 13 bus stops and the additional of transit only lanes.

“The $3.8 million project is part of the larger Muni Forward initiative, with the specific 14 Mission Rapid Project approved by the SFMTA board on December 1 of last year. Changes to Mission Street will be rolled out between now and April, and began this past Saturday with the aforementioned removal of bus stops.”


UC Berkeley's tuition break for Californians nearly erased // SF Gate

“Tuition and mandatory fees have more than doubled for California residents at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley's law and business schools since fall 2005, a report published Sunday found.

“An analysis by the San Francisco Chronicle of tuition and fee data also found the enrollment of residents at UC Berkeley's Law School and Haas School of Business has fallen sharply over the last decade, while out-of-state enrollment has increased.”


Yahoo’s job cuts: Will they be layoffs or stealthy firings? // SF Chronicle

“As Yahoo struggles to turn itself around, it will dig into the details of shedding nearly 1,600 employees from its global workforce. And this year, a question looms: Will those workers be laid off, or allegedly fired with cause?

“It’s an important distinction, not only for Yahoo but also for other tech companies, known for their ultra-competitive review processes and fights over top talent. Yahoo is already being sued by one former media executive who alleged that he was unfairly fired for not meeting performance goals because there was nothing wrong with his work. He was one of 600 workers that Yahoo let go in November 2014, and the company, he argued, should have classified the move as a mass layoff.”


CDC Researchers Will Investigate Palo Alto Teen Suicides Starting This Week // NBC Bay Area

“Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control will arrive in Palo Alto Tuesday to investigate the city’s recent teen suicide clusters.

“CDC researchers will be in Palo Alto for two weeks analyzing data and speaking with community members as part of an "Epi-Aid" investigation.”


Green bonds grow in California // San Jose Mercury News

“California Treasurer John Chiang is embarking on a national tour this month aimed at seducing investors with an environmentally friendly investment alternative.

“The state already has invested in these 'green bonds,' created to enable environmentally responsible projects, and issued them on a small scale.”


Santa Clara County partners with organizations to bring new in-custody reentry services to inmates // San Jose Mercury News

"Lack of employment, a history of substance abuse and families needing financial support are just a few of the challenges facing former offenders when they are released from incarceration.

"On Tuesday, Santa Clara County announced a $1.475 million investment to prepare in-custody individuals to successfully transition into the community. Five community partners have been selected to provide reentry services in the areas of job readiness and employment development training, family reunification and support, and health and well-being classes."