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Azul Dahlstrom-Eckman

Audio Academy 2021 Fellow

I was born and raised in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Upon graduating high school, I left San Francisco to pursue a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I’ve worked as an arborist, bicycle mechanic, carpenter, zero waste educator, whitewater raft guide, and a freelance reporter for the Potrero View newspaper. My passions include everything outdoors, showing off my favorite spots in San Francisco, and most recently, swimming in the Bay. I look forward to joining the KALW news team as an Audio Academy fellow and using my time there to the fullest.

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BART Government and Community Relations Department Director Rodd Lee had some news at Thursday’s BART Board meeting: “We plan to add 20 new crisis intervention specialists.”

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While the majority of counties in the Bay Area have already implemented the state’s Regional Stay At Home Order, San Mateo, Solano, Napa and Santa Cruz Counties must start complying with the tougher restrictions beginning Friday morning at midnight.

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With the basketball season just weeks away, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry found time, Wednesday, to talk with former President Barack Obama in a public chat.

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Currently, contract negotiations between the city and the San Francisco Police Officers Association happen behind closed doors. But as calls for police reform grow louder locally and across the country, Supervisor Hillary Ronen wants this to change.

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As winter weather moved into San Francisco, Mayor London Breed had some chilly news for restaurant owners and their patrons. “Sadly, beginning the end of the day Friday, we will need to eliminate indoor dining” Breed said.

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The city is negotiating pay for police through June 2023. If passed, the agreement would defer pay raises for police officers for the next two years. City officials wanted to cut spending because of the COVID-19 economic downturn, and estimate it would save San Francisco $12 million this year.  

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The new policy affects Oakland’s over 4,000 homeless people. It prohibits them from camping within 100 feet of certain high sensitivity areas. Places like schools, senior centers, or medical facilities. Camping in the public right of way or under BART tracks is banned altogether. It’s set to take effect in January.  

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Noble led a small group of horseback riders to the Alameda County Courthouse to turn in her ballot.

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Measure C would tax businesses that sell cannabis in Fairfield.  


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Back in March, city leaders closed San Francisco’s playgrounds. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 became the number one priority. It has been a long 7 months. But on Wednesday, Mayor London Breed announced San Francisco’s outdoor public playgrounds could reopen. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Berkeley Measure JJ would do many things, but the main one is this: it would give Berkeley’s mayor and city councilmembers a big raise. The mayor would get over $107,000 per year and councilmembers would get $67,000. That’s 75% more than they make now.

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Beleaguered firefighters in the western United States have a new force on their side: Baby Yoda.