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Bee Soll


Hi! My name is Elizabeth Soll, and I go by Bee. I'm a former reporter at KPFA and a current reporter at KALW. Follow my twitter @bee_soll for Bay Area news!


Many young people of color are faced with racism everyday, whether it’s blatant and in your face, or subtler microaggressions. One example was in the news three years ago, when a group of students at Albany High School created a racist instagram account attacking fellow Black students with racial slurs and depicted them as gorillas and hanging from nooses. The incident shook the school and the city.

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

Santa Clara County Measure S asks voters to renew the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. This program was originally passed overwhelmingly in 2012 by voters of Santa Clara County. 

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Microstamping is a technique that leaves a unique imprint on bullets fired from semiautomatic pistols. The marking reveals the gun’s make, model, and serial number. And that can help law enforcement more quickly identify perpetrators.

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

San Francisco Measure C would allow any San Francisco resident of legal voting age — at least 18 years old — to become a member of a board, commission, and advisory body. 

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The pandemic has forced public transportation to adjust. Now, riders are asking, is it safe to use public transportation during a public health crisis? In this installment of The Essentials, meet Phaethon Brown. He oversees day-day operations at BART in the East Bay. 

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A heat wave, coupled with lightning and wind gusts, sparked fires and power outages Sunday morning. 

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Students are heading back to school and colleges are considering safety in the middle of the pandemic. So, on Friday, the president of the UC system released an executive order requiring all students and staff to get flu vaccines this fall. 

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Mayor London Breed of San Francisco put forth a budget proposal, Friday. Breed’s budget pencils out at 13.7 billion dollars — that’s 1.4 billion more than the previous year. The mayor plans to spend that money on pandemic-related costs, mental health care, and homelessness. 

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Several changes are being made to create more transparency in police duties, according to Berkeleyside.

The new rules emphasize the preservation of life as the guiding principle. For the first time in its history, the Berkeley police department will be required to produce an annual use-of-force report that the public can review.

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Hundreds of healthcare workers are striking today at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The planned five-day strike is being led by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents about 740 staff at the hospital.

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The next academic year is only a month away for many Bay Area school districts.

The California Department of Education has directed local districts to develop their own models for resuming school. However, there is little agreement about how to do it.

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A state appeals court sided with the Bay Area Toll authority, Monday, to increase Bay Area bridge tolls by $3 over 6 years.

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Leaders at BART have pledged to shift $2 million from sworn officers and fare inspectors to unarmed ambassadors. These staff would wear uniforms and patrol the trains unarmed.

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Today, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump Administration’s appeals to throw out the California Sanctuary Law. This decision upholds lower court rulings, and makes clear that the federal government is not allowed to direct state resources for its own immigration agenda.