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Julia Llinas Goodman


Julia Llinas Goodman is a freelance writer and journalist based in Berkeley. Their reporting interests include the uses and policing of public space, underground communities and solidarity economies, and other topics related to human movement, urban space, and civil rights.

Julia has previously written for Jacobin magazine and The Establishment, among others. They also edit an architecture and politics zine called Take Shape.

Julia is a fellow in KALW's Audio Academy class of 2020.

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COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Black and Latinx California residents. And it’s not just the coronavirus. Across the board, CDC data shows that Black Americans have lower life expectancies than white people in the U.S. — and research suggests that racism is one reason why.

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Schools across the Bay Area are back in session — both virtually and in-person. But some are still feeling the effects of COVID-19 on the last school year. Research shows that 2008 graduates are still experiencing impacts of the Great Recession. So what can 2020 graduates expect? 

Tureeda Mikell is a Bay Area poet and storyteller. In today's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that carries spiritual significance for her.

Eddie Hernandez Photography

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter-in-place, instead of recommending in-person events, we're offering suggestions for ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with disabled activist Alice Wong. 

Do you have a song that always takes you back to a specific time in your life? In this week's My Mixtape, Kevin Smith tells us about a tune that reminds him of a woman he met in the summer of 1993.

James Cagney is a Bay Area writer and poet. In today's edition of My Mixtape, he shares a song he recently discovered that's become the soundtrack to his shelter-in-place.

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The California Judicial Council voted Wednesday to end a policy setting the baseline bail at $0 for people accused of nonviolent crimes.

Sarchasm is a Berkeley-based band that’s been together for a decade. They’ve used their music to work through challenges, spread political messages, and support each other.

Ashara Ekundayo is an Oakland-based curator. In this week's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that always gets her dancing — and provides an important message.

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shouldn’t have approved a weedkiller called dicamba.


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Santa Clara’s top health official told the county board of supervisors, Tuesday, that statewide changes to shelter-in-place create a significant risk of coronavirus spread.

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Since shelter in place began, health officials around the Bay Area have struggled to deal with packed parks and beaches. And then there are the crowds at Lake Merritt.


Workers Comp Bills Considered / Bay Area Budget Cuts / Churches Planning To Resume In-Person Services / Park Inequities

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More than 1,000 California pastors are planning to resume in-person services.


Do you have a tune that reminds you of your parents? In this week's My Mixtape, Stevie Wilson tells us about a song that her dad used to sing to her when she was growing up.

$54 Billion Shortfall Projected In New California Budget Proposal / SF Regulators Recommend New Policies To Protect Gig Workers / Concerns Over Secrecy Due To Suspended Access To Public Records / Contra Costa Courts Begin Reopening On May 26

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San Francisco officials are recommending more protections for gig workers, after seeing new data about the devastating impacts of COVID-19.


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The city of Oakland has launched a new program to house over 130 homeless individuals.

California Sues Ride-Hailing Companies / Homes For Oakland’s Unhoused

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County LA To Offer Widespread Testing To All Residents / UCSF Scientists Identify Drugs That May Slow COVID-19/ SF Judge Seeks Release Of Immigrants Detained Without Proper Social Distancing / Pacific Gas And Electric Forced To Comply With Stricter Inspections

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County

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A new UCSF study identifies several medications that could help manage the novel coronavirus.

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It was the fall of 2016, and I was huddled around the television with a group of my coworkers, watching Donald Trump be elected president. It was my first job out of college, and I was a research assistant at a small newswire service.

Unemployment Benefits / Californians Volunteering / Elective Surgeries Allowed / SF Transit Hikes

California Hospitals Resume Non-Emergency Surgeries California Doctors On The Front Lines In New York City / SF To Increate Public Transit Fees / COVID-19 Caseload In Navajo Nation / Northwestern California Experiencing Severe Drought

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Shubham Goel is sheltering in place with his parents in Danville, but this isn’t the first time he’s been through a quarantine. He was on a reality TV show where isolation was one of the rules. 

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The SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously, on Tuesday, to increase MUNI fares by the end of this year.


La Doña is a singer and songwriter from San Francisco. In this week's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that reminds her of the people she loves.

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 4/17/20, AM

Apr 17, 2020

Statewide Food Worker Assistance / Translating COVID-19 Updates / Advocating For Unhoused People / Sabrina Ionescu’s Professional Turn

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California community organizations say the state isn’t doing enough to protect homeless residents from COVID-19.

Financial Relief For California Gig Workers / COVID-19 In Nursing Homes / Fremont Workers Required To Wear Face Coverings / San Francisco Bill To Protect Renters After Crisis