Precious J. Green | KALW

Precious J. Green

Producer/Reporter

Precious is a 2020 Audio Academy fellow. 

Her reporting interests include the politics of race and gender and pop culture as a reflection of our changing cultural landscape. Prior to joining KALW, Precious worked with a variety of community development, social impact and economic equity focused organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area, she practiced law in her hometown, Atlanta, Georgia.

Numbers update / Private lab regulations / Transit agency adjustments

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Local transit agencies are among the essential services that are still operating under the coronavirus shelter-in-place public health order. Some are responding by going fare free.

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Late Monday night, the California Legislature voted to suspend its work until April 13th due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to Alex Vassar, an unofficial legislative historian at the California State Library, this is the first such closure in 158 years. 

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. Adam Incera recently visited San Francisco from New York and wanted to know: Why does the Bay Area have so many transit systems?

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State officials in California say more than 1.5 million people have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer funded marketplace. That's a 1.6% increase over last year's enrollment. 

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A highly anticipated report from a University of California faculty task force is recommending that the prestigious 10-campus public university system keep the SAT and ACT tests as part of its admissions process. The recommendation is a blow to activists who have long argued that standardized tests put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage. The 192-page report will be reviewed by the UC Academic Senate, which will compile faculty input from all UC campuses before giving its recommendations to UC President Janet Napolitano.

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‘Tis the season when we see houses bedecked in lights and hear hecka holiday songs wherever we go. One place where the sights and sounds of the season are concentrated is what’s known as Christmas Tree Lane.

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Let’s start with a little backstory. More than $15 million was raised for last year’s elections in San Francisco, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. That’s a lot of cash! About a third of it came from independent groups that raise private money to influence voters. The concern with these political action committees or PACs is that, because they’re private, you don’t really know who’s behind them.