Vivian Bossieux-Skinner | KALW

Vivian Bossieux-Skinner


Originally from the East Bay, Vivian began working in radio at KZSC in Santa Cruz. After KZSC she hosted a show at New York radio station Radio Free Brooklyn, covering artists and art local to NYC. As a KALW intern, she works on news and stories local the Bay Area. Outside of the radio station, she loves to visit galleries and museums and go on hikes.

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San Mateo measures Y and R are related measures that regulate housing and development throughout San Mateo County. 

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This week hair salons and pools were allowed to reopen in San Francisco. Some schools hope they’ll be next.


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

Measure I proposes to double property tax rates for properties sold at more than $10 million. San Francisco’s Accounting Office estimates this could increase annual revenues by an average of $196 million, but that could fluctuate significantly. 

Amanda Levin

San Francisco students have been back to school for nearly a month now, and a lot has changed for students — and for teachers. Amanda Levin is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District at Leadership High School, and she’s been teaching for nearly three decades. As part of our ongoing series The Essentials, we’re bringing you overlooked stories of essential workers: people who are still being called to work while most of us are sheltered in place.

The San Jose City Council voted, yesterday, to charge commercial developers additional fees to build affordable housing.


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

Measure G proposes to amend San Francisco’s voter age requirement for local elections, allowing 16 and 17-year olds to vote on municipal measures. It would not affect voting eligibility for state or national ballot measures. 

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California is on the road to changing policing. And recent reform bills in the works with the state legislature are paving the way, with an August 31st deadline approaching. 

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San Francisco has been talking about turning a parking lot next to City College’s Ocean Campus into housing for decades.

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A charter school won its lawsuit against the Hayward Unified School District over classroom space amid the pandemic.

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

Proposition 21 is also known as The Rental Affordability Act, or RAA, and seeks to expand rent control across the state.

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The $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, is set to expire this week.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s house was vandalized by a group of individuals around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 

Jake Bunch

In California, a lot of people whose jobs have been deemed essential during the shelter-in-place work in food, including commercial fishers. The industry is tough even in the best of times. Now, restaurant closures and social distancing have made fishing for a living more complex — and child care plays a role too. In this installment of The Essentials, we meet a commercial fisher and father.

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Transportation authorities in the Bay Area have been facing low ridership and higher cleaning costs since the pandemic began. 

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A pair of non-profits held a ceremonial groundbreaking event yesterday to celebrate a joint affordable housing project 17 years in the making. 

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This weekend crowds of people gathered in various parts of the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of pride.

The Oakland City Council voted on a new budget Tuesday with minimal cuts to the Oakland Police Department budget amidst protests for defunding the OPD.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit San Francisco in early March, the Tenderloin has seen a nearly 300 percent increase of homeless residents.