Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times
"The city of Oakland released its first details on new proposed fees for new market-rate housing development on Friday as the local government seeks to capture local investment for greater public benefit."
"The study has proposed fees to fund affordable housing, transit and capital improvements to infrastructure. The total maximum fees were set at $55,909 per unit for low and mid-rise multifamily projects and $71,541 per unit for high-rise residential projects."
"A new list of the richest cities in America has San Jose on top. Silicon Valley's tech industry certainly played a role in the rankings, but some of the city's most vulnerable residents are hoping they won't be left behind.
A line wrapped around the block and families came to register for Sacred Heart's annual holiday giving program."
'One in four families live below some kind of self-sufficiency threshold in Silicon Valley,' said Poncho Guevara of Sacred Heart Community Service."
Primary care for undocumented to begin next month // Richmond Confidential
"On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved the appropriation of $500,000 to the Contra Costa Cares pilot health program. The program, designed to provide primary health coverage to low-income, uninsured and undocumented people, was contingent on the local hospitals matching the county’s appropriated funds."
"There are more than 2.4 million undocumented immigrants across California, and an estimated half-million live in the Bay Area, according to the Pew Research Center. In Contra Costa County, the undocumented population is 77,500."
"Fast food workers in the Bay Area and across the nation plan to unite Tuesday for what organizers say will be their “biggest-ever” strike — a one-day event calling for a raise to the minimum wage and expanded union rights under the Fight for 15 movement.
"San Francisco and Oakland fast food workers will target local McDonald’s in their protests, joined by others who feel they are underpaid, such as child care providers and airport workers. Organizers said similar protests will be going on across 500 cities, including San Jose, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
"Oakland protesters are starting 9 a.m. at the McDonald’s at 6623 San Pablo Ave. From there, they plan on meeting up with the Black Lives Matter movement at a to-be-determined address in downtown Oakland at 1:30 p.m., before gathering at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 4:30 p.m."
'Killing and Dying' in California // East Bay Express
"The cover of Adrian Tomine's newest collection of graphic short stories, Killing and Dying, is partially based on Emeryville. Tomine's illustration pictures a specific Denny's restaurant in Pasadena, surrounded by a nondescript strip mall — an entirely concrete landscape with a solely commercial purpose. In a recent interview, the artist and author said that although the restaurant's surroundings are nowhere in particular, they were imagined from his memories of Emeryville (he used to live in the East Bay), Sacramento (where he grew up), and parts of Southern California. Tomine, a luminary of the comic world who's also famous for his frequent New Yorker covers, has been a Brooklynite for many years now, but he admitted that Killing and Dying is a distinctly California book."
What Was That Mysterious Light Over California's Sky? // Alameda Patch
"Did YOU spot it?
"People from all over California had one major question Saturday night, just what was that over the sky?
"What looked like a blue light hanging on the horizon had the internet abuzz with guesses and conspiracy theories ranging from the logical to bizarre, took social media by storm. Was it a weather balloon? A comet? A UFO?"