Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:
Supervisors say S.F.’s sanctuary city policies are just fine // San Francisco Chronicle
“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors sent a strong message Tuesday about the sanctuary city policies that came under attack after the July killing of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an immigrant with no legal standing: The existing policies are just fine.
“The board unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution by Supervisor David Campos that says the sheriff should not notify federal immigration authorities when such immigrants are being released, except in very limited circumstances. And in a surprise move, the board rejected another nonbinding resolution that took aim at Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, whose actions some say let the Steinle shooting happen.”
Apple expansion widens in north San Jose // San Jose Mercury News
“Apple has grabbed a building in north San Jose that's part of a site where the fast-growing company could eventually assemble enough property for 3,000 workers.
“Cupertino-based Apple now has control of several parcels in north San Jose in the vicinity of Orchard Parkway and Component Drive, stretching as far east as North First Street and as far west as U.S. Highway 101.
“If all the sites were built out to their full capacity, over time, Apple potentially could employ up to 20,000 workers on the north San Jose properties.”
“Hurt financially by reduced water sales during the drought, a wholesale supplier to Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and part of San Ramon will vote Wednesday on raising rates by more than 30 percent next year, with more hikes in the future.
“The 2016 increase, which includes a one-year surcharge, would translate to a $7.90 a month increase in average household bills on Jan. 1 if four local water suppliers pass the higher costs onto their 220,000 customers, estimated the Alameda County Zone 7 Water Agency.
“The district sold $5 million less water than expected in the last budget year as drought-conscious consumers in the Tri-Valley saved significantly more water than they were ordered to by the state.”
Oakland Takes Baby Steps on Housing // East Bay Express
“As the Express has reported over the past year, the City of Oakland has been excruciatingly slow in dealing with the affordability crisis that has gripped the region. Unlike many other California cities, including Berkeley and Emeryville, Oakland still has no viable plan to pay for more affordable housing, even though The Town is now the sixth most expensive city in the nation and the displacement of longtime low- and middle-income residents has reached alarming levels. Over the past week or so, Oakland has started to take a few tentative steps to cope with the housing crisis — steps that deserve mentioning — although it still has a long way to go.”
East Palo Alto: New mobile medical clinic rolled out // San Jose Mercury News
“Between juggling two jobs and finishing her senior year of high school, Beneralda Garcia-Flores doesn't have time to spare, not even to figure out how to apply for Medi-Cal.
“But Garcia-Flores is getting the care she needs at East Palo Alto Academy thanks to a free mobile clinic known as the Teen Health Van.
“A partnership between Children's Health Fund and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, the mobile clinic provides a full spectrum of services annually to roughly 400 preteens, teens and young adults like Garcia-Flores who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
“ ‘Our purpose is to really be a safety net for those youths who otherwise would not have access to the kind of comprehensive primary healthcare services that we provide,’ said Dr. Seth Ammerman, the medical director for the Teen Health Van and a clinical professor of pediatrics-adolescent medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.”