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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Credit: Richmond Confidential

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland Mural Artists Create a Mural Project to Honor Women Affected By Violence // Oakland North

"Oakland residents gathered in Park Community Garden this weekend to commemorate the victims and survivors of violence against women. The event, which included the unveiling of several portraits, was organized by the anti-violence group Her Resilience and Mamacita’s Café.

"'Her Resilience is a testament to what can be done when women come together,' said Hazel Streete, the group’s director. She said the goal of the grassroots organization is to support women in the process of healing and dealing with trauma. A big issue with violence against women is the silence and denial of the problem, she said."

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Boom in Latino Evangelical Churches Underscores Growing Population // Mercury News

When Alvaro Urbina first walked into the Jubilee Christian Church, his marriage was in crisis and his daughter gravely ill. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States in 1993, he was desperate for a place he could feel at home.

"'People came up to me and said, "Welcome" and I felt like that day I started a new family,' said Urbina, 35, who after a decade at the San Jose Evangelical church now leads a men's group and occasionally fills in as pastor. 'It was something I had never had as a Catholic.'"

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More Than Money at Stake in University of California Budget Negotiations // Sac Bee

"It started like any number of budget debates at the Capitol: The University of California argued that it has been shortchanged and students will have to bear more of its rising costs if the state doesn’t pay up.

"But this year’s back-and-forth with Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers not only has unleashed unprecedented fiscal scrutiny of the 10-campus system, it has placed on the table the previously unthinkable option of stripping UC’s constitutional independence."

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CCSF turns attention to $270 million in planning needs // SF Examiner

"Now that City College of San Francisco is in no immediate danger of losing its accreditation, the school is turning its attention to other needs.

"Namely, CCSF is working to ensure that nearly 2 million square feet of facility space is around for the long haul.

"CCSF has established a capital-projects planning committee to incorporate input on future development plans at its nine campuses, including the Civic Center site that closed at the start of the spring semester due to seismic-safety issues. The school is also in the midst of developing a 10-year facilities master plan."

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Mobile Shower and Hygiene Bus for Homeless Hopes to Expand SF Route // NBC Bay Area

"Lava Mae, a bus that provides showers and other basic hygiene services for the homeless, will soon expand its route. Founder Doniece Sandoval launched the San Francisco nonprofit last summer. She currently operates buses Wednesdays through Saturdays in the Tenderloin and Mission Districts of San Francisco. The vehicles are old diesel buses from MUNI that were donated."

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With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return // Richmond Confidential

"It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small crowd has gathered in front of one family home.

"The housing complex was originally built during World War II to accommodate workers from the nearby shipyards. In a small revolution, it was later sold to its residents and turned into a mutual housing cooperative. Today, another small revolution has set off, and the sun is at the center of attention. As the spectators observe, workers with helmets and climbing harnesses lift up rectangular panels on the rooftop of the house by rope—carefully, one by one. They are parts of the first solar electric system in the village, which will produce clean energy and reduce energy bills for the house owners."