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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Monday, August 31, 2015

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Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle
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(l-r) Kim Jacoby, Max Jacoby, Brett Davis, Olivia Jacoby and David Jacoby share a morning breakfast at the Jacoby's house in San Francisco, California, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Brett Davis, is a guest, who's staying in the Jacoby's Airbnb. Proposition F,

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

California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test // The New York Times

"Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena."

"If the lawyers for a condemned man are victorious, the case could bring a reprieve to more than 740 prisoners now on death row at San Quentin State Prison and send legal ripples across the country. Either way, legal experts say, it raises issues about the administration of capital punishment that are likely to reach the Supreme Court over time."

Would SF Prop. F spur Airbnb suits, with neighbor suing neighbor? // San Francisco Chronicle

"AirBnB last week launched a barrage of TV and online ads attacking Proposition F, the San Francisco ballot initiative that seeks to curb short-term rentals. Among the company’s chief complaints: Prop. F would provide financial incentives for neighbors “to spy on each other and file what could be thousands of lawsuits.”

UC Berkeley Researchers Map Oakland Gentrification and Displacement // East Bay Express

"UC Berkeley researchers at the Project For Urban Development released a study this week that pinpoints Bay Area locations undergoing rapid gentrification. The data — which incorporates property prices, migration patterns, and prevalence of low-income households — suggests that (surprise!) gentrification is extreme in a handful of Oakland neighborhoods, while other parts of the city are either “at risk” of gentrification or are currently experiencing displacement. Displacement in the study refers to neighborhoods that are currently losing low-income and affordable housing."

Santa Clara County seeks to tackle gender, ethnicity wage gap // San Jose Mercury News

"Santa Clara County leaders are rolling out a plan to tackle a problem that persists in Silicon Valley and across the nation despite federal legislation dating back to the 1960s -- an income disparity between male and female workers, and those of different ethnicities.

"Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez are proposing a "Gender and Ethnicity Pay Equity Ordinance" that would scrutinize the county's own payroll, as well as that of companies doing business with the county to make sure compensation is equal for similar work."

Four ways that El Niño could fail to end California's drought // San Jose Mercury News

"With wildfires raging and three months to go before the start of the winter rainy season, drought-stricken California received promising news Thursday: El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean continue to gain momentum, increasing with every week the chances of desperately needed wet winter weather on the West Coast."

"Even though California has historically seen wet winters during strong El Niño events like the one now underway, experts say, there are at least four or five major scenarios in which this El Niño could fail to end the state's drought."