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Daily news roundup for Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wally Gobetz
Mission Street

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

Report: Mission District to lose 8,000 Latino residents in next decade // SF Examiner

"San Francisco’s Mission District will see a massive drop in the number of Latino residents while higher income earners will increase during the next decade, according to a budget analyst report released Tuesday.

"According to the report, “If current trends continue and the relative changes seen between 2000 and the 2009-2013 period are annualized going forward … the Mission District’s Hispanic/Latino population will decline from 48 percent of the total Mission District population to 42 percent by 2017 and to 31 percent [10,380] by 2025.”"


Nevada to Pay San Francisco $400,000 Over Psychiatric ‘Patient Dumping’ // KQED News

"San Francisco supervisors accepted a $400,000 payment from Nevada on Tuesday, settling a two-year dispute over allegations that psychiatric patients were wrongly shipped to California upon discharge.

"San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said two dozen people with no prior connection to the city had been bused here over a five-year period, and 20 needed medical care shortly after they arrived. In many cases, they were sent to California without sufficient food, water or medication."


S.F. aims to make city world capital of the 'Internet of Things' // Bay Area Biztalk

"We’ve been hearing for awhile now that IoT – the ‘Internet of things’ – is poised to take over the world, but its real-world uses remain abstract for many. With a new program launching today, San Francisco and SigFox, a wireless infrastructure firm based in France, are trying to change that.

"That vision begins with approximately 20 antennas installed on the rooftops of public libraries across San Francisco. Those antennas – roughly the size of a briefcase and installed at no cost to the city – provide a blanket network for IoT development."


San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Making It Easier For Residents To Recycle Water // SF Appeal

"Supervisor Scott Wiener is introducing legislation at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting that will eliminate the need for residents to get a permit before they install systems that capture and reuse greywater, water that is recycled from sinks, showers and bathtubs.

"State law currently requires a permit for the installation of residential greywater systems, but allows local agencies to make an exception for systems discharging 250 gallons a day or less. Marin County has already adopted a similar exemption and Santa Barbara County is considering it, Wiener said."


Secret Staircases to the Past // East Bay Express

"In your travels through the East Bay, you may have noticed age-worn cement staircases peeking out from between homes and carving shortcuts through our region's many hilly neighborhoods. Some of these staircases date back more than a century.

Lately, the hundreds of remaining staircases in the East Bay have experienced renewed popularity as more and more locals are discovering that these stairs are a fantastic way to explore their neighborhoods, or simply to get some exercise. In addition to the publication of Secret Stairs: East Bay in 2011, organizations such as the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association (BerkeleyPaths.org) and Oakland Urban Paths (OaklandUrbanPaths.org) regularly lead walks that showcase historic staircases."


Alameda: Little Ice Rink returns, adds party space // Contra Costa Times

"Just in time for Alamedans looking for ways to get outdoors and work off holiday-related calories, the Little Ice Rink will be open to skaters Nov. 6.

'It's so fun to go to South Shore and see lots of people skating and enjoying themselves,' she explained. 'And you can see the beach and the water, too. It's all part of the holiday season in California.'"