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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, February 23

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

The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms // SF Weekly 

“On Monday morning, a somber and slightly ashen-faced Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a press conference — an act rarer and rarer for the mayor in  the nearly three months since the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods on Dec. 2. Flanked at his City Hall office by police Chief Greg Suhr, Police Commission president Suzy Loftus, and the faith  and community leaders on the police department's African-American advisory board, Lee announced 'comprehensive' reforms to the city's police department.”

“There will be changes in the ways cops do their jobs, changes in when they can use a firearm and how, and a renewed push to give cops Tasers — and there will also be more cops — but the goal behind all the new polices, new offices, and other tweaks is trust, officials said: trust that police will do their jobs, do them without racial bias, and do them without putting the public, whose help is needed to solve crimes, at risk. 'Everyone,' Loftus said, 'deserves the trust of police.'”

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Mountain View Needs More Mediators to Resolve Disputes // NBC Bay Area

“The City of Mountain View is in need of more mediators to help resolve disputes among city residents and merchants, particularly as the rise in rental prices causes more disagreements between working families and landlords.”

“The city outsources mediation services to non-profit Project Sentinel, which currently has only 17 of the 24 mediators needed in Mountain View. The project is in special need of bilingual mediators.”

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Jury: No hate crime convictions in San Jose State bullying trial // San Jose Mercury News

“A jury on Monday found three white men guilty of misdemeanor battery on a black suitemate in 2013 at San Jose State University, but did not reach guilty verdicts on more serious hate crime charges.”

“After deliberating for more than two days, jurors agreed that Colin Warren, Logan Beaschler and Joseph 'Brett' Bomgardner offensively touched their fellow freshman suitemate, Donald Williams Jr. They found Bomgardner, now 21, not guilty of a hate crime; however, and deadlocked on hate crime charges against Warren and Beaschler, both 20.”

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Democrats Push Gov. Brown for More Anti-Poverty Programs // KQED

“Joseph Latichinson works full time as a security guard at a shopping plaza in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. He makes $12 an hour — $2 more than the newly increased statewide minimum wage.”

“But Latichinson doesn’t have a place to sleep — he’s homeless. He said it’s impossible to make ends meet in a city as expensive as San Francisco unless you have subsidized housing or other help.”

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An Intentional Homeless Community // East Bay Express

“Michael Lee started living on the streets of San Francisco last May. He had traveled to the city from Las Vegas to seek medical treatment. When he arrived, he searched for cheap, temporary housing in some of San Francisco's most affordable neighborhoods, but he had seriously underestimated the cost of living in the nation's most expensive city.”

"'I was under the impression the rent was $300 a month, and I brought the resources for sixty days,' he said in an interview. 'I was going to go back to Las Vegas afterwards ... . But the first place I walked into, they told me it was $300 a week. The next was $400 a week, and then $500. People were laughing at me — $300 a week is actually cheap on Skid Row. So I wound up living on the streets.'"

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Mill Valley photojournalist revisits Philippines turmoil in new book // Marin Independent Journal

“Thirty years after the People Power revolution toppled the brutal regime of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, photojournalist Kim Komenich, who won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his spot news coverage of the uprising, marks the 30th anniversary with a new book, 'Revolution Revisited.'”

“The coffee table book documents his quest to reconnect with some of the people in his original photographs and find out how their lives had been changed — for better or worse — by the tumultuous events in their country three decades ago.”

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