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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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

 

Teachers could be exempt from no-fault evictions during school year // SF Examiner

The San Francisco Examiner reports on a proposal by San Francisco County Supervisors to enact tenant protections for teachers during the school year. In “Teachers could be exempt fromno-faultevictions during school year,” the Examiner explains, “Evicting teachers…for reasons beyond their control could soon become illegal during the school year under a proposal that will be discussed by supervisors today.” According to the article, teachers are afraid of losing their homes in the middle of a school year.

This proposal is especially important for San Francisco because many public servants, who because of public sector salaries are unable to become homeowners, face the fastest rising rental market in the country. San Francisco and other “hot market” towns in the Bay Area have found it hard to recruit and keep teachers because of the cost of housing.

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'No Guarantee' That New Fleet of BART Trains Will Make Power Surge Problems Vanish // NBC Bay Area

"BART is getting an entirely new fleet of high-tech trains, and the agency’s transit problems will magically disappear when the older trains get put out to pasture. Right?"

"On Monday, the sixth consecutive day of power surge issues peppering the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, spokesman Jim Allison wouldn’t commit to the problems vanishing, despite a fleet of 775 new trains scheduled to replace the 669 old ones over the next six years."

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Truth about our crumbling infrastructure is the tweets // SF Chronicle

"Sometimes, it takes a tweet to speak the truth: Bay Area residents must recognize our crumbling infrastructure."

"Last week, commuters complaining about delays were surprised when Taylor Huckaby, a social media manager for @SFBart, did the politically unthinkable. When faced with hundreds of tweets, he was frank and honest about the financial and structural challenges facing the public transit agency, and the Bay Area’s infrastructure at large."

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The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?// LA Times

"An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient?"

"Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada Flintridge.The doctor is in."

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Up To Code? Tech Bootcamps Face Fines For Operating Without Licenses // SFist

"San Jose-based Coding Dojo wasn't supposed to be a school at all. As CEO Richard Wang explained to SFist last fall, the private postsecondary school's founder, Michael Choi, was managing several startups including real estate company Zurple. Struggling to onboard qualified engineers and developers, many of them with college degrees in areas outside of technical engineering expertise, Choi developed a training program and curriculum that, in the school's telling of its origin story, eclipsed his other work. Last fall, Coding Dojo had 600 students enrolled in courses like its onsite Silicon Valley 3 Full Stack program, a 14-week training camp priced at $13,495."

"'With the demand for web engineer jobs, students are really able to create a career right away with an above average salary,' Wang said. 'People just like to build things and solve hard problems, and being a web developer or engineer allows people to do more than transactional work. That's why people are really attracted to this field.'"

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Oakland University medical students learn about diverse populations // Oakland Press

"Students from Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine have teamed up with several organizations to learn how to better treat diverse populations."

"The organizations that are working with the medical school include the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, which provides services to approximately 4,100 people with disabilities; Easter Seals; the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac; the Chaldean Federation of Macomb County and Affirmations of Ferndale, which serves the LGBT community."

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