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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Container ships at the Port of Oakland

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

State-managed retirement plan for California workers takes shape // Sacramento Bee

“By the end of the decade, millions of California workers could be enrolled automatically in a state-run retirement program viewed by proponents as the most significant attempt to address golden-years poverty since the New Deal.

“After more than two years of work, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board will vote Monday on a slate of recommendations to the Legislature on what a state-managed plan should look like. Those will be folded into pending legislation by Senate leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, with the goal of putting a bill on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk this summer.”

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As CSU strike looms, panel backs faculty's demand for 5 percent raises // Contra Costa Times

“As a mid-April faculty strike looms for the 23-campus California State University, a panel led by a neutral chairwoman has recommended that CSU give its faculty five percent raises and other pay increases, as the union has demanded.

“The report, issued Monday, calls attention to the lagging salaries of CSU's professors -- about 17 percent lower than that of comparable institutions, it says, without taking into account the high cost of living near some campuses -- and calls the disparity 'troubling.'”

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Port of Oakland shut down over start-time labor dispute // SFGate

 

“A labor dispute over a 15-minute change in the workday start time led to a shutdown at the Port of Oakland terminal on Monday morning that left one ship idle and a long string of trucks lined up on roads leading to the dock.

“Sources with knowledge of the dispute said 22 workers were fired when they did not agree to begin work at 6:45 a.m. instead of the usual 7 a.m. start time at the Oakland International Container Terminal, one of the five terminals at the port.”

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Parents worry open-classroom layout at SF school leaves students vulnerable // SF Examiner

“An elementary school in Bayview-Hunters Point is one of two public schools in San Francisco where multiple classes are held in open spaces, eliciting outrage from parents in recent weeks that the design could leave students vulnerable in the event of a school shooting.

“Such a concern, coupled with worries that the open-pod classrooms are too noisy and thus distracting for children, have prompted San Francisco Unified School District officials to explore a major overhaul of the interior of the building.”

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Parking Over Pedestrians: Commitment To Vision Zero Questioned As Traffic Deaths Spike // SFist

 

"San Francisco's commitment to eliminating traffic fatalities by 2024, known as Vision Zero, is this year off to a tragic start. Adopted in 2014, the two-year-old initiative seeks to educate the public on safe driving habits while redesigning some of the most dangerous stretches of San Francisco streets. Despite these efforts, the first three months of 2016 have already seen seven traffic deaths (in stark contrast to the one death that had occurred by this time last year), and the Chronicle reports that pedestrian safety advocates are worried some Vision Zero initiatives are being watered down to accommodate merchants' demands for easy and accessible on-street parking.

“'Anything we do to redesign streets is going to have trade-offs,' the paper reports SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin as saying, 'and one of those trade-offs is parking.'"