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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 16, 2016

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

A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness // The New York Times

"San Francisco residents have over decades become inured to encounters with the city’s homeless population, the clumps of humanity sleeping on sidewalks under coats and makeshift blankets, or drug addicts shooting up in full view of pedestrians. There are also the tension-filled but common scenes of mentally ill men and women stumbling down streets, arguing with imaginary enemies or harassing passers-by."

"One particularly vocal group of residents, San Francisco’s journalists, say they feel a sense of urgency in addressing the problem. They are banding together in an exasperated, but as yet vaguely defined, attempt to spur the city into action."

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CA Sen. Lara Urges Undocumented Parents to Sign Kids Up For Health Care // New America Media

"SAN FRANCISCO--Kicking off his statewide tour to promote California’s Health for All Kids program, the new law’s author, State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said undocumented parents should set their fears aside and enroll their children in the program. The legislation would expand the state’s health insurance program for low-income people."

"Mindful of this, the Health for All Kids program – set to launch May 16 -- was designed so children who currently have limited access to health care through the Emergency Medi-Cal, Healthy San Francisco or Healthy Kids programs would 'seamlessly transition' into full-scope Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid), said Lara."

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Meet America’s First Black, Senior Pot Shop Owner // East Bay Express

"America has potentially its first black, senior citizen owner of a medical cannabis dispensary."

"Sue Taylor — a retired Catholic school principal and Berkeley resident, grandmother of three and a veteran educator— beat out three other finalists in Berkeley’s competition to award a new pot shop permit Tuesday night."

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Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair // KQED News

"By the end of the century, scientists say, sea level could rise three, four, maybe even five feet, depending on how climate change plays out."

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Humpbacks in San Francisco Bay give whale watchers a rare thrill // CBS News

"SAN FRANCISCO -- In San Francisco Bay, it's been a great week for whale watching thanks to some special visitors seldom seen in those waters."

"It is an unusual sight to be sure: Humpback whales frolicking in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge."