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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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

944 Lost Guns // Mercury News

"Nine-hundred and forty-four guns. From Glocks, Sig Sauers and Remingtons to sniper and assault rifles… 

"They used to belong to law enforcement officers across California, but a new Bay Area News Group investigation found hundreds of police-issued weapons have been either stolen, lost or can’t be accounted for since 2010, often disappearing onto the streets without a trace.

"A year after a bullet from a federal agent’s stolen gun killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, this news organization surveyed more than 240 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and discovered an alarming disregard for the way many officers — from police chiefs to cadets to FBI agents — safeguard their weapons."

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California voters to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana // Marin Independent Journal

"California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

"A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast."

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SF expanding program that has bused 10K homeless residents out of town in past decade // SF Examiner

"San Francisco’s decade-old program providing free one-way Greyhound bus tickets for the homeless to leave town.

"Since February 2005, The City has provided nearly 10,000 homeless residents Greyhound bus tickets — also a $10 per travel day allowance for food — to cities across the United States under Homeward Bound, the bus ticket home program, according to data compiled by the San Francisco Examiner through the Freedom of Information Act.

"The total number bused fluctuates each year from a low of 815 to a high of 942. That amounts to an average of more than two homeless people every day that San Francisco ships out via Greyhound."

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Farmers' market program to help low-income families gets new life // East Bay Times

"California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a bill that could boost a program increasing access to healthy food for low-income families through farmers' markets that has already grown considerably in the Bay Area.

"The governor has approved a state budget that includes $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act, which sets up a program to discount fresh produce at farmers' markets for low-income shoppers. Signing the bill allows the state to take advantage of federal matching money through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program and thus double the impact of its investment in the program."

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Oakland Seeks to Ban False Advertising by Anti-Abortion Clinics // KQED

"Oakland officials are considering an ordinance that would allow the city to fine pregnancy centers that claim to offer abortion services, but do not.

"Officials say some anti-abortion groups’ internet advertising and mass transit billboards are misleading, and intended to lure pregnant women in for counseling against abortion."

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Rec & Park gardener has Facebook meltdown over Dolores Park slobs // SF Gate

"A San Francisco Recreation and Park gardener's expletive-filled rant about the trash problem at Dolores Park was pulled from Facebook, but not before the SFist captured a screen grab. 

"Mark Lujan posted a video (shared here on SF Weekly) showing the heaps of trash left behind by park-goers during last weekend's Pride event and expressed frustration over the ongoing problem and the city's Love Dolores outreach campaign that aims to encourage people to pack out their garbage."