Daily news roundup for Monday, July 11, 2016
Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW News:
Hundreds Demand Police Accountability in in San Francisco March // KQED
“More than 1,000 people marched from the Embarcadero up Market Street to City Hall Friday in a protest against police killings.
“At San Francisco’s iconic corner of Market and Powell Streets, where tourists usually catch street cars and jewelry displays line the sidewalks, protesters stopped and sat quietly in the street, some crying, for a reading of the names of people killed by police over six months this year in America.
“Among them, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota were killed this week by on-duty officers. They are two of 509 people killed by police this year.”
Wetland presents roadblock for Bolinas affordable housing project // Marin IJ
“An effort by the Bolinas Community Land Trust to build affordable workforce housing in the community appears to have run afoul of the state Coastal Act.
“We were hoping to build some below-market-rate family housing for people who work out here — like teachers and doctors and the like who can’t find affordable housing,” said Arianne Dar, the land trust’s president.
“But in preliminary discussions Marin County’s Community Development Agency has advised the trust that it is unlikely the project could win approval because part of the land falls within a 100-foot buffer to a wetland.”
Is rural King’s county ready for a high tech town?// The California Report
“Kings County is known for farmed products like cotton and milk, as well as prisons and the Naval Air Station in Lemoore. Now, a Southern California group wants to build a brand-new high-tech town in this agricultural county.
“At the moment this proposed town is nothing but 7,500 acres of desert. But Southern California real estate developer and entrepreneur Quay Hays wants to change that. His company, GROW Holdings, develops green projects.
“GROW Holdings is paying for all the plans, permitting, land and water acquisitions. Development funds will come from private capital and buyers. But for this city to become a reality, the company’s plans will have to get past the Kings County Planning Division, led by Greg Gatzka.”
Major delays after Caltrain strikes abandoned car in Burlingame // SF Gate
“A southbound commuter train slammed into car abandoned on the tracks in Burlingame Monday morning, temporarily halting service in both directions as crews worked to clear the vehicle from the scene, transit officials said.
“Caltrain No. 102, with about 35 passengers on board, struck the Honda Accord about 5:30 a.m. north of the Broadway crossing, said Tasha Bartholomew, a spokeswoman for San Mateo County Transit District. The passengers and train operator were not injured in the crash.
“Commuters were told to expect delays up to an hour and a half.”
Volunteers keep Ocean Beach from drowning in trash // SFGate
“Many San Franciscans were just stepping out of bed Sunday morning as several dozen volunteers gathered on Ocean Beach to pull garbage from the sand.
“Beneath the rising sun, they grabbed neoprene gloves and bright-orange buckets and set off in search of what others had discarded — bottle caps, cigarette butts, a cardboard pizza box, a bra.
“It’s scary what we found,” said Lupe Kesel of Burlingame, who brought her daughter.
“The Surfrider Foundation’s San Francisco chapter hosted the cleanup at the popular oceanside hangout, providing supplies and hand sanitizer to anyone who showed up to help. To entice volunteers, the nonprofit environmental organization also teamed up with Ghirardelli, which offered free hot chocolate and vouchers for ice cream sundaes.”
San Francisco tenant's rent triples two weeks after partner commits suicide // SF Gate
“Only two weeks after Christopher Holden lost his partner of five years to suicide in May 2016, he received a letter stating that the rent on the San Francisco studio he shared with his lover and best friend would be nearly doubled and raised to market value.
“Even though the action by the company managing the apartment building on Grove Street would be considered cold and heartless by most, it was legal.
“Suddenly, Holden, 42, found himself facing the unbearable loss of his partner and rent he couldn't afford to pay as a social worker, coincidentally, working for a nonprofit that assists elderly at risk of becoming homeless.
“In the past, Holden and Conte split the $1,390 monthly payment. Now Holden faced paying the full former rent plus the $760 increase on his own. He was going from paying $695 a month to $2,150—that's more than triple.”