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A Revolutionary Poet Fans The Bay's Literary Fires

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Author and educator Tongo Eisen-Martin was just named San Francisco's eight poet laureate. His work as prison activist to revolutionary poet has taken him from San Francisco to South Africa, with stops at Columbia University and Riker's Island. In this interview, Eisen-Martin shares stories behind his art, his upbringing, and his human-rights advocacy work.

Katie Gilmartin

Blackmail, My Love is a noir murder-mystery novel set in San Francisco, 1951 - "The Dark Ages of Queerdom," as author and illustrator Katie Gilmartin puts it - when cops raided gay and lesbian bars, beat up patrons and demanded "protection" money, and when lesbians and gay men were so afraid of public exposure they were easy blackmail targets.  The book is illustrated with 21 of Gilmartin's original prints, including "Miss Double Strand" here.

10pm Tuesday on KALW, historian, printmaker, Queer Ancestors Project founder and novelist Katie Gilmartin reads from her book and talks about mid-last century San Francisco queer life.

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The San Francisco Unified School District Board, Tuesday night, approved a new school assignment process for elementary schools.

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Last month, San Francisco announced it would move hundreds of homeless people out of city-funded hotel rooms before Christmas. Now, those plans are changing.

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San Francisco is set for more restrictions in response to the current rise in COVID-19 cases. What does this mean as the city enters the holiday season?

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Currently, contract negotiations between the city and the San Francisco Police Officers Association happen behind closed doors. But as calls for police reform grow louder locally and across the country, Supervisor Hillary Ronen wants this to change.

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As winter weather moved into San Francisco, Mayor London Breed had some chilly news for restaurant owners and their patrons. “Sadly, beginning the end of the day Friday, we will need to eliminate indoor dining” Breed said.

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The country is starting the week with a new president-elect. For many people, it was a weekend of celebration. For others, it was a weekend of protest. And, while we’ve been directing a lot of our attention to the presidential race, we are also following the aftermath of our local elections here in the Bay Area. 

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The city is negotiating pay for police through June 2023. If passed, the agreement would defer pay raises for police officers for the next two years. City officials wanted to cut spending because of the COVID-19 economic downturn, and estimate it would save San Francisco $12 million this year.  

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On November 3, San Francisco began to phase out a program that provided its most vulnerable unhoused population with hotel rooms during the pandemic.  

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story contained errors stating that "Entwined" would be open on Tuesday, Dec 1st. The correct opening date is Thursday, December 10th. The original audio has been removed.

For Bay Area residents looking for a bit of light hearted fun, a whimsical LED forest is coming to Golden Gate Park on December 10, as part of the park’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The 20-foot-tall installation is called “Entwined.” And it’s made up of thousands of multi-colored LED lights. Which span three large tree sculptures and several clusters of what look like small flowering bushes.


Two San Francisco school board members were the target of online harassment after the board’s closely watched decision to change Lowell High School’s admissions system to a lottery.


Disturbing images were posted to Facebook and Twitter showing Gabriela López and Alison Collins, both women of color, with swastikas photoshopped onto their foreheads and a red X across their faces. In a video, you can see bloodstained white gloves holding the images while they burn. 

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Nearly every election you'll see a bond measure on San Francisco ballots. It’s always the first proposition listed, and it's a way to fund what the Board of Supervisors or the mayor deem essential city services, like earthquake safety, school repairs, or park maintenance. 

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The San Francisco Board of Education, Tuesday, unanimously voted to change the way students will be accepted to Lowell High School next year. The school will temporarily adopt the same largely lottery based system used by the majority of San Francisco public high schools


San Francisco’s Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday night — discussing a controversial change to the admission policy at the highly sought after Lowell High School. 

Tuesday night’s online board meeting got rowdy as a newly proposed lottery system received impassioned support and criticism.    

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Four Bay Area counties have failed to meet California's new COVID-19 health equity requirements. They won’t be able to reopen any further until they do.

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Listener Katie Taylor asked us to find out how San Francisco’s Folsom Street became “the center of sexy times.” KALW Audio Academy Fellow Lance Gardner went to find out.

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This week hair salons and pools were allowed to reopen in San Francisco. Some schools hope they’ll be next.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.


Local government leaders are aiming to soften COVID-19’s blow to the economy by overhauling the city’s tax structure.



This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

If passed, Measure E would allow San Francisco to make changes to the number of full-time police officers on its force.

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San Francisco could join Oakland and Berkeley when the city’s Supervisors vote on millions in proposed cuts to the San Francisco Police Department.

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San Francisco has been talking about turning a parking lot next to City College’s Ocean Campus into housing for decades.

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Hey Area is where you ask the questions and we find the answers. Today’s question comes from Monzerrath Gonzalez: “Who are the most influential Latinos in the Bay Area?”

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This past Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to end phone call fees in San Francisco County jails.

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Transportation authorities in the Bay Area have been facing low ridership and higher cleaning costs since the pandemic began. 

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San Francisco Public health officials released guidelines this week on how to safely reopen San Francisco’s schools, considering both the public health effects of the virus as well as students’ learning and well-being.

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San Francisco landlords are suing the city over the COVID-era eviction moratorium. 

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This weekend crowds of people gathered in various parts of the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of pride. 

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There’s been a significant uptick in complaints about fireworks going off in the Bay Area recently. But is there actually an uptick this year?