San Francisco | KALW

San Francisco

Sabrina McFarland grew up in Visitacion Valley. She lived in a neighborhood where violence was a part of daily life. When she was just six, she started going to the neighborhood Boys & Girls Club.

Courtesy of Chesa Boudin's campaign

San Francisco’s next top cop, Chesa Boudin, made his experience as a public defender and the son of incarcerated radicals the center of his campaign. And he told voters he would end racial disparities in the city’s criminal justice system.

  

In today's Audiograph, we’re going to a forest.

Claire Stremple

 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has been an advocate for safe injection sites for illegal drug users since she was first elected. It’s an idea that has been unpopular with the federal government. But earlier this fall, a federal judge ruled that a safe injection site in Philadelphia does not violate federal law.

Holly J. McDede / KALW

On Christmas Eve in 1975, Vicki Hennessy worked her first shift inside a San Francisco jail. Decades later, she went on to be elected San Francisco’s first female sheriff.

Angela Johnston / KALW

In 2000, San Francisco passed what was considered a highly progressive public finance system for city elections. But since that time, analysts say that San Francisco has fallen far behind other major U.S. cities.

Lynn Friedman / Flickr Creative Commons

Next Tuesday, San Franciscans will vote for a mayor. Just like they did last year. Ever since Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away in December of 2017, the city’s top position has mostly been held by London Breed.

Courtesy of Juanita Chavez

Ethnic Maya from Central America are escaping gang-related violence and food insecurity and building new communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lee Romney / KALW

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

The Big Lift, an original KALW documentary, follows Carver Elementary School’s family liaison over the course of a year as she works to support struggling parents and guardians — so their kids can thrive in the classroom.

KALW is listener supported. Donate to support local public radio.  

Ellen Lee Zhou is one of five candidates running to unseat San Francisco’s current mayor. She’s got a Master’s Degree in social work from San Francisco State, and has worked as a behavioral health clinician. 

How has the city of San Francisco changed in the last decade, and what will it look like in the future?  Host Ethan Elkind sits down with retiring San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim.

Ian Lewis / KALW News

In this Audiograph, we head to the Golden Gate Park Angling and Casting Club. 

Magnolia McKay / KALW

San Francisco’s public housing is in the middle of a huge transition. In 2007, the city rolled a plan to redevelop four of the city’s public housing sites in phases to avoid displacing any residents. Now, residents in Potrero Hill are in the first phase.

Holly J. McDede / KALW

Nancy Tung is a longtime prosecutor running to be San Francisco’s next district attorney. She says San Francisco prosecutors need a leader who can make hard choices that aren’t necessarily politically popular. 

Courtesy of Suzy Loftus

The race for San Francisco’s District Attorney is proving to be one of the city’s most surprising races in recent memory. A few days before early voting opened this week, Mayor Breed appointed Suzy Loftus as interim DA.

Holly J. McDede / KALW

Early voters in the San Francisco headed to the polls today. They’ll have the chance to choose the city’s next district attorney. 

Courtesy of Scott Kildall/ Waterworks

Our stories are made to be heard. If you can, please listen.

Chava Kronenberg is on a manhole hunt.

“Oh! Wow! There it is! We have a winner!” she exclaims near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 5th Avenue in San Francisco.

  An alumni group has sued to challenge the San Francisco school board’s decision to cover a controversial mural displayed in a public high school that some criticized as racist.

Adriana Morga / KALW

President Trump’s had both strong rhetoric and policies on immigration during his presidency. One way that immigrants’ lives are impacted is through remittances — money sent from the U.S. to other countries. 

Wikimedia Commons

This legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom had dozens of bills on his desk to consider signing into law. And the range of issues was wide, from police use of force, to water use, from vaccine exemptions to microchip implants in pets. Some he vetoed, others he signed. 

A Survey Of Straws: Which Ones Fail To Suck?

Oct 2, 2019
Alice Woelfle / KALW

Who would have thought straws could be so controversial? Alternatives to plastic straws are everywhere. Which ones suck, and which ones fail to suck? And don’t we have much larger environmental problems to solve?

Truc Nguyen

 

Almost 60 years ago, the City of San Francisco named a unique street Brotherhood Way. On the south-side of Brotherhood Way, there’s a row of churches and faith-based institutions.

How Will Tall Buildings React In The Big One?

Oct 1, 2019
Michael Lock Swingen / KALW

  

San Francisco’s Tall Buildings Safety Strategy puts forth 16 key recommendations that could improve the city’s readiness for a major earthquake. A recent talk at the San Francisco nonprofit SPUR explored what those suggestions are and how to make them happen.

Don Kagin

Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. San Francisco artist Jeremy Fish wanted to know: What is the value today of an authentic monetary note from the famous San Francisco anti-hero Emperor Norton?

Event Permits Bring Cannabis To Bay Area Music Festivals

Sep 25, 2019
Ariella Markowitz

If you haven’t been to Outside Lands, the music festival held each August in Golden Gate Park, here’s the rundown. The youth, with way better fashion taste than you, are paying 10 dollars for boba tea. Their poor Instagram friends … are hella jealous.

courtesy of Brendon Chan

  

Brendon Chan’s dancing talents have taken him to many countries. Now, he’s back home in San Francisco performing in the hit musical Hamilton. Brendon spoke to KALW’s Jenee Darden about what it took to reach this point of his career.

Ariella Markowitz / KALW

Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know, what’s the history behind the street fire alarm boxes around the city? Are they functioning today?

Laura Wenus / KALW

Stories of abuse or serious neglect in nursing homes make headlines, but patients and consumer advocates are trying to bring attention to overarching issues and push for a better system.

Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo

Patricia McGinnis, executive director of California Advocated for Nursing Home Reform, discusses the problems in the nursing care industry.

Laura Wenus / KALW

As California ages, the demand for nursing home beds is exceeding the supply. Advocates say it is especially difficult for seniors who need long-term care because our health care system incentivizes providers to favor short-term patients.

Pages