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Bay Area planners back local fuel tax for transit

March 15, 2010

Democrats in the Legislature threw a fiscal lifeline to public transit last week, bolstering financing for buses and trains at a time when the state is cutting just about everything else. But leaders of the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission saw the moment as a lost opportunity for fundamental change in the way California pays for public transit. They want a local sales tax on fuel.

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Healthy SF: providing care, and peace of mind

March 14, 2010

Aurelio Duran has always known he is lucky to live in San Francisco. At first, it was because he loved the city and its music scene. Today, it is also because San Francisco offers universal health care. Second in a series by HealthyCal contributor Richard C. Paddock.

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Water for Life

March 11, 2010

The East Oakland Boxing Association is about more than boxing. The center also has a youth internship program that trains young people in skills that could help them get a job or start a business. Recently, a group of youth interns worked with another nonprofit to overhaul the center’s water use and improve its water conservation. HealthyCal contributor Martin Ricard has their story in this video report.

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Health reform is already here — in San Francisco

March 7, 2010

The overhaul of America’s health care system may be stalled in Washington, but in San Francisco, a new method of delivering health care is already in place. Known as Healthy San Francisco, it is designed to care for the poor and under-served. It provides universal access to health care, comes with a public option, and has no exclusion for prior medical conditions. HealthyCal.org contributor Richard C. Paddock has the first part of a series on the program and the people it serves.

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Bringing yoga to the streets

March 7, 2010

While leading a life marred by drinking and drugs, Tamara Standard discovered the restorative health properties of yoga. After becoming a yoga teacher herself, Standard’s unique vision was to expand yoga beyond the halls of elite yoga studios and into under-served communities. HealthyCal contribributor Matt Perry has this video report.

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Wiping the slate clean

March 4, 2010

The Clean Slate Practice at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley aims to increase employment opportunities for individuals with prior convictions by dismissing their criminal records after they demonstrate rehabilitation. The group has urged lawmakers to ‘ban the box,’ or exclude inquiries on prior convictions, on employment applications. They argue that such remedies will make our communities safer by making it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs and re-enter mainstream society. Vanessa Lindlaw and Jason Lind have the story in this video report.

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Art therapy in the Tenderloin

March 1, 2010

The Community Arts Program in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District offers free art studio space and supplies — as well as a place to get off the streets and get creative — to more than 30 people per day, five days a week. It is run by Hospitality House, a non-profit that has served the homeless and low-income populations of the Tenderloin since 1967. HealthyCal contributor Paige Bierma offers this video profile.

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A troubled life turns around

February 24, 2010

Derrick Bedford spent his youth shuttling into and out of juvenile hall on drug charges. Now he runs a program that helps change the lives of troubled youth who are genuinely interested in change. He works in the same jail where he was once locked up. HealthyCal contributor Tony Wilson offers this video profile.

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Putting “health and wellness” into city plan

February 19, 2010

The city of Richmond is close to adopting a new way of planning for the city’s future, adding a “health and wellness” element to its general plan that will force developers to address new concerns when they design neighborhoods or other projects. The city believes it would be the first in the nation with such a comprehensive requirement. HealthyCal’s Martin Ricard profiles the plan in this video report.

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Living with the sound of gunfire

January 21, 2010

Gunfire is so common in Richmond, Calif., that residents of neighborhoods like the Iron Triangle no longer call 911 at the sound of shots fired, according to the city’s police department. In response, earlier this year, the city installed the ShotSpotter system. The sensors detect and pinpoint gunfire fired to a specific address, and call police to the scene less than a minute after shots are fired.

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