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Civic is the flagship audio program from the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit news institution, covering the city and how it works. The radio program airs every weekday on KSFP -LP 102.5 FM in San Francisco.
 
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Hummingbird Farm provides organic food as well as medicinal plants, and serves as a community and education hub in particular for young people. Tere Almaguer, an environmental justice organizer with PODER, which operates the farm, talked with “Civic” about how the drought has already had an impact, and how the group has adapted to years of inconsis…
 
"We made the commitment that even with an expected deficit, we want to give this gift to the city. It's so necessary for the community to come back together" - Ilan Vasconcelos In this episode we feature the voice of the Director of Development of Stern Grove Festival Ilana Vasconcelos. With the State of California officially reopening on June 15th…
 
"There's become a recognition again, internally that artists are seeing themselves as laborers and essential workers and that it is okay to proclaim that doesn't take away of the integrity of your work and your creation" - Julie Baker In this episode we feature the voice of the Executive Director of Californians for the Arts Julie Baker. Julie shar…
 
Freedom of information advocates and journalists have criticized a number of instances in which law enforcement officers arrested, detained, or even injured reporters at work covering protests in California. In response, state Senator Mike McGuire authored SB 98, which aims to codify journalists’ right to access demonstrations. As the proposal make…
 
Members of San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team show up to situations when someone is experiencing a mental health or substance-related crisis, as an alternative to police response, which can escalate such situations. Dr. Angelica Almeida with the Department of Public Health, Chief Simon Pang from the fire department, clinician Shari Lachin …
 
With droughts expected to continue and worsen in coming years, water managers are exploring conservation approaches. Laura Feinstein, sustainability and resilience policy director at the urban think tank SPUR, explains the difficult choice between attempting to create separate drinking and nonpotable water systems, or developing robust wastewater r…
 
With vaccination rates on the rise and lockdown restrictions lifting, audiences are returning to indoor venues. For community cinemas like the Roxie Theater, reopening is emotional. The Roxie’s executive director Lex Sloan says limited seating for recent screenings sold out quickly, filling her with hope that cinephiles are eager to return in perso…
 
"So we see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm trying not to use the word pivot anymore. I feel like I've pivoted so many times that I'm just pivoting in a big circle right now" - Tracey Sylvester Welcome to our one-hour special panel discussion on small businesses. In today’s special episode we wanted to provide a broader understanding of the …
 
Commuters are slowly returning to BART after ridership fell to around ten percent of pre-pandemic levels for several months. Now the transit agency is ratcheting up service, with plans to return to the pre-pandemic schedule by August 30th. We discover how the agency has survived the pandemic and what lies ahead with BART Media Relations Manager Jim…
 
Demonstrators in Hong Kong have been demanding more democratic freedoms, as well as an inquiry into police use of force and the release of detained protestors. As millions have taken to the streets and participated in other actions, clashes between police and protestors have gotten violent. Here in the Bay Area, Hong Kongers have been paying close …
 
California is back in a drought, and in many parts of the state the drought is extreme. San Francisco’s residential water use is among the lowest among large cities in California, says Steven Ritchie, assistant general manager for water for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He explains where the city gets its water from and how it's us…
 
According to a ranking from the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, all San Francisco residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, but residents of neighborhoods where most people identify as people of color have access to 56% less park space per capita than residents in neighborhoods that are predominantly white. Alejandra Chiesa, Bay Area progr…
 
We talk about all the pollution and all the issues that surround the Bayview and all the history such as the shipyard and all the changes in land that has happened in the Southeast - Alex Velasco In this episode our featured voices are Executive Director Justice Patrick Marley Rump, Senior Development Consultant LeeAndrea Morton, and Community Prog…
 
"We do whatever it takes to strengthen and advocate for children, families, and adults to realize their hopes, behavior, health, and well being"- Faith Jackson In this episode, our featured voice is the Transitional Housing Program Supervisor of Uplift Family Services Faith Jackson. The focus of this week’s show is on how the covid-19 pandemic is i…
 
While California is set to fully reopen on June 15, the unemployment rate appears to be holding steady. Businesses are opening positions, but residents are also dropping out of the workforce entirely. And the state’s Employment Development Department, which handles unemployment claims, is still working to resolve thousands of backlogged cases and b…
 
Every city is special in some way to the people who call it home, but as author Gary Kamiya writes, San Francisco is a more potent touchstone than most thanks to the unique place it occupies in the American imagination. In the new anthology “The End of the Golden Gate,” writers including W. Kamau Bell, Margaret Cho and Michelle Tea reflect on a cit…
 
You don’t need a building to provide library services to your community - Jayanti In this episode our featured voices are the founder of Common Knowledge Susan Stuart Clark, the Director of Library Services, of the Hayward Public Library Jayanti Addleman and the Library Director of the Redwood City Library Derek Wolfgram Welcome to our one-hour spe…
 
City College’s Board of Trustees recently voted on a plan to reduce teacher pay instead of laying teachers off, a plan that members of the teachers union had also voted on and approved. But this is only a short-term fix to one of the college’s financial problems. Alan Wong, a member of the Board of Trustees and a legislative aide to Supervisor Gord…
 
Aging is often obscured from movies, or portrayed in ways that perpetuate stereotypes about what aging is. The films at thetheLegacy Film Festival on Aging counter that by exploring more fully what it means to get older. The festival will showcase films about themes often associated with aging, like memory, disability and caring, but also includes …
 
Janitors have been taking to the streets in San Francisco for weeks to advocate for better working conditions during the pandemic, even going on a three-day strike in mid-March. They’ve advocated for improvements like better ventilation in buildings, better protective gear for workers, health insurance coverage, and a wage increase. Juan Hernandez,…
 
Before coronavirus cases were confirmed in San Francisco, paramedic Alfredo Banuelos and his colleagues were watching case numbers in other cities, still at a distance. Then he got his first patient. When the virus arrived in San Francisco and the city locked down and everything changed, procedures on the ambulance changed too. He reflects on how t…
 
"Our mantras for the whole course of the pandemic has been trying to get as many resources to nonprofits as possible"-Lucy Salcido Carter In this episode our featured voices are Public Policy Director Lucy Salcido Carter and Christina Dragonetti the Outreach and Communications Director at CalNonprofits. Over this past 13 months of producing this sp…
 
“How you get an entire sector back on its feet after 18 months of closure is really difficult and we're going to need support for years”-Brad Erickson In this episode our featured voice is the Executive Director of Theater Bay Area, Brad Erickson. We wanted to host Theater Bay Area because they are another one of our long-time performing arts organ…
 
“They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." "I hope people recognize that we are continuing to fight and uprise against the injustices that are happening on all levels.” - Jasmine Dellafosse Today’s convening and conversation with community leaders is our final follow up conversation from both our The Townhall Event we hosted in Ma…
 
San Francisco’s school district and board of education have been in the spotlight for a variety of controversies. Those include school reopening, a member of the board suing the district, an effort to recall some members, and an initiative to rename certain schools. Putting the controversies aside, two education reporters — Jill Tucker with the San…
 
Under a new health order, San Franciscans no longer need to wear a mask while doing outdoor activities like walking or biking when they’re alone or with members of their household. Unvaccinated people should wear a mask if social distancing can’t be maintained. Fully vaccinated people can almost entirely forgo masks outdoors, with some specific exc…
 
“I look forward to seeing how sort of the general public reviews, how they look at artists. And go, Oh, this is a valid life choice”-Erica Andracchio In this episode our featured voice is Playwriter, actress and Executive Director of the Left Coast Theater Company. Erica Andracchio who describes herself as, the lady with many hats for a number of y…
 
"Harriet's Spirit is using the spirit of Harriet Tubman as an inspiration to a young girl to overcome bullying in school" - Nicole Paiement In this episode our featured voice is the Artistic and General Director of Opera Parallele Nicole Paiement. “I started this company because I was very eager to not only collaborate with a lot of artists in the …
 
Some students in the San Francisco Unified School District are back in classrooms — as of April 26, more than 19,000 of them. But there are tens of thousands more students in the district. The school board has resolved to give all students the option to return to in-person instruction in the fall. Gentle Blythe, deputy superintendent of strategic p…
 
I think the challenge for us is that we live and breathe this pain daily. And that's hard as this is to hear my aunt in pain. I carry that every single day. How the hell do they expect us to respond to a police officer who is biased against us to act professional and appropriate and kind when we know the one thing this cop wants to do is to hurt us…
 
On February 1, after a democratic election, the Burmese military seized control of the government and declared a year-long state of emergency. Burmese people have been protesting that takeover, and the military has cracked down with deadly use of force, killing hundreds including children. Demonstrations in solidarity have also been held around the…
 
I think that some of the most innovative, if not the only innovative programs that we saw to be successful was because the City listened to communities and neighbors and residents who had all the ideas quickly and your small business, entrepreneurs like your restaurants who were like, we got to figure something out of we're closed down.- Joaquin To…
 
In 2009, BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, later claiming he had meant to use his Taser and not his gun. In April 2021, Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright — and police say this, too, was due to getting the less-lethal weapon and the gun confused. To get a better sense of how much…
 
Many people are unsure how to respond when they find themselves observing a conflict, or when someone might be bothering, harassing or even about to attack another person. In response to a wave of violent attacks against Asian-Americans, two organizations have partnered to offer an adapted bystander intervention training, which has been in very hig…
 
Members of San Francisco's Homeless Outreach Team — also known as the “HOT team” — walk neighborhood beats to offer support, information, and referrals to services for people living on the streets. During the pandemic, the resources available, particularly shelters, changed significantly. Meanwhile, our collective understanding of what would work b…
 
We think that part of recovering at a grand scale in this country and in communities is actually going to be specifically about the performing arts. Because there’s something there that can be delivered to people to say, okay, we're on the other side, we made it. - Meg Friedman In this episode our featured voices are Meg Friedman a senior consultan…
 
A youth-led, youth-run initiative called San Francisco Communities who Help Advance the New Generation of Education — or SFCHANGE — is offering workshops to young people on topics that might not be taught in their classrooms otherwise, from organizing their finances to organizing around climate change. Adrianna Zhang, founder and executive director…
 
Redistricting, the process by which electoral districts are drawn, will happen locally as well as at the state and federal levels. San Francisco will use Census data but also, crucially, resident input, to redraw its supervisorial districts. Alison Goh, president of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, explains how the process will work and…
 
At the uprisings sparked by the killing of George Floyd last year, demonstrators all over the country were calling on their municipalities to “defund the police.” In Oakland, a Reimagining Public Safety Task Force in March approved a long list of recommendations, many of them made by the Anti Police Terror Project, an organization that has been cal…
 
Under California's Proposition 22, passed last year, companies whose apps dispatch gig workers aren’t considered those workers' employers, so they are exempt from providing benefits for them like unemployment protections, minimum wage, and sick leave. The proposition did provide for a minimum earnings guarantee and some health care benefits like st…
 
Less than 5% of the people that are creating all of the things that make up the soundtrack to our lives every day are women or gender nonconforming folks or gender diverse - Elena Botkin-Levy In this episode we feature the voices of Managing Director Elena Bot Kin–Levy and the Director of Education Leah King of Women’s Audio Mission Women’s Audio M…
 
Violence against Asian-Americans has sparked discussions about the racist policies, animus and attacks that have been part of US history for a long time, from exclusionary and segregationist policies to harmful myths and stereotypes about Asian people. Author Jeff Chang has written extensively about this history, and politics and race in America, a…
 
Nearly 4,000 attacks on Asian-Americans — including verbal and physical assaults — were reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a national tracking project launched by a coalition of activist groups last year, as of late February 2021. Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, one of the founding partners of Stop AAPI Hate, reflect…
 
San Francisco based community newspaper the "Bay Area Reporter" began publishing on April 1st, 1971 chronicling the earliest days of Queer activism. On this episode we speak with the publisher and news editor about the history covered in its pages and the challenges of running a commercial newspaper amid a pandemic in the digital age.…
 
Pandemic or no, sanitation workers are still collecting the city's waste material. Civic hitches an early morning ride with Recology recycling driver Gareth Willey to get a sense for how the pandemic has changed his work. While the decreased traffic has made the streets a little less crowded, the bins he empties are now piled high with cardboard bo…
 
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