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  • Two Bay Citizen reporters honored by journalism society

    The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has named The Bay Citizen's Aaron Glantz Journalist of the Year. His ongoing coverage of the numerous challenges that veterans face upon returning home from war has garnered national attention and has triggered federal reforms to help veterans receive the care they urgently need.

    His coverage of the Department of Veterans Affairs, especially the VA in Oakland, has revealed massive backlogs for vets waiting on benefits related to disabilities sustained while in the military. In his reporting, Glantz found that wait times are longest in urban areas. You can ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads: California's veterans

    Today's Rush Hour Reads takes a look at the troubling number of veterans struggling after they return from war, especially in California. Stories by The Bay Citizen revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs has a backlog of thousands of disability claims that is taking months to process. Take a look at these stories reporting the latest news about the VA.

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    According to this story from NPR, the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in West Los Angeles has been profiting from rental deals with private enterprises instead of using the space to house some of ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads: Collaborative consumption

    Today's Rush Hour Reads takes a look at the sharing economy that has sprung up in the Bay Area. Do you use Casual Carpool? Drop off the kids at a nanny-share? I'm interested in the innovative ways you save on costs by sharing things with others.

    Today's suggestions:

    Zusha Elinson's recent story looked at the lack of regulation around rideshare services in San Francisco. Companies like Sidecar and Lyft avoid medallion fees by allowing approved everyday drivers to pick up riders through a mobile app. After the story was published, both companies announced that they would ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads from the Animal Kingdom

    Today's Rush Hour Reads is dedicated to stories from the Animal Kingdom. From the brain anatomy of octopus to cancer rates among Tasmania's famed “devils,” use your commute home tonight to learn about recent news about the fauna around us.

    Today's suggestions:

    DiscoveryNews has this story on feathery funerals – researchers have learned that certain birds gather around their deceased for a period of reflection, perhaps out of respect as much as the fear of a similar fate.

    Teresa Iglesias and colleagues studied the western scrub jay and discovered that when one bird dies, the others do not ...

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  • This week's must-read stories from our education reporters

    Reporters and editors at The Center for Investigative Reporting had a busy week – especially those who cover education. Here's a quick roundup of some of our investigations into California's schools from this week – just in time for the beginning of the semester.

    After Jennifer Gollan wrote this story on lax oversight of vocational schools in California, the Legislature voted to require these schools to disclose more key information – like graduation rates and accreditation status. Read the update here.

    The new legislation requires vocational schools offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to indicate in their course ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads: Howlin' wolf and brain hacks

    It's almost the weekend – and for some, it's a long one with the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Sit back, relax and take in these two stories for your trip home. You're one commute closer to the end of the week. 

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    California's lone wolf – literally, we only have one – is wandering mysteriously close to wildfires burning in the northern part of the state. The San Francisco Chronicle has been following the GPS-enabled wolf's story for a while now, and its latest story speculates on why the wolf is lingering around the edges ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads: Going viral

    Today, Rush Hour Reads goes viral. From West Nile and the flu, to the programs that crash your computer, getting a virus is usually bad news for humans. Watch out for mosquitoes and be careful when downloading files from mysterious emails, and read these recent headlines concerning those tiny, infectious agents.

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    Cases of West Nile virus have spiked over the past week, and nationwide, instances of human infection are at an all-time high. The Contra Costa Times has this story on how local mosquito control groups are trying to quash the virus before it spreads in the ...

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  • Inform our reporting: Questions we are asking this week

    About once a week, we post about questions we're asking through the Public Insight Network, a database that connects potential sources with reporters across the country. These sources often help inform our reporting to keep stories relevant and interesting. Signing up for PIN is a great way get involved with your local media -- you can become a source for the Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting by clicking here.

    Recently, transportation reporter Zusha Elinson used PIN for an informal poll -- he wanted to know where pedestrians feel unsafe on the streets of San Francisco. He wrote up ...

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  • Rush Hour Reads: Show me the money

    Today's Rush Hour Reads takes a look at recent stories about cold, hard cash. California's economic woes have been making headlines for a while, and the election season has ratcheted up the discussion about pensions, wages, foreclosures and other financial matters in the Golden State. Check out these finance-themed stories from KQED and The Sacramento Bee.

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    Gov. Jerry Brown has reached an agreement with state lawmakers on California's much-maligned pension system. Hundreds of thousands of local and state government workers could be affected by changes, which go into effect Jan. 1. Check out this ...

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  • From The I Files: Stop, collaborate and frisk 'em?

    Earlier this month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dropped his plan to implement stop-and-frisk policies in the city amid a roar of citizen opposition and outcry. As reported by The Bay Citizen, Lee previously expressed an interest in the tactic used in major cities such as New York and Philadelphia to help reduce gun violence and lower the crime rate.

    The policy gives police the right to detain and pat down anyone they deem suspicious. However, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and community and civil rights advocates argue that the policy would result in racial profiling and increased tension ...

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Citizen Comments

  • Local political leaders need to recognize that we actually can ask voters to raise their taxes and earmark them for specific purposes - such as public transit.
    Look at your most recent county property tax bill to see examples.