A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California examines how nearly $1.5 billion in budget cuts in recent years has limited access to the state’s community college system.
I asked Erica Perez – the higher education reporter at California Watch, The Bay Ctizen's sister site – to help break down what the changes mean for the 2.4 million students who attend community colleges. Below are excerpts of our conversation.
California community colleges have experienced a cut of nearly $1.5 billion between 2007-08 and 2011-12.
The Public Policy Institute of California report states: “Student enrollment rates ...Read More »
We drink it, we bathe with it, we even swim in it – but we may not often think about water. What is the source of the water we're drinking? What happens when whole communities don't have access to clean water? Here are four stories that explore how we interact with water.
We spend $11 billion a year on bottled water, but we don’t really know where it comes from
Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones reports most of us don’t know where our water comes from, due, in part, to regulations around bottled water. “In order to ...Read More »
Is the practice of homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching,” as the United Methodist Church’s doctrine states? Delegates from across the globe gathered in Tampa, Fla., last April to debate the issue, and The Bay Citizen's parent organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting, was there to capture the conversation. You can see the debate play out in a new documentary from CIR, in collaboration with KQED, called, “A Church Divided.”
The film explores this contentious topic from both sides of the metaphorical aisle, featuring interviews and commentary from progressive church leaders, traditionalists and evangelicals, as well as professors of ...Read More »
The debate over same-sex marriage has been raging as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a decision on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California law that made such marriages illegal. However, the discussion also extends beyond the political landscape, as churches across the world are having similar conversations about how their religion's dogma should apply to this contentious topic.
Our new documentary, “A Church Divided,” explores the issue within the United Methodist Church, which weighed whether or not homosexuality is compatible with Christian teaching at its global convention in April. We'll be hosting a free screening of ...Read More »
BART will hold a public hearing Thursday on a controversial Millbrae station development proposal that's been marred by accusations of favoritism and backroom dealing.
The first public airing comes after series of articles by The Bay Citizen detailed the ties between BART directors and the developers trying to win the project.
In May 2011, the BART board voted to enter into exclusive negotiations with Justin Development to build a hotel, even though studies showed that Republic Urban’s proposal to develop an office complex would likely mean more money and riders for the transit agency.
Justin Development is owned ...Read More »
National Green Week is coming to an end, but our readers have many ways to keep conservation and sustainability front and center in their daily lives. This week, we asked how you try to keep Mother Nature in mind within your communities, and we received a chorus of responses from recyclers, reusable shopping bag enthusiasts, bicycle riders and anti-litter activists.
But the biggest group of folks who weighed in was the devoted composters and others who recycle their stale beer, pet hair, dryer lint and coffee grounds in their backyard gardens. Instead of throwing everything straight to the garbage, a ...Read More »
At a Jan. 30 community forum on the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center, a few themes consistently surfaced in the conversation with residents, families and workers at the board-and-care facility for the developmentally disabled. The Sonoma center has come under fire after an investigation by our sister site, California Watch, revealed abuse of patients and inept investigations by the Office of Protective Services, the state-run police force that operates at the center.
Our staff gathered more than 50 questions and many pages of notes from the event, which was sponsored by California Watch and the Sonoma Index-Tribune, and we ...Read More »
How “green” is your Bay Area community? Today marks the start of National Green Week – an opportunity for us to consider sustainability, ecology and our environmental impact on the world around us. Sponsored by the Green Education Foundation, the program aims to help students in particular learn about waste, energy and water conservation, sustainable building practices and more.
As investigative journalists, we often write stories that highlight some of the more egregious environmental issues in our area. From radiation on Treasure Island to higher temperatures the affect our local wine grape growers, we take a long view when it comes ...Read More »
In his state of the city address Monday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said fixing Muni is now on his to-do list, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
This might come as a surprise to our readers. Lee told The Bay Citizen when he first took office in 2011 that the troubled transit system was not a priority, saying essentially that the Municipal Transportation Agency was doing just fine.
In his address this week, Lee acknowledged that Muni doesn’t measure up to public transit in other big cities.
“Truly great cities have great transportation systems – Paris, New York, London, Tokyo ...Read More »
If you had to write about a day in the life of Oscar Grant, which would you chose? Ryan Coogler chose his last.
In his film, "Fruitvale," Coogler portrays the hours leading up to New Year's Day 2009, when 22-year-old Grant was pulled off a rowdy Bay Area Rapid Transit train at the Fruitvale station in Oakland and shot in the back by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle. Grant died from his injuries.
Starring Michael B. Jordan as Grant and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as his mother, the movie won two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival: the U.S ...Read More »