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Printable voter guide to San Francisco’s mayoral candidates

1 Comment 07 November 2011

Printable voter guide to San Francisco’s mayoral candidates

The 2011 Nonpartisan Voter Guide to the SF Mayoral Candidates is a succinct, printable listing of candidate positions and quotes on more than two-dozen key policy issues and ballot initiatives, including pensions, taxes, transportation, homelessness…

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West Oakland keeps fighting for cleaner air (Toxic Tour 1 update)

Leave a Comment 12 September 2011

Two years after Newsdesk.org first examined high levels of air pollution in West Oakland, progress towards helping this community breathe easier is moving slowly. Thorny projects, including cleanups at the port and a local Superfund site, are hard…

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Los Angeles neighborhood bears the brunt of air pollution

3 Comments 25 August 2011

Los Angeles neighborhood bears the brunt of air pollution

By Jasmin López, special to Newsdesk.org | Crowdfund this story on Spot.us As summer temperatures rise, so do fears of asthma and other illnesses caused by all the air pollution converging on the east Los Angeles community of Boyle…

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Filed Under: Culture, LA Toxic Tour: Boyle Heights

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Missed EPA grant stalls West Oakland brownfields cleanups (Toxic Tour 2)

Leave a Comment 29 July 2011

After more than a decade of getting approved for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants to remediate “brownfields” (contaminated properties), Oakland has been turned down. This is the first such rejection in a long time – and it will delay…

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Filed Under: Culture, Oakland Toxic Tour

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Residential lead pollution cleanup in West Oakland will use new green technology (Toxic Tour 2)

Leave a Comment 24 June 2011

Soil polluted with lead has long plagued the South Prescott neighborhood of West Oakland. But cleanup is finally getting underway. This Saturday, June 25, the community is invited to learn more about the new green technology this project will use…

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Newsdesk under construction!

Leave a Comment 26 May 2011

Newsdesk under construction!

Some big changes are underway at Newsdesk.org, as we redesign the whole website and rebuild the infrastructure from the ground up. This includes revamping the categories, altering the architecture and meddling with the code, all to create a…

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‘Right Beneath Our Feet’: The Toxic Tour returns to Oakland

Leave a Comment 19 May 2011

By CB Smith-Dahl Editor’s Note: Newsdesk.org is teaming up with Oakland Local and Spot.Us for a return to the West Oakland community covered in 2009′s award-winning “Toxic Tour” series. Thinking about planting a garden this spring? Many West…

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Filed Under: Newsdesk News, Oakland Toxic Tour, The Toxic Tour

Washington Elementary students need microphones to talk

Leave a Comment 10 May 2011

Washington Elementary students need microphones to talk

By Jessica Olthof, photo by Barbara Benton SAN JOSE, Calif.—For an elementary school here, the traditional “talking stick” (teaching patience and consideration) has been replaced with microphones. Students at Washington Elementary School…

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Filed Under: Culture, San Jose Toxic Tour, The Toxic Tour

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Young people define a healthy future for Boyle Heights

6 Comments 04 May 2011

Young people define a healthy future for Boyle Heights

By Jasmin López, special to Newsdesk.org | Crowdfund this story on Spot.us   New community collaborations in Los Angeles are giving young people a leading role in improving their neighborhoods. Youth are setting goals and organizing…

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Filed Under: Culture, LA Toxic Tour: Boyle Heights

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In smoggy Los Angeles, one neighborhood pushes back

1 Comment 25 April 2011

In smoggy Los Angeles, one neighborhood pushes back

By Jasmin López, special to Newsdesk.org | Crowdfund this story on Spot.us News about Boyle Heights in Los Angeles tends to be about crime or gentrification. There’s little coverage of air pollution, lack of safe and green spaces, lack of…

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Filed Under: Democracy, LA Toxic Tour: Boyle Heights

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