The Doyenne of Ukulele Design

By Maci Lee Martell San Francisco is known for its wealth of creative souls. Most artists in the city dream of seeing their paintings on display in an upscale gallery, or playing indie rock music for a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore. But Toni Maloon is not like most artists. For 61-year-old Maloon, creative pursuits … Continue reading The Doyenne of Ukulele Design

An Unofficial Mayor of The Fillmore

By Lance Tisuela Vas Kiniris is a charismatic, unreserved product of the San Francisco Bay Area, with a passion for progress and immersion. He serves as director of the Fillmore Merchants Association and secretary of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations. “I tend to look forward all the time, I’m not one to … Continue reading An Unofficial Mayor of The Fillmore

Local Reporters Race Flames to Chase Story

A reporter interviewing other reporters is one of the most difficult genres to tackle. This student reporter dug deep when questioning her contemporaries as well as veteran journalists. By Maci Lee Martell On a seemingly normal Sunday night, Paul Gullixson was sound asleep in his Rincon Valley home, along with the majority of Sonoma County. … Continue reading Local Reporters Race Flames to Chase Story

Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project

Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Nicole Newman Beginning 2018, the Upper Haight and Ashbury area will undergo a transformation from Haight and Stanyan to Haight and Buchanan while the Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project will focus on improving roads and pedestrian traffic and adding stoplights. Developed in 2016 by San … Continue reading Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project

Making Taylor Street More Safe

Note:  This story was reported and written in 2017. By Geoffrey Scott Residents of the Tenderloin should expect major updates to safety and traffic conditions on one of the district’s major thoroughfares, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Safer Taylor Street Project, where city planners are working with the … Continue reading Making Taylor Street More Safe

Firefighting — Not Just a Job But Also a Calling

When tackling their crime assignments, my students quickly realized that crime stories weren’t limited to covering homicides or other violence. Often, a great story is about the first responders themselves. This student leveraged a relative’s connection into securing interviews with longtime firefighters. By Marissa Perry SAN RAMON - Individuals who are in the line of … Continue reading Firefighting — Not Just a Job But Also a Calling

Exploring and Celebrating Diverse Tastes and Choices, San Francisco-Style

Many months before coffee giant Starbucks became mired in a racial profiling controversy about who could use its restrooms, one student was already exploring the idea that large corporate chains aren’t necessarily as welcoming as small businesses are. By Ingrid Mera Downtown San Francisco offers tourists and locals an inspirational environment full of creativity. As … Continue reading Exploring and Celebrating Diverse Tastes and Choices, San Francisco-Style

With Tourism Comes Revenue — and Thefts

By Julian Moncaleano        San Francisco’s Chinatown is an established neighborhood for drawing large crowds of tourists—as well as a large number of thefts. This is nothing new to Chinatown residents and business owners.      For business owners, the large crowds can pose problems. Owners and employees usually monitor every customer that steps foot into … Continue reading With Tourism Comes Revenue — and Thefts

Guardian of Concord’s Art World

By Ashley Loaeza In a quiet block of Mount Diablo Street in Concord, just a few blocks from the downtown area, sits a little gem unknown to many: A tiny, one-story home painted green and yellow surrounded by plants of all sorts, bordered by a green picket fence that is hard to miss. Aside from … Continue reading Guardian of Concord’s Art World

From Soup to Nuts: There’s Nary a Beef About This Chef

During an interview to complete her story assignment, this student found herself being interviewed by the subject, an up-and-coming chef, about her social media projects that he had seen. Maybe they had mutual interest to collaborate? Or, maybe the chef knew someone with a work opportunity for her. She told me about all this—blushing a … Continue reading From Soup to Nuts: There’s Nary a Beef About This Chef