Why is Concord not a Sanctuary City?

Learning AP style is tough but necessary in college journalism. While on deadline, this student called my attention to the AP stylebook entry that discouraged use of the term, undocumented immigrants. I was unaware of this, but was certain that I had already read the phrase countless times in news stories. So I suggested to … Continue reading Why is Concord not a Sanctuary City?

The Castro — Prepared for the Worst?

Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Jessica Delatorre      Last year, headlines spanned worldwide of the Orlando shooting in which Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people. The Castro neighborhood is popular for its prideful LGBT scene which can be a target for a similar … Continue reading The Castro — Prepared for the Worst?

Parlez vous francais? And, what about Arabic?

Note:  This story was reported and written in 2017. By Jessica Delatorre MONTEREY – The City Council’s pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting featured the honoring of two military students from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Many in attendance wore camouflage clothing in support of the students. They were honored for mastering Arabic and French. One … Continue reading Parlez vous francais? And, what about Arabic?

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