Powell BART station

Last fall, one student explained how a BART station in San Francisco's busy shopping and commercial district can harbor irritating crimes that are almost impossible to eradicate: By Ingrid Mera             Traveling to San Francisco by train might seem convenient, but ironically, it might actually prove to be an uncomfortable experience as you step onto … Continue reading Powell BART station

Staying Safe From Wildfires

Five months ago, the North Bay wildfires erupted. As the fall semester drew to a close, one of my students living in Petaluma shared her emotions about preparing to evacuate. Our thanks to the Petaluma Argus-Courier for publishing Maci Lee Martell’s wonderful work in a recent print edition but also posting online March 5, 2018: … Continue reading Staying Safe From Wildfires

A Different Perspective in Chinatown

San Francisco’s Chinatown bills itself as the largest district of its kind outside of Asia and the most established in North America. But not every merchant is of Chinese ancestry. Even though people from the Indian subcontinent are considered Asian-American per U.S. Census, the definition of Asian-American in daily discourse and life remains fluid: By … Continue reading A Different Perspective in Chinatown

Macy’s closing

Final clearance sale at Macy’s at Stonestown reminds me of this student’s work last fall, before official closure date was determined: By Maci Lee Martell While brick-and-mortar retail outlets may be struggling for business in the wake of convenient online retailers, such as Amazon, movie theaters around the Bay Area seem to be holding their … Continue reading Macy’s closing

NorCal Animal Shelters Help Four-Legged, Wildfire Survivors

Humans weren't the only ones fighting for their lives during the October 2017 North Bay wildfires. One of my students examined how animal shelters responded. She also provided fire safety tips for pet and livestock owners: By Marissa Perry The devastation of the North Bay fires ravaged homes and destroyed businesses. Not only were the … Continue reading NorCal Animal Shelters Help Four-Legged, Wildfire Survivors

Homelessness in the Castro district of San Francisco

The Castro is famous worldwide as an LGBT mecca. Nonetheless, social problems nag what one of my students called, the "gayborhood." This story is also distinctive because among all the capstone project papers in our classroom, this one has the most human sources quoted. By Dimitri D. Bailey Despite effort and resolve, homelessness in San … Continue reading Homelessness in the Castro district of San Francisco

DACA

Several of my students wrote stories about DACA. Here’s one of them: By Ingrid Mera In response to the Trump administration’s announcement to end DACA, a program that protected nearly 800,000 young adults, thousands of people spilled onto the streets of San Francisco on Sept. 5 to support these undocumented immigrants. At approximately 5 p.m., … Continue reading DACA