Schizophrenia Diagnosis Puts People First in Line for Benefits

Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco, in the fall 2014 print edition. Stories rolling out online throughout the fall. People whose mental illnesses have made them homeless have a hard time getting the disability benefits they are owed, in part because they may lack the mental organization to advocate for themselves and navigate the complexity of the system.  Read more

S.F. Alternative Court Provides Lifeline

Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco, in the fall 2014 print edition. Stories rolling out online throughout the fall. See accompanying story: Sentencing Reform Side Benefit: Behavioral Health Court Expansion Five years ago, Kim Knoble said, she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder while living in a substance-abuse recovery center.  Read more
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Working Groups Envision Plans for an Affordable San Francisco

Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability in San Francisco. A version of this story ran in the summer 2014 print edition. San Francisco should encourage building owners throughout the less-dense western neighborhoods to build upward a little bit — by placing prefabricated units on existing rooftops.  Read more
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Plans to Relax California Climate Regulations Upset Some Environmentalists

California regulators are weighing plans to make it easier and less expensive for oil refineries and other big industries to comply with the state’s new cap-and-trade system for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and environmentalists are alarmed. At a hearing last week in Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board heard staff proposals to amend the year-old cap-and-trade program to extend “transition assistance” to industry through 2018.  Read more
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Many Residents in the Dark About California Carbon Cap-and-Trade, Survey Finds

UPDATE 8/7/13: Read New America Media’s coverage of the survey: With an Eye on the Future, Ethnic Californians Embrace Environmentalism A majority of California residents have never heard about the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from industry, a survey from the Public Policy Institute of California shows.  Read more
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California’s Hunger for Low-Carbon Power Could Hurt Other States

California’s effort to ensure that the state receives low carbon electricity could end up increasing greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere in the country, thanks to a practice known as contract reshuffling. Under California’s cap-and-trade program, which established a carbon trading market last November, electric utilities, corporations, cities, universities and other entities need to lower their emissions or buy pollution “allowances” to account for their emissions.  Read more