09/15/2019

News

A look at the black diaspora of the Bay Area

A recent survey shows that while buying a home in the San Francisco Bay Area these days is an uphill climb for almost everybody, it’s a nearly impossible dream for the region’s Hispanic and African-America residents. The Zillow study showed that black home buyers could afford only one in ten homes in the San Jose […]

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San Jose area, Oakland area job markets wobble, sparking economic uncertainty

Santa Clara County lost 3,500 jobs while the Alameda County-Contra Costa County area lost 900 jobs in January compared to December, seasonally adjusted figures from the Employment Development Department show. The San Francisco-San Mateo region managed a gain of only a paltry 400 jobs.

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What’s behind the spate of recent Bay Area restaurant closures?

Upward of 60 restaurants around the Bay Area have closed since the start of September alone, with many citing difficulties like the cost of finding and keeping good employees, rising rents, new requirements for providing health care and sick leave, and doing it all while competing with the slew of new dining options.

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California schools earn C- in national ranking

Education leaders in recent years have lauded achievement gains and progress of California’s K-12 students, but an annual national report card has rated the Golden State below mediocre — a solid C-minus, 10th from the bottom among the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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Borenstein: CalPERS must stop sticking taxpayers with pension debt

CalPERS has consistently undercollected from government workers and employers, instead counting on overly optimistic investment forecasts to help fund retirees’ pensions.

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After minimum wage changes, Bay Area workers push for ‘fair’ scheduling

As cities all over the state have raised their minimum wages in recent years, labor advocates in the Bay Area are turning to what they see as another piece of the puzzle for improving workers’ lives: scheduling.

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SAT scores: California lags nation

California’s Class of 2016 scored lower than the national average on SAT reading and math tests, although state students outperformed their national peers in writing, just-released scores show. . . Latinos scored nearly 100 points lower than whites in both reading and math. When gender is factored in, Asian boys scored the highest in math — 590 — and white boys scored highest in reading — 548. The highest scores in writing were posted by girls in the “other” ethnic category — representing those not clearly in major ethnic groups — followed by white girls and Asian girls, who were 1 and 2 points lower, respectively.

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As rents rise, nonprofits struggle to stay in the Bay Area

“(The housing crisis) is not just displacing tens of thousands of low-wage workers but also nonprofits who work with them,” O’Hara said.

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PG&E monthly gas bills set to jump about 11 percent

By 2018, monthly bills for natural gas will be 11.6 percent higher than they were in January 2015, according to estimates provided during Thursday’s meeting of the state Public Utilities Commission.

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